Master of Arts


in International Studies

Engage With Policymakers

Proximity to power and access to thought leaders create rich academic and professional opportunities.

A Unique Partnership in China

Learn about China from respected Chinese professors.

Open Academic and Cultural Exchange

Apply your Chinese in interactive seminar-style classes.

Live and Study With Students Throughout China

Improve your spoken and written Chinese, and engage in serious bilingual research.

This two-year program is the only master’s degree fully accredited in both China and the United States. With an emphasis on target-language study, students complete coursework and a thesis entirely in Chinese, which demands a high level of Chinese language proficiency and well-developed cultural sensitivity.

Apply Your Chinese in Interactive, Seminar-Style Graduate Classes

The Students

The degree will bring Chinese and international graduate students together in the classroom—a feature of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center not found in other programs offered in China.

The Faculty

International students gain first-hand knowledge of Sino-global relations by taking courses in Chinese taught by Chinese professors.

Recent Speakers

  • Jon Huntsman Jr., former U.S. ambassador to China
  • David M. Lampton, director of the SAIS China Studies Program
  • Stephen Roach, former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia
  • Cui Tiankai, Chinese Ambassador to the United States

Discover the "Southern Capital"

Explore Sino-global relations in Nanjing, a city with a prominent place in Chinese history and culture.

The HNC's state-of-the-art facilities are spaces for free and open academic exploration and dialogue. At the heart of the center is its superior research library. Located on the downtown campus of Nanjing University, the HNC upholds the highest American and Chinese academic standards in the pursuit of educating future leaders. The integration of academic and residential environments offers the opportunity for students and faculty to candidly discuss critical political, economic and sociological issues facing China and the world today.

Gain a Career-Building Edge

HNC graduates are highly valued by employers, specifically because of their ability to read, write and speak Chinese at a professional level, conduct graduate-level research in Chinese and operate in an international setting.




Career Services

HNC provides a variety of career development resources and events to help students market their unique skill sets to employers around the world. Joining a global network of more than 2,100 alumni, HNC graduates are prepared to become part of an elite cohort of international leaders.

A Global Alumni Community

HNC alumni are an invaluable resource in the world of Sino-International relations. Center alumni work in a wide variety of fields, including business, financial services, law, academia, consulting, government and the nonprofit sector.

Common Paths

Students graduating from SAIS have pursued careers at:
  • Deloitte
  • KPMG
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Brookings Institution
  • U.S.-China Business Council
  • Accenture