18 months
27066 USD/year
27066 USD/year
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The Master of Science in Commerce and Economic Development (online) at Northeastern University, a STEM-designated program, integrates economics, leadership, technology, and public policy to prepare students for a career in the private or public sector.

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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, the College of Professional Studies from Northeastern University — 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.

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
  • STEM-designated graduate degree
  • Required capstone project
  • Financial Economics concentration prepares students for the CFA Institute Level I exam

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Microeconomic Theory 
  • Mathematical Methods for Economics 
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Commerce and Economic Development 
  • Intercultural Communication 
  • Personal and Career Development 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identify your educational goals and expectations of the programs
  • Professional resumé
  • 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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27066 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40600 USD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    27066 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40600 USD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.


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Getting a Student Visa

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Commerce and Economic Development (Online)
Northeastern University