Launch your career in international trade


  • Learn from expert faculty, including the former chief economist of the U.S. International Trade Commission and a former deputy director-general of the WTO.
  • Prepare to lead with a three-semester curriculum specifically designed to give you professional experience before you graduate.
  • Benefit from multiple locations: spend two semesters in Monterey, California, then transition to Washington, D.C., or your preferred location, for a semester of practical training and experience.
  • Get back into the workforce faster—continue your summer internship into your final semester.

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International Trade

Our Master of Arts (MA) in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy (ITED) helps you develop policy analysis and trade negotiation skills for careers in business, government, and civil society. International trade creates opportunities that can stimulate innovation, promote growth, and reduce poverty. This is a three-semester, 48-credit master’s degree program.

Learn the business, economic, legal, and political forces dominating the international marketplace. Assess major trade issues and learn how to draft policy documents and negotiate for governments, international organizations, or corporations. Gain insight into trade compliance, international finance, and export promotion strategies at regional, national, and global levels.

You will work closely with professors who combine academic expertise with years of professional experience.​

Economic Diplomacy

Economic interdependence between countries and across production chains continues to grow. Through this graduate degree program, you will understand trade from diplomatic and practical standpoints.

You’ll spend your first two semesters in Monterey, California. Central California is the dominant import/export region in the United States, home to major agricultural firms, and the international economic hub in San Francisco. There is ample opportunity for real-world connections to your academic studies.

This final semester is combined with an internship in a trade-related organization. Most students complete this final semester in our Washington, D.C., location, where you’ll attend congressional hearings, regulatory meetings, and other events, while you also network with experts in U.S. and international trade policy.

Why Study at the Middlebury Institute?

Advance Your Career

Your career and academic advising are integrated, so your courses will align with your career goals.

Gain Professional Experience

Be fully immersed in the field through real-world class projects and summer and fall internships.

Build Global Proficiency

Take content courses in intercultural competence and a second language, expanding your career opportunities.

Learn Real Solutions for Today’s Trade Challenges

Focused on the Global Marketplace

“The work that we’re doing in the classroom genuinely reflects the types of questions that are going on in the professional world. And I know that because having gone to D.C. and spoken with alumni and listened to the type of work that they’re doing, nothing sounded unfamiliar to me.” – Shenique Moxey (student)

Building Careers in Trade

“I get to listen to their problems, their issues with trade, and I get to work with them to figure out a solution. It really is a great space for me to work in that touches on the international development world and it really utilizes trade as a lever for that development.” – Loren Hall (alumnus)