Graduate School

Graduate School

The master of science in International Economics and Finance (IEF) from Valparaiso University provides students with theoretical and analytical training in the economic, financial, and policy aspects of global business and commerce. This 36-credit program is designed for U.S. and international students seeking to acquire skills to develop strategies and policies for a complex global business environment.


Applicants must meet all the requirements of the Graduate School (page 99) as well as demonstrate adequate preparation for successful study in the program. Applicants must also demonstrate quantitative skills by satisfactorily completing a college level statistics course and a college level mathematics course at the level of algebra or higher. While the GRE test is not required for admission, applicants who score a 152 or higher on the quantitative reasoning portion of the test may use their score to demonstrate quantitative skills in lieu of the college level mathematics course. Students may be eligible for admission to this program as an Early Entry student. See page 100 for more information.

Financial Considerations

Students may be surprised to discover the affordable tuition rate at Valparaiso University.  Please visit the Student Financial Services website for current tuition rates. Financial aid may be available for students taking 6 credits or more during fall and spring semesters.

Early Entry Option for VU Undergraduates

Qualified VU juniors and seniors may apply to begin graduate course work in International Economics & Finance prior to graduation.  This opportunity allows students to save time and money on their graduate programs as courses taken at the graduate level count toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degree.  For more information, students should speak with their academic advisors and contact an admissions counselor at the Graduate School.


The MS in International Economics and Finance program is classified as a STEM field, which means international students qualify for three years of Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation.