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The MA Oral Exam tests students' knowledge of international economics and their chosen functional or regional concentration. Exams are held in August, December and May, and only the top 30 percent of the student body are eligible to compete for honors. 

Johns Hopkins SAIS' Library, also known as Mason Library, offers comprehensive library services to students, faculty and staff. 

This two-year program for full-time students is the cornerstone of the Johns Hopkins SAIS experience. The academic program consists of interdisciplinary course work in international relations, economics and languages.

This 16-month degree program is ideal for experienced professionals seeking a deeper understanding of the social, economic and political issues influencing policy decisions, while continuing to work full-time.

Offered at SAIS Europe in Bologna only, this is research-oriented MA degree program. Students submit a thesis instead of taking two of the non-language courses normally required for the MA degree. Courses at SAIS Europe in Bologna cover European history, economics, and contemporary politics, international economics, and general international relations, including U.S. foreign policy. Other courses cover current aspects of international finance, conflict management, international law, middle east studies, strategic studies, energy and environmental issues, including climate change. In addition, students can choose to study one of the eight language offered in Bologna.

Students currently enrolled in one of the cooperative programs with SAIS Europe apply directly to the MAIA program. If admitted to the MAIA program, they attend their second year of study at SAIS Europe to complete the MAIA degree.

Students who are not enrolled in of the the cooperative programs must first apply to the MA program (Bologna, Italy). After being admitted, students submit an MAIA application during their first semester of study at SAIS Europe. Students are selected for the MAIA based on their performance during their first semester, their academic potential, and their research proposal that will become the subject of their MAIA thesis in the second year.

This challenging 11-month, full-time masters STEM desginated degree program is guided by a conceptual framework that focuses on advanced economic theories and reasoning, quantitative and econometrics skills, and the application of these tools.

This full-time program is designed for experienced professionals with seven or more years of relevant work experience who wish to develop the advanced analytical and leadership skills necessary to formulate and advocate policy on key international issues.

The Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies operates as a center for teacher development, strategic thought, and education at Johns Hopkins SAIS. It explores the relationship between politics and the many kinds of military power—from the use of terror by small, non-state groups to the threatened use of nuclear weapons—aiming to promote dialogue and innovative research on pressing national security issues. Since its founding in July 2004, following a generous gift from The Merrill Family Foundation, The Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies has been a primary resource to improve the quality of teaching in strategic studies and promote dialogue on major issues of the national security agenda.

The Middle East Studies (MES) program offers a comprehensive approach to study of the region. It covers topics such as failing states, petrostates, political transitions, economic development, state-to-state conflict and nuclear proliferation, as well as religions, ethnicity and tribalism. Middle East Studies courses take a historical and theoretical approach to study of regional issues and topics. A few courses focus on particular countries, such as Iran and Egypt, but a majority explore broad regional or topical questions. The geographic range spans from Morocco to Iran to Turkey to Somalia.