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A division of The Johns Hopkins University, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students a truly international perspective on critical issues. A presence on three continents sets Johns Hopkins SAIS apart and is one of our greatest strengths. We not only teach about the world, we are in the world.

For seven decades, Johns Hopkins SAIS students have distinguished themselves by pursuing academic excellence in international relations. The school was established in Washington, DC, in 1943, opened its campus in Bologna, Italy, in 1955 and in 1986 initiated one of the first Western university programs in the China in Nanjing.

A Johns Hopkins SAIS education combines the academic depth of a graduate school with the practical policy focus of a professional school. Johns Hopkins SAIS graduates are known for their interdisciplinary breadth and solid foundation in economics-prerequisites for a successful career in international relations. The result: innovative thinkers and problem-solvers with the economic and cultural expertise to confront complex global challenges.

Our intimate and supportive learning community-diverse individuals of vision, intellect and creativity with a common commitment to positive change will inspire you to explore your interests and ultimately make a difference in the world.

Degrees Offered

Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) - 2 years (full-time)
This full-time two-year program is the cornerstone of the Johns Hopkins SAIS experience. About half of all entering MA students spend a year in Bologna prior to their second year in Washington, while the others spend both years in Washington DC. The academic program is the same for both groups, consisting of interdisciplinary course work in international relations, economics, and languages. (Offered in Washington DC and SAIS Europe)

Master of Arts in Global Risk (MAGR) - 13 month (full-time)
This cohort-based program builds on the core strengths of Johns Hopkins SAIS in a multidisciplinary analysis by introducing students to the broad array of concepts and tools from the social sciences that are necessary to undertake sophisticated political and economic risk analysis. The MAGR will produce a graduate who understands the details of risk analysis, possesses professional quantitative skills, and is able to apply these tools to policy problems or investment decisions as they are affected by political events. (Offered in SAIS Europe)

Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) - 2 years (full-time)
Offered at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe campus, this two-year masters degree is research-oriented. It allows students to submit a thesis in lieu of two of the non-language courses normally required for the MA. (Offered in SAIS Europe)

Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) - 2 years (full-time)
Offered at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC), this two-year program is the only masters degree fully accredited in both China and the United States. Students complete coursework and a thesis in Chinese, culminating in a degree jointly awarded by Johns Hopkins SAIS and Nanjing University. Mandarin proficiency is required. (Offered in Hopkins-Nanjing Center)

Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MIEF) - 1 year (full-time)
This masters program is designed for recent college graduates and early-career professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of economic theory and reasoning, strengthen quantitative and econometrics skills, and apply their knowledge to project or policy analysis. MIEF graduates are prepared for roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including economic and financial analyst positions. (Offered in Washington DC)

Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) - 1 year (full-time)
The Master of International Public Policy program is designed for experienced professionals with at least seven years of work experience who wish to develop advanced analytical and leadership skills. Studying under world-class scholars and practitioners, students tailor their coursework to meet their own career objectives and achieve continued success. MIPP students represent diverse employment sectors and geographies, bringing substantial work experience into classroom discussions. (Offered in Washington DC and SAIS Europe)

Master of Arts in Global Policy (MAGP) - 16 months (part-time)
The Master of Arts in Global Policy allows working professionals with at least seven years of work experience to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to advance as global leaders while continuing full-time employment. Through a series of courses and residencies, students will be exposed to new approaches to social, economic, and political issues influencing policy decisions. Classes will meet on alternating Fridays and Saturdays with four extended residencies, including one week-long residency abroad. (Offered in Washington DC)

Master of Arts in Sustainable Energy (MASE) - 21 Months (Online, part-time)
Designed with input from industry experts, our program equips graduates with the skills they need to thrive in a global, rapidly growing field. The program’s curriculum covers economics, policy and finance within the context of the sustainable energy market. Whether you’re interested in shaping energy policy on a national or international scale, working with organizations to help them transition to clean energy or want to pursue academic research, the skills and professional network you build through the MA in Sustainable Energy at Johns Hopkins SAIS can help you succeed. (Online)

Master of Arts in Global Risk (MAGR) - 21 Months (Online, part-time)
The MA in Global Risk (online) program includes a one-of-a-kind residency at the SAIS Europe campus in Bologna, Italy, so students will have the opportunity to build or expand their professional networks before they graduate, studying alongside their peers as well as connecting with our expert faculty and risk management practitioners. Before completing the program, students will participate in a final residency in Washington DC. Immediately following the residency, students will participate in the Johns Hopkins SAIS commencement ceremony with the school's entire graduating class. (Online)

The Master of Arts in European Public Policy (MEPP) - 1 year (full time)
The MEPP prepares you for careers related to the European Union (EU). The program combines rigorous, multidisciplinary academic instruction on EU policies and activities, with hands-on, practical training in the skills and techniques required to succeed in the broad EU policy community. Career and placement mentoring is available throughout the year. (Offered in SAIS Europe)

HNC Certificate in Chinese and American Studies - 1 year (full-time)
This one-year program in Nanjing gives students flexibility in course selection while deepening their knowledge of Sino-global relations. Graduate-level content courses taken in Chinese help develop linguistic and cultural fluency. Mandarin proficiency is required. (Offered in Hopkins-Nanjing Center)

HNC Certificate/Johns Hopkins SAIS Master of Arts MAIR - 2-2.5 years (full-time)
Students in this combination program complete an HNC Certificate in Chinese and American Studies in Hopkins-Nanjing Center and then continue their studies toward their MA in the Washington DC campus with a semester option in SAIS Europe. Mandarin proficiency is required prior to entering HNC study. (Offered in Hopkins-Nanjing Center and Washington DC)

Diploma in International Studies - 1 year (full-time)
Students who complete two semesters of full-time study in SAIS Europe receive a diploma certifying that accomplishment. Although most students go on to complete their MA at the Washington DC campus during the second year of study, this certification of graduate course work in international relations is particularly useful for those who already hold or are earning a masters degree at one of our European partner universities. (Offered in SAIS Europe)

Doctor of International Affairs (DIA)- 2-3 years (full-time or part-time)
The Doctor of International Affairs is designed for experienced professionals who seek to further their expertise through an advanced practitioner’s degree. Under the guidance of school experts and scholars, you will take courses and conduct research on the issues that most align with your professional interests. (Offered in Washington DC)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - 3-4 years (full-time)
This full-time program is for individuals who hold an MA and seek to become scholars as well as practitioners in international relations. PhD candidates work with a faculty adviser to design a unique academic and research plan to prepare for their dissertation. Students develop a comprehensive understanding of qualitative and quantitative analytic skills, international relations, economics and regional studies. PhD students may conduct portions of their research at the SAIS Europe campus and/or Hopkins-Nanjing Center. (Offered in Washington DC)

Academic Partnerships
Johns Hopkins SAIS offers partnerships with leading graduate schools in the United States and around the world. Approximately 10 percent of our students pursue dual-degree and cooperative-degree programs in business, law, public administration and public health to enhance their graduate education and achieve their professional objectives. For those accepted to such programs, SAIS reduces the number of required courses from 16 to 12 in recognition of course work taken at another approved school. Students may also create ad hoc dual-degree programs with other prominent universities. In the cooperative-degree programs (offered only at the SAIS Europe campus), masters students from European partner universities can study one year in their home program and one year at SAIS Europe, obtaining the MAIA or the Diploma in International Studies plus a masters degree from their home university. For more information, visit http://www.sais-jhu.edu/content/academics#welcome.

Global Business
MAIR - MBA with Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania
MAIR - MBA with Tuck School at Dartmouth College
MAIR - MBA with INSEAD in France and Singapore
MAIR - MBA with Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia
MAIR -MBA with Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business

Global Health
MAIR - MSPH with Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

International Diplomacy and Public Policy
MAIR - MPA with Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University

International Relations
MAIR - ML with Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University

International Law
MAIR - JD with Stanford University Law School
MAIR- JD with University of Virginia School of Law

Cooperative-Degree Programs
MAIA - MAIS with Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (SAIS Europe campus)
MAIA - Laurea Magistrale with University of Bologna main and Forli campuses (SAIS Europe campus)
MAIA - Masters Degree with Sciences Po Lille (SAIS Europe campus)
MAIA - Masters Degree with Leiden University (SAIS Europe campus)

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Energy Policy
Foreign Policy
Healthcare Policy / Management
Human Rights / Humanitarian Affairs
International Development
International Trade / Business
Law / International Law
Security Studies (National or International)
Social Policy / Poverty

Area Studies

Eastern Europe / Russia
Latin America
Middle East

Graduate Program Overview

Johns Hopkins SAIS offers an interdisciplinary program in which students specialize in either a region of the world or a global theme within international relations while pursuing studies in international economics and foreign language. A sound grounding in the principles and analytical tools of economics is essential to understanding international relations. This preparation is required to comprehend not only the conventional issues of trade and finance but also poverty and development, the management of the global climate and other transnational resources and the process of political modernization and good governance. The school expects students to complete undergraduate-level course work on economic principles before enrollment and then makes the commitment to train students in the economic theory, policy and quantitative tools necessary for their futures.

Along with these important tools, SAIS graduates are known for their language skills. Because Johns Hopkins SAIS is deeply committed to the premise that effective professionals in international service must be able to communicate with their counterparts, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language.

In each of these areas--international relations, regional studies, economics and foreign languages--the training at Johns Hopkins SAIS is rigorous, demanding and correspondingly rewarding. Johns Hopkins SAIS welcomes applications from those willing to meet the challenge.

Admissions Deadline

Spring 2021 Regular Decision Deadline: October 15, 2020
Fall 2021 Early Notification Deadline: November 1, 2020
Fall 2021 Regular Decision Deadline: January 7, 2021
Financial Aid Application Deadline: February 15, 2021

Decision Release Dates
Fall 2021 Early Notification: December 18, 2020
Fall 2021 Regular Decision: March 5, 2021
Financial Aid Decisions Released: March 15, 2021

Admissions Overview

Johns Hopkins SAIS attracts highly motivated students from all over the world who are dedicated to mastering the practice of international relations. The Johns Hopkins SAIS student body is extremely diverse, and admission to the school is competitive. The Admissions Committee seeks applicants with demonstrated leadership ability, practical professional experience, international exposure and solid academic preparation. For more information, please visit our website.

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Contact Information

Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
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