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Students hail from all corners of the globe, vary diversely in their experience and age, speak dozens of different languages, and embody an ideal of purpose.
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How To Apply
Important Dates
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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).

PPIA     PPIA


Featured Upcoming Events and Dates
To see a full list of recruiting events and important admission dates, click on either the Recruiting Calendar or Important Dates options below.
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Academic Programs

A Johns Hopkins SAIS degree represents excellence in international relations, and our graduates are in great demand. 

Students are encouraged to study with purpose and choose courses to best fit their career interests. Learning from accomplished faculty across three global campuses gives students a strong understanding of economics and theories of international relations, as well as regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency, and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems. 

A Global Footprint
The school’s three campuses are strategically located to better understand the rebalancing of the world: the economic growth of Asia, the political and demographic changes in Europe, and the evolving role of the United States. A physical presence within three continents provides expanded professional opportunities.
 
Interdisciplinary Curriculum
Through a curriculum strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS students learn to address multifaceted challenges facing the world today. With more than 20 regional and policy areas from which to choose, students are encouraged to select their academic coursework to align with their career interests.
 
Language
The school’s language program trains students to achieve foreign language proficiency in order to discuss and debate important policy issues, while also enriching career opportunities. Whether you are evaluating growth strategies with global partners, using diplomacy to mitigate regional conflict, or connecting with underserved populations on humanitarian projects, using language to communicate will open doors to countries and cultures.
 
Thought Leadership
Journalists, politicians, academics, and private sector decision-makers turn to the school as a source for timely policy expertise. Scholars from our research centers and institutes analyze foreign policy issues while convening academics, policymakers, and leaders of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to debate alongside students.

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

Degree Programs

Master of Arts (MA) 
The majority of students at Johns Hopkins SAIS are enrolled in the two-year, full-time Master of Arts 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.
Learn more about the Master of Arts Program>>

Master of Arts in Global Policy (MAGP)
This 16-month master's program offered in Washington, DC is designed to help experienced professionals develop into global leaders while they maintain full-time employment. The curriculum reflects the school's core strenghts and provides students in this cohor-based program with policy-relevant expertise in international politics, economics, strategy, and law. Students take classes together on alternating Fridays and Saturdays and participate in three multi-day residencies and one capstone residency abroad.
Learn more about the Master of Arts in Global Policy 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 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 focused summer internship or original thesis.
Learn more about the Master of Arts in Global Risk program>>

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 International Studies (MAIS)
Offered at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC), this two-year program is the first master’s degree fully accredited in both China and the United States. Non-Chinese students complete course work and a thesis in Chinese, culminating in a degree jointly awarded by Johns Hopkins SAIS and Nanjing University. MAIS thesis topics reflect diverse course offerings and have covered topics ranging from women’s rights in China to Chinese soft power. Mandarin language proficiency required.
Learn more about the Master of Arts in International Studies program>>
 
Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MIEF)
The 11-month, full-time, cohort-based program degree program is offered in Washington, DC, and positions early-career professional to excel in rigorous economic and financial analysis roles. The curriculum prepares students to understand advanced economic theories, strengthen professional quantitative and econometric skills, and assess a wide range of international economic and financial scenarios.
Learn more about the Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance program>>
 
Master of International Public Policy (MIPP)
Offered in Washington, DC and Bologna, this degree is designed for experienced professionals who wish to develop advanced analytical and leadership skills. Students have the flexibility to tailor their coursework and focus on the areas of greatest importance to their careers. MIPP students represent diverse employment sectors and geographic regions and bring substantial work experienced into classroom discussions. This program is completed in the equivalent of one academic year.
Learn more about the Master of International Public Policy program>>

HNC Certificate/MA
Students in this program spend one year in Nanjing to complete the certificate and continue their MA Studies for two to three additional semesters in Washington, DC or Bologna. At least one semester must be completed in Washington, DC.
Learn more about the HNC Certificate/MA program>>

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
This full-time doctoral program is for individuals who have earned a master’s degree 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. PhD students develop a comprehensive understanding of qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, international relations, economics, and regional studies. Optional study at SAIS Europe is available
Learn more about the Doctor of Philosophy program>>

Degree Programs 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 (MAGP)
This 16-month master's program offered in Washington, DC is designed to help experienced professionals develop into global leaders while they maintain full-time employment. The curriculum reflects the school's core strenghts and provides students in this cohor-based program with policy-relevant expertise in international politics, economics, strategy, and law. Students take classes together on alternating Fridays and Saturdays and participate in three multi-day residencies and one capstone residency abroad.
Learn more about the Master of Arts in Global Policy program>>

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. 

Fall 2016 Incoming Class Profiles

Master of Arts (MA)

Number of Incoming Students 475
Average Age 25
Average Years of Work Experience 2
Countries Represented 51
Male/Female's % 47%(M), 53%(F)
Non-U.S. % 43%
U.S. Minority 20% (of U.S. citizens)
GPA (middle 50% range) 3.41-3.79
GRE Verbal (middle 50% range) 156-165 (72-95 percentile) 
GRE Quantitative (middle 50% range) 154-162 (56-83 percentile)
GMAT Verbal (middle 50% range) 36-41
GMAT Quantitative (middle 50% range) 42-48
TOEFL (middle % range) 105-112

    
Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MIEF)

Number of Incoming Students 45
Average Age 24
Average Years of Work Experience 1
Countries Represented 15
Male/Female's % 55%(M), 44%(F)
Non-U.S. % 78%
U.S. Minority 1% (of U.S. citizens)
GPA (middle 50% range) 3.41-3.71
GRE Verbal (middle 50% range) 153-159 (60-82 percentile)
GRE Quantitative (middle 50% range) 158-167 (70-93 percentile) 
GMAT Verbal (middle 50% range) 34-40
GMAT Quantitative (middle 50% range) 49-50
TOEFL (middle % range) 106-111

     
Master of International Public Policy (MIPP)

Number of Incoming Students 47
Average Age 37
Average Years of Work Experience 13
Countries Represented 11
Male/Female's % 70%(M), 30%(F)
Non-U.S. % 38%
U.S. Minority 19% (of U.S. citizens)
GPA (middle 50% range) 2.96-3.46
GRE Verbal (middle 50% range) 156-163 (72-92 percentile)
GRE Quantitative (middle 50% range) 149-156 (35-63 percentile)
GMAT Verbal (middle 50% range) n/a
GMAT Quantitative (middle 50% range) n/a
TOEFL (middle % range) 104-109

     
Master of Arts in Global Policy (MAGP)

Number of Incoming Students 24
Average Age 36
Average Years of Work Experience 13
Countries Represented 3
Male/Female's % 54%(M), 46%(F)
Non-U.S. % 8%
U.S. Minority 46%
GPA (middle 50% range) 3.2-3.46
GRE Verbal (middle 50% range) 157-163 (75-92 percentile)
GRE Quantitative (middle 50% range) 150-151 (39-43 percentile)
TOEFL (middle % range) n/a

    
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Number of Incoming Students 7
Average Age 30
Average Years of Work Experience 6
Countries Represented 3
Male/Female's % 50%(M), 50% (F)
Non-U.S. % 43%
U.S. Minority 1% (of U.S. citizens)
GPA (middle 50% range) 3.50-3.68
GRE Verbal (middle 50% range) 162-163 (90-92 percentile)
GRE Quantitative (middle 50% range) 156-170 (63-97 percentile)
TOEFL (middle % range) 108



A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that prepares students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today. For nearly 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies.

Our Value     

Our Reach

  • Johns Hopkins SAIS is one of nine academic divisions of Johns Hopkins University and is renowned for its 19 institutes, research centers and initiatives including the Center for Transatlantic Relations, the US-Korea Institute and the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs.
  • With campuses on three continents, researchers in every time zone, and students from more than 120 different countries, Johns Hopkins University truly has a global perspective.
  • The school's faculty are thought leaders on important issues of international significance and regularly advise government officials and private-sector executives. 
  • Each year more than 300 high-level events are held on its three campuses engaging world leaders and providing ground-breaking insights to complex issues.
  • The school offers concentrations in 20 regional and functional areas of international relations and instruction in 17 languages.
  • The school is home to 13 student career clubs including the Finance Club, Consulting Club and Global Women in Leadership.
  • Students learn international relations in and out of the classroom. Each year more than two dozen study treks are organized by academic programs, giving students valuable opportunities to conduct field research, engage with partner organizations, and see firsthand the impact of the issues they study. Students also make connections in the job market through 14 sector-specific career treks every year to Asia, Europe, and North America hosted by the Global Careers staff.
  • Last year, over 3,000 employers posted job opportunities at the school and 220 employers visited the school for recruiting or presentations on professional development.
  • The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is the longest running US-China education partnership and the only target language program of its kind in China. The Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) was the first master’s degree to be fully accredited in both the United States and China.

 Our Impact

  • Johns Hopkins SAIS has over 19,000 alumni worldwide with successful careers across all sectors and industries. The school is also part of the broader Johns Hopkins University community of over 205,000 alumni.
  • Prominent alumni include Former US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, Chinese Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai, former US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Co-founder of Warby Parker and Co-founder and Co-CEO of Harry's Inc Jeffrey Raider, and former President and CEO of Citi Foundation Pamela Flaherty. 
  • Johns Hopkins SAIS has one of the highest numbers of Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) annually, including 23 in 2017.
  • 96% of the Master of Arts Class of 2016 sought and found employment at 176 employers, obtained fellowships or internships, or had gone on for further study within six months of graduation.
  • 97% of the Master of International Economics & Finance Class of 2016 sought and found employment at 18 employers, obtained fellowships or internships, or had gone on for further study within six months of graduation
  • 92% of the Master of International Public Policy Class of 2016 sought and found employment at 28 employers, obtained fellowships or internships, or had gone on for further study within six months of graduation.
  • 96% of 2015 international Hopkins-Nanjing Center graduates sought and found employment, obtained fellowships/internships, or went on to further study within six months of graduation.   

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. Registration for fall class visitations wil begin in mid-September.

    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.
     
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Recruiting Calendar


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 29 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 2018 MIPP Enrollment @ Washington, DC campus October 16, 2017 November 17,  2017
Spring 2018 Enrollment @ SAIS Europe campus (All Programs) November 1, 2017 December 1, 2017
Fall 2018 Enrollment- Early Notification (MA, MIPP, MAIA, MAGR, Diploma, MAIS, Hopkins-Nanjing Certificate, Hopkins-Nanjing Certificate/MA ) November 1, 2017 December 29, 2017
Fall 2018 PhD Enrollment - Regular Deadline December 15, 2017 Mid-March 2018
Summer 2018 MIEF Enrollment January 8, 2018 March 9, 2018
Fall 2018 MA Enrollment - Regular Deadline January 8, 2018 March 9, 2018
Fall 2018 MAIA Enrollment - Regular Deadline January 8, 2018 March 9, 2018
Summer 2018 MAGR Enrollment January 8, 2018 March 9, 2018
Fall 2018 Diploma Enrollment - Regular Deadline January 8, 2018 March 9, 2018
Fall 2018 MIPP Enrollment February 1, 2018 March 16, 2018
Fall 2018 MAGP Enrollment February 1, 2018 March 16, 2018
Fall 2018 Hopkins-Nanjing Certificate Enrollment February 1, 2018 March 9, 2018
Fall 2018 Hopkins-Nanjing MAIS Enrollment February 1, 2018 March 9, 2018
Fall 2018 Hopkins-Nanjing Certificate/MA Enrollment February 1, 2018 March 9, 2018



How to Apply


Degree Programs


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.

Degrees for Experienced Professionals

 
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

 
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. To learn more click here.


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  
Master of Arts (MA)















 
Early Notification Application Deadline  November 1, 2017
Open Day for Prospective Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) December 4, 2017
Early Notification Decisions Released December 29, 2017
Regular Application Deadline January 8, 2018
Financial Aid Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Regular Admissions Decisions Released March 9, 2018
Financial Aid Decisions Released March 9, 2018
Open House for Admitted Students in Washington, DC  April 11, 2018
Open House for Admitted Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) April 9, 2018
Reply Deadline: SAIS Fellowship Recipients April 20, 2018
Reply Deadline: Non-Fellowship Recipients May 1, 2018
 
Master of Arts in
International Affairs
(MAIA)
Application Deadline for Spring Entry November 1, 2017
Early Notification Application Deadline  November 1, 2017
Open Day for Prospective Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) December 4, 2017
Early Notification Decisions Released December 29, 2017
Regular Application Deadline January 8, 2018
Financial Aid Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Admissions Decisions Released March 9, 2018
Financial Aid Decisions Released March 9, 2018
Open House for Admitted Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) April 9, 2018
Reply Deadline: SAIS Fellowship Recipients April 20, 2018
Reply Deadline: Non-Fellowship Recipients May 1, 2018
 
Master of Arts in
International Studies
(MAIS)
Early Notification Deadline November 1, 2017
Open House for Prospective Students at Hopkins-Nanjing Center (Nanjing, China) November 2017
Early Notification Decisions Released December 29, 2017
Chinese Language Proficiency Exam Deadline February 1, 2018
Application Deadline February 1, 2018
FAFSA Application Deadline February 1, 2018
Admissions Decisions Released March 9, 2018
Open House for Admitted Students at Hopkins-Nanjing Center (Nanjing, China) April 2018
Admitted Students Reply Deadline April 20, 2018
 
Master of Arts in
International Economics
and Finance (MIEF)








 
Application Deadline January 8, 2018
Financial Aid Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Admissions Decisions Released March 9, 2018
Financial Aid Decisions Released March 9, 2018
Open House for Admitted Students in Washington, DC April 11, 2018
Reply Deadline: Fellowship Recipients April 20, 2018
Reply Deadline: Non-Fellowship Recipients May 1, 2018
 
Master of Arts in Global
Risk (MAGR)
Early Notification Application Deadline  November 1, 2017
Open Day for Prospective Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) December 4, 2017
Early Notification Decisions Released December 29, 2017
Application Deadline January 8, 2018
Financial Aid Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Admissions Decisions Released March 9, 2018
Financial Aid Decisions Released March 9, 2018
Open House for Admitted Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) April 9, 2018
Reply Deadline: Fellowship Recipients April 20, 2018
Reply Deadline: Non-Fellowship Recipients May 1, 2018
 
Master of International
Public Policy (MIPP)
Application Deadline for Spring Entry October 16, 2017
Early Notification Application Deadline for Fall Entry November 1, 2017
Spring Entry Admissions Decisions Released November 17, 2017
Open Day at SAIS Europe December 4, 2017
Spring 2018 Reply Deadline December 8, 2017
Early Notification Decisions Released December 30, 2017
Application Deadline for non-U.S. students to SAIS Europe January 8, 2018
Regular Notification Fall Entry Application Deadline January 8, 2018
Admissions Decision Released (SAIS Europe) March 9, 2018
Financial Aid Decisions Released (SAIS Europe) March 9, 2018
Admissions Decisions Released (Washington, D.C.) March 16, 2018
Financial Aid Decisions Released (Washington, D.C.) March 16, 2018
Open House for Admitted Students in Washington, DC April 11, 2018
Open House for Admitted Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) April 9, 2018
Fall Entry Reply Deadline: Fellowship Recipients April 20, 2018
Fall Entry Reply Deadline: Non-Fellowship Recipients May 1, 2018
 
Master of Arts in
Global Policy
(MAGP)
Early Notification Application Deadline November 1, 2017
Application Deadline February 1, 2018
Early Notification Decisions Released December 29, 2017
Fellowship Deadline February 1, 2018
Application Decisions Released  March 16, 2018
Reply Deadline May 15, 2018
 
Doctor of Philosophy
(PhD)
Application Deadline December 15, 2017
Admissions Decisions Released Mid-March 2018
Open House for Admitted Students April 11, 2018
Reply Deadline May 1, 2018
 
Diploma in International
Studies
Application Deadline for Spring Entry November 1, 2017
Early Notification Application Deadline  November 1, 2017
Open Day for Prospective Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) December 4, 2017
Early Notification Decisions Released December 29, 2017
Application Deadline January 8, 2018
Financial Aid Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Admissions Decisions Released March 9, 2018
Financial Aid Decisions Released March 9, 2018
Open House for Admitted Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) April 9, 2018
Reply Deadline: SAIS Fellowship Recipients April 20, 2018
Reply Deadline: Non-Fellowship Recipients May 1, 2018
 
Certificate in Chinese
and American Studies
Early Notification Deadline November 1, 2017
Open House for Prospective Students at Hopkins-Nanjing Center (Nanjing, China) November 2017
Early Notification Decisions Released December 29, 2017
Chinese Language Proficiency Exam Deadline February 1, 2018
Application Deadline February 1, 2018
FAFSA Application Deadline February 1, 2018
Admissions Decisions Released March 9, 2018
Open House for Admitted Students at Hopkins-Nanjing Center (Nanjing, China) April 2018
Open House for Admitted Students in Washington, DC April 11, 2018
Admitted Students Reply Deadline April 20, 2018
 
HNC Certificate/MA Early Notification Deadline November 1, 2017
Open House for Prospective Students at Hopkins-Nanjing Center (Nanjing, China) November 2017
Early Notification Decisions Released December 29, 2017
Application Deadline February 1, 2018
Chinese Language Proficiency Exam Deadline February 1, 2018
FAFSA Submission Deadline February 1, 2018
Admissions Decisions Released March 9, 2018
Open House for Admitted Students at Hopkins-Nanjing Center (Nanjing, China) April 2018
Open House for Admitted Student in Washington, DC April 11, 2018
Admitted Students Reply Deadline April 20, 2018



April 11, 2018


Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQs: Academic Programs

  • What Degree Programs are offered at SAIS?
  • What is the Student to Faculty ratio?
  • I have no background in Economics. Is that going to hurt my chances of getting into the SAIS MA program?
  • Can I attend SAIS part-time?
  • Does SAIS offer dual degree programs?
  • Are there other academic partnerships that SAIS offers?
  • Can I pursue a dual degree with a school that is not listed?
 
What Degree Programs are offered at SAIS?
 

    
What is the Student to Faculty ratio?
17:1
 
     
I have no background in Economics. Is that going to hurt my chances of getting into the SAIS MA program?
We receive strong applications from MA candidates who have not taken any courses in economics. Some of these candidates are offered conditional admission to SAIS and are required to fulfill the introductory micro- and macroeconomics prerequisites prior to enrolling in the program. An applicant who has completed introductory micro and macroeconomics will also have an advantage over an otherwise equally qualified applicant who has not. Students must complete one semester's-worth of study in both introductory macroeconomics and in microeconomics with a B- or higher prior to beginning classes at SAIS (but not necessarily prior to admission). The Admissions Committee will consider applicants who have not yet fulfilled this requirement. Nevertheless, these applicants should recognize that they will be expected to complete the required course work before entry and plan accordingly. Prior course work in mathematics and/or statistics is also encouraged.
 
    
Can I attend SAIS part-time?
SAIS offers only full-time degree programs. We strongly feel that in order for students to maximize their SAIS experience, they need to take full advantage of the numerous academic and social offerings that are available. This includes participating in co-curricular activities, attending special workshops, lectures and guest speakers on campus. If interested, you can consider taking part-time non-degree courses offered through our Part-Time and Non-Degree Office.
 
    
Does SAIS offer dual degree programs?
Yes. SAIS currently offers a Dual Degree program of study option for students interested in pursuing  a second graduate degree in conjunction with their studies in international relations. Approximately 10% of our students pursue a dual degree in business, law, public administration and public health to enhance their graduate education and achieve their professional objectives. To be admitted to any of the dual-degree programs, students must apply to, and be accepted by, both schools independently. For most dual-degree programs, SAIS reduces the number of required courses from 16 to 12 in recognition of course work taken at another approved school. This allows students to complete the SAIS MA degree in three academic semesters instead of four. 
 
A list of dual degree options at SAIS can be found here
 
     
Are there other academic partnerships that SAIS offers?
Yes. We have several cooperative degree programs (offered only at SAIS Europe), master’s students from European partner universities can study one year at their home program and one year at SAIS Europe, obtaining the MAIA degree or the diploma in International Studies plus a master’s degree from their home university. 
 
A list of the cooperative degree programs available at SAIS Europe can be viewed here
 
     
Can I pursue a dual degree with a school that is not listed?
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.
 

FAQs: Admissions Information

  • What prerequisites are required to apply or enroll?
  • What is the average GPA of the students who are admitted?
  • How important is work experience?
  • My economics classes were not titled “Principles of Micro” or “Principles of Macro.” What should I do?
  • Can I schedule an admissions interview?
  • Does SAIS offer application fee waivers?
 
What prerequisites are required to apply or enroll?
All incoming MA students are required to complete introductory microeconomics and introductory macroeconomics courses, receiving a grade of B- or higher, before they can start course work at Johns Hopkins SAIS. The microeconomics course should cover the principles of supply, demand, equilibrium and marginal analysis. The macroeconomics course should cover national income, inflation, unemployment and interest rates. Completion of these courses is recommended but not required to apply to SAIS. If the economics courses will be taken between the application deadline and the start of classes at SAIS, transcripts must be submitted to the Admissions Office before the applicant will be allowed to begin any course work, including Pre-term. Admitted candidates who have not satisfied the basic economics requirements can fulfill them during the summer before classes start. SAIS offers an online course in basic microeconomics and macroeconomics to enable these candidates to meet the requirement.
 
While there are no prerequisites for incoming MIPP students, any MIPP student wishing to complete economics coursework at SAIS are also required to complete the economics prerequisites.

    
What is the average GPA of the students who are admitted?
The middle 50% range for GPA of the incoming 2016 MA class was 3.41-3.79 on a 4.0 scale. However, please keep in mind that the admissions committee is much more interested in the details of your transcript than in the total GPA. Weak grades in your freshman year or in an unrelated class will not greatly affect your chances for admission. However, a weak grade in a political science or economics course can affect your competitiveness even if the overall GPA appears to be good.
 
To view average GPAs for other degree programs, please visit the Incoming Student Profiles page.

    
How important is work experience?
Work experience is just one of many factors considered when evaluating an applicant. About 88% of the incoming MA class had at least one year of work experience following graduation. This work experience varies widely and need not necessarily relate directly to the field of international relations. In addition to working in government agencies, many incoming SAIS MA students have had experiences in the financial sector, consulting, private industry, the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching abroad, and law. Nonetheless, each year around 10% of the incoming M.A. class enters SAIS immediately following their senior year of undergraduate study. These younger candidates typically have participated in off-campus summer internships directly related to the fields of international relations or political science. The average age of the incoming class was 25, and the average work experience for the incoming class is 2 years.

     
My economics classes were not titled “Principles of Micro” or “Principles of Macro.” What should I do?
The microeconomics course should cover the principles of supply, demand, equilibrium, and marginal analysis. The macroeconomics course should cover national income, inflation, unemployment, and interest rates. When submitting your application, please include copies of syllabi or class descriptions for any economics courses you have taken not explicitly titled "Principles of Micro/Macroeconomics" that you wish to apply towards the SAIS Economics Prerequisites.

     
Can I schedule an admissions interview?
For applicants applying to study at the Washinton, D.C. campus and U.S. citizens applying to study at SAIS Europe, optional interviews are available through the Washington, DC Admissions Office.  You can schedule an optional in-person or Skype interview between September and early December.  Interviews can be scheduled online via MySAIS.

Non-U.S. citizens or permanent resident applying to study at the SAIS Europe campus will be required to interview. In the application, you will be asked to select the venue that suits you. Interviews may be conducted on the phone or via Skype.

       
Does SAIS offer application fee waivers?
Currently SAIS offers application fee waivers to participants or alumni affiliated with the following professional development programs:
  • Pickering
  • PPIA
  • IIPP
  • McNair
  • Rangel
  • Teach for America
  • Teach for China
  • Fulbright (those currently on fellowship)
  • Peace Corps
In order to receive a fee waiver, you must submit an official document confirming your participation in the appropriate program via email. When you submit your online application, please select that you are going to pay by check. We will waive the fee once the paperwork is received by our office and your application has been submitted. Unfortunately, we do not grant fee waivers for financial hardship. There is no application fee for non-U.S. students applying to SAIS Europe.  

FAQs: Visiting SAIS

Are there opportunities to visit the school?
In Washington, D.C., Information Sessions and Taster Lectures held during the fall semester provide prospective students with an opportunity to learn more about SAIS, its curriculum, and the application process. At these events, potential applicants have the chance to speak with members of the Admissions staff, faculty, alumni, and current students. Additionally, the SAIS Student Happy Hour immediately follows the Friday sessions (6PM) that are held during the fall semester and are welcome to participate. Prospective students may arrange a class visit, meet with a current SAIS student, and tour campus. For more information on visiting the Washington, D.C. campus, click here
 
At SAIS Europe, an Open Day is held in late fall for prospective students and an open house in the spring for admitted students. SAIS Europe has an open door policy for prospective students and encourages visits during the academic year when classes are in session.  For more information on visiting the SAIS Europe campus, click here.
 
 

FAQs: Student Profile

How many nationalities are represented at SAIS?
Students come from approximately 65 countries from around the globe. 
 
For more information about the SAIS student profile, click here.
 

FAQs: Financial Aid

  • Do I have to apply separately for SAIS fellowships?
  • Where do I send my SAIS Financial Assistance form?
Do I have to apply separately for SAIS fellowships?
With the exception of specific named fellowships, which require additional essays, applicants should apply for SAIS financial aid with the Financial Aid forms, which are available via the online application. The applications are available here. All students starting in Washington, DC and all U.S. students starting at SAIS Europe may contact the Financial Aid Office (+ 1 202-663-5706 or saisfinaidinfo@jhu.edu). U.S. citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents MUST file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Non-U.S. students starting at SAIS Europe may contact the Admissions Office at sais.eu.admissions@jhu.edu
 
Where do I send my SAIS Financial Assistance form?
Please click here for more information about Financial Aid. (SAIS Financial Aid Office: 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington DC 20036). Non-U.S. students starting at SAIS Europe should follow the instructions on the financial aid application form. 
 

FAQs: Reapplication, Deferrals and Spring Admissions

  • I applied last year but was not admitted/could not accept the offer.  How do I reapply?
  • I am admitted to SAIS. Can I defer my enrollment?
  • If I were granted a deferral, is my financial aid package automatically carried over?
  • Does SAIS offer spring admissions?
 
I applied last year but was not admitted/could not accept the offer.  How do I reapply?
The SAIS Office of Admissions retains application files for one year after a decision is rendered; applications within this time frame (i.e. applicants who previously applied for fall 2015 entry) are required to complete only the items on the checklist below.  Applicants who previously applied for fall 2016 or earlier are considered new applicants and must re-submit all application materials. Reapplicants to SAIS must submit the following:
  • Application fee ($85 – where applicable)
  • Online application (Reapplicants must indicate their status as a reapplicant and previous decision status on the application)
  • Updated Résumé /CV
  • Reapplicant Essay Explain how you have improved your candidacy since your last application. This essay should be no more than 1000 words in length.
  • Transcript(s) of any additional courses  you have taken since you last applied (include grades not finalized at the time of your last application)
  • One new recommendation letter, preferably from your current employer for a recommendation, please choose someone else in a supervisory role or a client.
  • Pursue an optional interview with the SAIS D.C. Office of Admissions.  Non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents applying to study at the SAIS Europe campus will be required to interview.  
     
I am admitted to SAIS. Can I defer my enrollment?
Admitted students may request a one-semester (MIPP students only) or one-year deferral. Because students sometimes face unanticipated changes in their circumstances, deferral requests will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. If a deferral is granted, students will be expected to pay their $500 non-refundable matriculation fee and submit a $3,000 non-refundable deferral deposit (for a total of $3,500) within 30 days of approval. The deferral deposit will be applied to your tuition upon enrollment. Admitted students whose future plans remain uncertain, or those with insufficient funds, are advised to decline the offer of admission and reapply at a later date when circumstances may be more certain or stable.
 
If your request for deferral is denied and you would still like to enroll in the semester for which you were admitted, you must accept your offer of admission no later than your original response deadline.

     
If I were granted a deferral, is my financial aid package automatically carried over?
Yes. If a deferred student was offered a general funds fellowship upon admission, this decision will be maintained through the student’s first year of attendance. Alternatively, if a student was NOT offered a general funds fellowship upon admission, this decision will also carry over through the student’s first year of attendance. Federal aid will be reconsidered for the semester in which the deferred student will be enrolling upon renewal of their FAFSA. 
 
Non-US students admitted to SAIS Europe are eligible for financial aid consideration and should contact the SAIS Europe Office of Admissions. 
 
    
Does SAIS offer spring admissions?
For spring enrollment at the Washington, D.C campus, SAIS only considers applications to the MIPP program.  All other SAIS degree programs are for Fall enrollment only, with the exception of the MIEF, which enrolls in July.

The SAIS Europe campus will consider spring enrollment for all programs.
 

FAQs: Standardized Tests

  • What Standardized tests are required?
  • What is the average GRE/GMAT score? How much weight does this carry?
  • I took the GRE/TOEFL several years ago. Are my scores still acceptable?
  • May I submit the LSAT?
 
What Standardized tests are required?
MA*, MIEF, and PhD students are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). MIPP and GPP students are not required to take these exams but are highly encouraged to do so. LSATS are not accepted. To ensure that your test scores reach SAIS on time, you should take the appropriate examinations and request your official score reports at least a month before the deadline.
 
*Non-U.S. citizens applying to begin their MA studies at SAIS Europe are NOT required to take the GRE or GMAT.  In lieu of the GRE/GMAT, these applicants are required to complete an interview.  Non-U.S. citizens applying as "open" candidates are still required to complete the GRE or GMAT, and may also be required to complete an interview, at the discretion of the Admissions Office.
 
TOEFL: If English is not your native language, (or in the case of bilingual students, your dominant language is not English) but you hold an undergraduate degree granted by an accredited institution in a country where English is an official language and where English is the language of instruction, than you will not be required to submit an English competency exam.
 
If English is not your native language, (or in the case of bilingual students, your dominant language is not English) but you hold a graduate degree granted by an accredited institution in a country where English is an official language and where English is the language of instruction, then you will need the approval of the Office of Admissions to be exempt from submitting an English competency exam. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information.
 
*The Educational Testing Services (ETS) score reporting school code (GRE and TOEFL) for SAIS is 5610 and the department code should be left black (“0000”). The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) score reporting school code (GMAT) for SAIS is KGB-GX-99.  

    
What is the average GRE/GMAT score? How much weight does this carry?
SAIS has no minimum GRE or GMAT score. However, in recent years the middle 50% GRE verbal score range for MA students has been 155-164 (67th-93rd percentile) and the middle 50% GRE quantitative score range for MA students has been 155-162 (54th-83rd percentile). For the GMAT verbal score, the middle 50% for MA students has been in the 34-40 range, and the GMAT quantitative score for MA students has been in 40-49 range. A TOEFL score of at least 600 for the paper-based exam, 250 for the computer-based exam or 100 for the internet-based exam is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Students who choose to submit the IELTS exam results must meet a minimum of 7.0. Any passing grade on the CPE will be accepted.

      
I took the GRE/TOEFL several years ago. Are my scores still acceptable?
ETS stipulates that GRE scores are valid for five years, and TOEFL scores are valid for two years. GMAC stipulates that GMAT scores are valid for ten years. Neither ETS nor GMAC will not forward expired test scores to our office.
 
* For more information on GRE and TOEFL test sites and dates refer to www.ets.org; for GMAT refer to www.gmac.com; for IELTS refer to www.ielts.org. 

    
May I submit the LSAT?
No. We do not use the LSAT in our evaluation process.
 

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.
 
Army Performance-Based Graduate Incentive Program (PB-GSIP) (NOTE: CAC or AKO login required to view document.)
The program is open to basic branch officers in Operations, Operations Support and Force Sustainment career fields, and the tuition cap is $43,000 per academic year.

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

Navy Political Military Scholarship program (POL-MIL)
Johns Hopkins SAIS is one of the approved universities for the POL-MIL scholarship program.  The PMM program provides Navy officers a graduate education in strategy and politico-military affairs at leading civilian institutions (CIVINS) throughout the United States. Approved officers will be selected for a one-year master's degree program. The two-year PMM and Arthur S. Moreau Program listed in reference (a) are not funded and are unavailable per the annual quota plan for AY16-17. The PMM program is recommended for junior officers (O3-O4) who are completing their division officer or department head tours, but is open to O5 as well.

POL-MIL-related inquiries are managed by the Admissions Office in Washington, DC, at sais.dc.admissions@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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Refer a Prospective Student

No one knows better than current students what it takes to be successful at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and that is why we want our own students to spread the word by referring at least one exceptional prospect to the school. The Johns Hopkins SAIS experience is incomparable, made even more rewarding by the remarkable students we attract from around the globe.  This page is for current Johns Hopkins SAIS students. If you are an alumnus and would like to refer a student, please click here.


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
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
+1.202.663.5800
nanjing@jhu.edu