Master of Arts in International Affairs

Spend one or two years at SAIS Europe
Write an original thesis
Build your lifelong professional network
Prepare for your international career

Explore the cooperative degree program options in Europe

Work with Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty to explore your own interests in-depth

Join a community of classmates from over 40 countries

Participate in career treks to Brussels, London, Geneva and more

Curriculum
Cooperative Degree Programs

Courses
Students in the MAIA program may select classes from the entire SAIS Europe course catalog. Students who spend both years at SAIS Europe complete 14 courses and write a thesis. Students who spend one year at SAIS Europe as part of a cooperative program complete six classes and write a thesis.
 
Economics
All MAIA candidates must successfully complete at least two economics courses. The foundational courses are Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Students who only complete the Microeconomics and Macroeconomics courses will also need to enroll in a non-credit Fundamentals of Trade and Monetary Theory course to ensure a basic understanding of International Economics.

Those who have taken an equivalent course elsewhere, may take a waiver exam to demonstrate their prior knowledge. Students who pass one waiver exam must substitute the waived course with the corresponding upper-level course (for example, students who waive Microeconomics must then take International Trade Theory. Students who waive Macroeconomics must then take International Monetary Theory).

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.
 
Languages
All non-native speakers of English must have proven English competence by submitting a TOEFL, IELTS or a CPE score. The TOEFL/IELTS/CPE exam requirement may be waived for individuals who have done their undergraduate degree in English in a country where English is an official language.
 
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.
 
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. 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 teach at SAIS Europe.
 

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 satisfy SAIS Europe’s prerequisites in economics and languages and write an original thesis. Students apply to 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, 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 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 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.