Commerce and Economic Development, MS

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 online Master of Science in Commerce and Economic Development.

This graduate-level program integrates economics, leadership, institutional organization, technology, and public policy into a unique and focused educational experience designed to help guide and advance a rewarding career in the private or public sectors.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses

CED 6010Applied Microeconomic Theory 13
CED 6020Applied Macroeconomic Theory 13
CED 6030 Mathematical Methods for Economics 13
CED 6040Applied Econometrics3
CED 6050Commerce and Economic Development3
CMN 6080Intercultural Communication 3
CED 6910Capstone: Master’s Project4


Complete one of the following concentrations:

Economic Analysis

CED 6011Applied Microeconomic Theory 23
CED 6021Applied Macroeconomic Theory 23
CED 6031Mathematical Methods for Economics 23
CED 6041Applied Econometrics II3
CED 6051Open Economy Macroeconomic Analysis3

Economic Entrepreneurship

CED 6070Economics of Human Capital3
ALY 6050Introduction to Enterprise Analytics3
CMN 6095Foundations of Developing Cultural Awareness3
GST 6430Leadership and Management4
CED 6140Economics of E-Commerce3

Data Analytics

ALY 6000Introduction to Analytics3
ALY 6010Probability Theory and Introductory Statistics3
ALY 6015Intermediate Analytics3
ALY 6100Data-Driven Decision Making3
ALY 6110Data Management and Big Data3

Financial Economics 

FIN 6161Investment Analysis4
FIN 6102Asset and Liability Management4
FIN 6120Building Financial Relationships4
CED 6210Managerial Finance3
CED 6220International Finance3


Complete 3–8 quarter hours from the following:3-8
Personal and Career Development
Global Corporate and Social Responsibility
Cultural Economic Development
Law and Economics
Environmental Economics
Sustainable Economic Development
Interdisciplinary Foundations

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45–48 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required