Message from the MAGP Academic Director
Cohort Courses
Elective Courses
Residencies & Application Seminars
Beyond the Classroom
MAGP Voices
SAIS Magazine Story
Residency Op-Ed
Foreign Policy Institute Paper
Cost of Attendance
Fellowship Opportunities
Contact Us

The Master of Arts in Global Policy (MAGP) is a sixteen-month degree designed to give experienced professionals a competitive edge in their careers.

The MAGP 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 MAGP 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.

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 (MAGP).

Welcome to the Master of Arts in Global Policy

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

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 MAGP is a degree program designed for motivated, working professionals like you. The 16-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 MAGP 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 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, leadership workshops, and an overseas residency

We are currently accepting applications to the MAGP.  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 & Senior Research Professor in International Relations
Master of Arts in Global Policy


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 MAGP, 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, MAGP 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

MAGP’s intensive, interdisciplinary curriculum provides a strong foundation in international affairs and the framework essential for continued success across sectors. The MAGP 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. MAGP’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 MAGP 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 MAGP. 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 MAGP cohort will be encouraged to participate in programs designed specifically for MAGP students.

  • MAGP Professional Development Series - Current MAGP 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 Residency is the capstone project of MAGP. Students tackle a policy challenge in a foreign country, analyze it in a comparative context, and propose recommendations in the form of a memorandum and briefing.

The capstone culminates with a one-week overseas research trip. This year, MAGP students selected Indonesia as the location for their policy research.

International Policy Residency

In September 2017, Cohort III kicked off the academic year with an intensive, three-day International Policy Residency. After hearing from former policy planners at the State Department, students had 26 hours to write a policy memo tackling a pressing international policy issue. This year's topics included the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), China's Belt and Road Initiative, and America's position on the UN Human Rights Council.

Policy Leadership Residency

In August 2017, Cohort II traveled down to Richmond, VA for a residency on leadership and decision making. Students traversed the Civil War battlefields of the Petersburg Campaign and discussed leadership strategies with Strategic Studies professors Tom Keaney and Tom Mahnken.

Policy Simulation Residency

During this three-day simulation, the MAGP students worked in teams representing major states to negotiate a resolution meant to address a crisis in a fictitious country plagued by famine and civil war. After 15 hours of countless meetings in both formal and informal sessions, an agreement was reached—at 12:30 am.

The residency took place near the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus in Baltimore where the students had the opportunity to learn about the school’s history from Professor Stuart Leslie and enjoy a welcome performance by JHU’s a cappella group Octopodes during a dinner reception at Gilman Hall.

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 democratic reforms, renewable energy, defense diplomacy, and informal economies. Read one student’s analysis on US-India trade policy.

International Policy Residency

In September 2016, we welcomed Cohort II to campus for their International Policy Residency. Working in small groups, students wrote a policy planning memorandum addressed to State Department officials. A big thank you to all who participated, including our guest speakers who provided real-world experience and advice.

Policy Leadership Residency

This three-day residency took MAGP 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 MAGP 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 MAGP 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. 

MAGP Voices

To view a article, please click below.
SAIS Magazine Story   Residency Op-Ed   Foreign Policy Institute Paper


The MAGP 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 MAGP 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

The MAGP offers fellowships to students based on merit and strength of the admissions application. No special form or fellowship application is required.

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
Phone: 202.663-5737 | Email: mleinz@jhu.edu


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