The Master of Science in Commerce and Economic Development integrates economics, leadership, technology, and public policy to prepare students for a career in the private or public sector.
Globalization has created a borderless economy with a host of new opportunities and challenges for those engaged in commerce and economic development. While global markets offer exciting growth prospects, navigating the world stage requires in-depth knowledge of the financial, regulatory, and economic environments and institutions that affect the global economy and international trade. To meet the need for both insight and skills development, Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies—in collaboration with Northeastern University’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities—offers the Master of Science in Commerce and Economic Development, which integrates an applied economics study of information, institutions and innovation designed to develop and hone analytical skills to support private and public decision-making.
- Program designed for mid-career professionals
- Graduates are positioned for jobs in government, international organizations, nonprofit organizations, universities, or the private sector
- Boston location is a hub for healthcare, education, finance, business, biotechnology, and the life sciences
- Required Capstone project
- Translate economic theory and classroom materials into core competencies
- Apply quantitative skills in the areas of economics, economic theory, policy analysis and research
- Learn to set prices and output levels
- Use conceptual and mathematical tools to examine fluctuations in employment, prices, and economic growth
- Develop skills in data collection, estimation, and results interpretation
- Apply theories of economic growth, technology, structural changes, industrialization, factor proportions and prices, trade, population, and income distribution
- Evaluate labor markets and the role of human capital
- Assess how art, culture, and entertainment impact economic development
- Analyze the impact of environmental resources on commerce and economic development
Several major trends—policy convergence, e-commerce expansion, and continued international development—are driving the job growth in the fields of international trade and economic development, and career prospects are expected to remain strong. Jobs in economic analysis and international trade are typically well-paying, with individuals holding advanced degrees expected to enjoy the best opportunities.
- Online application
- Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
- Professional resume
- Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (Official transcripts required at the time of admission)
- Two letters of recommendation: from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
- English Language Proficiency Proof: students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
- Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S, stating degree conferral and date
- TOEFL, IELTS, or NU Global Exam scores
Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, however we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.
Complete 3-8 quarter hours from the following:
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Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
- Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has in an area they want familiarity with.
- Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
- Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 245,000 alumni and 3,200+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Business alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- State Street
- Fidelity Investments
- Dell EMC
What They Do
- Business Development
What They're Skilled At
- Customer Service
- Project Management
- Strategic Planning
Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.