International Commerce and Policy (ICP)
Immersion in International Economic Policy and Global Political Economy
“Trade and innovation are both well-placed in government strategies for economic growth. Both trade and innovation have the potential to create new opportunities, by increasing productivity and competitiveness. The two of them have as well a role to play in promoting social inclusion and development.” – Roberto Azevedo, Director-General, World Trade Organization, 2013.
The International Commerce and Policy (ICP) is an innovative program that allows students to develop skills and expertise in global finance, investment, trade and development in order to excel in the public and private sectors, while maintaining the highest professional standards as analysts and global citizens.
The ICP program is interdisciplinary, accessible, theoretically grounded and practitioner oriented. Its focus areas include:
- Global trade in goods and services
- Global finance
- Global business and investment
- Global development
ICP students develop a wide range of skills, including:
- To understand of the basic principles of international relations, global political economy and comparative politics.
- To be able to deploy the analytical techniques of microeconomics and macroeconomics to policy analysis in global trade, finance and development.
- To understand the institutional structures of global trade, finance and development.
- To understand, access and make use of global trade, financial and development data.
- To understand the organization and management of multinational enterprises.
This is a professional degree with an emphasis on practical approaches to policy analysis and decision-making for international commerce.
Our graduates are highly qualified to step into positions in the private sector; not-for-profits; state and federal government; and international organizations. Many have taken analytical and leadership roles in global marketing, corporate planning, public service, government relations and private entrepreneurship.
“The more I kept researching MBA schools, the more they felt too narrow.”
“I thought it was perfect because I wasn’t just looking for international affairs.”
“It’s unique and establishes that relationship between policy and business.”
“No other school in this area offers what the ICP program offers to its students.”
“I have absolutely loved the interaction with my fellow students and the relationships and friendships I’ve formed from class. We have incredible student interaction, a wonderful faculty and involved alumni.”
ICP Affiliated Faculty
Because George Mason’s School of Public Policy is a group member of the Washington International Trade Association, students enrolled in the ICP program automatically become members, taking full advantage of WITA’s benefits, including networking, programming, volunteering, and more.
SPP Research Centers of Interest
- Center for Emerging Market Policies
- Center for Global Policy
- Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center
ICP Overview and Curriculum Requirements
Current students please go to the Degree Requirements page.
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Courses You’ll Take
Global Political Economy
Introduces key concepts, policies, and practices that underpin international commerce, international relations more broadly, and non-governmental transnational activities.
Global Financial Crises and Institions
Examines the modern financial sector: how it operates, its regulation, and its role in risk transmission and crisis formation. Reviews global financial markets and instruments. Considers the role of multilateral and regional financial institutions in management of crises, macroeconomic adjustment, development policy and capital flows with emphases on financial crises including the 2007-09 crisis.
Methods of Analysis for International Commerce and Policy
Students obtain practical qualitative and quantitative research skills. Reviews major sources of data—their origins, strengths and weaknesses—including indices related to international policy, trade, and financial and development indicators.
Global Trade Relations
Examines U.S. trade policy in the context of global trade relations. Considers the global trading system from legal, institutional and political perspectives, giving particular attention to trade agencies in the United States and abroad, international agreements, and the World Trade Organization. Trade policy formation is analyzed within the context of competing interest groups and corporate strategies.