Fall 2019 Master of Arts (MA) Admitted Students

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Fall 2019 Admitted Students Information

Fall 2019 Admitted Students Information

Fall 2019 Admitted Students Information

Fall 2019 Admitted Students Information

Fall 2019 Admitted Students Information

Next Steps
Accepting Your Offer of Admission
Accepting Your Financial Aid
Deferral Request Procedure
Open House for Admitted Students
Virtual Information Sessions
Meet Current Students and Alumni
MA Curriculum
Cost of Attendance
Pre-Term and Summer Opportunities
Information for Conditionally Admitted Students
Dual Degree Request Form
International Students
Offices and Contacts

Your Next Steps: Checklist and Important Dates

  • Accept your offer of admission by Monday, April 22 (scholarship recipients) or Wednesday, May 1 (non-scholarship recipients) by completing the online reply form and paying your $500 matriculation fee via your Hobson's Apply Yourself account.
  • Accept your financial aid award (if applicable) by Monday, April 22 on the online SIS Self-Service system. For more information on accepting your financial aid award and receiving federal loans, please click here.
  • Carefully review this website. There is a lot of information contained within the tabs to the left. The answers to many of your questions are likely located within these pages, so we strongly encourage you to read through everything carefully. If you have a question that has not been answered, please refer to Offices and Contacts to find the appropriate contact person.


Important Dates

Ongoing

  • Attend an alumni gathering in your area.  Click here for a full list of events.

April 10

  • All admitted students are invited to attend the annual Open House at the Washington, DC Campus. RSVP here.

April 22

  • Accept your offer of admission (scholarship recipients) via Hobson's Apply Yourself.
  • Accept your financial aid award on the online SIS Self-Service system.

May 1

  • Accept your offer of admissions (non-scholarship recipients).

Early-May

  • New students will receive their JHED ID, access to their Johns Hopkins email account, and the Incoming Student Portal.
  • International students attending JHU SAIS DC should begin the US student visa application process. Click here for more information.

June 14

  • Deadline to submit final, official transcripts and economics transcripts to the Admissions Office.  For more information on economics conditional admissions requirements, please click here.

July 5

  • Deadline to register for Pre-Term in Washington, DC.

July 8

  • SAIS DC course registration opens online for Fall 2019.

July 29

  • Pre-Term begins in Washington, DC.

August 29 & August 30

  • Orientation at Washington, DC.

September 3

  • Fall 2019 classes begin in Washington, DC

Accepting Your Offer of Admission

If you are accepting your offer of admission, please complete the Online Candidate’s Reply Form, which you can access by logging into your Hobson’s Apply Yourself account, and submit a $500 matriculation fee payment to the Office of Admissions. Payment can be made via credit card or e-check online when submitting your Candidate's Reply Form.  
 
These materials must arrive in our office no later than Monday, April 22, 2019 (for candidates with scholarship aid) or Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (for candidates without scholarship aid).
 
Personal Check Payment
If you prefer to pay your matriculation fee by check, please make the check payable to: “Johns Hopkins University” and write the student’s name and Social Security Number (SSN), if applicable, on the check. Check payments should be mailed to: JHU SAIS the Office of Admissions, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036.
 
Declining Your Offer of Admission  
If you are declining your offer of admission, please complete the Online Candidate’s Reply Form, which you can access by logging into your Hobson’s Apply Yourself account. These materials must arrive in our office no later than Monday, April 22, 2019 (for candidates with scholarship aid) or Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (for candidates without scholarship aid).
 
 
Questions? Need more information? Contact:
Office of Admissions
+01.202.663.5700
sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu

Accepting Your Financial Aid

Your financial aid award letter was emailed to you by the JHU SAIS Financial Aid Office the same day your admission decision was released. If you completed your FAFSA, this notification will also include your eligibility for federal loans. Please review the steps below to accept your financial aid award.

Steps to Accept Your Financial Aid

  1. To view and accept your financial aid award, log into the Hopkins Net Partner System. If you choose to accept your financial aid offer, please do so by April 22, 2019. Review these instructions for how to log into Net Partner via the SIS Self-Service system. Your SIS ID is included at the top of your financial aid award letter
  2. To view your scholarship, you must first accept the terms and conditions of the award under the "Accept Awards" tab. After accepting the terms and conditions, you can view your award amount under the "View Awards" tab. 
  3. To accept a scholarship, you must complete the required documents displayed in your “To-Do List” tab on the Net Partner system including your Financial Aid Agreement. The Financial Aid Agreement must be completed to disburse your fellowship.

Additional Steps to Receive Federal Loans

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the award notification will also reflect your eligibility for Federal Direct Loans. If you have not yet completed your FAFSA, and would like to be considered for federal aid, the address for web filing is www.fafsa.gov. The federal school code for SAIS is E00474. In addition, qualified U.S. citizens or permanent residents may be eligible to receive additional loans through the Federal Direct Grad Plus Program. This loan program allows you to borrow up to the cost of attendance.

If you are receiving federal loans, you will also need to complete Entrance Loan Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN). For more information on federal loans, visit the Financial Aid Requirements For First Year Students page.

Private Loans

Private loans are also available to assist international students (non-U.S.) in financing educational costs. For most of these loans, the student is the borrower and a U.S. cosigner is required. Interest rates are generally variable. For questions to ask when considering a private loan, click here.


Deferral Request Procedure

Admitted students may request a one-semester or one-year deferral. Deferral requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may be granted for a unique employment opportunity, special fellowship program, approved dual degree program, or family or medical emergency. The granting of deferrals beyond one year is extremely rare. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply for the semester that they expect to attend.

Note: Applicants who are admitted from the waiting list cannot defer admission under any circumstances.
Deferral requests must be submitted via the form below and should be made before Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Because students sometimes face unanticipated changes in their circumstances, deferral requests will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. If a deferral is granted, students will be expected to pay their $500 non-refundable matriculation fee and submit a $3,000 non-refundable deferral deposit (for a total of $3,500) within 30 days of approval. The deferral deposit will be applied to your tuition upon enrollment. Admitted students whose future plans remain uncertain, or those with insufficient funds, are advised to decline the offer of admission and reapply at a later date when circumstances may be more certain or stable.

If your request for deferral is denied and you would still like to enroll in the semester for which you were admitted, you must accept your offer of admission no later than your original response deadline.   


Financial Aid for Deferred Students

Federal Aid:

Federal Aid is available to deferred students upon their return. Students must complete the FAFSA and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid using the school code of E00474.

Institutional aid:

General Funds
Fellowship awards at the school are awarded based on merit.

If a deferred student was offered a general funds fellowship upon admission, the school makes every effort to provide the same amount of aid upon the student’s enrollment.

If a deferred student was NOT offered a general funds fellowship upon admission, this decision will be maintained throughout the student’s first year of attendance. The student will be eligible to apply for fellowship aid which will be awarded for his or her second year of study.

The school does not offer reconsideration of aid for the student’s first year of attendance.

Program Funds
The reinstatement of program fellowships will be at the discretion of the program. Students entering the school after deferral must follow up with the respective department regarding previously awarded fellowship funds.
 

Questions? Need more information? Contact:
Office of Admissions
+01.202.663.5700
sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu+

 


Open House for Admitted Students
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Open House allows newly admitted applicants to immerse themselves in the life of the school. You will have the opportunity to find out what the Johns Hopkins SAIS experience is all about - from current students, alumni, faculty and staff. The Open House programs include forums on student life, faculty panels, a department lunch, student activities forum, Question & Answer sessions on SAIS Europe and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, and much more. RSVP here.


Opening Remarks



Faculty Panel


Financial Aid Panel


Global Careers Panel


SAIS Europe Panel


Economics and Preterm


Alumni Panel

Questions? Need more information? Contact:
Office of Admissions
202.663.5700
sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu


 

Virtual Information Sessions

For newly admitted students, the school will host a number of virtual information sessions covering a variety of topics, including financial aid, student life, globa careers, academics, and more. Each session typically includes a presentation and a question-and-answer session. 

Financial Aid
Monday, April 1, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
Join here.

Student Life
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST
Join here.

Global Careers
Thursday, April 4, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST
Join here.

Academic Affairs
Friday, April 5, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
Join here.

Office of International Services (DC Admits Only)
Monday, April 15, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST
Join here.

If you have never used Zoom, ensure your computer and network connections are properly configured to provide you with the best possible experience beforehand: http://zoom.us/test

Questions? Need more information? Contact:
Office of Admissions
+01.202-663-5700
sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu

Meet Current Students and Alumni

Dear Admitted Students,

Congratulations on your acceptance to Johns Hopkins SAIS! The Office of Alumni Relations is proud to welcome you to our global community and we want to give you an opportunity to meet with alumni who stay connected through Johns Hopkins SAIS clubs in key locations and evolving groups worldwide. Our alumni hold positions of leadership in government, business, journalism, non-profit and multilateral sectors and can offer insights on how their student experience benefitted them after completing their degrees. If you are interested in attending an alumni gathering, please R.S.V.P. to the event organizer for any given event. Please consider taking advantage of these events to learn more about Johns Hopkins SAIS and its worldwide alumni network.
 
Jordi Izzard
Director of Global Alumni Relations

You are welcome to visit a class, meet current students or alumni.

Questions? Need more information? Contact:
Office of Admissions
+01.202-663-5700
sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu

Master of Arts (MA) Curriculum

MA Requirements

All MA students must concentrate their studies in two programs, one of which must be International Economics. Students select their second concentration from one of the International Policy Areas or a region of the world. A student usually takes six courses to meet a concentration requirement. Academic advisors are available to help plan your course of study. Contact either your academic program or a general academic advisor.  Please also view the Curriculum tab within each Area of Study.     

Language Placement

Language Placement and Proficiency Examinations will be administered during the first week of classes for students with prior foreign language experience. Students may prepare for these exams by reviewing their language skills over the summer or enrolling in the Summer Language Institute.

All MA students whose native language is not English must take an English placement examination. Those who do not pass the placement examination in one or more of the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening) will be required to take and pass English language classes, either until the language proficiency exams are passed (if English is used as the proficiency language) or until advanced high classes are successfully completed in the relevant skill areas. Neither submitting a TOEFL/IELTS score as part of the application process nor receiving a waiver of the TOEFL/IELTS score exempts non-native speakers of English from taking the placement examination. Students who have completed their last three years of high school at a US or British accredited high school may waive the English placement (not proficiency) exam if they can provide a letter from that high school stating the number of years/ semesters attended at the school, as well as the name of the school's accreditation agency. Students who have limited experience with English as a medium of instruction are encouraged to take English courses in Summer Programs and/or Pre-Term.

 
Questions? Need more information? Contact:

Office of Academic Affairs
saisadvising@jhu.edu

 

Global Careers

Helping You Manage Your Career

The Office of Global Careers partners with students to put their education to work. Our counselors have a track record for connecting talented students with rewarding career opportunities. Services and opportunities are listed below.
         
To learn more about Global Careers, newly admitted students are encouraged to visit the Career Services Facebook Page.    
         

Career Treks

The Global Careers team coordinates a number of different Career Treks during the academic year. These treks are an opportunity to hear first-hand from alumni and human resources staff in organizations that have hired graduates in the past.
 

Career Clubs

The school is home to many active Career Clubs open to all students. Career Clubs are a great way to network with your peers and to share information on fields of interest. They also provide substantive leadership opportunities to those who seek them out. Career Clubs hosts many events on campus from career panels with alumni to brown bag lunches, to lectures by distinguished guests. They also host Happy Hours and other networking events, and also work closely with The Office of Global Careers to plan career treks.
 

Professional Development Skills Courses

Skills courses are short-term, non-credit courses offered to provide students with the opportunity to learn practical skills that will enhance their competitiveness in the job market, including programming specific to international students. Courses are offered both in-person and online. Recent courses offered include:
 
  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Introductory Finance
  • Spreadsheet Modeling
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Beginning & Intermediate MS Excel
  • Corporate Valuation
  • Consulting Skills
  • Writing for Results: Policy Memos
  • Introduction to Political Risk Analysis
  • Understanding Electoral Systems
  • Preparing & Delivering a Briefing
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Practices of International Mediation
 

Personal Appointments

One of the key resources provided by Global Careers is individual career counseling appointments. Individual appointments cover topics such as self-assessment and focus, strategy review, mock interviews, and more.

Estimated Cost of Attendance for 2019-2020  

For information on the Financial Aid process, you may access:


Questions? Need more information? Contact:
Office of Financial Aid
+01.202.663.5706
fin_aid@sais-jhu.edu

Pre-Term and Summer Opportunities

Online Principles of Economics 

Intended Audience: Conditionally admitted students who have not yet completed their introductory economics prerequisites, or those who would like to reacquaint themselves with the fundamental theories of economics prior to entering the program.  

Register for the dates below:

Online Principles of Economics is a 12-week fully online course available to incoming degree students that covers economics at an introductory level. This course satisfies the economics prerequisites for incoming MA students. Students may participate from anywhere in the world as long as they have regular high-speed Internet access and are able to meet additional technical requirements. Visit the OPE website for more detailed course information. 
  

Math Preparation

Intended Audience: All incoming JHU SAIS MA students
 
Math plays an integral part in building the type of sound understanding of economics you will be expected to develop as a student. All incoming students will receive access to online courses in Blackboard that will provide resources such as video tutorials, lessons, problem sets and quizzes to assist you in this preparation. Students are strongly encouraged to work through the material prior to their arrival at the school. By tackling these math skills, your experience at Johns Hopkins SAIS will be easier, more enjoyable and much more rewarding. For those not comfortable with online learning, an in-person Math for Economics course is offered during Pre-Term (see below).

Students will be given access to the Blackboard sites in mid-May if they have submitted their matriculation fees.

Note: Students enrolling in Microeconomics in Pre-Term (see below) must either pass the math exams at the end of the online Blackboard courses, or have previously taken and passed calculus and/or intermediate microeconomics.
 

Pre-Term

Intended Audience: All incoming JHU SAIS MA students
 

Pre-Term is a full-time program that provides the opportunity for incoming students to get a jump-start on their study of economics, quantitative reasoning, English or Italian. Pre-Term courses are non-credit and do not count toward the number of courses/credits required for graduation, but offer the opportunity to complete foundation economics or quantitative reasoning course requirements. Passing Microeconomics during Pre-Term will lower your required economics courses from four to three, and passing Statistics will meet your quantitative reasoning requirement. This allows additional room for general electives, in addition to creating more room for specializations and minors.
Practical professional development modules will also be available to students during Pre-Term to enhance their skill sets. In addition to these offerings, students can re-acclimate to the academic world while meeting fellow classmates, deans, and recent alumni during informal events.
 
Although Pre-Term is optional, a majority of the incoming class attends. Participants may enroll in the following courses:

  • Math for Economics (Full course offered only at SAIS Washington; Math review sessions offered at SAIS Europe)
  • Microeconomics*
  • Statistics
  • English
  • Professional Development seminars (SAIS Washington only)

Microeconomics is taught at the intermediate level and utilizes basic calculus, such as functions and derivatives. For this reason, we highly recommend that students who have limited experience with calculus enroll in the Math for Economics course to ensure a successful experience at SAIS. We strongly encourage all students to review the Pre-Calculus and Calculus Blackboard sites and take the exams prior to arriving at Pre-Term in order to assess your understanding of the material.

Additional details regarding Pre-Term will be made available on the matriculated students’ site in mid-May.
 

Summer Programs

Intended Audience: Incoming students looking to get a jumpstart on language study, or those looking to complete degree requirements in order to free up space for electives.

Johns Hopkins SAIS Summer Programs 2019 is offering courses from a wide variety of academic programs in Washington, DC. Students may take up to two courses each summer and can apply these courses to their degree requirements. Unlike Pre-Term, summer courses are offered for credit and will count towards your 64 credits required for graduation.

The curriculum includes courses in international development, economics, energy, conflict management, regional studies and more. Language courses in Arabic, Chinese, and Russian will also be available.  


Questions? Need more information? Contact:
Office of Academic Affairs
+1.202.663.5671

Online Principles of Economics: sais.nondegree@jhu.edu
Pre-Term: preterm@jhu.edu
Summer Programs: sais.summer@jhu.edu

Information for Conditionally Admitted Students

Economics Conditional Admission

Prior to enrollment, admitted students are required to have successfully completed Principles of Economics. This can be accomplished by taking two courses in Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics or a single combined course in Principles of Economics. These courses may be physical or virtual (online) but must be from an accredited academic institution. Successful completion is defined as a letter grade of B- or higher or its numerical equivalent. 

Individuals who had not fulfilled this requirement at the time of application have been conditionally admitted to the school. Conditionally admitted students currently completing this requirement should submit final transcripts to the Office of Admissions by June 15, 2019. If such courses will be completed during the summer, students must send proof of course registration to the Office of Admissions by June 15, 2019; final transcripts must be received by the Office of Admision no later than August 15, 2019. Students can also meet this admission requirement by taking the Online Principles of Economics course or by enrolling in the appropriate principles course(s) at an accredited institution. Please visit www.sais-jhu.edu/nondegree/principles or contact sais.nondegree@jhu.edu regarding the Online Principles of Economics course. Registration begins in late March. Applicants with conditional admission to the school can email the Office of Admissions at sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu with questions about their standing.     
 

English Language Conditional Admission

Requirements to Attend English Pre-Term:
Admitted students who have achieved a score between 100-104 on the internet-based TOEFL exam, or 7.0 or higher on the IELTS exam but less than 7.0 on the speaking or writing skills sections, must attend English Pre-Term. This score indicates that additional English preparation would greatly enhance one's ability to meet the level of language needed for a successful experience in the MA program. The program is held July through August and gives non-native speakers the chance to strengthen their language skills. One must complete this program prior to enrolling at the school.

Admitted students who have achieved a TOEFL score of 105-109 are also required to attend English Pre-Term, but may be eligible for exemption from the English Pre-Term requirement.  If you would like to speak with someone about this course or being exempted from this requirement, please contact the Language Studies Program at +01.202.663.5751. In order to be eligible to request an exemption from Pre-Term, one will need to achieve a TOEFL score of 25 or higher on the writing section. The Language Studies Program will administer speaking assessments via Skype beginning in March. Performance on this assessment will determine whether or not one is eligible to request an exemption from Pre-Term. Please email Jacqueline Manuel at jmanuel4@jhu.edu by March 29th to schedule an assessment.
 

Questions? Need more information? Contact:
Office of Admissions
+01.202.663.5700
sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu

International Students
English Entry Exam
All candidates whose native language is not English are required to take an English exam upon arrival at JHU SAIS. This exam is independent from any exams required in your admissions application (e.g.; TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, and GMAT). Based on the exam results, students may be required to do further English language training during their tenure at JHU SAIS.

Bilingual students can be exempted from the English exam if they fulfill two of the three criteria to be considered a native English speaker at JHU SAIS. Exact criteria can be found here: https://www.sais-jhu.edu/graduate-studies/areas-of-study/english#overview

Those students who wish to be exempted from the English exam must declare English as their native language in the application form.

Pre-Term
Admitted students who have achieved a score between 100-104 on the internet-based TOEFL exam or 7.0 or higher on the IELTS exam but less than 7.0 on the speaking or writing skills sections must attend English Pre-Term. This score indicates that additional English preparation will greatly enhance a student’s ability to meet the level of language needed for a successful experience in the MA program. The program is held July 29 through August 27 and gives non-native speakers the chance to strengthen their language skills. Students must complete this program prior to enrolling at the school.

Admitted students who have achieved a TOEFL score of 105-109 are also required to attend English Pre-Term, but may be eligible for exemption from the English Pre-Term requirement.   In order to be eligible to request an exemption from Pre-Term, you need to achieve a TOEFL score of 25 or higher on the writing section. The Language Studies Program will administer speaking assessments via Skype beginning in March. Performance on this assessment will determine whether or not one is eligible to request an exemption from Pre-Term. Please email Jacqueline Manuel at jmanuel4@jhu.edu by March 29th to schedule an assessment.

Proficiency
All MA students are required to pass proficiency exams in one of the languages taught at SAIS. Students may not take language proficiency exams in their native language, i.e. the language indicated as the native language on the admissions form.

U.S. Student Visa Information
Note: Only students who are not US citizens or already have existing immigration status in the US that permits study during Program dates need to complete this item.
If you are an International Student coming from a country that requires a visa to attend classes in Washington, DC, we recommend you start the visa application process as soon as possible. Visas can take weeks to process; please plan accordingly. Please review the Office of International Services information about visas and application procedures.

Relevant Forms:

Questions? Need more information? Contact:
Office of International Services
+01.667.208.7022
sais-isss@jhu.edu

Offices and Contacts

Admissions
For questions regarding marketing, admissions and admitted student programs please contact the Office of Admissions.
sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu
+01.202.663.5700

    
Academic Affairs

For questions regarding the academic program, registration and student records, please contact Academic Affairs.
Office of Academic Affairs
saisadvising@jhu.edu
+01.202.663.5671

    
Student Life

For questions regarding health insurance, assistance programs, housing options, disability resources, clubs and activities, please contact Student Life.
Office of Student Life
saisstudentlife@jhu.edu 
+01.202.663.5705

     
Finance

For questions regarding Financial Aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
Office of Financial Aid
saisfinaidinfo@jhu.edu
+01.202.663.5706

For billing questions, please contact the Business Office.
saisbilling@jhu.edu
+01.202.663.5870

    
Global Careers

For questions regarding careers, please contact Career Services.
Office of Career Services
sais.dc.careers@jhu.edu.
+01.202.663.5710

    
Information Technology

Student computing, printing and email support. Oversight of online resources, databases, and overall technology concerns.
saishelp@jhu.edu
+01.202.663.5666

     
Office of International Services
For information regarding U.S. students visas and application procedures, please contact The Office of International Services.
sais-isss@jhu.edu
+01.667.208.7022