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Each Day Something Happens at Johns Hopkins SAIS That Can Improve the World

Students do more than study global politics and interactions among nations—they live international relations. Across our three campuses, more than 1,000 full-time students create a close-knit community where lifelong relationships, both personal and professional, are formed. Our student body represents approximately 75 nations, promoting a diversity that lends richness and vitality to academic life.

At all three campuses (Washington, DC, Bologna, Italy and Nanjing, China), students share a desire to help others and a commitment to community service. They volunteer assistance to many local and international humanitarian projects, such as running a water supply and sanitation project in Panama, teaching high school students in the Balkans, launching the student-run Migrant School Learning Initiative in Nanjing, and helping in the aftermath of earthquakes in China, Haiti and Japan.

 

Membership:

The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies is proud to be a member of the Public Policy in International Affairs (PPIA) Graduate School Consortium and the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).

       

 

 

 

Academic Programs


A Johns Hopkins SAIS degree represents excellence in international relations, and our graduates are in great demand. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency, and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give our students a distinct professional advantage.

To learn more about the academic programs, please select one of the menu options to the left. Please click here to view a comparison of academic programs.

Degree Programs

Master of Arts (MA) 
This two-year program for full-time students is the cornerstone of the Johns Hopkins SAIS experience. About half of all entering MA students spend a year at SAIS Europe and a year in Washington, while the other half spend both years in Washington. The academic program is the same for both groups of students and consists of interdisciplinary course work in international relations, economics and languages.
Learn more about the Master of Arts Program>>

Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MIEF)
This 11-month, full-time program prepares students to understand advanced economic theories, develop quantitative skills and analyze current international economic issues.  Students move through the program in a cohort format and focus on how international trade and finance shape economic performance. Further, students develop their own perspectives by interacting one-on-one with world renowned scholars while specializing in either Macroeconomics/International Finance or in International Trade/Development.
 
Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA)
Offered at SAIS Europe, this two-year degree program is research-focused, allowing students to produce an original 20,000-word thesis. Students may pursue both years of the MAIA in Bologna or one year at another participating European university as part of a cooperative degree program.
Learn more about the Master of Arts in International Affairs program>>

Master of Arts in Global Risk (MAGR)
Offered at SAIS Europe, this 13-month, cohort-based program builds on the competitive advantages of the school by introducing students to a broad array of concepts and the tools in the social sciences that are necessary to undertake sophisticated political and economic risk analysis. Students complete a capstone project in the form of a client-based professional practicum or original thesis.
Learn more about the Master of Arts in Global Risk>>
 
Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)
Offered at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC), this two-year program is the only masters 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.
Learn more about the Master of Arts in International Studies program>>
 
HNC Certificate/MA
Students who meet admissions requirements for both the HNC and Johns Hopkins SAIS complete two semesters in Nanjing and receive a certificate in Chinese and American Studies, followed by two to three semesters at the school's Washington MA program. Through these joint programs, students can apply their regional and linguistic skills to the broader study of international relations or business.
Learn more about the HNC Certificate/MA program>>

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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.
Learn more about the Doctor of Philosophy program>>


Degrees for Experienced Professionals

Master of International Public Policy (MIPP)
This flexible degree is designed for experienced professionals who wish to develop advanced analytical and leadership skills. Studying under world-class scholars and practitioners, students customize their course of study from an array of functional, regional, and economic course topics to advance their expertise and position themselves for continued professional success.
Learn more about the Master of International Public Policy program>>

Master of Arts in Global Policy Program (GPP)
The school is expanding its degree programs for experienced professionals by launching a Master of Arts in Global Policy Program (GPP) in Fall 2015. The GPP is designed to be delivered in an alternating Friday and Saturday format and will allow experienced professionals to gain the knowledge and skills required to advance as global leaders in the field of international affairs, while continuing full-time employment.
Learn more about the Master of Arts in Global Policy Program>>

Non-Degree Programs


Diploma in International Studies
Students who complete two semesters of full-time study at SAIS Europe (eight non-language courses plus a language requirement) receive a diploma certifying that accomplishment. Although most students go on to complete their MA in Washington during a second year of study, this certification of graduate course work in international relations is particularly useful for those who already hold or are earning a master’s degree at one of our European partner universities.
Learn more about the Diploma in International Studies>>

Graduate Certificate in Chinese and American Studies
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) awards a graduate certificate in Chinese and American Studies to students who attend the HNC for one academic year and take a minimum of six academic courses in their target language. Many choose to take additional classes each semester in their non-target language, resulting in a mix of international and Chinese students in a given class. Certificate and master's students choose from the same courses, and with more than 75 classes offered, students have more choice in matching their studies to their particular interests.
Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Chinese and American Studies>>

Part Time Programs
The school accepts a limited number of part-time, non-degree students for study during the fall and spring semesters. Non-degree students may take a maximum of two courses per semester and a maximum of four courses overall for credit or audit. Please be aware that degree students have priority when registering for classes, and that enrollment will be offered to non-degree students on a space-available basis only.

Courses are available in areas such as international relations theory, policy studies, development and regional studies. Most courses are offered during daytime hours, though a limited number of courses are held in the evening. Non-degree students who would like to obtain a credential over an extended period of time may pursue a Johns Hopkins SAIS certificate. Those who are interested in specialized language study emphasizing political, economic and international topics may apply for courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Hindi-Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai or Vietnamese.
Learn more about Part Time programs>>

Summer Programs
Join us this summer in Washington and experience international affairs. Summer courses provide students with the opportunity to explore the world of international relations and enhance their topical, theoretical and practical knowledge of global issues. Students can earn four graduate-level credits per course.
Learn more about Summer Programs>>


Prepare

The school's student body is diverse, and admission is highly competitive. The Admissions Committee values applicants with solid academic preparation (including course work in economics), practical professional experience, and international exposure. We strongly encourage students of varied undergraduate backgrounds to apply. 

Prepare: Degree Programs

Master of Arts

General
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. All incoming MA students must complete introductory microeconomics and introductory macroeconomics courses (receiving a grade of B- or higher) prior to enrolling. Completion of these courses is recommended but not required to apply. 

Volunteer positions, internships, and employment all are encouraged. While international experience is strongly recommended, students should be able to show their interest in the field of international relations.


Language
All non-native speakers of English must have proven English competence by submitting a TOEFL, IELTS or, for SAIS Europe, a CPE score (see the Admissions page for more information). 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.


For Non-U.S. Students
Most non-U.S. students at the school enter the United States using either F-1 student or J-1 exchange visitor visas–student category. Since a student’s academic career can span several years, we encourage you to keep copies of all immigration-related documents related to your stay. This includes copies of your passport, I-20s, DS-2019s, as well as any applications and correspondence submitted to the government for immigration-related benefits, etc.

All non-European Union citizens at SAIS Europe enter Italy using a student visa. The visa wil be valid for the duration of the academic year.

For Dual Degree Seekers
Students must be admitted separately to each school, satisfying the admissions requirements of both institutions. Students interested in pursuing dual degrees and a two-year program must either apply to the schools simultaneously or be admitted to the second school by the end of their first year at the first school. Students interested in pursuing dual and law degrees must apply simultaneously to each school, apply to the law school before completion of the first year of the degree program or apply before the second year of law study has been completed.
 

Master of Arts in International Affairs

Gen​eral
This program entails two years of study at SAIS Europe. Students who wish to enter this program (except for those coming from our partner institutions) are initially admitted to the MA and must submit an MAIA application during their first semester of study at SAIS Europe. Students are selected on the basis of their performance in the first semester, their academic potential, and a research proposal that will become the subject of their MAIA thesis in the second year.

Non-Native Speakers of English
All non-native speakers of English must have proven English competence by submitting a TOEFL, IELTS or a CPE score (see the Admissions page for more information). 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.

Master of International Economics and Finance

General
Given the intensive 11-month nature of the 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 U.S. 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.

For Non-U.S. Students
Most non-US students at the school enter the United States using either F-1 student or J-1 exchange visitor visas–student category. Since a student’s academic career can span several years, we encourage you to keep copies of all immigration-related documents related to your stay. This includes copies of your passport, I-20s, DS-2019s, as well as any applications and correspondence submitted to the government for immigration-related benefits, etc.

Master of Arts in International Studies

General
College graduates with an advanced level of Chinese language proficiency may apply to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. There are no specific prerequisites for students attending the center, though MAIS candidates planning on pursuing a concentration in International Economics are expected to have taken at least introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics courses before enrolling.

Language
All applicants are required to take the STAMP Chinese Proficiency Test. Students who intend to have further Chinese language study between taking the test and enrolling in the program should make this clear on the application, as this information can play a role in admissions decisions.

For International Students
Applicants whose native language is not English (or in the case of bilingual students, whose dominant language is not English), and who have spent less than two years at an accredited university where English is the medium of instruction, are required to submit an English-proficiency score.

The HNC accepts the TOEFL and IELTS. The HNC and SAIS's Washington, DC, campus share the TOEFL code of 5610-0000.

Citizens of the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao who wish to study in English should visit http://hnc.nju.edu.cn/ for eligibility requirements and application.

HNC Certificate/SAIS MA

General
HNC Certificate/SAIS MA applicants must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. Successful candidates for the HNC Certificate/SAIS MA are advanced in their Chinese language abilities, have demonstrated professional development through work experience and have a background in the fundamentals of economics.

Language
HNC Certificate/SAIS MA applicants are required to take the STAMP Chinese Proficiency Test. Students who intend to have further Chinese language study between taking the test and enrolling in the program should make this clear on the application, as this information can play a role in admissions decisions.

For International Students
Applicants whose native language is not English (or in the case of bilingual students, whose dominant language is not English) and who have spent less than two years at an accredited university where English is the medium of instruction, are required to submit an English-proficiency score.

The HNC accepts the TOEFL and IELTS.  The HNC and SAIS's Washington, DC, campus share the TOEFL code of 5610-0000.

Citizens of the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao who wish to study in English should visit http://hnc.nju.edu.cn for eligibility requirements and application.

Doctor of Philosophy

General
PhD applicants must hold a master's degree in a field directly related to their proposed field of study. Advanced professional degrees, such as a JD or a MBA, cannot be substituted for advanced work in international affairs. An advanced degree in strategic studies from a military institution is not considered appropriate for admission to most PhD programs, but is sometimes acceptable for admission to the Strategic Studies Program.

Language
All students must have proven English proficiency. Students whose native language is not English must demonstrate their preparation in the English language via strong TOEFL or IELTS scores.

For International Students
All applicants whose native language is not English (or in the case of bilingual students, whose dominant language is not English) and who do not hold an undergraduate degree granted by an accredited college/university where English is the medium of instruction are required to submit a score for the TOEFL or the academic version of the IELTS exam. The minimum required score for the TOEFL is 100 on the Internet-based exam (600 in the paper-based exam), and the minimum IELTS score is 7.

Financial Aid and Funding
A limited number of fellowships are available each year. Students with an MA from the school may receive a maximum of three years of funding, and non-MAs may receive a maximum of four years of funding. The fellowship may include tuition and/or stipend benefits.

PhD. students are urged to seek outside support for their studies. In the annual review process, applications for outside support will be treated as one sign of a student's seriousness of purpose.

Students receiving fellowship awards will be carefully evaluated by the PhD Committee on the basis of performance in class, satisfaction of degree requirements, and a written evaluation from the student’s PhD advisor at the end of each academic year to determine if the financial award will be renewed.


Prepare: Degrees for Experienced Professionals

Master of International Public Policy

General
The MIPP is designed as an executive program, and all applicants must have at least nine years of work experience after completion of an undergraduate degree. The degree consists of eight non-language courses, preferably completed full-time within one year, but when necessary a candidate can request part-time status and complete the degree over the span of two years.

Non-Native Speakers of English
All non-native speakers of English must have proven English competence by submitting a TOEFL, IELTS or, for SAIS Europe, CPE score (see the Admissions page for more information). 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.


Prior to Graduating

Language
The degree does not require foreign language study. However, some regional affiliations may require or encourage study in a foreign language from a particular region. Non-native speakers of English must pass an English placement exam. Non-native English speakers graduating from the program at SAIS Europe are required to pass the English proficiency exam.
 


Prepare: Non-Degree Programs

Diploma in International Studies

General
All students enrolling at the Bologna Center, after satisfactorily completing two semesters as full-time residents, will receive the one-year diploma. Students must spend two semesters at the Center as full-time residents. For those who continue their studies, this year counts as the first year of the MA. In order to receive the diploma, all candidates must complete successfully eight non-language courses taken for credit, normally within two consecutive semesters of study.

Language
Non-native English-speaking candidates must either pass an English proficiency examination by the end of the year or must successfully complete two semester courses in advanced English. All native English-speaking candidates must either pass a foreign-language proficiency examination or must successfully complete two regular semester courses in one of the languages offered at the Center.

Certificate in Chinese and American Studies

General
College graduates with an advanced level of Chinese language proficiency may apply to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. There are no specific prerequisites for students attending the Center.

Language
All applicants are required to take the STAMP Chinese Proficiency Test. Students who intend to have further Chinese language study between taking the test and enrolling in the program should make this clear on the application, as this information can play a role in admissions decisions.

For International Students
Applicants whose native language is not English (or in the case of bilingual students, whose dominant language is not English), and who have spent less than two years at an accredited university where English is the medium of instruction, are required to submit an English-proficiency score.

The HNC accepts the TOEFL and IELTS.  The HNC and SAIS Washington, DC share the TOEFL code 5610-0000.

Citizens of the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao who wish to study in English should visit http://hnc.nju.edu.cn for eligibility requirements and application.
 

Part Time Programs

Required Application Materials for First-Time Applicants

Please note, SAIS and JHU Students and Alumni need only complete the online application.
  • Online Non-Degree Application
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions (all applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree, with a 3.0 overall GPA required; must be officially translated if not in English)
  • One-page personal statement describing your background, motivation and goals for taking the course
  • Current CV or resume
  • TOEFL score of 100+ (IBT) if English is a second language
  • Application fee of $50 (applications submitted after January 17, 2014 will be assessed a $35 late fee)

Space is limited in the non-degree program. Degree-seeking students have priority in registration. Enrollment in specific classes will be decided on a space-available basis at the beginning of each semester. Enrollment status may not be finalized until after the first week of classes. Non-degree students are not eligible to apply for courses that have an enrollment limit, as found in the SIS Course Search. Non-degree students are also not permitted to participate in the bidding system for oversubscribed courses.
 
Admission to Non-Degree Programs is entirely independent from degree program admission and in no way implies acceptance to a degree program. Students interested in applying to a full-time degree program should consult the Office of Admissions by e-mail at admissions.sais@jhu.edu or phone at 202.663.5700.
 

Summer Programs

Eligibility
Applicants for all Summer Programs should have at least a “B” average in their previous studies. All applicants for non-language courses must have completed an undergraduate degree or should be entering their final year of undergraduate study in the fall of 2014. Applicants for the Summer Language Institute in DC must have completed a minimum of one year of undergraduate studies prior to the start of Summer Programs. All courses are conducted at the graduate level and participants are expected to perform at this level.

Required Application Materials

First-Time Applicants
  • Online Non-Degree Application (will be available January 1, 2014)
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions (must be officially translated if not in English)
  • One-page personal statement describing your background, motivation and goals for taking the course
  • Current CV or resume
  • TOEFL score of 100+ (IBT) if English is a second language
  • Application fee of $50 (applications submitted after April 24, 2014 will be assessed a $35 late fee)
 
Alumni, Returning Non-Degree Students & JHU Affiliates
  • Online Non-Degree Application (will be available January 1, 2014; applications submitted after April 24, 2014 will be assessed a $35 late fee)

Fall 2015 Incoming Student Profiles

Master of Arts (MA)

Number of Incoming Students 430
Average Age 26
Average Years of Work Experience 2.5
Countries Represented 53
Male/Female's % 50%(M), 50%(F)
Non-U.S. % 44%
U.S. Minority 22% (of U.S. citizens)
GPA (middle 50% range) 3.37-3.76
GRE Verbal (middle 50% range) 155-164 (67-93 percentile) 
GRE Quantitative (middle 50% range) 154-162 (56-83 percentile)
GMAT Verbal (middle 50% range) 34-40
GMAT Quantitative (middle 50% range) 40-49
TOEFL (middle % range) 105-113

    
Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MIEF)

Number of Incoming Students 35
Average Age 24
Average Years of Work Experience 1
Countries Represented 11
Male/Female's % 45%(M), 54%(F)
Non-U.S. % 80%
U.S. Minority 9% (of U.S. citizens)
GPA (middle 50% range) 3.47-3.72
GRE Verbal (middle 50% range) 154-160 (61-84 percentile)
GRE Quantitative (middle 50% range) 159-167 (74-94 percentile) 
GMAT Verbal (middle 50% range) 34-35
GMAT Quantitative (middle 50% range) 50-51
TOEFL (middle % range) 102-107

     
Master of International Public Policy (MIPP)

Number of Incoming Students 39
Average Age 37
Average Years of Work Experience 12
Countries Represented 11
Male/Female's % 63%(M), 35%(F)
Non-U.S. % 32%
U.S. Minority 5% (of U.S. citizens)
GPA (middle 50% range) 3.07-3.48
GRE Verbal (middle 50% range) 159-166 (81-96 percentile)
GRE Quantitative (middle 50% range) 154-162 (56-84 percentile)
GMAT Verbal (middle 50% range) 39
GMAT Quantitative (middle 50% range) 37
TOEFL (middle % range) 104-109

     
Master of Arts in Global Policy Program (GPP)

Number of Incoming Students 28
Average Age 35
Average Years of Work Experience 11
Countries Represented 5
Male/Female's % 42%(M), 57%(F)
Non-U.S. % 21%
U.S. Minority 17% (of U.S. citizens)
GPA (middle 50% range) 2.90-3.52
GRE Verbal (middle 50% range) 160-165 (84-95 percentile)
GRE Quantitative (middle 50% range) 149-155 (37-60 percentile)
TOEFL (middle % range) 111-113

    
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Number of Incoming Students 8
Average Age 32
Average Years of Work Experience 6
Countries Represented 6
Male/Female's % 50%(M), 50% (F)
Non-U.S. % 88%
U.S. Minority 1% (of U.S. citizens)
GPA (middle 50% range) 3.60-3.65
GRE Verbal (middle 50% range) 164-167 (94-97 percentile)
GRE Quantitative (middle 50% range) 152-163 (63-88 percentile)
TOEFL (middle % range) 117


Meet Us

The Admissions teams for all three campuses are available to assist you in planning the next stage of your personal, academic and professional life. We offer a variety of programs to help you explore and prepare your application to the school. Consider taking the important next steps in the admissions process. We look forward to meeting you personally, connecting with you virtually and receiving your application.
 

  • Request information so that we can tell you about upcoming events, information sessions and updates about the admissions process, as well as deadline reminders.
     
  • Log in to your MySAIS page to sign up for a class visit or an optional MA interview. The Washington Office of Admissions conducts optional interviews MA applicants from September through early December. Candidates applying to the Washington, DC campus and US citizens applying to SAIS Europe are encouraged to take advantage of the optional interview process.

    Non-US candidates applying to SAIS Europe will be contacted by the SAIS Europe Admissions Office to arrange an interview after their application has been submitted.
     
  • Learn about our degree offerings: The school offers a myriad of degree programs for candidates at different stages of their professional career.
     
  • Join us on social media: We frequently post updates, information on upcoming events and admissions information through social media. Check us out on:
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Meet Us: Washington, DC


Walk-In Office Hours

The Washington Office of Admissions has walk-in office hours 2-5 pm, Monday-Friday.  During Walk-In Hours prospects are welcome to meet with a student representative or an admissions officer without an appointment.


Campus Tours

Prospective students are also welcome to tour any of our campuses. Anyone looking to explore the Washington campus facilities through a student guided tour, must first obtain a visitor pass at the front desk of the Nitze Building, then come to the Office of Admissions located in Room 317.


Attend a Class

Prospective students are encouraged to experience the quality of the school's students and professors by attending a class. Class visits are available during the academic year, September through May. To schedule a class visit, sign up via your MySAIS page.


Optional MA Interviews

Optional interviews for Fall 2016 MA applicants to the Washington, DC campus and US citizens applying to SAIS Europe are now closed. Interviews for Fall 2017 applicants will open in September 2016.

Non-US candidates applying to SAIS Europe will be contacted by the SAIS Europe Admissions Office to arrange an interview after their application has been submitted.


Learn more about our Washington, DC campus.


Read Our Blog: Washington Office of Admissions

Meet Us: SAIS Europe


Campus Tours

SAIS Europe has an open-door policy for prospective students and encourages visits throughout the academic year when classes are in session. To arrange a visit, contact the Office of Admissions at sais.eu.admissions@jhu.edu.


Open Day

Open Day is an opportunity for students to visit the SAIS Europe campus. During the day-long event visitors meet current students and faculty and attend classes. Registration for Open Day will open in early fall and be possible from this page.


Learn more about our Bologna, Italy campus.


SAIS Europe Admissions Blog

Follow our blog for regular updates from current students about life at SAIS Europe as well as information from the admissions office regarding all steps of the application process.

Meet Us: Hopkins-Nanjing Center


Campus Tours

To visit the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, contact John Urban at jurban@hnc.nju.edu.cn.  Note that the Hopkins-Nanjing Center is closed from July until September and during Chinese New Year break.

To visit the Washington Office of Admissions contact nanjing@jhu.edu.

Learn more about our Nanjing, China campus.

Recruiting Calendar

Washington Recruiting Calendar

Sep
13
APSIA Admissions Fair: New York
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sep
14
APSIA Admissions Fair: Washington DC
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sep
15
APSIA Admissions Fair: Toronto
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sep
21
MA Virtual Information Session
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sep
22
Boston Idealist Graduate School Fair
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Oct
7
On-Campus MA Information Session
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Nov
4
On-Campus MA Information Session
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Nov
8
APSIA Admissions Fair: Berlin
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Nov
9
MA Virtual Information Session
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Nov
9
APSIA Admissions Fair: Paris
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Nov
10
APSIA Admissions Fair: Stockholm
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Dec
2
On-Campus MA Information Session
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Europe Recruiting Calendar



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Nanjing Recruiting Calendar



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Apply

The school offers an Early Notification process for enrollment in the fall semester. This provides applicants the opportunity to receive an admissions decision by December 30 for enrollment in the following fall semester. Through the Early Notification process, the Admissions Committee will either make an offer of admission or defer the application for consideration during the regular application process. If deferred, the applicant will be notified of an admission decision in mid-March. Early Notification is not binding.

Please note: For your application to be considered for Early Notification, please ensure that all supporting documents (as listed in the application instructions) are received by the Office of Admissions no later than November 1.  If any supporting documents are received after November 1, the application will be reviewed during the Regular Deadline process.

Dates and Deadlines

Enrollment Option Application Deadline Notification Date
Spring 2016 MIPP Enrollment @ Washington, DC campus Oct 15, 2015
EXTENDED to
Nov 1, 2015
Nov 24, 2015
Spring 2016 Enrollment @ SAIS Europe campus (All Programs) Nov 1, 2015 Nov 30, 2015
Fall 2016 Enrollment- Early Notification (MA, MIPP, GPP, MAIA, MAGR, Diploma) Nov 1, 2015 Dec 30, 2015
Fall 2016 PhD Enrollment - Regular Deadline Dec 15, 2015 Mar 24, 2016
Summer 2016 MIEF Enrollment  Jan 7, 2016 Mar 11, 2016
Fall 2016 MA Enrollment - Regular Deadline Jan 7, 2016 Mar 11, 2016
Fall 2016 MAIA Enrollment - Regular Deadline Jan 7, 2016 Mar 11, 2016
Summer 2016 MAGR Enrollment Jan 7, 2016 Mar 11, 2016
Fall 2016 Diploma Enrollment - Regular Deadline Jan 7, 2016 Mar 11, 2016
Fall 2016 MIPP Enrollment    Mar 18, 2016
Fall 2016 GPP Enrollment   Mar 18, 2016
Fall 2016 Hopkins-Nanjing Certificate Enrollment Feb 1, 2016 Mar 11, 2016
Fall 2016 Hopkins-Nanjing MAIS Enrollment  Feb 1, 2016 Mar 11, 2016
Fall 2016 Hopkins- Nanjing Certificate/MA Enrollment Feb 1, 2016 Mar 11, 2016

 

How to Apply


Degree Programs

Master of Arts | Master of Arts in International Affairs | Master of Arts in International Studies | Master of Arts in Global Risk
Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance | HNC Certificate/MA | Doctor of Philosophy


Candidates apply for all programs using our online system. All materials, including statements of purpose and letters of recommendation, can be submitted online, except for scores on standardized tests and academic transcripts. We ask that official hard copies of these documents be sent to the relevant Office of Admissions (see application instructions for additional information). In addition, candidates applying for financial aid may have to submit hard copies of supporting documents.
 
All applications and application materials become the confidential property of the Office of Admissions and cannot be returned.
  • The application deadlines for 2016 entry have passed.  The application for Fall 2017 will be available in early September 2016.


Degrees for Experienced Professionals

Master of International Public Policy | Master of Arts in Global Policy Program
 
Candidates apply for all programs using our online system. All materials, including statements of purpose and letters of recommendation, can be submitted online, except for scores on standardized tests and academic transcripts. We ask that hard copies of these be sent to the Office of Admissions in Washington. In addition, candidates applying for financial aid may have to submit hard copies of supporting documents.


Non-Degree Programs

Diploma in International Studies | Graduate Certificate in Chinese and American Studies 
 
Candidates are able to apply using our online system. All materials, including statements of purpose and letters of recommendation, can be submitted online except for scores on standardized tests and academic transcripts. We ask that hard copies of these documents be sent to the Office of Admissions in Washington. In addition, candidates applying for financial aid may have to submit hard copies of supporting documents.

All applications and application materials become the confidential property of the Office of Admissions and cannot be returned.

 

Part Time Programs 
The school accepts a limited number of part-time, non-degree students for study during the fall and spring semesters. Non-degree students may take a maximum of two courses per semester and a maximum of four courses overall for credit or audit. Please be aware that degree students have priority when registering for classes, and that enrollment will be offered to non-degree students on a space-available basis only.


Summer Programs 
Applicants for all Summer Programs should have at least a “B” average. Applicants for Summer Courses and Summer Certificates must have completed at least a bachelor’s degree or be in the last semester of their undergraduate senior year at the time of application. Applicants for the Summer Language Institute must have completed a minimum of one year of undergraduate studies prior to the start of Summer Programs. All courses are conducted at the graduate level and participants are expected to perform at this level.

Candidates are able to apply using our online system. All materials, including statements of purpose and letters of recommendation, can be submitted online except for scores on standardized tests and academic transcripts. We ask that hard copies of these be sent to the relevant Office of Admissions. In addition, candidates applying for financial aid may have to submit hard copies of supporting documents.
  • Apply Now (will be made available in Spring 2016)


Executive Training
The demand for leaders who understand the complex intersection of policy management and international relations is paramount to the success of any organization. Partner with Executive Education to design custom, consultative programs and seminars to specifically address the needs of your organization. Custom programs can vary in topic, duration and location and are taught by internationally recognized scholars and practitioners.

For more information, please email ExecEd@jhu.edu.
 


Important Dates

Program

Description

Date

Master of Arts (MA) Early Notification Application Deadline  November 1
  Open Day for Prospective Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) December 7
  Early Notification Decisions Released December 30
  Regular Application Deadline January 7
  Financial Aid Application Deadline February 15
  Regular Admissions Decisions Released March 11
  Financial Aid Decisions Released March 11
  Open House for Admitted Students in Washington, DC  April 6
  Open House for Admitted Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) April 11
  Reply Deadline: SAIS Fellowship Recipients April 20
  Reply Deadline: Non-Fellowship Recipients May 1
     
Master of Arts in
International Affairs
(MAIA)
Application Deadline for Spring Entry November 1
Early Notification Application Deadline  November 1
Open Day for Prospective Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) December 7
  Early Notification Decisions Released December 30
  Regular Application Deadline January 7
  Financial Aid Application Deadline February 15
  Admissions Decisions Released March 11
  Financial Aid Decisions Released March 11
  Open House for Admitted Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) April 11
  Reply Deadline: SAIS Fellowship Recipients April 20
  Reply Deadline: Non-Fellowship Recipients May 1
     
Master of Arts in
International Studies
(MAIS)
Chinese Language Proficiency Exam Deadline February 1
Application Deadline February 1
FAFSA Application Deadline February 1
  Admissions Decisions Released March 11
  Admitted Students Reply Deadline April 20
     
Master of Arts in
International Economics
and Finance (MIEF)
Application Deadline January 7
Financial Aid Application Deadline February 15
Admissions Decisions Released March 11
  Financial Aid Decisions Released March 11
  Open House for Admitted Students in Washington, DC April 6
  Reply Deadline: Fellowship Recipients April 20
  Reply Deadline: Non-Fellowship Recipients May 1
     
Master of Arts in Global
Risk (MAGR)
Early Notification Application Deadline  November 1
Open Day for Prospective Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) December 7
  Early Notification Decisions Released December 30
  Application Deadline January 7
  Financial Aid Application Deadline February 15
  Admissions Decisions Released March 11
  Financial Aid Decisions Released March 11
  Open House for Admitted Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) April 11
  Reply Deadline: Fellowship Recipients April 20
  Reply Deadline: Non-Fellowship Recipients May 1
     
Master of International
Public Policy (MIPP)
Application Deadline for Spring Entry October 15
EXTENDED to
November 1
Early Notification Application Deadline for Fall Entry November 1
  Spring Entry Admissions Decisions Released November 24
  Open Day at SAIS Europe December 7
  Early Notification Decisions Released December 30
  Application Deadline for non-U.S. students to SAIS Europe January 7
  Admissions Decision Released March 18
  Open House for Admitted Students in Washington, DC April 6
  Open House for Admitted Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) April 11
  Reply Deadline May 1
     
Master of Arts in
Global Policy Program
(GPP)
Application Decisions Released  March 18
Reply Deadline May 1
   
     
Doctor of Philosophy
(PhD)
Application Deadline December 15
Admissions Decisions Released March 24
  Open House for Admitted Students April 6
  Reply Deadline May 1
     
Diploma in International
Studies
Application Deadline for Spring Entry November 1
Early Notification Application Deadline  November 1
  Open Day for Prospective Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) December 7
  Early Notification Decisions Released December 30
  Application Deadline January 7
  Financial Aid Application Deadline February 15
  Admissions Decisions Released March 11
  Financial Aid Decisions Released March 11
  Open House for Admitted Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) April 11
  Reply Deadline: SAIS Fellowship Recipients April 20
  Reply Deadline: Non-Fellowship Recipients May 1
     
Certificate in Chinese
and American Studies
Chinese Language Proficiency Exam Deadline February 1
Application Deadline February 1
  FAFSA Application Deadline February 1
  Admissions Decisions Released March 11
  Admitted Students Reply Deadline April 20
     
HNC Certificate/MA Application Deadline February 1
Chinese Language Proficiency Exam Deadline February 1
  FAFSA Submission Deadline February 1
  Admissions Decisions Released March 11
  Open House for Admitted Student in Washington, DC April 6
  Admitted Students Reply Deadline April 20
     
Certificate in
International Studies
Dates to be announced
     
 
     
Certificate in
International Development
Dates to be announced
     
 
     
Summer Programs DC Application Deadline April 26
  Late Application Deadline ($35 late fee) May 31


Frequently Asked Questions

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US Veterans and Active Duty Military

Johns Hopkins SAIS welcomes current and former members of America’s Armed Services into its student body. The school has a long history of working with current and former members of the Armed Services and the institution remains committed to helping them achieve their educational and professional goals.

The school participates in a wide variety of programs that offer substantial financial assistance to active-duty service members, as well as veterans and their families. Student support services are available to help veterans transition back to school or to help current members of the Armed Forces manage the workload of being a full-time student and a member of the US Armed Forces.

This page summarizes the many opportunities for active-duty service members and veterans at the school.

Active Duty Military

Advanced Civil Schooling Program
The Army’s Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) program provides opportunities for officers to pursue advanced degrees in acquisition/business related disciplines at civilian universities on a full-time, fully funded basis.

ACS-related inquiries are managed by the Admissions Office in Washington, DC, at sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu.

Commissioned Officers with Graduate School Option (GRADSO)
GRADSO allows commissioned officers to attend graduate school while serving in the Army.  GRADSO fully funds your attendance at the school of your choice, regardless of cost. Participants essentially take a two-year academic sabbatical while remaining on active duty and retaining all associated pay and benefits.

GRADSO-related inquiries are managed by the Admissions Office in Washington, DC, at sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu.

GoArmy Tuition Assistance (TAPS)
The Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a Soldier's professional and personal self-development goals. TA is available for courses that are offered in the classroom or by distance learning and is part of an approved academic degree or certificate program. The courses must be offered by schools that are registered in GoArmyEd, are accredited by accrediting agencies that are recognized by the US Department of Education and are signatories to the current Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (DOD MOU).

TAPS-related inquiries are managed by the Student Accounts Office in Washington, DC, at saisbilling@jhu.edu.

Military Veterans & Eligible Dependents

The Johns Hopkins University is an approved institution for veteran’s benefits, including the following:

Click here for more information on using VA Benefits at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Campus Resources

SAIS Veterans Network (Student Club)
Supports Johns Hopkins SAIS students who are military veterans, active duty military, or simply interested in learning more about the military community. Focuses on building cohesion amongst military members and the Johns Hopkins SAIS community through volunteer service and outreach.

For more information, email saismilitary@gmail.com.

Guide to Washington, DC
The Johns Hopkins SAIS Guide to Washington, DC contains helpful information on transportation, housing (both temporary and long-term), logistics (such as locating gyms, banks and cell phones), and various aspects of student life.

SAIS Europe Guide for Incoming Students
This guide contains useful information regarding living in Bologna, Italy, and outlines all the services which SAIS Europe students receive during their time at the SAIS Europe Bologna Center.

Johns Hopkins SAIS DC Housing Resource Site
The school’s Washington, DC campus does not offer on-campus housing; students are responsible for finding their own housing.  This housing site lists local apartments and allows students to post/search for roommates.

Academic Advising
Most enrolled students are assigned a primary faculty advisor. Additional advising services are available through Academic Affairs.  Academic Affairs advisors support students in a more general way, but they are also familiar with each program’s requirements in addition to the general education components of your curriculum.
Please see below for degree-specific contact information:

Community & Family Resources

Johns Hopkins SAIS understands the importance of family and welcomes student spouses, partners, and children at many activities and events.

Make the Connection
MakeTheConnection.net is an online resource designed to connect Veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives.  Watch and listen as other Veterans discuss the challenges they’ve faced, resources they’ve found, and actions they’ve taken to help navigate through life after the military.

Coaching into Care
Coaching into Care is a free and confidential coaching service for families and friends of veterans.  It is available to help callers discover new ways to talk with a Veteran in their life about their concerns and about treatment options.

Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

Health Insurance & Health Care Information
The Johns Hopkins student health insurance plan can also cover spouses and children.  For more information on enrollment policies, benefits, and coverage, please visit http://www.sais-jhu.edu/atoz/student-life#health-care.

School Districts
For a comprehensive ranked list of school districts in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and detailed information and statistics about each ranked district, click here.

Employment at Johns Hopkins University
For spouses/partners seeking employment at Johns Hopkins, please visit http://jobs.jhu.edu
 
Legal Disclaimer: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
 
 

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Contact Us

Washington, DC

Office of Admissions
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
The Johns Hopkins University
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
+1.202.663.5700
+1.877.JHU.WASH (U.S. toll free)
sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu
 

SAIS Europe

Office of Admissions
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
The Johns Hopkins University
Via Belmeloro, 11
40126 Bologna, Italy
+39.051.29.17.811
sais.eu.admissions@jhu.edu
 

Hopkins-Nanjing Center 

Office of International Admissions
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Room 406
Washington, DC 20036
+1.202.663.5800
+1.800.362.6546 (U.S. toll free)
nanjing@jhu.edu