Master of International Economics and Finance

Known for International Economics

Timothy Geithner, former U.S. Treasury secretary and 1985 SAIS graduate, delivered the 2012 commencement address on May 24.

Unrivaled Events

IMF Deputy Managing Director Min Zhu Spoke at SAIS on March 12 about “The Changing Global Economy”

Prepare to Lead

Rigorous training in international economics provides M.I.E.F. students with the analytical tools critical to addressing today's complex global issues.

Learn from International Economics Experts

SAIS faculty have a passion for teaching and are acclaimed for their accessibility, research and expertise.

Master of International Economics and Finance

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This challenging 11-month, full-time masters program is guided by a conceptual framework that focuses on advanced economic theories and reasoning, quantitative and econometrics skills, and the application of these tools used to produce a research project and/or policy analysis in an international setting.

Studying in Washington, D.C., students move through the program in a cohort format and elect to specialize in Macroeconomics and International Finance or International Trade and Development. In addition, the interdisciplinary nature of the school allows students to add additional international affairs courses to their M.I.E.F. curriculum.  SAIS is currently recruiting candidates for the 2015-16 cohort.

Study With World-Class Thinkers

The Students

The SAIS student body represents approximately 75 nations, promoting a diversity that lends richness and vitality to academic life.

The Faculty

SAIS faculty have a passion for teaching and are acclaimed for their accessibility and expertise. Students in the M.I.E.F. program are given tremendous opportunity to engage and interact one-on-one with world renowned experts in the International Economics program.

Recent Speakers
  • Timothy Geithner, Former U.S. Secretary of Treasury (SAIS Class of 1985)
  • John Lipsky, Former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  • Carmen Reinhart, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
  • Min Zhu, Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

Gain a Career-Building Edge

Economics knowledge, analytical abilities and the capacity to apply economic analysis to real-world problems give our students a distinct professional advantage. Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in international finance, public policy, economic development, or research, the M.I.E.F. program provides students with a firm grasp of the theory and tools of international economics and finance and the functioning of the international economic system.

Career Services

Students in the M.I.E.F. program work with faculty in the International Economics department and Career Services professionals to help them explore careers and set goals and develop a network of professional contacts. This is accomplished through:

  • Group and individual assessments and counseling to help students develop focused career goals
  • Job-hunting workshops and employment fairs 
  • Professional skills courses designed to strengthen specific professional skills, such as presentation techniques and consulting skills 
  • Introduction and networking opportunities through the SAIS Economics Alumni Network (SEAN)
A Global Alumni Community

As a SAIS graduate, you will join a 16,000-strong lifetime community of friends and colleagues around the world. Our accomplished alumni are leaders in government, business, journalism, nonprofit groups and multilateral organizations in more than 140 countries.

Common Paths

Students graduating from SAIS often pursue careers in:

Public Policy Sector
  • Central Banks
  • Finance Ministries
  • Multilateral International Financial Instiutions
  • Trade Ministries

Private Sector

  • Banks
  • Commercial Investment Banking
  • Consulting Firms
  • Development Banks


  • Further Graduate Study
  • Think Tanks