Academics

Study with Purpose
Become an Expert
Learn from the Best
Build Your Network
Advance Your Career

Our customizable degree programs provide you the flexibility to tailor your studies to focus on the issues that matter the most

Our interdisciplinary education provides the theoretical insight and practical tools required for successful careers in today's global environment

Study with world-class experts who are renowned for their scholarship, influence, and networks

Form lasting connections with expert faculty, talented classmates, and influential thought leaders

Explore rewarding career and internship opportunities through networking events, employer presentations, and career treks to industry hub cities

Degrees
Master of Arts
Master of Arts in International Affairs
Master of Arts in International Studies
Master of Arts in Global Risk
Master of International Economics and Finance
Master of Arts in Global Policy
Master of International Public Policy
Doctor of Philosophy
HNC Certificate
Dual-Degree and Cooperative Programs
MA - ML Dual-Degree with the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University
Exchange Programs
Certificate and Non-Degree Programs
Executive Training

Global Presence, International Perspective

In an era fraught with economic instabil­ity, security challenges, poverty, inequality, and vulnerability, training the next genera­tion of cross-sector leaders is more impor­tant than ever.

For 75 years, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) has been committed to producing innovative thinkers and problem-solvers, equipped to deal with complex challenges around the world. By connecting the theoretical study of economics, international relations, and regional studies to the work of policymakers, students gain the knowledge, skills, and network for success.

Degrees at a Glance

Degree Campus Duration Entry Term Work Experience
Master of Arts (MA) Bologna, Italy*
Washington, DC
2 Academic
years
fall 0-4 years
Master of Arts in
Global Policy (MAGP)
Washington, DC 16 months fall 7-12 years
(minimum 7 years)
Master of Arts in
Global Risk (MAGR)
Bologna, Italy 13 months summer 2-4 years
Master of Arts in
International Affairs (MAIA)
Bologna, Italy 2 academic
years
fall
spring
0-2 years
Master of Arts in
International Economics
and Finance (MIEF)
Washington, DC 11 months summer 0-2 years
Master of Arts in
International Studies (MAIS)
Nanjing, China 2 academic
years
fall 0-2 years
Master of International
Public Policy (MIPP)
Bologna, Italy
Washington, DC
1 academic
year
fall
spring
7-12 years
(minimum 7 year)
HNC Certificate in Chinese
and American Studies
Nanjing, China 1 academic
year
fall 0-2 years
HNC Certificate +
Master of Arts (MA)**
Nanjing, China
Bologna, Italy
Washington, DC
2 – 2.5
academic years
fall 0-2 years
Diploma in
International Studies
Bologna, Italy 1 academic
year
fall
spring
0-4 years
Doctor of Philosophy Bologna, Italy
Washington, DC
4-6 years fall 4-6 years
*SAIS Europe offers spring admission in the MA program on a space-available basis.
**HNC Certificate/MA requires at least one semester in Washington, DC.

Master of Arts

The majority of students at Johns Hopkins SAIS are enrolled in the two-year, full-time Master of Arts (MA) degree. The program’s interdisciplinary coursework emphasizes international economics, policy and regional studies, international relations, and languages. Students can begin their studies with one year at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, elect to spend either year at SAIS Europe, or spend both years in Washington, DC.

Incoming Class

Average Years of Work Experience 2 years
Female/Male 54% / 46%
Countries Represented 54
Non-US% 42%
US-Minority% 26%
GPA (middle 50% range) 3.36 - 3.76
GRE Verbal (middle 50% range) 155 - 164
GRE Quantitative (middle 50% range) 154 - 164
GMAT Verbal (middle 50% range) 36 - 42
GMAT Quantitative (middle 50% range) 42 - 50
TOEFL (middle 50% range) 104 - 111

All MA students pursue two concentrations — the first in international economics and the second in one of 19 international policy areas or regions of the world. In addition, students satisfy a quantitative reasoning requirement, fulfill core requirements, achieve proficiency in a foreign language, and may complete a program capstone.

International Economics + International Policy Area or Regions of the World

International Economics

  • Microeconomics (Intermediate)
  • Macroeconomics (Intermediate)
  • International Trade Theory
  • International Monetary Theory

Eligible students may petition to take a waiver exam in any of these subjects replace the course with alternate economics courses.

International Policy Areas

Regions of the World

Students typically enroll in four classes, plus a non-credit language course each fall and spring semester to satisfy the program’s 64 credit requirement. This includes completing core, quantitative reasoning, non-native language proficiency requirements and a capstone project.  

Students in the MA must complete two of the following core course requirements or by either taking a for-credit course, or by passing a non-credit core exam:

  • American Foreign Policy Since World War II
  • Comparative Politics (Comparative National Systems)
  • Evolution of the International System
  • Theories of International Relations

Students in the MA program must also complete one quantitative reasoning course. Course options include:

  • Statistical Methods for Business & Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Macro Econometrics
  • Risk Analysis and Modeling
  • Quantitative Global Economics 
  • Credit Markets and Credit Risk

Students in the MA program are required to complete a capstone within their concentration. Capstone requirements vary by program and may include:

  • Oral exams
  • Written exams
  • Specialized courses that requires intensive writing and research or a practicum project
  • Research projects

Students in the MA program must demonstrate proficiency in a non-native language by passing a proficiency exam in one of the 17 languages. Non-credit language courses are offered to prepare for proficiency in the following languages:

Languages Offered:

  • Arabic
  • Burmese
  • Chinese
  • English*
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi-Urdu
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Persian (Farsi)
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese

* Students whose native language is not English may use English to fulfill this requirement.

Beyond the requirements, students in the MA program have room in their degree for electives, which can be used for a minor, specialization or towards an exchange program or dual degree.

Minors
Students have the option of pursing a minor in either an international policy area or a region of the world. A minor consists of 3 courses and 1 cross-listed course can be shared between the minor and the policy/regional concentration.

Specializations
Students may also pursue an optional specialization in International Economics or Emerging Markers. A specialization typically consists of three to four courses.

Specializations offered in International Economics include:

  • Development Economics
  • Economic Policy
  • Infrastructure Finance and Policy
  • International Finance
  • Quantitative Methods and Economic Theory

Dual-Degree and Exchange Programs
To enhance their graduate education and professional opportunities, some students pursue dual-degree or exchange programs in business, law, public administration, public health, public policy, and international diplomacy. To learn more about our partnerships with leading graduate programs around the world, click here

Our graduates are in great demand by employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give students a distinct professional advantage. Learn more about our global career outcomes here.

Apply Now
Visit Us
Request a Brochure

Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA)

This two-year, researched-focused, degree program is based at SAIS Europe and allows students to work with faculty advisors to develop and produce an original thesis. MAIA students can elect to pursue both years of the program at SAIS Europe in Bologna, Italy, or split their time with a participating European university as part of a cooperative degree program.

SAIS Europe is characterized by its international faculty and close-knit academic community. In addition to the expertise of SAIS Europe’s full-time faculty, students may also take advantage of the wide-range of expertise of the more than 40 adjunct faculty who regularly teach at SAIS Europe.

Students who spend both years at SAIS Europe must complete 14 courses and write a thesis. Students who only spend one year at SAIS Europe as part of a cooperative program must complete six courses and write a thesis. MAIA students select courses from the SAIS Europe course catalogue.

International Economics
All MAIA candidates must successfully complete at least two economics courses. Students who select Microeconomics and Macroeconomics—the fundamental core courses—will also need to enroll in Fundamentals of Trade and Monetary Theory as a non-credit course to ensure a basic understanding of international economics.

Students may petition to take a waiver exam if they have previously taken an equivalent economics course to demonstrate their knowledge. However, students who pass the exam must then substitute the waived course with another approved economics course.  

Students who have previously taken Intermediate Microeconomics or Calculus, or have taken the online calculus test, may consider taking Microeconomics at SAIS Europe during Pre-term.

Pre-term courses are not counted toward the MAIA economics requirement although they will fulfill pre-requisite requirements for other courses. MAIA students who pass Microeconomics in Pre-Term must take International Trade Theory during the course of the academic year.

Thesis 
All MAIA candidates present and defend an original thesis. Upon admission to the program, candidates discuss options for research topics with their faculty advisor and with the degree program coordinator.
Native English speakers must pass a proficiency examination in one of the seven foreign languages offered at SAIS Europe:
  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Non-native English speakers must pass the English proficiency exam.

During the application process, non-native speakers of English will be required to submit a score from an English competency exam TOEFL, IELTS or a CPE. This exam requirement may be waived for individuals who have completed their undergraduate degree in English in a country where English is an official language.
SAIS Europe offers cooperative two-year degree programs with leading European universities. Students may begin their course of study at either institution, earning a diploma or master’s degree from both. Cooperative degree candidates are required to satisfy the school’s prerequisites in economics and language, as well as to write an original thesis. Students must apply to, and be accepted at, both institutions.

Institut d’études politiques de Lille (Sciences Po Lille, France)
Students who are pursuing their first year of study for the Master’s cycle at Lille can apply to SAIS Europe in Bologna for a second year of study. Upon successful completion of their second year at SAIS Europe and all of the requirements of Sciences Po, students earn both a Master’s degree from Sciences Po and Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Students who begin at SAIS Europe will earn the Bologna Diploma and then go on to pursue a Master’s at Sciences Po Lille.

Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria
Students who begin the program in Vienna can apply to spend their second year of study in Bologna at SAIS Europe. Upon successful completion of all the requirements, students earn an MAIA from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Students who begin their first year of study at SAIS Europe can spend their second year at the Diplomatic Academy. Upon successful completion of their second year in Vienna, students earn both a Master of Advanced International Studies (MAIS) from the Diplomatic Academy and a Bologna Diploma.

University of Leiden, the Netherlands
Students who are pursuing their first year of Master’s study at Leiden can apply to SAIS Europe in Bologna for a second year of study. Upon successful completion of their second year at SAIS Europe, students will earn both a Master of Arts in International Relations (Humanities) from the University of Leiden and a MAIA from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Students who begin at SAIS Europe will earn the Bologna Diploma and then go on to pursue a MA in International Relations at the University of Leiden.

University of Bologna, Italy
SAIS Europe offers four, two-year cooperative degree programs with the University of Bologna at campuses in Bologna, Forlì and Rimini.

- Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, Bologna and Forlì 
Students who begin the program at the University of Bologna and complete their second year at SAIS Europe earn both a Laurea Magistrale in Relazioni Internazionali (RILM) and an MAIA from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Those who begin at University of Bologna, Forlì  and complete their second year at SAIS Europe earn both a Laurea Magistrale in Scienze Internazionali e Diplomatiche (SID) and an MAIA from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Students who complete their first year of study at SAIS Europe earn a Diploma and then pursue either the RILM or SID at the University of Bologna.

- Resource Economics and Sustainable Development of the School of Economics, Management and Statistics, Rimini
Students who begin the program at the University of Bologna, Rimini and complete their second year at SAIS Europe earn both  a Laurea Magistrale in Economics and Market Policy and a MAIA from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Students who complete their first year of study at SAIS Europe earn the Bologna Diploma and then pursue the Laurea Magistrale in Economics and Market Policy at the University of Bologna, Rimini.

- School of Economics, Management and Statistics, Bologna
Students who begin the program at the University of Bologna and complete their second year at SAIS Europe earn both a Laurea Magistrale in Economics and a MAIA from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Students who complete their first year of study at SAIS Europe and second year at the University of Bologna will earn both the MAIA degree from Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Laurea Magistrale in Economics from the University of Bologna.

Our graduates are in great demand by employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give students a distinct professional advantage. Learn more about our global career support here.

Apply Now
Visit Us
Request a Brochure

Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)

Offered at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC), this two-year program is the only master’s 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. Intermediate to advanced level proficiency in Mandarin is required prior to beginning study.

Students in the MAIS program elect to concentrate in Chinese Studies, Comparative and International Law, Energy, Resources and Environment, International Economics or International Politics during their two years of study at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.
 
The Chinese Studies concentration provides advanced study of Chinese history, culture and society. Many of the courses in the concentration are cross-listed with the four disciplinary concentrations.
 
The Comparative and International Law concentration presents courses on the legal systems of both China and the United States, as well as courses that look at legal structures and behavior in the transnational arena. Students develop an understanding of the legal basis of international relations and insight into how the legal traditions of China and the United States shape the behavior of the two countries.
 
The Energy, Resources and Environment concentration provides students the opportunity to examine global concerns in these areas by taking courses on China’s Development and the Environment, Environmental Economics, Water Resources, Air Pollution and its Control, and Environmental Risk Assessment and Management.
 
The International Economics concentration prepares students for international careers that require economic skills and knowledge. The foundation that students develop in international economic theory, applications, systems, and policy also prepares them for the further study of economics.
 
The International Politics concentration equips students with a thorough understanding of the interaction of nation-states and other actors in the international arena. Contemporary, historical, and cultural factors that influence international behavior are emphasized. Students master basic theories and methods currently used in the field and will gain practice in applying them to policy formulation and analysis.

Students in the MAIS program typically complete 13 courses over their two-year study at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in addition to completing a thesis. At least nine of these 13 courses (excluding thesis tutorial courses) must be taken in Chinese and six courses must count towards their area of concentration.
 
In addition to the specific requirements of their concentration, students in the MAIS program must take at least one course in law, one course in international politics, and two courses in international economics. Many courses are cross-listed between concentrations and may count for multiple requirements.
 
MAIS Tutorial - This course is designed to provide MAIS students with practical guidance in planning and carrying out their two-year course of study and helps students consider how their own concentration might be linked to larger issues in Sino-international relations.
 
MAIS Thesis Preparation - This course provides a forum for discussing progress on thesis work, interacting with visiting scholars and faculty, and measuring progress of their theses.
All applicants to Hopkins-Nanjing Center programs are required to take the Avant Assessment STAMP Chinese proficiency test.
Applicants have typically completed 3 to 4 years of college-level Chinese and have spent time in China.
 
Students who intend to further their Chinese language study between taking the test and enrolling in the program should make this clear on their application, as this information may play a role in the admissions decision.
 
The recommended score on the STAMP Chinese proficiency test for the MAIS program is 1300 or above. Click here for instructions on how to take the test. 
Hopkins-Nanjing Center 2018-2019 Class Profile
Cohort Size166
Chinese Students103
International Students63
U.S. Minority %32%
 Average Age24
Countries Represented12
Female/Male54% / 46%
GPA (middle 50% range)3.30 -3.77
GRE Verbal (middle 50% range)157-166
GRE Quantitative (middle 50% range)151-160
                                                                                                                       
These numbers reflect the current student body which includes students in both the two-year MAIS degree program and one-year HNC Certificate offered at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.

Alumni of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center have played key roles in government, business, journalism, NGOs, and academia. As graduates of the only truly joint target-language US-China graduate school of its kind, our alumni are uniquely poised to understand and manage diverse facets of US-China commercial, academic, economic, and political relations. Learn more about our global career outcomes here.

Apply Now
Visit Us
Request a Brochure

Master of Arts in Global Risk

Offered at SAIS Europe in Bologna, Italy this 13-month, cohort-based program builds on the core strengths of Johns Hopkins SAIS in multi-disciplinary 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.   

 

At a Glance
  • Courses are taught by faculty, renowned for their interdisciplinary approach to the study of economics, politics and history, as well as recent innovative work in the field of risk and uncertainty.
  • Students complete a capstone project in the form of a focused summer internship or original thesis.
  • MAGR students benefit from SAIS Europe’s international community with classmates from over 40 countries. 
  • Accepting applications for fall cohort (early decision 1 November, regular decision 7 January)

Learn More

Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MIEF)

This challenging 11-month, full-time master's degree program is recognized as a STEM degree, and is offered at the Washington, DC campus. The Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MIEF) positions early- to mid-career professionals to excel in rigorous economic and financial analysis roles. The curriculum prepares students to understand advanced economic theories, master professional quantitative economics and econometrics skills, and assess a wide range of international economic and financial scenarios. Students in this cohort-based program take courses together that increase in complexity throughout the year.

Incoming Class

Cohort Size 37
Average Years of Work Experience 2
Female/Male 49% / 51%
Countries Represented 9
Non-US% 83%
GRE Verbal (middle 50% range) 156
GRE Quantitative (middle 50% range) 164
TOEFL (middle 50% range) 108
Learn more about MIEF students by visiting the school’s student profile snapshot blog.

The MIEF degree is conferred upon successfully completing fourteen courses totaling 54 credit hours. In designing your academic plan, you are required to take the core MIEF courses, but you also choose a combination of International Economics electives.

The program requires fourteen core courses, including three quantitative methods courses, five economics electives, skills workshops and the capstone course.

Coursework begins with a six-week summer term starting in mid-July, and follows the school's regular fall and spring semesters with the addition of a January intersession. The capstone course begins in the spring semester and is competed in the summer.

Term Courses Duration
Summer - Advanced Macroeconomics
- Advanced Microeconomics
- Quantitative Methods I
6 weeks
Fall - Quantitative Methods II* 
- International Finance
- International Trade
- Economics Elective
- Economics Elective
- Applied Research Project**
14 weeks
January IntersessionSkills Workshops (2)2 weeks
Spring- Quantitative Methods III
(Select one course: Cross-Sectional and Panel Data Econometrics; Empirical Economic Forecasting and Modeling; or Macro and Financial Time Series Econometrics)
- Economics Elective
- Economics Elective
- Economics Elective
14 weeks
CapstonePolicy research project Ongoing
*Quantitative Methods II meets the first 12 weeks of the Fall semester.
** Applied Research Project meets the second 4 weeks of the Fall semester.

Sample Electives
  • Economic Development
  • Financial Decision-Making
  • International Money and Banking 
  • Cost – Benefit Analysis
  • Advanced Topics in Trade Theory
  • Creating Markets in Infrastructure
  • Credit Markets & Credit Risk
  • Financial Derivatives & Risk Management
  • Quantitative Global Economics
  • Infrastructure Finance and Modeling
  • International Financial Markets
  • International Financial Organizations: Institutions and Analytical Methods
  • Microeconomics of Development
  • Multinational Corporate Finance
  • Advanced International Macroeconomics
  • Regulation of International Financial Markets
  • Risk Analysis & Modeling
    Note: Course offerings subject to change

Intersession Skills Workshops
Students take two intersession skills workshops to expand their professional skills and knowledge related to careers in international economics. Past workshops have covered working with economic and statistical analysis tools such as EViews, MATLAB, PcGive, R, and Stata, as well as, address topics related to working in strategic consulting, investment banking, and business strategy roles.

Capstone Course
Students apply the knowledge, skills and tools they have learned in the MIEF program to address an international economics issue impacting the public, private or nonprofit sector. Teams present their findings in a detailed presentation to fellow classmates, faculty and outside professionals in mid-June. Examples of topics include current account sustainability, exchange rate exposure, investment case studies, studies on financial markets and growth and debt sustainability studies.

Faculty Seminars
Regular International Economics Faculty Seminars are held on Thursday afternoons, where invited professors present and receive feedback on research papers.  These seminars are open to the school's community. You may find a copy of the Seminar Series schedule here.

Student Organizations
Students in the MIEF program very active and involved in many Johns Hopkins SAIS student organizations.
Learn more about the student experience from students in the program.

International Finance and Economics Review (InFER)
A student-run, peer-reviewed publication of the Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance degree program. 

World-Class Events
The school's academic programs and research centers regularly host expert policymakers, CEOs, heads of state, and scholars to campus. MIEF students are encouraged to explore topics of interest by attending lectures, presentations and special programming. Learn more about the school’s recent events, here.

Given the intensive nature of the 11-month MIEF program, it is preferred that candidates have an undergraduate degree in economics or a related field with strong analytic skills. Qualifications for application may include the following:

  • BA or BS in Economics or Political Economy from an accredited US college or university or an equivalent international credential with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (especially in economics courses).
  • BS or BA in a natural science or an equivalent technical area from an accredited US college or university or an equivalent international credential with a GPA of 3.0 or higher AND successful coursework in basic economics (microeconomics and macroeconomics) AND at least one upper level economics course; preferably econometrics.
  • A solid academic background in quantitative courses including coursework in calculus statistics and/or econometrics.  This may be at either the college level or the high school level, via AP courses with test score of 4 or higher.
  • GRE Quantitative score of 157 or higher.
Non-Native Speakers of English
All non-native speakers of English must have proven English competence by submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score (see the Admissions page for more information). The TOEFL/IELTS exam requirement may be waived for individuals who have done their undergraduate degree in English in a country where English is an official language.

Economics knowledge, analytical abilities and the capacity to apply economic analysis to real-world problems give our students a distinct professional advantage. Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in international finance, public policy, economic development, or research, the MIEF program provides students with a firm grasp of the theory and tools of international economics and finance.

Students in the MIEF program are encouraged to work with career counselors in the Office of Global Careers and faculty in the International Economics department to explore career options, attend career treks, build professional networks, and improve professional skills. Learn more about the school’s programming and MIEF employment outcomes here.

Apply Now
Visit Us
Request a Brochure

Master of Arts in Global Policy 

The 16-month Master of Arts in Global Policy (MAGP), designed specifically for highly-motivated, experienced professionals with at least seven years of full-time work experience, is ideal for candidates seeking a deeper understanding of the social, economic and political issues influencing policy decisions, while continuing to work full-time. Studying with world-class scholars and practitioners, students gain the skills and knowledge required for success in our rapidly transforming world. 

Students move through the program in a cohort format, and classes meet on alternating Fridays and Saturdays. The curriculum includes four residencies, simulated or real world experiences, designed to maximize learning in a fast-paced and stimulating learning environment. The MAGP curriculum is carefully designed to support students in integrating the knowledge gained in the classroom into their professional careers. 

At a Glance
  • Designed for highly-motivated, fully-employed, working professionals
  • Delivered via a convenient, alternating Friday and Saturday schedule
  • Culminates with an international residency, where students travel abroad as a cohort to address a current global policy challenge
  • Accepting applications for Fall 2017 at the Washington, DC campus

Master of Arts in Global Policy Admissions Open Office Hours

The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Admissions Office will host office hours specifically for prospective students for the Master of Arts in Global Policy (MAGP).

Request a Brochure

Learn More

Join us for an Information Session

 

Master of International Public Policy

The Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) 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 customize their course of study from hundreds of functional, regional, and economic courses to advance their expertise and position themselves for continued professional success.

MIPP students represent diverse employment sectors and geographic regions and bring substantial work experience into classroom discussions. This program is completed in the equivalent of one academic year and is offered at the Washington, DC and SAIS Europe campuses.

Incoming Class

Cohort Size 54
Average Years of Work Experience 12 (11.69)
Female/Male 31% / 69%
Countries Represented 14
Non-US% 33%
US-Minority% 22%
GPA (middle 50% range) 3.15 - 3.49
GRE Verbal (middle 50% range) 154 - 159
GRE Quantitative (middle 50% range) 150 - 156
TOEFL (middle 50% range) 100 - 106

The MIPP degree consists of eight non-language courses completed over two semesters. Students work with an academic adviser to design a program of study that is academically rigorous and professionally relevant.

Students have the option to further customize their studies by adding an affiliation* with an academic program focused on a specific policy area, a region of the world, or international economics.

Areas of Expertise

International Economics

  • Development Microeconomics
  • Economic Policy
  • Infrastructure Finance and Policy
  • International Finance
  • Quantitative Methods

International Policy Areas

Regions of the World

*Affiliating with an academic program requires at least three of the eight courses to be completed from that area of study. Some programs may set additional requirements such as language proficiency or specific courses.

MIPP students may elect to take a non-credit language course each semester in one of the 17 languages offered. Language courses do not count towards the eight course MIPP degree requirement.

Languages Offered:

  • Arabic
  • Burmese
  • Chinese
  • English*
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi-Urdu
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Persian (Farsi)
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese

* For students whose native language is not English.

Our graduates are in great demand by employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give students a distinct professional advantage. Learn more about our global career outcomes here.

Apply Now
Visit Us
Request a Brochure

Doctor of Philosophy

This full-time program is for individuals who hold a Master and seek to become scholars as well as practitioners in international relations. Each PhD candidate works 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.

At a Glance
  • Each PhD student works with a faculty adviser to plan a comprehensive curriculum
  • Curriculum emphasizes qualitative and quantitative analytic skills
  • Program requires passing three comprehensive exams
  • Students write and defend a prospectus and dissertation

Learn more about the PhD program

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC), is a one-of-a-kind residential academic community in Nanjing, China, committed to cross-cultural learning, free and open academic inquiry, and advanced bilingual proficiency.
 
The one-year Certificate in Chinese and American Studies provides students with flexibility in course selection while deepening their knowledge of Sino-global relations.
 
Our target-language curriculum gives graduates a competitive edge. American and international students take courses in Chinese, while Chinese students are taught primarily in English. A shared residential community deepens cultural ties and creates individuals who are both bilingual and at home in two cultures.

The one-year certificate gives students flexibility in course selection while deepening their knowledge of Sino-global relations. Each year, more than 75 graduate-level courses are offered on topics such as international economics, international politics, Chinese studies, energy, and international law.
 
Students in the certificate program must complete at least six courses taught in Mandarin, although many elect to take additional courses taught in English with their Chinese peers. 
 
The certificate is jointly awarded by Johns Hopkins SAIS and Nanjing University.

Hopkins-Nanjing Center 2018-2019 Class Profile
Cohort Size166
Chinese Students103
International Students63
U.S. Minority %32%
 Average Age24
Countries Represented12
Female/Male54% / 46%
GPA (middle 50% range)3.30 -3.77
GRE Verbal (middle 50% range)157-166
GRE Quantitative (middle 50% range)151-160
                                                                                                                       
These numbers reflect the current student body of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center which includes students in both the two-year MAIS degree program and one-year certificate program.
Students develop high-level professional Chinese-language skills by reading academic articles, debating issues in class, writing research papers, and living in a bilingual community. Intermediate to advanced level proficiency in Mandarin is required prior to beginning study.
 
All applicants to Hopkins-Nanjing Center programs are required to take the Avant Assessment STAMP Chinese proficiency test.
Applicants have typically completed 3 to 4 years of college-level Chinese and have spent time in China.
 
The recommended score on the STAMP Chinese proficiency test for the certificate program is 1200 or above. Click here for instructions on how to take the test.
 
Note: Students who intend to further their Chinese language study between taking the test and enrolling in the program should make this clear on their application, as this information may play a role in the admissions decision. 

Alumni of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center are renowned for their Chinese-language proficiency and their multidisciplinary approach to understanding international affairs and China studies. They play key roles in government, business, journalism, NGOs, and academia and are uniquely poised to understand and manage diverse facets of US-China commercial, academic, economic, and political relations. Learn more about our global career outcomes here.

Apply Now
Visit Us
Request a Brochure

Dual-Degree and Cooperative Programs

To enhance their graduate education and professional opportunities, some students pursue dual-degree or cooperative programs in business, law, public administration, public health, public policy, and international diplomacy. The school offers partnerships with leading graduate schools in the United States and around the globe.  Students may create an ad hoc dual-degree program of study (non-formal program) with other prominent universities. Proposals for ad hoc dual-degrees are possible, but must be approved by the Office of Academic Affairs. NOTE: Only top-ranked professional schools will be considered for ad-hoc dual-degrees. To be admitted to any of the dual-degree programs, students must apply to, and be accepted by, both schools independently. To start your Master of Arts application click here.

For those accepted to a dual-degree program, the school reduces the number of required courses from 16 to 12 in recognition of course work taken at another approved school. Students in the dual-degree program receive a quarter/semester of advanced standing at each school, allowing them to complete the two degrees in one year less than traditionally required.


Dual-Degree Options


Global Business

Global Health
International Law
International Relations
Public Policy


*Pending SACSCOC approval.


Cooperative Degree Programs

SAIS Europe offers cooperative two-year degree programs with leading European universities for students in the Bologna-based Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) program. Students may begin their course of study at either institution, earning a Diploma or Master’s degree from both. Cooperative degree candidates satisfy SAIS Europe’s prerequisites in economics and languages and write an original 20,000 word thesis. Students apply to both institutions. Please contact the SAIS Europe Admissions Office for more information.

  • Institut d’études politiques de Lille (Sciences Po Lille, France)
    Students who are pursuing their first year of study for the Master’s cycle at Lille can apply to SAIS Europe in Bologna for a second year of study. Upon successful completion of their second year at SAIS Europe, students will earn both a Master’s degree from Sciences Po and Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Students who begin at SAIS Europe will earn the Bologna Diploma and then go on to pursue a Master’s at Sciences Po Lille. 
  • Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria
    Students who begin the program in Vienna can apply to spend their second year of study in Bologna at SAIS Europe. Upon successful completion of study, students earn a MAIA from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Students who begin their first year of study at SAIS Europe can spend their second year at the Diplomatic Academy. Upon successful completion of their second year in Vienna, students earn both a Master of Advanced International Studies (MAIS) from the Diplomatic Academy and a Bologna Diploma. 
  • University of Leiden, the Netherlands
    Students who are pursuing their first year of Master’s study at Leiden can apply to SAIS Europe in Bologna for a second year of study. Upon successful completion of their second year at SAIS Europe, students will earn both a Master of Arts in International Relations (Humanities) from the University of Leiden and a MAIA from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Students who begin at SAIS Europe will earn the Bologna Diploma and then go on to pursue a MA in International Relations at the University of Leiden. 
  • University of Bologna, Italy
    SAIS Europe offers four, two-year cooperative degree programs with the University of Bologna at campuses in Bologna, Forlì and Rimini.

    Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, Bologna and Forlì
    Students who begin the program at the University of Bologna and complete their second year at SAIS Europe earn both a Laurea Magistrale in Relazioni Internazionali (RILM) and an MAIA from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Those who begin at University of Bologna, Forlì  and complete their second year at Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe earn both a Laurea Magistrale in Scienze Internazionali e Diplomatiche (SID) and an MAIA from Johns Hopkins SAIS.  Students who complete their first year of study at SAIS Europe earn the Bologna Diploma and then pursue either the RILM or SID at the University of Bologna.

    Resource Economics and Sustainable Development of the School of Economics,   Management and Statistics, Rimini
    Students who begin the program at the University of Bologna, Rimini and complete their second year at SAIS Europe earn both  a Laurea Magistrale in Economics and Market Policy and a MAIA from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Students who complete their first year of study at SAIS Europe earn the Bologna Diploma and then pursue the Laurea Magistrale in Economics and Market Policy at the University of Bologna, Rimini.

    School of Economics, Management and Statistics, Bologna
    Students who begin the program at the University of Bologna and complete their second year at SAIS Europe earn both earn a Laurea Magistrale in Economics and a MAIA from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Students who complete their first year of study at SAIS Europe and second year at the University of Bologna will earn both the MAIA degree from Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Laurea Magistrale in Economics from the University of Bologna.

 

MA -  ML Dual-Degree with the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University

IMPORTANT DATES:

Johns Hopkins SAIS:

Application Deadline:
Early Notification - November 1, 2018
Regular Decision - January 7, 2019
 
Decision Notification Date:
Early Notification - December 21, 2018
Regular Decision - March 8, 2019


For more information on the Johns Hopkins SAIS admissions process, please click here.


Tsinghua University:

Application Deadline:
March 31, 2019

Notification Date:
April 14, 2019


For more information on the Tsinghua University admissions process, please click here.
 

Overview


Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s top universities, offer a groundbreaking dual-degree program. Tsinghua’s president recently welcomed the first cohort and admissions are now open for the second.  Each cohort will have roughly an equal number of Chinese and non-Chinese students.

Students spend the first academic year at Tsinghua and then three semesters at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington, DC (Fall/Spring/Fall). As with all dual-degree arrangements, students have the opportunity to complete the school's MA requirements in three instead of four semesters, but both degrees are conferred only when all requirements are met at both schools.  After completion of these requirements, students will be awarded a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a Master of Law degree and graduation certificate from Tsinghua.

This dual-degree program combines the qualities of two world-class institutions to provide an enriched and expansive experience featuring different perspectives on international relations and global affairs. The goal is to equip students with a sound grasp of economics, excellent analytic skills, and interdisciplinary research abilities. The program will help students become elite professionals around the world who take an active role in global governance and who can excel in multiple career paths after graduation, including civil service in government ministries involved with foreign and commerce affairs, research roles at institutes devoted to public policy and foreign affairs, international organizations, and international financial institutions.

Current first cohort student Keji Mao was recently featured for his research work in the school's South Asia Studies program.
 

NexGen Global Forum

 
The NexGen Global Forum is a Beijing-based research organization founded by the inaugural cohort of the Johns Hopkins SAIS—Tsinghua University Dual Degree Master’s Program. NexGen Global Forum provides a real window into the dynamic nature of this program.  You can view video testimonials from current students on the NexGen homepage as well as profiles, blog posts, as well as recent and ongoing research projects.
 
NexGen Global Forum’s mission is to advance greater mutual understanding of foreign policy and cultural perceptions by reexamining traditional frameworks of debate on current events. Through both conventional and innovative engagement approaches, NexGen Global Forum endeavors to build an inclusive platform for balanced dialogue that highlights diverse perspectives from academia, government, business, and the local community.
 

Admissions


Applicants will apply to both institutions separately and concurrently. They will be evaluated for admissions by each institution based on their respective requirements and criteria. For administrative identification purposes, applicants for the dual-degree program will be requested to indicate their intentions clearly on their applications to both institutions.

For information about the Tsinghua University admissions process, please click here. Questions can be directed to iisws@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn. For information on the Johns Hopkins SAIS admissions process, click here. Questions can be directed to sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu.

 

Program structure
 

  • Johns Hopkins SAIS

Students must complete all prescribed MA requirements (International Economics, Quantitative Reasoning, Concentration(s), Cores, and language), but receive 16 credits (one semester) worth of electives through the dual-degree, allowing them the opportunity to complete the degree in three instead of four semesters.  All students choose at least one concentration (world region and/or international policy area).  You may view specific curricula here by selecting an area of study and then “curriculum”.
 

  • Tsinghua

This is a specialized curriculum created for the dual-degree program.  Features include a customized simulated think tank course exclusively for the program, a policy practicum spanning the entire time at Tsinghua, and the possibility for policy research oriented field trips to rural China and/or another country.  Aside from a first semester course in Chinese language and culture (with a second semester option), all instruction is in English.

You can find more detailed information on the Tsinghua curriculum here.  Please contact iisws@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn with any questions.

Exchange Programs

Participating in an exchange program offers students a unique opportunity to gain new perspectives on their program of study. The school offers three exchange programs for MA students entering their third semester. The exchange partnerships include:

  • The Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University in the Yuan, Haidian District in Beijing, China.
    Students can choose courses, taught in English, in subject areas ranging from security studies to public diplomacy. Study at Tsinghua affords students the opportunity to be surrounded by scholars from around the world in the international and cultural capital of Beijing.

 

  • Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore at the Bukit Timah Campus.
    Ranked first in Asia, NUS is a top university with strong global partnerships and faculty who bring real-life policy experience to the classroom. Students take classes taught in English in topics such as urban development, globalization and economic development.

 

  • Sciences Po in Paris, France.
    Students can choose English langauge courses within the Paris School of International Affairs, School of Public Affairs, Urban School, European Affairs, Economics & Business, and Communications. In Paris, students can take advantage of the internationally diverse community while being in a capital city that draws leading figures from around the world.


  • Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany
    Students may enroll in courses offered in the Masters of Public Policy or Masters of International Affairs programs. Courses cover topics such as policy analysis, finance and trade, security and sustainability.

     

Certificate and Non-Degree Programs

The school offers a number of certificate and non-degree programs for individuals looking to improve their knowledge of international relations or international development who aren't looking for a full-time degree program or who are looking to augment their current credentials.

Executive Education

Professors and practitioners are thought leaders in the fields of international development, international economics and international relations. Partner with Executive Education to develop customized programs and seminars to address the complex global challenges and issues specific to your organization.

At a Glance
  • Custom programs can vary in topic, duration and location
  • Taught by internationally recognized scholars and practitioners
  • Programs can be customized to include site visits relevant to course topics
  • Clients around the world include educational institutions, embassies, governments, NGOs, nonprofits, private companies and public institutions
  • Participants can benefit from locations in Washington, DC; Bologna, Italy; and Nanjing, China

Learn more about Executive Education programs