Commerce and Economic Development

Location: Anywhere

Why Commerce and Economic Development?

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.

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Unique Features

  • Online program designed for working, mid-career professionals
  • Graduates are positioned for jobs in government, international organizations, nonprofit organizations, universities, or the private sector
  • Required Capstone project

Program Objectives

  • 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

Career Outlook

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.

What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Science in Commerce and Economic Development Core Requirements

45 total quarter hours required.

CED 6010 - Applied Microeconomic Theory
CED 6020 - Applied Macroeconomic Theory
CED 6030 - Applied Mathematics and Statistics for Economics
CED 6040 - Applied Econometrics
CED 6050 - Commerce and Economic Development
CED 6910 - Capstone: Master’s Project

Elective Courses

Complete five of the following: 

CED 6070 - Economics of Human Capital
CED 6080 - Commerce, Institutions, and Innovation
CED 6090 - Cultural Economic Development
CED 6110 - Law and Economics
CED 6120 - Environmental Economics
CED 6130 - Sustainable Economic Development
CED 6140 - Economics of E-Commerce
COP 6940 - Personal and Career Development
3.00 - 4.00

INPS 5184  Interdisciplinary Professional Foundations 

Did You Know?

Advanced degree holders earn a salary 35% higher than those with a bachelor's degree. 

Did You Know?

By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to our Global Network of more than 3,200+ employer partners and 245,000 alumni. 

Average Time to Completion

1.5-2.5 Years



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