Master of Arts in Global Policy

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Students gain the analytical and management skills necessary to formulate and advocate policy on key international issues.

The Global Policy module caps a 10-week research project for a client organization overseas. In November 2016 students traveled to India to finalize projects on issues such as US-India trade policy, democratic reforms, renewable energy, defense diplomacy,

We welcomed the second cohort of GPP students to campus in September for their first "residency," designed to enhance their skills in policy analysis, writing, and briefing.

The GPP inaugural cohort is a diverse and impressive group, representing the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

The school’s renowned faculty of scholars and practitioners bring unparalleled insight and experience to the classroom.

Message from the GPP Academic Director
Cohort Courses
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The Master of Arts in Global Policy is a sixteen-month degree designed to give experienced professionals a competitive edge in their careers.

The Global Policy Program (GPP) offers a convenient, alternating-weekend (Friday/Saturday) schedule that enables students to participate in a rigorous academic program and maintain full-time employment. Students move through the program as a cohort and develop strong professional connections with accomplished and diverse colleagues.  

The GPP is delivered in Washington, DC, and builds on the school’s more than 70 years of academic excellence, providing advanced training under the guidance of world-renowned scholars, diplomats, and policymakers. The innovative curriculum combines theory and practical application through interactive seminars and experiential learning opportunities such as residency projects. The degree program culminates with a challenging capstone project that requires students to address a current global policy challenge.

Master of Arts in Global Policy Program Admissions Open Office Hours
Saturday, February 4, 10am – 2pm
Location: 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Room 317.

The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Admissions Office will host office hours specifically for prospective students for the Master of Arts in Global Policy Program (GPP).

Welcome to the Global Policy Program

As you consider returning to school, I encourage you to learn more about Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Master of Arts in Global Policy.

At Johns Hopkins SAIS, we appreciate that adding a graduate program to your life is a big decision, especially when you plan to maintain a demanding, full-time career. The Global Policy Program (GPP) is a new degree program designed for motivated, working professionals like you. The sixteen-month program will be a tough challenge that expands your horizons, but also one tailored to fit into your busy schedule.

These unparalleled features of the GPP will prepare you for leadership positions in global policy:
  • Learning from renowned faculty experts in a program that reflects the core strengths of a Johns Hopkins SAIS education that has been refined over decades
  • Studying in a cohort format, allowing you to move through the program with other working professionals in a convenient alternating-weekend format (Fridays and Saturdays)
  • Strengthening your professional network by making lasting connections with accomplished classmates from diverse backgrounds
  • Engaging in the school's signature experiences, like policy simulations, career strategy workshops and an overseas residency

We are currently accepting applications to the GPP.  I encourage you to learn how this new program will prepare you for continued professional success and welcome you to contact admissions to discuss whether this program would be a good fit for your professional and academic goals.


Daniel Markey
Academic Director
Global Policy Program


During the 16-month program, students complete a series of ten core and three elective courses. This format delivers a broad overview of global issues, customized to suit the academic interests of students.

Divided into five, ten-week modules, classes typically meet every other week on Fridays and Saturdays. A student’s normal Friday on campus includes two, three-hour classes in the morning and afternoon. The Global Application Seminars provide an opportunity for students to meet additional expert faculty and gain an insider’s perspective on their cutting-edge research. Saturday program days will include a three-hour morning class followed by lunch and an afternoon period for co-curricular programming, exams, and presentations.

Elective courses are tailored to the GPP, with seven options selected for each entering cohort. Students also participate in three experiential learning residencies in the Washington, DC, area designed to build policymaking, negotiation, and leadership skills. To prepare for the start of the program, GPP students complete online courses in economics and politics. During the final module of the program, students work in teams on real-world consulting projects for overseas clients.

The curriculum includes four phases:

  • Foundation (Program Preparation) - Two non-credit preparation courses (offered online) and one on-campus residency experience;
  • Core (Theory and Concept Foundation) - Modules I and II and Residency II;
  • Advanced Topics (Functional Understanding) - Modules III and IV and Residency III; and
  • Global Application (Preparation of an International Project and Travel Abroad) - Module V and Residency IV.




Cohort Courses

GPP’s intensive, interdisciplinary curriculum provides a strong foundation in international affairs and the framework essential for continued success across sectors. The GPP begins with a non-credit foundation period covering principles of economics and theories of international relations. This is the only portion of the program that is delivered online, and the only portion that may be waived with program approval. GPP’s ten cohort courses represent the best of the school's expertise in areas of international policy, international relations and economics.

*Curriculum is subject to change.

Elective Courses

The elective portion of the GPP curriculum enables students to tailor their coursework and further strengthen, or explore new topics, in areas related to their learning objectives. Students are required to take one elective course in the third module and two elective courses in the fourth module.

A small number of electives will be offered during the regular Friday and Saturday meeting time. Topics will be selected based on the areas of greatest interest in each cohort. Past electives include: Research Methods in International Affairs; Topics in International Finance; Contemporary Middle Eastern Affairs; Terrorism, the ISIS Phenomenon, and Implications for U.S. Policy; Politics and Risk; the American Way of War and Defense; and Energy and Environment in Developing Countries.


Residencies are essential components of the GPP. These intense, multi-day exercises take students outside the standard classroom and challenge them to apply lessons learned from their coursework. 


In addition to the activities and services available to the school's entire community, the GPP cohort will be encouraged to participate in programs designed specifically for GPP students.

  • GPP Professional Development Series - Current GPP students and guests participate in interactive discussions with experts in a variety of fields. Topics may include career building, research methods, cross-cultural communication, delivering effective presentations, and other relevant issues.

Global Policy Residency

The Global Policy module caps a 10-week research project for a client organization overseas. In November 2016 students traveled to India to finalize projects on issues such as US-India trade policy, democratic reforms, renewable energy, defense diplomacy, and informal economies.

Policy Leadership Residency

This three-day residency took GPP students to the Civil War Battlefields of the Petersburg Campaign near Richmond, VA. The exercises focused on leaders in times of conflict and examined the relationship between politics and military power and the making of strategic decisions in light of the political science and business literature on leadership. 

The UK Embassy Reception

The GPP celebrated the program’s inaugural cohort at the British Embassy. Following the reception, the embassy’s Defense Attaché spoke and answered questions about the changing nature of alliances. 

Policy Simulation Residency

For Residency II, the GPP students participated in a simulation centered on the 1971 meeting in Geneva dedicated to the establishment of the United Nations Disaster Relief Organization (UNDRO). Students worked in teams representing the major states and international agencies involved in the negotiations. As reflected in the photos below, the meeting took place in formal and informal sessions, and an agreement was reached only in the early hours of the morning. Prof. Sinisa Vukovic from the Conflict Management Program led the exercise, along with extensive interactive seminar sessions before and afterwards.

The residency took place at the JHU Mt. Washington Conference Center, and students also had an evening to explore the Homewood Campus where they enjoyed a dinner reception in Gilman Hall.

International Policy Residency

The first residency was aimed to enhance the students’ skills in policy analysis, writing, and briefing. The topics, which ranged from nuclear nonproliferation, Chinese economic statecraft, and Iran’s role in Afghanistan, were suggested by staffers from the U.S. State Department Office of Policy Planning, who met briefly with each of the student groups to help them refine their ideas. 


The GPP is designed as an executive program, and all applicants must have a minimum of seven years of work experience after completion of an accredited undergraduate degree. The GPP degree is designed for students who are working full-time while completing the degree.

Non-Native Speakers of English

All non-native speakers of English demonstrate English competence by submitting an official TOEFL or IELTS score. The TOEFL/IELTS exam requirement may be waived for individuals who have completed their undergraduate degree in English in a country where English is an official language. Please see the admissions application instructions for TOEFL/IELTS minimum scores.



Estimated Cost of Attendance*

Fall 2016-Spring 2018 Academic Year
Washington, DC Campus 

Tuition and Other Mandatory Expenses:

  • Tuition/Books/Meals/Residency $69,800**
  • Matriculation Fee $500
  • Travel Allowance $1,220


Additional Expenses: 

  • Health Insurance $2,000***
  • Supplies $500
  • Personal Expenses $3,670
  • Room/Board $14,850
  • Direct Loan Fees $1,600***
  • Total $94,140

(The section above includes additional costs that students may incur outside of the mandatory program tuition and fees.)

*Based on 16-month calendar
**Subject to change. Tuition will be finalized by the Board of Trustees in May 2014.
***Estimated based on debt and cost of living averages from other SAIS executive
programs during the 2014-2015 academic year. Loan fees will vary based on the
amount that you borrow from year to year.



Fellowship Opportunities

Abraaj Fellows Program: Open to SAIS students of all nationalities and backgrounds to obtain partial and full scholarship support for the Master of Arts in Global Policy. The award will be based on merit and the strength of the admissions application. Special consideration will be given to applicants who are currently working in the public or non-profit sectors and who have a minimum of seven years of work experience. 

  • Deadline: February 1, 2017

Application and Instructions for Applying - Coming Soon

Contact Us

Martina Leinz
Director of Executive Education Recruitment and Outreach
Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Room 308, 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20036
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