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Advanced Certificate in International Political Economy
Program Description

International Political Economy (IPE) is a growing and interdisciplinary field of studies, which addresses some of the most crucial questions related to contemporary processes of globalization (and de-globalization), including its contested governance. Grounded in the exploration of different theoretical approaches to IPE and the analysis of the historical evolution of the global economic order, students pursuing the Advanced Certificate in International Political Economy (ACIPE) will engage in the study of the global political economy from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, addressing a range of issues. Special attention will be given to questions relating to the past, present and future of a globally integrated world economy, in particular with regard to how the overlapping processes of globalization and de-globalization, as well as the changing relations between public authorities and private market actors have reshaped the post-1945 international economic order. The curriculum will introduce students to these questions through the study of international economic institutions and governance, as well as through the analysis of how domestic economic policies are shaped by and respond to international economic pressures and opportunities. Courses range from those with a focus on specific policy areas, to others exploring the role of ideas in underpinning and/or challenging the international economic order. A cluster of courses focuses on the specific questions linked to the relationship between globalization and economic development in peripheral areas of the world economy. Through enrolment in ACIPE, students will also learn to engage with quantitative and qualitative methods in the study of IPE.

To earn the Advanced Certificate, students enrolled in an eligible one-year master's program must complete 10 credits (4-credit mandatory core course and an additional 6 credits in approved electives), while students enrolled in eligible two-year master's programs must complete 14 credits (4-credit mandatory core course and an additional 10 credits in approved electives).

Learning Outcomes

Students pursuing and completing this program will be equipped with a wide range of expertise regarding the evolution and current functioning of the global economy, with particular emphasis on the development of analytical and critical thinking. Moreover, given the highly interdisciplinary nature of the certificate, students will learn to study IPE problems and issues from different perspectives, and they will be strongly encouraged to explore intersections between different disciplinary approaches. In addition, students will learn to engage with quantitative and qualitative methods in the study of IPE, thus acquiring transferable skills that will be applicable in academic as well as non-academic career paths (the latter comprising the private corporate sector and international institutions, as well as the advocacy and NGO sector). The development of these professional skills will be further enhanced by involvement in activities of the political economy research group (PERG).

Program level
Advanced Certificate
Degree awarded
non-degree certificate
Program accreditation/registration
Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
Country of accreditation
United States
Standard Program duration