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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.

Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies (HNC) opened in 1986 as a one-of-a-kind center for international studies in China. An educational collaboration between the Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University, it is located on the downtown campus of Nanjing University. Chinese and international students live and learn international relations together in a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to free and open academic exploration and intellectual dialogue. At the heart of the HNC is its superior research library featuring more than 120,000 volumes in English and Chinese and the electronic assets of both the Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University.

Through the use of compelling communication tools, a unified brand marketing approach, and expanded public relations focus, the Office of Marketing, Communications, and Strategic Initiatives leads signature marketing and communications initiatives to advance the school's reputation as a global leader in the field of international relations.

‘In the News’ is a roundup of recent media coverage featuring the Johns Hopkins SAIS community and is produced and distributed several times a month by the Office of Marketing, Communications, and Strategic Initiatives.

The Office of International Services (OIS) is dedicated to providing consistent, exceptional immigration services and international programming support for all SAIS international students, scholars, faculty, researchers, and staff in the United States.