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The 16-month Global Policy Program (GPP), designed specifically for highly-motivated, experienced professionals, 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 GPP curriculum is carefully designed to support students in integrating the knowledge gained in the classroom into their professional careers.
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
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.
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.
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.
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, recent and ongoing research projects, and occasional podcast interviews and conversations.
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.
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.
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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”.
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.
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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 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.