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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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    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.
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    Assistant Professor
    Washington, D.C.
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    Senior Research Professor , Director of the Center for Canadian Studies
    Washington, D.C.
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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 (Entering Class 2018-2019)

Learning Goals and Objectives [11]

MA students must complete 64 credits and all degree requirements in order to graduate.

Students who are approved for a Dual Degree program or with Advanced Standing only need to complete 48 credits or 56 credits as determined by Academic Affairs, but still must fulfill all degree requirements.


Canadian Studies Concentration

Students concentrating in Canadian Studies must complete 20 credits of applicable coursework and a program capstone. One of these courses must be the Consulting Policy Practicum (SA.840.718). One concentration course may be taken outside of the program on a relevant program topic with the permission of the program director.

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 SAIS
  • MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors—if eligible)

International Economics Concentration

MA students must complete a concentration in International Economics (16 credits). The four required courses are:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics (pre-requisite or concurrent: Microeconomics)
  • International Trade Theory (pre-requisite: Microeconomics)
  • International Monetary Theory (pre-requisite: Macroeconomics)

If a student is waived [12] from a required course(s), the student must take a replacement International Economics course(s) to fulfill the concentration requirement.

Students who pass the non-credit Microeconomics course in Pre-Term [13] will have this concentration reduced to 12 credits, but still must complete the remaining required International Economics courses (or a replacement course(s) if waiver exam(s) passed).

International Economics GPA Requirement
Students must achieve an International Economics concentration GPA of at least 2.67.

In the standard case, the concentration GPA is the average of the grades in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory, and International Monetary Theory.  If a student completed the non-credit Microeconomics course in Pre-Term, the concentration GPA is calculated based on the grades in the remaining required International Economics courses. If one or more of the required courses is waived, the highest grade(s) from any eligible replacement International Economics course(s) is used.

Students who do not meet the minimum International Economics concentration GPA must re-take required courses (or take additional replacement courses if any required course(s) are waived) until the minimum is achieved. The highest grade from any attempt at a required course is used in this calculation.


Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

MA students must fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement (4 credits). Eligible courses include:

  • Statistical Methods for Business & Economics 
  • Econometrics (pre-requisite: Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
  • Applied Econometrics (pre-requisite: Econometrics)
  • Macro Econometrics (pre-requisite: Econometrics)
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Risk Analysis and Modeling
  • Quantitative Global Economics (pre-requisite: International Monetary Theory)
  • Credit Markets & Credit Risk (pre-requisite: Corporate Finance)

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

If a student is waived [14] from a Quantitative Reasoning course, the student must take a different course from the list above to fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

Students who pass the non-credit Statistical Methods for Business & Economics course in Pre-Term [13] will have fulfilled the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.


Core Requirements

MA students must fulfill two Core requirements from the subjects below. Students may fulfill a Core requirement by passing a for-credit Core course or by passing a non-credit Core exam.

  • American Foreign Policy Since WWII
  • Comparative Politics
  • Evolution of the International System
  • Theories of International Relations

Students may not take a Core exam in the semester in which they plan to graduate. If Core requirements are not completed before the start of a student’s final semester, the student no longer has the option of completing the exam and must enroll in the Core course(s) for credit.


Language Proficiency

MA students must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in a non-native language taught at SAIS. Students enroll in non-credit language courses to prepare for the proficiency exam.

Canadian Studies concentrators are required to demonstrate proficiency in French. Under special circumstances, Spanish or Portuguese may fulfill the requirement (consult with the Canadian Studies program). Native speakers of French (or Spanish/Portuguese, if permitted) must demonstrate proficiency in any other language taught at SAIS, which can include English.

All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering the school, even if not using English for proficiency, and may be required to take additional English language coursework.


Electives, Minor, and Specializations

Beyond the requirements, MA students may have room in their degree for electives, a minor, and/or a specialization(s).

Students may pursue an optional minor in any policy/regional area [15] other than General International Relations.

Students may pursue an optional specialization(s) in five areas International Economics [16] or Emerging Markets [17].



Entering Class 2017-2018 [18]
Entering Class 2016-2017 [19]
Entering Class 2015-2016 [20]
Entering Class 2014-2015 [21]
Entering Class 2013-2014 [22]
Entering Class 2012-2013 [23]
Entering Class 2011-2012 [24]
Entering Class 2010-2011 [25]
Entering Class 2009-2010 [26]


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 [27]
  • 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.


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 [28] 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 [29], 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
cfdoran@jhu.edu [30]
(202) 663-5715
Nitze 510

Starr Lee
Senior Academic Program Coordinator
starr.lee@jhu.edu [31]
(202) 663-5714
Nitze 503

Address & Phone

Canadian Studies
Nitze Building
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC

(202) 663-5714