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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.

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Master of Arts in International Affairs

This two-year degree program is researched-focused, allowing students to produce an original thesis. Students may pursue both years of the MAIA at SAIS Europe or one year at SAIS Europe and the other at a participating European university as part of a cooperative degree program.

At a glance
  • Spend one or two years at the SAIS Europe campus in Bologna, Italy
  • Work with faculty advisors to develop and write an original research thesis
  • Choose from over 75 courses offered across the SAIS Europe curriculum
  • Learn from classmates and faculty representing over 40 countries
     

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    Master of Arts in International Studies

    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 course work and a thesis in Chinese, culminating in a degree jointly awarded by Johns Hopkins SAIS and Nanjing University. Mandarin proficiency required.
    At a Glance
    • Prior Chinese proficiency at the intermediate to advanced level required
    • Offered only at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center
    • Awarded jointly by Johns Hopkins SAIS and Nanjing University

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      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)

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      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.

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      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).

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      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.

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      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

      HNC Certificate

      The one-year Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) Certificate gives students flexibility in course selection while deepening their knowledge of Sino-global relations. Graduate-level courses in topics such as economics, energy, and law offered in Chinese help develop linguistic and cultural fluency. Intermediate to advanced level proficiency in Mandarin is required prior to beginning study.

      Prospective students who seek to expand their graduate studies and obtain a masters degree are encouraged to apply to the HNC Certificate/MA program. Students in this program continue their studies by spending an additional two to three semesters in Washington, DC or Bologna, Italy. (One semester must be completed in Washington, DC)

      Note: An offer of admission to either the Hopkins-Nanjing Center’s certificate program or masters of arts degree program at Johns Hopkins SAIS does not constitute admission to the other institution or program.

      At a Glance

      • Prior Chinese proficiency at the intermediate to advanced level required
      • Emphasizes international economics, global themes world regions, and languages
      • Combined study in both Nanjing, China and Washington, DC

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      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