USC launches joint masters in International Trade Law and Economics


USC Gould School of Law and the University of Southern California Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Department of Economics is partnering to launch a joint Master of International Trade Law and Economics degree this fall.

The degree is also open to students outside of the U.S.

The program, offered full-time and on-campus, will provide students an interdisciplinary, global perspective to navigate the legal, policy and business parameters shaping today’s international trade and economics. Students will explore the legal frameworks that drive global economics and understand how emerging policy issues shape multinational trade.

“Trade law and economics go hand-in-hand,” said Brian Peck, who will serve as the faculty director of the program, and currently serves as director of the Center for Transnational Law and Business. “Transnational commerce and collaborations are transforming the way the world does business — and the need for skilled problem-solvers and leaders who understand the law and economics related to international trade, as well as the global marketplace in which they operate, is more important than ever.” 

Terrie Walmsley, assistant professor in the practice of economics, said the uniquely designed curriculum allows students to explore the application of economics to real world issues, while deepening their grasp of international law.

“This multidisciplinary approach helps students build a broad skillset to excel in a variety of career paths,” she said. 

The program is open to candidates with a bachelor’s degree in any field; however, applicants are recommended to have a strong foundation in economics, mathematics or another quantitative background.