Part-Time and Non-Degree Programs

Non-Degree and Certificate Programs

SAIS offers year-round enrollment for non-degree students

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Certificates
Part-Time Fall and Spring Course Registration
Summer Programs
Non-Degree Transfer Credits and Stackable Programs
Online Principles of Economics course

Johns Hopkins SAIS welcomes part-time, non-degree students for study during the fall, spring and summer semesters. In the fall and spring semester, most courses are offered during daytime hours and during the summer term courses are held in the evening. Non-degree students have the opportunity to pursue professional certificates and if admitted into a degree program, can transfer their credits.

Non-degree students are eligible to take courses in all of SAIS's areas of study, including:

  • Development and regional studies
  • International economics
  • International relations
  • Policy studies
  • Strategic studies

Non-degree students who are interested in specialized language study emphasizing political, economic and international topics may apply for courses in one of 15 languages offered at SAIS.

Students wishing to fulfill the school's Master of Arts economics entrant requirement of Principles of Micro and Macroeconomics, may take the Online Principles of Economics course. Non-SAIS students are welcome to take the Online Principles of Economics course in the fall and spring term; in the summer term the course is only available to admitted SAIS degree students. 

Please contact the Office of Non-Degree Programs (202.663.5671) if your question is not answered on this page.

Certificates

Johns Hopkins SAIS offers three certificates for students and professionals seeking to gain academic credentials without pursuing a full degree as they advance their careers: 

  • Certificate in International Studies
  • Certificate in International Development
  • Certificate in International Economics

Each certificate requires a series of four graduate-level courses and can serve as an important professional credential for those working in an increasingly complex global environment.

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Part-Time Fall and Spring Course Registration

Students can apply and enroll in courses offered at the school in international economics, development, strategic studies, energy, environment and more. Courses can be used towards a certificate, transferred to a degree record upon matriculation or taken for personal or professional development.

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Summer Programs

The Summer Programs feature international relations courses from our economics, policy, and regional studies programs. Students also have the opportunity to study Arabic, Chinese, or Russian through an international lens. Classes are held during convenient evening hours to accommodate students with internships and full-time jobs and can be used towards a certificate, transferred to a degree record upon matriculation or taken for personal or professional development.

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Non-Degree Transfer Credits and "Stackable Programs"

Taking non-degree courses at Johns Hopkins SAIS provides an opportunity to build towards a certificate or a degree. For example, students may begin with just one academic course taken during the summer and then transfer that course to a certificate program. If you later decide to apply to a Johns Hopkins SAIS degree program and are accepted, up to 16 hours of your certificate (or individual non-degree courses) may be applied to the Master of Arts (MA), and up to 8 credits may be applied to the Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) or PhD programs. 

Students can transfer up to:
  • 16 hours of non-credit SAIS courses into the Master of Arts (MA)
  • 8 credits of non-credit SAIS courses to the Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) or PhD programs

Online Principles of Economics

The Online Principles of Economics course covers introductory micro and macroeconomics and can be used to complete the school's MA economics entrance requirement, or as a prerequisite to take the Microeconomics and/or Macroeconomics courses. This 12-week fully online course can be taken from anywhere in the world, provided students have access to a reliable internet connection.

During the summer term, only SAIS degree-students are permitted to take Online Principles of Economics. In the fall and spring term, non-SAIS students are welcome to enroll.

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