Canadian Studies

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The Canadian Studies Program (CSP) examines Canada's trade, financial and commercial relations. The program also provides the perspective of unique political and cultural institutions, comparing the nation with other middle-sized open economies and industrial democracies.

Canadian Studies Program Energy Trip
Canadian Studies Program Energy Trip
Canadian Studies Program Energy Trip
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  • Charles
    Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations, Director of Global Theory and History, Director of Canadian Studies, Director of International Political Economy
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sarah
    Assistant Professor
    Washington, D.C.
  • Christopher
    Senior Research Professor , Director of the Center for Canadian Studies
    Washington, D.C.
  • Tamara
    Senior Adjunct Professor of Canadian Studies
    Washington, D.C.

Program Activities



Internships offer real-world experiences that prepare students for their careers and for the job market. Each year, Canadian Studies provides students with the opportunity to obtain internships in Canada, the United States and Latin America. The program helps students secure summer internships that complement their course work and facilitate finding jobs after graduation in the private sector, government and nongovernmental organizations.


Co-Curricular Activities

Throughout the semester, academics, diplomats and business professionals give informal lectures on varied topics related to Canadian policy.


Other Opportunities

All students in Canadian Studies are eligible to participate in the biennial trip to Canada.

Canadian Studies Program students based in Washington, DC are eligible to receive a yearly fellowship up to $6,000.  Students who are Canadian Studies Program minors are eligible to receive a yearly fellowship up to $3,000.




Canadian Studies | MA Requirements

Canadian Studies Program Learning Goals and Objectives

Entering Class 2017-2018

MA students must take the equivalent of 16 non-language courses (64 credits) in order to graduate. Those students who are approved for dual degree or advanced standing may only need to take 12 courses (48 credits) or 14 courses (56 credits) as approved by Academic Affairs.



Students concentrating in Canadian Studies take at least 5 courses within this program including the required course, Consulting Policy Practicum (SA.840.718). One of the 5 courses may be taken outside of the program on a relevant program topic with the permission of the program director.



Students must complete 16 credits. The four required courses are:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics (prerequisite or concurrent: Microeconomics)
  • International Trade Theory (prerequisite: Microeconomics)
  • International Monetary Theory (prerequisite: Macroeconomics)

If a student passes a waiver exam in one of these areas, the student must take a replacement International Economics program course(s) to fulfill the concentration requirement.

Starting with the entering class of Fall 2017, students who pass Microeconomics in Pre-Term will have the concentration reduced to 12 credits, but still must complete Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory, and International Monetary Theory (or a replacement course(s) if waiver exam(s) passed). The Pre-Term Microeconomics course is not for credit and is not factored into the GPA.

Beyond the requirements, many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization in one of four areas of economics. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets.

Concentration GPA Requirement
Students must achieve a combined GPA of at least 2.67 in four (or three if Microeconomics is passed in Pre-Term) required International Economics program courses or they must retake the course(s) until a 2.67 concentration GPA is achieved. In the standard case, the concentration GPA will be the average of the grades of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory, and International Monetary Theory.

If one or more of the four standard courses is waived, the school will use the highest grade(s) from any eligible replacement International Economics program course(s) to compute the International Economics concentration GPA.



Students must complete one course from the list below.

  • Statistical Methods for Business & Economics 
  • Econometrics (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
  • Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
  • Macro Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
  • Risk Analysis and Modeling
  • Quantitative Global Economics (prerequisite International Monetary Theory)
  • Credit Markets & Credit Risk (prerequisite Corporate Finance)

Students may not double-count the same course toward the Quantitative Reasoning requirement and as an International Economics concentration course and vice-versa.

If a student passes the statistics waiver exam, the student must take an alternate course from the list above to fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

Starting with the entering class of Fall 2017, students who pass Statistical Methods for Business & Economics in Pre-Term will have fulfilled the Quantitative Reasoning requirement. The Pre-Term course is not for credit and is not factored into the GPA.



All students must pass 2 core courses and/or exams from the subjects below. If the core courses/exams are not completed by the start of the final semester, the student no longer has the option of completing the exam and must enroll in the core course(s) for credit.

  • American Foreign Policy Since World War II
  • Comparative Politics
  • Evolution of the International Systems
  • Theories of International Relations


Canadian Studies MA candidates must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in French. Under special circumstances, Spanish or Portuguese may fulfill the requirement (consult with the Canadian Studies program office). All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering the school. Native French (Spanish or Portuguese) speakers must pass proficiency in a second language which can include English.



Canadian Studies concentrators must complete ONE of the following capstones:

  • A twenty-page research paper whose focus and subject matter has been approved by the director
  • A twenty-page written report that draws conclusions about Canadian Studies or Canada-US relations based on an internship undertaken while at the school
  • A twenty-page written report based on a policy trip in which the student participated in while at the school
  • MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors—if eligible)


Entering Class 2016-2017
Entering Class 2015-2016
Entering Class 2014-2015
Entering Class 2013-2014
Entering Class 2012-2013
Entering Class 2011-2012
Entering Class 2010-2011
Entering Class 2009-2010


Canadian Studies Minor Requirements:

  • 3 Canadian Studies (or cross-listed) courses (12 credits)

General Minor Requirements:

  • MA students may pursue an optional minor in a policy or regional program. A student cannot pursue a minor in General IR or International Economics, but can pursue a Specialization in International Economics
  • A student can have only one minor and can declare a minor at any time prior to graduation.
  • Students do not receive bidding priority for a minor.
  • All minors require three courses. Some minors require a specific course(s) and/or language proficiency.
  • A student may use a maximum of one applicable cross-listed course (4 credits) toward both a minor AND concentration requirements. In the IR or Asia concentrations, the cross-listed course must be from the primary concentration area and not from the 2 additional required courses in the other IR or Asia areas.

To add or change a minor, please click HERE.


Charles F. Doran, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins SAIS, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Canadian Studies from the American Political Science Association (APSA).  In addition to awards in the fields of international relations and foreign policy, Professor Doran is also the prior recipient of the Governor General’s International Award in Canadian Studies, and the Donner Medal. The APSA serves more than 15,000 members in 80 countries.

External Resources


Center for Canadian Studies

The Center for Canadian Studies is a university-based policy research institute on Canada. The Center links world class scholarship on Canadian affairs to the study of current events and policy challenges in support of the university’s academic mission. Located in Washington, DC, the Center sponsors research and events, hosts visiting scholars, and engages outstanding graduate students in scholarship related to Canada, the challenges of US-Canadian relations and the role of Canada around the world.
The Center for Canadian Studies was founded at Johns Hopkins SAIS in 1960 by Bela Belassa and Canadian-born future Nobel laureate Robert Mundell, both members of the Johns Hopkins University faculty of Economics. The Center and its research and related activities form an integral part of the academic program in Canadian Studies, under the direction of Professor Charles F. Doran.

Contact Us

Charles F. Doran
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations, Director of the Global Theory and History Program, Director of the Center for Canadian Studies
(202) 663-5715
Nitze 510

Starr Lee
Program Coordinator
(202) 663-5714
Nitze 509

Address & Phone

Canadian Studies
Nitze Building
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC

(202) 663-5714