This program prepares our students to make sense of today's most pressing and complex economic issues—economic inequality, sustainability and the global economy. The degree is interdisciplinary, placing equal emphasis on theory, policy and qualitative as well as quantitative skills.

You'll collaborate with faculty to explore topics like...

  • Changes underway in the global economy 
  • Drivers and consequences of economic development 
  • The effect of globalization on state capacity, policy autonomy and national economic conditions 
  • The relationship between economic, political and social outcomes, corporate governance, and competition 
  • The interaction of interest groups, states and multilateral agreements and organizations

In the final year of the program, you'll prepare a significant capstone research memorandum which analyzes a policy problem and evaluates potential solutions. For this project you'll apply your skills to a real-world problem of your choosing. 

Available Specializations

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    Geographic Areas

    Select a region whose challenges and cultural traits inspire you to seek change.

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    Political Economy

    Discover the pressures and movements that shape international relationships between politics and economic growth.

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    Environmental Studies

    Explore the environmental challenges faced by cultures around the globe, from natural disasters in the developing world to the crisis of climate change.

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    Quantitative Methods

    Develop your empirical, scientific, and analytical skills to better measure the factors that shape international relations.

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    International Business

    Delve into the economic factors that drive the global economy and learn how interactions between cultures affects commerce.

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    Policy Analysis

    Pursue a deep understanding of the fundamentals of policy creation while exploring the short- and long-term effects of enacted legislation.

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    Development Economics

    Learn about how a rapidly globalizing economy affects the growth of developing and impoverished nations.

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    Development Policy

    Study how policy and the legislative process of both  domestic and multilateral governments contribute to the growth of the developing world.

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Skill-Based Courses

Preparing You With Career-Ready Knowledge

Our courses are skills-based, providing you with the knowledge to use microfinance tools, practice statistical methods and project and manage international transactions. You'll apply interdisciplinary methodologies to analyze data and forecast how the global economy could shift.

The GFTEI degree prepares those with an interest in political economy to take up careers in a wide range of fields. These include:

  • International policy analysis for public sector agencies, such as the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Administration
  • Analyst positions in multilateral institutions and organizations, such as the World Bank, the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development;
  • Research and analyst positions within non-governmental organizations, such as Oxfam and Action Aid
  • Roles in the private sector as economic policy consultants, country risk or international project analysts, or international project managers.

Practical Experience

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Graduates have pursued careers in international economic policy analysis for public sector agencies, analyst positions in multilateral organizations, research analyst positions within NGOs, as well as private sector careers.

Career Services

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Students participate in a variety of internships, including at the National Renewable Energy Lab, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, International Trade Office of Colorado and the Acumen Fund. To complete this degree, you are required to fulfill an internship (registered as INTS 4981, for up to 4 credits).

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Featured Faculty

George DeMartino

George DeMartino

Professor; Co-Director of Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration (GFTEI) program

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Ilene Grabel

Professor; Co-Director of Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration (GFTEI) program

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Rachel Epstein

Rachel Epstein

Professor; Associate Dean of Faculty & Research

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Martin Rhodes

Professor; Director, Europe Center

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