Part-Time and Non-Degree Programs

Overview
Certificates
Tuition & Aid
Requirements and Policies
Additional Resources
How to Apply
Contact Us

Overview

Johns Hopkins SAIS accepts a limited number of part-time, non-degree students for study during the fall and spring semesters. Non-degree students may take a maximum of two courses per semester and a maximum of four courses overall for credit or audit. Please be aware that degree students have priority when registering for classes, and that enrollment will be offered to non-degree students on a space-available basis only.

Courses are available in areas such as international relations theory, policy studies, development and regional studies. Most courses are offered during daytime hours, though a limited number of courses are held in the evening. Non-degree students who would like to obtain a credential from the school over an extended period of time may pursue a certificate. Those who are interested in specialized language study emphasizing political, economic and international topics may apply for courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Hindi-Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai or Vietnamese.

To view all courses by term, visit our course search site here. Please contact the Office of Non-Degree Programs directly if you are interested in a course that has an enrollment limit.
 


 

Certificates


Certificates are designed to help students and professionals gain academic credentials without pursuing a full degree as they advance their careers. The Certificate in International Studies, the Certificate in International Development and the Certificate in International Economics are offered to candidates who successfully complete a series of four non-language courses. Students can earn a certificate in as few as two terms by working at a rigorous pace or over an extended period of time. 

To learn more about the certificate programs, click here.

Financial Information

Tuition

Fall Semester 2016
Spring Semester 2017
  • Class Period: 9/6/2016 - 12/12/2016
  • Application Deadline: 8/26/2016
  • Tuition per course:
    $5,642.75 - 4-credit course
    $2,821.38 - 2-credit or language course
  • Class Period: 1/30/2017 – 5/6/2017
  • Application Deadline: 1/20/2017
  • Tuition per course:
    $5,642.75 - 4-credit course
    $2,821.38 - 2-credit or language course


Johns Hopkins SAIS degree-program alumni and those who have completed a full-time Johns Hopkins SAIS-affiliated program, including the SAIS Europe Diploma or Nanjing Certificate, receive a 50% tuition discount on all fall and spring courses if there is space available for their enrollment. The school's employees must use their tuition remission benefits before they can take advantage of this discount. Those who are continuing at the school in a degree program are not eligible for this discount. Alumni may not transfer credits from courses taken on a non-degree basis with this discount to an additional Johns Hopkins SAIS degree program.

Fees
Application Fee: $50. This fee is required of first-time non-degree and new certificate applicants only.

Fees can be paid online by credit card during the application process. Those who cannot complete payment online should send a check, money order or cashier’s check made payable to "Johns Hopkins University-SAIS" to the Office of Non-Degree Programs. Please see the "Contact Us" tab for address information.

Payment Procedures
Payment in full is required one week before the beginning of coursework. Tuition payments should be made online via https://sis.jhu.edu. The school accepts e-checks as well as Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. To access the online payment system, students must first set up their JHED ID and password. Instructions on setting up a JHED account are sent 1- 2 business days after students complete the Admission Response Form. If you are having trouble accessing your account, please contact the Office of Non-Degree Programs at 202.663.5671.

If you are unable to submit tuition electronically, please mail or drop off your payment to the Business Office in Nitze 310. The school accepts checks and money orders made payable to "Johns Hopkins University-SAIS."

Students may not attend class without submitting payment. Note: If a student is unable to register for a course due to space constraints or cancellation, tuition will be refunded in full.

Payment Plan
The school offers students a convenient, interest free monthly payment plan administered by Tuition Management Systems (TMS). To enroll, call 1-888-356-0350 or visit http://www.afford.com/jhusais.

Refunds
Students will only be eligible for tuition refunds after submitting written notification to the Office of Non-Degree Programs. Application fees are nonrefundable. Students will only be eligible for tuition refunds after submitting a completed Drop/Add Form or Withdrawal Form. See the Requirements and Policies section for more details regarding dropping and withdrawing from courses.

Non-degree students forfeit a 10% tuition deposit in addition to being subject to the refund policies below. The refund policy for the fall and spring semesters will be calculated as:
 
 
 

Withdrawal during first week 100% refund minus 10% deposit
Withdrawal during second week 90% refund
Withdrawal during third week 80% refund
Withdrawal during fourth week 70% refund
Withdrawal during fifth week 60% refund
Withdrawal during sixth week 50% refund
Withdrawal during seventh week 40% refund

                                                           No refunds are given after the seventh week.
 

Please see The Red Book: Academic Procedures Manual and Information for additional information.

Requirements and Policies

Auditing
Non-degree students may audit courses by paying full tuition and by following the standard admission and registration procedures. Enrolled students who wish to change their grade status to audit may do so by submitting an Audit Form to the Office of Non-Degree Programs before the fourth week of classes. Students must obtain the permission of the instructor to audit a course. Please note that some professors may not allow audits for their courses. Students may not audit a language course during the fall or spring semesters. Courses that have been changed from credit status to audit may not be reverted to credit.

Enrolled students who wish to change the status of a course from audit to credit may do so by obtaining and submitting a  to the Office of Non-Degree Programs. Students must obtain the permission of the instructor. The professor's approval will depend on the student's regular class attendance and the fulfillment of all course requirements. Once changed to credit, the status cannot be reverted to audit.

Career Services
Please be aware that admission to Non-Degree Programs is entirely independent from degree-program admission and in no way implies acceptance to any of the degree programs. We are also unable to provide career services support to non-degree students.

Conditional Acceptance
Certain applicants may be granted conditional acceptance to Non-Degree Programs. The specific circumstances of the condition will be detailed in the applicant's acceptance letter. Students who have not met the condition of their acceptance or have not made alternate arrangements by the last day of the semester will receive a failing grade of "F" for the courses in which they are registered.

Course Cancellations
For a course to be offered, a minimum of eight students must be registered. The school reserves the right to cancel a course that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements. The Office of Non-Degree Programs will contact you if you are registered in a course that is canceled.

Course Load
Non-degree students are not permitted to take courses at the school on a full-time basis. Non-degree students may enroll in a maximum of two courses in any given term. The maximum number of total courses they may take is four.

Courses with Enrollment Limits
Non-degree students interested in enrolling in a course with an enrollment limit must send an email to saisnondegree@jhu.edu to request being placed on the waitlist for the course. Please be sure to include your name and list of courses in order of preference; the Office of Non-Degree Programs will keep you appraised of the enrollment status of the course. Please be aware that during the academic year, current students receive first priority in being placed in a class. Non-degree students interested in a course with a size limit may not receive confirmation of their enrollment until the second week of classes due to the process of bidding and adding/dropping courses for MA and MIPP students.

Disabilities Services
Students with a documented disability who require accommodations or those who wish to inquire about accommodations should contact the Director of Student Life, at 202.663.5705 or in person in the Nitze Building, Room 504. Please note that students who are seeking special accommodations must submit the appropriate documentation at least two weeks prior to the date they would like their accommodations to begin.

Drop/Add/Withdraw
Before the start of classes, students who wish to change their course selection should contact the Office of Non-Degree Programs. Students who wish to drop or add a course may do so by submitting a Drop/Add Form between the first and fourth weeks of classes. Note that only exceptional drops may be made during the third and fourth weeks of classes; some professors may require a Withdrawal during this time.

From the fifth to eight week of classes, students may withdraw from a course via a Withdrawal Form. Withdrawing from a course means that a "W" will be placed on a student's transcript.

Economic Prerequisites and Waiver Exams
Students must successfully complete the prerequisites for a course, as described under the course description, prior to the start of the semester. Successful completion is defined as a minimum grade of "B-." In addition, applicants to courses with Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory, International Monetary Theory and/or Statistics as prerequisites must also pass a waiver exam in these subjects at Johns Hopkins SAIS if the prerequisite course was not completed at the school. Those who intend to take the exams should submit their completed applications by the deadline so they can be registered for the waiver exam(s). Contact the Office of Non-Degree Programs for more information.

Grades
The highest grade given is "A" and "B-" is the lowest passing grade. A failing grade of "C" or below cannot be removed from a student's transcript. If a non-degree student receives a failing grade, he or she is not eligible to take additional coursework. A student may choose to appeal this decision to the Office of Non-Degree Programs, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will make the final determination.

An incomplete grade of "I" may be given by the professor at the end of the semester. Students must submit all required work by the end of the eighth week of the following semester, not including summer. After that point, no grade higher than "B+" will be assigned in a course where an incomplete has been allowed, except when extenuating and documented circumstances such as prolonged serious illness have occurred. The incomplete will automatically become a failing grade of "C" on the last day of classes of the following semester, not including summer. The instructor has authority to set deadlines and has the discretion not to grant an incomplete. Non-degree students with incomplete grades may not register for additional coursework.

Honor Code
Enrollment in Non-Degree Programs obligates students to conduct all activities in accordance with the rules and spirit of the school’s Honor Code. A copy of the Honor Code is detailed in The Red Book: Academic Procedures Manual and Information.

International Students
International students who are currently in the United States may be legally permitted to take courses depending on the parameters of their current immigration status. Please consult your visa sponsor for more information.

The school is unable to offer visa assistance for part-time, non-degree study during the fall or spring semesters. However, the school is able to offer student visa assistance for certain types of summer study.

Textbooks
Course materials are available for purchase online through MBS Direct. No textbooks are sold on campus. Not all courses will require textbooks for purchase. Additional materials will be available through the Library's Electronic Reserves system at the start of the term. Instructors will provide the password for such information.

Transcripts
Grade reports are NOT automatically mailed out to non-degree students. Transcripts will be issued by the Registrar's Office only upon request. Click here for more information. Transcripts will not be issued for students with unsatisfied academic or financial obligations to the university.

Transferring Credits
Credits for courses taken at Johns Hopkins SAIS may be eligible for transfer to many other graduate schools. Check with individual schools for their transfer credit policies.

Admission to any of the Non-Degree Programs is entirely independent from degree-program admission and in no way implies acceptance to a degree program. However, students who apply and are accepted into the MA program can receive credit for up to four non-language courses taken on a non-degree or certificate basis. For the MIPP or PhD programs, credit can be given for up to two non-language courses. Course classifications may differ between the non-degree and degree programs. Therefore applicants should be aware that some non-degree coursework may not fulfill the requirements of a particular program of study for a Johns Hopkins SAIS degree.

Degree-program alumni and those who have completed a full-time, Johns Hopkins SAIS-affiliated program, including the SAIS Europe Diploma and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate, may not transfer credits from courses taken on a non-degree basis with the tuition discount to an additional Johns Hopkins SAIS degree program.

Additional Resources

Please return all forms to the Office of Non-degree Programs in person to Nitze 403 or by e-mail. Non-degree students should take note of the policies and deadlines described in the Requirements and Policies section of this Web site and in The Red Book: Academic Procedures Manual and Information.
 
Form Description
Audit Form To change the status of a course from credit to audit; due by the seventh week of classes of the semester
Change to Credit Form To change the status of a course from audit to credit; due by the last day of classes of the semester
Drop/Add Form To drop or add a course between the first and fourth weeks of the semester
Withdrawal Form To withdraw from a course between the fifth and seventh weeks of the semester
Transcript Information To request an official transcript from the SAIS Registrar's Office
Certificate Plan of Action Form For those who have been accepted to the non-degree program and would like to formally request to work toward a certificate; please bring this form when meeting with the certificate adviser
Academic Calendar List of all Registration/Add/Drop/Withdraw Deadlines, Holidays, Exam Dates, etc. for the academic year.
Petition to Apply ND Courses Towards a SAIS Degree To apply Non-Degree Coursework towards a degree at SAIS
 


How to Apply

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Required Application Materials for First-Time Applicants
Please note, Johns Hopkins SAIS and JHU Students and Alumni need only complete the online application.

  • Online Non-Degree Application
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions (all applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree, with a 3.0 overall GPA required; must be officially translated if not in English)
  • One-page personal statement describing your background, motivation and goals for taking the course
  • Current CV or resume
  • TOEFL score of 100+ (IBT) if English is a second language
  • Application fee of $50 

Space is limited in the non-degree program. Degree-seeking students have priority in registration. Enrollment in specific classes will be decided on a space-available basis at the beginning of each semester. Enrollment status may not be finalized until after the first week of classes. Non-degree students are not eligible to apply for courses that have an enrollment limit, as found in the SIS Course Search. Non-degree students are also not permitted to participate in the Johns Hopkins SAIS bidding system for oversubscribed courses.

Courses with Prerequisites
Students who have not met all prerequisites for a course are not eligible to take that course. To be eligible for courses that require Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory, International Monetary Theory and/or Statistics, applicants must pass the school's waiver exam(s) in these subjects if they have not already passed these courses at the school. Only those who have passed an equivalent version of the course with a "B-" or better will be eligible to take the waiver exam. The exams are offered at the school or online. More information on these exams can be found here. Please be aware that passing any of the waiver exams does not guarantee a non-degree student enrollment in any specific course. See the International Economics Program Web site for more information about the content of the exams.

E-mail, mail or hand-deliver all application materials to:
The Johns Hopkins University
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Office of Non-Degree Programs, Room 403
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
USA

Admission to Non-Degree Programs is entirely independent from degree program admission and in no way implies acceptance to a degree program. Students interested in applying to a full-time degree program should consult the SAIS Office of Admissions by e-mail at sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu or phone at 202.663.5700.

Contact Us

To contact us, please email sais.nondegree@jhu.edu or call 202.663.5671. 

The Johns Hopkins University
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Office of Non-Degree Programs, Room 403
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
USA