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Each Day Something Happens at SAIS That Can Improve the World

Students at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) 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 SAIS campuses (Washington, D.C., 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).

       

 

 

 

A 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 at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), 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 (M.A.) 
This two-year program for full-time students is the cornerstone of the SAIS experience. About half of all entering M.A. 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 (M.I.E.F.)
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 (M.A.I.A.)
Offered at SAIS Europe, this two-year masters degree is research-oriented. It allows students to submit a thesis in lieu of two of the non-language courses normally required for the M.A. Masters students from European partner universities can study for one year in their home program and for one year at SAIS Europe, obtaining the M.A.I.A. plus a master’s from their home university.
Learn more about the Master of Arts in International Affairs program>>
 
Master of Arts in International Studies (M.A.I.S.)
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 SAIS and Nanjing University. Mandarin proficiency required.
Learn more about the Master of Arts in International Studies program>>
 
HNC Certificate/SAIS M.A.
Students who meet admissions requirements for both the HNC and SAIS complete two semesters in Nanjing and receive a certificate in Chinese and American Studies, followed by two to three semesters at SAIS’s Washington M.A. 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/SAIS MA program>>

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
This full-time program is for individuals who hold a Master and seek to become scholars as well as practitioners in international relations. Each Ph.D. 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>>

Executive Degree Programs

Master of International Public Policy (M.I.P.P.)
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 (G.P.P.)
SAIS is expanding its degree programs for experienced professionals by launching a Master of Arts in Global Policy Program (G.P.P.) in Fall 2015. The G.P.P. 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 M.A. at SAIS 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
SAIS 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 SAIS 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 from SAIS over an extended period of time may pursue a 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
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is one of the world's leading graduate schools devoted to the study of international relations. 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 Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) student body is diverse, and admission to the school 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 M.A. students must complete introductory microeconomics and introductory macroeconomics courses (receiving a grade of B- or higher) prior to enrolling at SAIS. Completion of these courses is recommended but not required to apply to SAIS. 

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 SAIS 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 from SAIS 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 SAIS and law degrees must apply simultaneously to each school, apply to the law school before completion of the first year of the SAIS degree program or apply to SAIS 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 SAIS M.A. and must submit an M.A.I.A. application during their first semester of study at SAIS Bologna. 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 M.A.I.A. 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 M.I.E.F. 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:

  • B.A. or B.S. in Economics or Political Economy from an accredited U.S. college or university or an equivalent international credential with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (especially in economics courses).
  • B.S. or B.A. 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-U.S. students at SAIS 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 M.A.I.S. 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, D.C., 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 M.A.

General
HNC Certificate/SAIS M.A. 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, D.C., 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
Ph.D. applicants must hold a master's degree in a field directly related to their proposed field of study. Advanced professional degrees, such as a J.D. or a M.B.A., 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 Ph.D. programs, but is sometimes acceptable for admission to the Strategic Studies Program at SAIS.

Language
All SAIS 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 to SAIS 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 M.A. from SAIS may receive a maximum of three years of funding, and non-SAIS M.A.s may receive a maximum of four years of funding. The fellowship may include tuition and/or stipend benefits.

Ph.D. students are urged to seek outside support for their studies at SAIS. 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 Ph.D. Committee on the basis of performance in class, satisfaction of degree requirements, and a written evaluation from the student’s Ph.D. advisor at the end of each academic year to determine if the financial award will be renewed.

Prepare: Executive Degrees

Master of International Public Policy

General
The M.I.P.P. 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 M.I.P.P. degree consists of eight non-language courses, preferably completed full-time within one year, but when necessary an M.I.P.P. 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 M.I.P.P. 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 M.I.P.P. 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 M.A. 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's Washington, D.C., 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. SAIS 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 ISIS Course Search. Non-degree students are also not permitted to participate in the SAIS bidding system for oversubscribed courses.
 
Admission to SAIS Non-Degree Programs is entirely independent from degree program admission and in no way implies acceptance to a SAIS degree program. Students interested in applying to a full-time SAIS degree program should consult the SAIS 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 D.C. must have completed a minimum of one year of undergraduate studies prior to the start of SAIS Summer Programs. All SAIS 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 2014 Incoming Student Profiles

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Number of Incoming Students 400
Average Age 26
Average Years of Work Experience 2.5
Countries Represented 49
Male/Female's % 54%(M), 46%(F)
International % 40%
U.S. Minority 18%
GPA (middle 50% range) 3.47 - 3.77
GRE Verbal (middle 50% range) 158-165 (78-95 percentile) 
GRE Quantitative (middle 50% range) 154-162 (57-84 percentile)
GMAT Verbal (middle 50% range) 34-44
GMAT Quantitative (middle 50% range) 41-49
TOEFL (middle % range) 105-114

 

Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (M.I.E.F.)

Number of Incoming Students 35
Average Age 25
Average Years of Work Experience 1.5
Countries Represented 11
Male/Female's % 60%(M), 40%(F)
International % 74%
U.S. Minority 0%
GPA (middle 50% range) 3.23-3.66
GRE Verbal (middle 50% range) 155-161 (66-87 percentile)
GRE Quantitative (middle 50% range) 158-165 (72-91 percentile) 
GMAT Verbal (middle 50% range) 37-41
GMAT Quantitative (middle 50% range) 50-51
TOEFL (middle % range) 103-107

 

Master of International Public Policy (M.I.P.P.)

Number of Incoming Students 71
Average Age 37
Average Years of Work Experience 13
Countries Represented 13
Male/Female's % 62%(M), 38%(F)
International % 28%
U.S. Minority 6%
GPA (middle 50% range) 2.8-3.41
GRE Verbal (middle 50% range) 155-166 (66-96 percentile)
GRE Quantitative (middle 50% range) 149-157 (37-69 percentile)
GMAT Verbal (middle 50% range) 42*
GMAT Quantitative (middle 50% range) 46*
TOEFL (middle % range) 103-105

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Number of Incoming Students 7
Average Age 30
Average Years of Work Experience 5.2
Countries Represented 4
Male/Female's % 58%(M), 42% (F)
International % 57%
U.S. Minority 0%
GPA (middle 50% range) 3.08-3.7
GRE Verbal (middle 50% range) 164-166 (93-96 percentile)
GRE Quantitative (middle 50% range) 159-160 (82-83 percentile)
GMAT Verbal (middle 50% range) 46*
GMAT Quantitative (middle 50% range) 50*
TOEFL (middle % range) 0


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 SAIS. 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 M.A. interview
     
  • Learn about our degree offerings: SAIS 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:
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 SAIS 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 M.A. Interviews

The SAIS Washington Office of Admissions conducts optional interviews for Fall 2015 M.A. applicants from September to November 2014. The interview schedule and sign-up process will be announced here and via social media in early September. 

Learn more about our Washington, D.C. campus>>

Slice of SAIS

 

 




Campus Tours

SAIS Europe has an open-door policy for prospective students and encourages vists throughout the academic year when classes are in session. To arrange a visit, contact the Admissions Office 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>>

Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe Admissions Journal

 

 




Campus Tours

To visit the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, contact Angela Chang.  Note that the Hopkins-Nanjing Center is closed from July until September and during Chinese New Year break.

To visit the Admissions Office in Washington, D.C., contact Katie Brooks.

Learn more about our Nanjing, China campus>>

Hopkins-Nanjing Center International Admissions

 

 




Please select one of the campuses from the left hand menu to find the recruiting calendar for the campus.

Washington Recruiting Calendar

Jun
11
M.A. Virtual Information Session
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Jun
25
June 2015 DC Summerfest
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Jul
8
M.A. Virtual Information Session
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Jul
9
PPIA Public Service Expo
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Jul
16
July 2015 New York City Summerfest
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Jul
21
July 2015 DC Summerfest
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Nanjing Recruiting Calendar



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Europe Recruiting Calendar



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SAIS 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 SAIS Admissions Office no later than November 15.  If any supporting documents are received after November 15, the application will be reviewed during the Regular Deadline process.

Dates and Deadlines

Enrollment Option Application Deadline Notification Date
Spring 2015 M.I.P.P. Enrollment @ Washington, D.C. campus -- EXTENDED Oct 15, 2014
Nov 1, 2014
Nov 21, 2014
Spring 2015 Enrollment @ SAIS Europe campus (All Programs) Nov 1, 2014 Nov 30, 2014
Fall 2015 Enrollment- Early Notification (M.A., M.I.P.P., and G.P.P.) Nov 15, 2014 Dec 30, 2014
Summer 2015 M.I.E.F. Enrollment  Jan 7, 2015 Mar 13, 2015
Fall 2015 M.A. Enrollment - Regular Deadline Jan 7, 2015 Mar 13, 2015
Fall 2015 M.A.I.A. Enrollment - Regular Deadline Jan 7, 2015 Mar 13, 2015
Fall 2015 Diploma Enrollment - Regular Deadline Jan 7, 2015 Mar 13, 2015
Fall 2015 M.I.P.P. Enrollment - Regular Deadline Feb 1, 2015 Mar 20, 2015
Fall 2015 G.P.P. Enrollment - Regular Deadline Feb 1, 2015 Mar 20, 2015
Fall 2015 Hopkins-Nanjing Certificate Enrollment Feb 1, 2015 Mar 13, 2015
Fall 2015 Hopkins-Nanjing M.A.I.S. Enrollment  Feb 1, 2015 Mar 13, 2015
Fall 2015 Hopkins- Nanjing Certificate/ SAIS M.A. Enrollment Jan 7, 2015 Mar 13, 2015

 

Degree Programs

Master of Arts | Master of Arts in International Affairs | Master of Arts in International Studies
Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance | HNC Certificate/SAIS 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 Admissions Office (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 SAIS Office of Admissions and cannot be returned.
 

Executive Degree Programs

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 Admissions Office in Washington, D.C. 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 SAIS Office of Admisssions 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 SAIS Office of Admissions and cannot be returned.

 
Part Time Programs 
SAIS 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 SAIS 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 SAIS Summer Programs. All SAIS 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 Admissions Office. In addition, candidates applying for financial aid may have to submit hard copies of supporting documents.

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 SAIS 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.
 
Program Description Date  
Master of Arts (M.A.) Early Notification Application Deadline  November 15
  Open Day for Prospective Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) November 28
  Early Notification Decisions Released December 30
  Regular Application Deadline January 7
  Financial Aid Application Deadline February 15
  Regular Admissions Decisions Released March 13
  Financial Aid Decisions Released March 13
  Open House for Admitted Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) April 13
  Open House for Admitted Students in Washington, D.C. April 8
  Reply Deadline: SAIS Fellowship Recipients April 20
  Reply Deadline: Non-Fellowship Recipients May 1
Master of Arts in International Affairs (M.A.I.A.) Application Deadline for Spring Entry November 1
  Early Notification Application Deadline  November 15
  Open Day for Prospective Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) November 28
  Early Notification Decisions Released TBD
  Regular Application Deadline January 7
  Financial Aid Application Deadline February 15
  Admissions Decisions Released March 15
  Financial Aid Decisions Released March 15
  Open House for Admitted Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) April 13
  Open House for Admitted Students in Washington, D.C. April 8
  Reply Deadline: SAIS Fellowship Recipients April 20
  Reply Deadline: Non-Fellowship Recipients May 1
Master of Arts in International Studies (M.A.I.S.) Chinese Language Proficiency Exam Deadline February 1
  Application Deadline February 1
  FAFSA Application Deadline February 1
  Admissions Decisions Released March 15
  Admitted Students Reply Deadline April 20
Master of International Economics and Finance (M.I.E.F.) Application Deadline January 7
  Financial Aid Application Deadline February 15
  Admissions Decisions Released March 13
  Financial Aid Decisions Released March 13
  Open House for Admitted Students in Washington, D.C. April 8
  Reply Deadline: Fellowship Recipients April 20
  Reply Deadline: Non-Fellowship Recipients May 1
Master of International Public Policy (M.I.P.P.) Application Deadline for Spring Entry October 15
  Early Notification Application Deadline for Fall Entry November 15
  Open Day at SAIS Europe November 28
  Early Notification Decisions Released December 30
  Application Deadline for non-U.S. students to SAIS Europe January 7
  Application Deadline February 1
  Admissions Decision Released March 20
  Open House for Admitted Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) April 13
  Open House for Admitted Students in Washington, D.C. April 8
  Reply Deadline May 1
Master of Arts in Global Policy Program (G.P.P.) Application Deadline February 1
  Admissions Decisions Released March 20
  Reply Deadline May 1
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Application Deadline December 15
  Admissions Decisions Released March 19
  Open House for Admitted Students April 9
  Reply Deadline May 1
Diploma in International Studies Application Deadline for Spring Entry November 1
  Early Notification Application Deadline  November 15  
  Open Day for Prospective Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) November 28  
  Early Notification Decisions Released TBD
  Application Deadline January 7
  Financial Aid Application Deadline February 15
  Admissions Decisions Released March 15
  Financial Aid Decisions Released March 15
  Open House for Admitted Students at SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) April 13
  Open House for Admitted Students in Washington, D.C. April 8
  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 15
  Admitted Students Reply Deadline April 20
HNC Certificate/SAIS M.A. Application Deadline January 7
  Chinese Language Proficiency Exam Deadline January 7
  FAFSA Submission Deadline February 1
  Admissions Decisions Released March 15
  Open House for Admitted Student in Washington, D.C. April 8
  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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FAQs: Academic Programs

What Degree Programs are offered at SAIS?

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Master of International Economics and Finance (M.I.E.F.)
  • Master of International Public Policy (M.I.P.P.)
  • Master of Arts in Global  Policy Program(G.P.P)
  • Ph.D.
  • SAIS Europe- Master of Arts in International Affairs
  • Hopkins-Nanjing Certificate/SAIS M.A. – 
  • Hopkins-Nanjing Center - Certificate
  • Hopkins-Nanjing Center  Master of Arts in International Studies
  • Non Degree Courses

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 M.A. program?
We receive strong applications from M.A. 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 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 those accepted to 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 M.A. 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 M.A.I.A. degree or the diploma in International Studies plus a master’s degree from their home university. 

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?
All incoming M.A. 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 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 as soon as the courses are completed and before the applicant starts 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 M.I.P.P. students, any M.I.P.P. 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 M.A. class was 3.47-3.77 on a 4.0 scale. Keep in mind, though, 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 M.A. 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 M.A. 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 26.

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.

The economics prerequisites must be either two separate courses for 3 credits each, once covering microeconomics and the other macroeconomics.  Combined courses can only be accepted if they are the equivalent of 6 credits or more.

Can I schedule an admissions interview?
Only if you are a non-U.S. citizen 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. You can schedule an optional interview at SAIS D.C. campus between September and November. You can schedule an interview online using your MySAIS login.

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 also contact the SAIS Office of Admissions to set up a class visit, meet with a current SAIS student and tour campus. 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. To arrange a visit, contact the relevant Admissions Office.  

FAQs: Student Profile

How many nationalities are represented at SAIS?
Students come from approximately 70 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?
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 D.C. 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?
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 2014 entry) are required to complete only the items on the checklist below.  Applicants who previously applied for fall 2013 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 or one-year deferral. Deferral requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may be granted for a unique employment opportunity, special fellowship program, approved dual degree program, or family or medical emergency. The granting of deferrals beyond one year is extremely rare. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply for the semester that they expect to attend. Note: Applicants who are admitted from the waiting list cannot defer admission under any circumstances. You can contact the SAIS Admissions Office to request a deferral.

If I were granted a deferral, is my financial aid package automatically carried over?
No. you have to apply again for financial aid. Your reward will not necessarily be the same, however, in most cases, deferred students receive the same financial aid packet that they were not originally rewarded.

Does SAIS offer spring admissions?
For spring enrollment, SAIS only considers applications to the M.I.P.P. program.  All other SAIS degree programs are for Fall enrollment only, with the exception of the M.I.E.F., which enrolls in July.

FAQs: Standardized Tests

What Standardized tests are required?
All M.A., M.I.E.F. and Ph.D. students are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). M.I.P.P. and G.P.P. 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.

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 has been 158-165 (78th-95th percentile) and the middle 50% GRE quantitative score range has been 154-162 (57th-84th percentile). For the GMAT verbal score, the middle 50% has been in the 34-44 range, and the GMAT quantitative score has been in 41-49 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.

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Contact Us

Washington, D.C.

Office of Admissions
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
The Johns Hopkins University
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 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
+39.051.29.17.838
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