Johns Hopkins SAIS-Tsinghua University Dual Degree Master’s Program


Johns Hopkins SAIS:
Application Deadline:
Early Notification - November 1, 2019
Regular Decision - January 7, 2020
Decision Notification Date:
Early Notification - December 27, 2019
Regular Decision - March 6, 2020
For more information on the Johns Hopkins SAIS admissions process, please click here. 

Tsinghua University:

Application Deadline:
March 31, 2020 Notification Date:
April 15, 2020
For more information on the Tsinghua University admissions process, please click here


Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University, one of China’s top universities, offer a groundbreaking dual-degree program that incorporates study at each campus, in China and the United States.
Students spend the first academic year at Tsinghua University in Beijing, followed by three semesters at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington, DC (Fall/Spring/Fall). As with all dual-degree arrangements, students have the opportunity to complete the school's MA requirements in three instead of four semesters, but both degrees are conferred only when all requirements are met at both schools. After completion of these requirements, students will be awarded a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a Master of Law degree and graduation certificate from Tsinghua.
This dual-degree program combines the qualities of two world-class institutions to provide an enriched and expansive experience featuring different perspectives on international relations and global affairs. The goal is to equip students with a sound grasp of economics, excellent analytic skills, and

interdisciplinary research abilities. The program will give students from around the world an opportunity to study international relations in top schools in the capitals of both countries and provides practical knowledge to prepare students for multiple career paths after graduation, including civil service in government involved with foreign and commercial affairs, research roles at institutes devoted to public policy and foreign affairs, international organizations, and international financial institutions.
See information here on the first cohort’s arrival at Tsinghua University and a profile here of Keji Mao, a student in the first cohort, and his research work in SAIS’s South Asia Studies program.   

NexGen Global Forum

The NexGen Global Forum is a Beijing-based research project founded by the inaugural cohort of the Johns Hopkins SAIS—Tsinghua University Dual Degree Master’s Program. NexGen Global Forum provides a real window into the dynamic nature of this program. You can view video testimonials from current students on the NexGen homepage as well as profiles, blog posts, and  research projects.
NexGen Global Forum’s mission is to advance greater mutual understanding of foreign policy and cultural perceptions by reexamining traditional frameworks of debate on current events. Through both conventional and innovative engagement approaches, NexGen Global Forum endeavors to build an inclusive platform for balanced dialogue that highlights diverse perspectives from academia, government, business, and the local community.  


Admissions are now open for the fifth. Each cohort will have roughly an equal number of Chinese and non-Chinese students.  Applicants will apply to both institutions separately and concurrently. They will be evaluated for admissions by each institution based on their respective requirements and criteria. For administrative identification purposes, applicants for the dual-degree program will be requested to indicate their intentions clearly on their applications to both institutions.
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Program structure 


Students follow a specialized curriculum with some courses created for the dual-degree program. Features include a customized simulated think tank course exclusively for the program, a policy practicum spanning the entire time at Tsinghua, and the possibility for policy research-oriented field trips to rural China and/or another country. Aside from a first semester course in Chinese language and culture (with a second semester option), all instruction is in English.  More detailed information on the Tsinghua curriculum can be found here. Please contact with any questions. 

·Johns Hopkins SAIS

Students must complete all prescribed MA requirements (International Economics, Quantitative Reasoning, Concentration(s), Cores, and language), but receive 16 credits (one semester) worth of electives through the dual-degree, allowing them the opportunity to complete the degree in three instead of four semesters. All students choose at least one concentration (world region and/or international policy area). You may view specific curricula here by selecting an area of study and then “curriculum.”