Program in International Political Economy and Development Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Fordham University

Program in International Political Economy and Development Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Fordham University

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 4
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Fordham University's Internationally-Acclaimed Master's Degree in International Political Economy and Development

Fordham University's International Political Economy and Development Master of Arts program (Fordham IPED) is internationally acclaimed for its academic excellence. This interdisciplinary program attracts top students from around the world who are eager to understand and grapple with the political, economic, and social challenges of the current economic world order. A large percentage of students come from Western Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe.

The Fordham IPED master's curriculum gives students an advanced inter-discipline understanding of contemporary international economic relations. As part of the curriculum students also received a solid graduate level foundation in economic, political, and quantitative analysis.

Armed with prestigious Master of Arts in International Political Economy and Development degrees, Fordham graduate students are ready to pursue international careers as financial analysts or management consultants in the private sector, economists and policy analysts in the public sector, or project managers in the non-profit sector for relief and development agencies or human rights organizations.

Expert Scholars in Economic Development, Economic Theory, Emerging Markets, Government, Non-Profits, and Politics

In small classes that foster robust student-teacher conversations, students learn from expert scholars and visiting professionals from international arenas such as the United Nations and the U.S. State Department.

IPED faculty members are deeply involved in leading-edge research on international issues concerning international trade negotiations, foreign aid and economic development, emerging financial markets, post-war conflict resolution, global finance and banking, agriculture and sustainable development, and various other international public policy issues. They regularly write, publish, and present their research at national and international conferences.

Faculty Research Focuses on Major International Issues

Faculty member research topics in economics have included international trade negotiations, international monetary issues, health evaluations in developing countries, financial consulting, economic rights of women, macroeconomics, international trade, international finance, and poverty and income distribution in Latin America and Asia. Other definitive faculty member research focuses on such issues as caring for the disabled in the developing world and agriculture and sustainable development.

Political science research topics have included the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa, post-conflict peace building, and the political economy of direct foreign investment. Sociology research covers areas of interest like social movements and transnational politics, the sociology of knowledge and culture, and urban demography.

Award-Winning Graduates of Fordham University's IPED Program

Many IPED graduates consistently win distinguished awards such as Fulbright Fellowships, Soros Foundation scholarships, U.S. Presidential Management Fellowships, Chartered Financial Analysts Scholarships, and International Development Fellowships. The success of IPED graduates can be attributed to IPED's unique and innovative interdisciplinary approach to analyzing contemporary global economic issues in the heart of the international metropolis of New York City.

The Fordham IPED master's program successfully recruits a talented and diverse student body by offering specialized and regular fellowships. For example, Ricci Fellowships attract graduate students who are actively involved in international affairs, primarily from the U.N. diplomatic community. Global Markets Fellowships, Arrupe Fellowships, and Public Service Assistantships attract students interested in international commercial and financial markets, careers in non-profit international relief organizations, and U.S. international public policies and programs.

Through Fordham IPED's participation in the U.S. Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program, the IPED program also draws seasoned and dedicated individuals committed to many of the ideals of President John F. Kennedy. Fordham also consistently welcomes Fulbright Scholars from around the world into its program of studies.

IPED Program Launches and Enhances Successful International Careers

Armed with their IPED master's degrees, graduates go on to enjoy distinguished careers in business, government, and civil society. Some become financial analysts or economists in the private sector with organizations such as the Bank of America and Ernst & Young. Others become analysts or managers in the public sector at agencies such as the U.S. International Trade Administration and the U.N. Development Program. And others distinguish themselves in civil society as project managers for international relief and development organizations such as Catholic Relief Services and Lutheran World Relief.

IPED Offers Cross-Disciplinary Dual Degrees

The M.A. program provides important practical training through its internship program in the U.S. and abroad for those students without relevant professional experience. During the summer after the 1st year of studies, scholarships are available to fund internships around the world. Every summer, IPED students can be found spread across at least 4 continents interning at U.N. agencies, U.S. Embassies, international non-government organizations, and with private international banks and businesses. Every year Fordham also conducts special international study tours on emerging markets in South Africa and on project assessment in the Philippines

The International Political Economy and Development degree program offers dual master's degree programs in IPED and economics as well as a dual IPED/JD degree. Course work in the IPED program can also be used to fulfill some of the requirements for Fordham's Ph.D. degree in economics.

An Independent University in the Jesuit Tradition

Fordham University is an independent university in the Jesuit tradition with campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan's Lincoln Center, West Harrison in Westchester County, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, NY. Fordham University's distinguished IPED program attracts people from different cultures, faiths, and ideologies who share a desire for a career in an international venue and an equally strong desire to contribute to the common good.

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Location & Contact

Program in International Political Economy and Development

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Fordham University

441 East Fordham Road
New York, NY 10458
United States

Dr. Henry Schwalbenberg


Phone: 718-817-3866
Fax: 718-817-3518

Ms. Bernadette Valentino-Morrison

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 718-817-4419
Fax: 718-817-3566

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Economics Certificate
      Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 29
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 6
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


52% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 181
    • Accepted 95
    • Acceptance Rate 52
    • Enrolled 24
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $70
    • Application Fee - International $70
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 4th Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 4
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students49
    • Female Percentage47%
    • Male Percentage53%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students49
    • Part-time Percentage33%
    • Full-time Percentage67%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian44%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian6%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown47%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchInternational economics, comparative international politics, international banking and finance, international development, emerging markets and country risk analysis
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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