Public Policy & Political Economy Degrees

“I chose IPE because it is like three majors in one -- international relations plus political science plus economics.”
— Yuying "Abi" Chen

Questions? Talk with an EPPS advisor.

Why should I major in International Political Economy (IPE)?


  • Combine the analytical strength of economics with the global insights from political science, history, and geography.
  • Widely applicable training, including analytical skills, critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, communication and debate skills, and research and writing skills.
  • Students gain a language expertise (at least two years of foreign language). Plus, our students have also received 50% of the university‚Äôs Fulbright, Boren, and Critical Language Scholarships since 2009!


  • Work in industry (risk analysis, imports and exports, multinational corporations, etc.)
  • Work in government (Homeland Security, US State Department, Department of Commerce, Peace Corps, USAID, etc.)
  • Work in international organizations (United Nations, World Bank, etc.)
  • Preparation for further training in business, finance or law, in addition to graduate work in the social sciences.

Job Outlook & Average Earnings

  • International affairs is a new and emerging profession, with rapid projected job growth (21%), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • According to the 2010-2012 American Community Survey, average pay for recent graduates in international relations is the same as recent graduates of international business and molecular biology!

BA – International Political Economy and
BS – International Political Economy

The undergraduate degrees in International Political Economy prepare you to manage today's increasingly complex international environment. You will study material from multiple disciplines, including government, economics, geography, literature, foreign language, and interdisciplinary classes. You will have the opportunity to choose from among a list of prescribed electives in International Political Economy and electives related to a geographic area (Latin America, Asia & Middle East, or Europe) to fulfill your degree requirements.

You have two degree options. If you choose the bachelor of arts degree, you will take more literature and history courses to prepare you for the diplomatic, government or NGO sectors. If you choose the bachelor of science plan, you will take more economics courses to prepare you for employment in areas related to international business or government.

MS – International Political Economy

In today's world, politics and the economy are intertwined. The MS in IPE degree offers you an education to succeed in this dynamic, global workforce. In addition to providing you with strong analysis and evaluation skills, you will gain knowledge related to different geographic regions and issues of development, security and international policy. The MS in IPE provides you with this broad perspective and will make you more competitive in the job market.

Internships and Study Abroad
We strongly encourage students to consider an internship as part of their coursework in IPE. Some of our students fulfill these abroad while others finish them in the United States. Other students may want to pursue options in study abroad through our exchange mobility programs. However, advance planning greatly increases the possibility of both of these options. Please contact the Career Center for internships or the Office of International Education for study abroad opportunities. Remember, internships are essential for future job placement!

Periodically, Dr. Holmes will send internship and fellowship opportunities to the IPE email list, in addition to IPE advising emails. Therefore, it is important that you check your UT Dallas email account regularly.

Master of Public Policy

What makes a professional career in public policy unique is the emphasis on tackling "wicked problems" — the challenging issues that define the public agenda and require talented individuals to devote their energy to finding solutions. The MPP degree offers you an education to succeed in this dynamic, global workforce. Our interdisciplinary degree will teach you economic and statistical analyses as well as communication skills that will help you succeed.

PhD – Public Policy & Political Economy

In today's world, public policy, politics, business and the economy are intertwined. The PhD in PPPE allows you to emphasize the integration and application of theory to practice. You will be prepared to conduct interdisciplinary research and to teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in public policy, urban affairs, and planning programs. You will also be prepared for demanding analytical and administrative positions in domestic and international research, at policy institutions and in the private sector. The strong analytical and interdisciplinary focus sets this degree apart from others and will distinguish you among the general pool of job applicants.

Graduate Certificate – Program Evaluation

A graduate-level certificate program in Program Evaluation is offered by the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. Students who complete this program have an opportunity to gain competencies in the design and implementation of program evaluations in fields such as education, health care, human services, criminal justice, and economic development.

Graduate Certificate – Economic and Demographic Data Analysis

The Graduate Certificate in Economic and Demographic Data Analysis may be acquired by graduate degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students.