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A division of The Johns Hopkins University, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students a truly international perspective on today's critical issues. A presence on three continents sets SAIS apart and is one of our greatest strengths. We not only teach about the world, we are in the world.

For seven decades, SAIS students have distinguished themselves by pursuing academic excellence in international relations. The school was established in Washington, D.C., in 1943, opened its campus in Bologna, Italy, in 1955 and in 1986 initiated one of the first Western university programs in the People's Republic of China in Nanjing.

A SAIS education combines the academic depth of a graduate school with the practical policy focus of a professional school. SAIS graduates are known for their interdisciplinary breadth and solid foundation in economics - prerequisites for a successful career in international relations. The result: innovative thinkers and problem-solvers with the economic and cultural expertise to confront complex global challenges.

Our intimate and supportive learning community - diverse individuals of vision, intellect and creativity with a common commitment to positive change - will inspire you to explore your interests and ultimately make a difference in the world.

Areas of Study

International Economics At SAIS, we believe a solid background in the theory and practical application of economics is necessary for understanding international policy issues. This aspect of the SAIS curriculum is essential for navigating the challenges of a global economy.

international Policy Areas International Relations students choose from distinct programs focused on functional areas, including international law; the environment, natural resources and energy; global theory and history; humanitarian crises; and war and conflict. International Development students learn to analyze development in its economic, political and social dimensions through an interdisciplinary approach to the study of developing countries.

Regions of the World International events are driving a renewed interest in regional studies, which emphasize an in-depth knowledge of how societies function and interconnect. Our regional studies programs represent all parts of the globe, allowing students to master the languages, cultures and history required for effective leadership and problem-solving.

Languages Foreign language proficiency gives our graduates a competitive edge. SAIS offers 17 language programs that prepare students to converse across borders and cultures, whether negotiating an international treaty or a corporate contract.

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Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
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Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.) - 2 years (full-time)

  • This two-year program for full-time students is the cornerstone of the SAIS experience. About half of all entering M.A. students spend a year in Bologna and a year in Washington, and half spend both years in Washington. The academic program is the same for both groups and consists of interdisciplinary course work in international relations, economics and languages. Individuals proficient in Mandarin may pursue a five-semester option by completing two semesters in Nanjing to receive a certificate in Chinese and American Studies, combined with three semesters in the M.A. program. One of these three semesters must be at the Washington campus. 16 required courses. (Offered in Washington, Bologna and Nanjing)

Master of Arts in International Affairs (M.A.I.A) - 2 years (full-time)

  • Offered at SAIS Europe, this two-year masters degree is research-oriented. It allows students to submit a thesis in lieu of two of the non-language courses normally required for the M.A. 16 required courses.

Master of Arts in International Studies (M.A.I.S.) - 2 years (full-time)

  • Offered at the SAIS Hopkins- Nanjing Center (HNC), this two-year program is the only masters degree fully accredited in both China and the United States. Students complete course work and a thesis in Chinese, culminating in a degree jointly awarded by SAIS and Nanjing University. Mandarin proficiency required. 13 required courses. (Offered in Nanjing)

Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (M.I.E.F.) - 1 year (full-time)

  • This masters program is designed for recent college graduates and early-career professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of economic theory and reasoning, strengthen quantitative and econometrics skills, and apply their knowledge to project or policy analysis. Students move through the program as a cohort and choose an elective track in either Macroeconomics/International Finance or International Trade/Development. M.I.E.F. graduates are prepared for roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including economic and financial analyst positions. New program for academic year 2013/14, pending approval by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. (Offered in Washington)

Master of International Public Policy (M.I.P.P.) - 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)

  • The M.I.P.P. program is designed for experienced professionals who wish to develop advanced analytical and leadership skills. Studying under world-class scholars and practitioners, students tailor their course work to meet their own career objectives and achieve continued success. M.I.P.P. students represent diverse employment sectors and geographies, bringing substantial work experience into classroom discussions. Most M.I.P.P. students enroll full-time and complete the program in one academic year; however, candidates may apply for a part-time course of study. 8 required courses. (Offered in Washington and Bologna)

Certificate in Chinese and American - 1 year

  • This one-year program in Nanjing gives students flexibility in course selection while deepening their knowledge of Sino-global relations. Graduate-level content courses taken in Chinese help develop linguistic and cultural fluency. Mandarin proficiency required. 6 required courses. (Offered in Nanjing)

Diploma in International Studies - 1 year

  • Students who complete two semesters of full-time study in Bologna (eight non-language courses plus a language requirement) receive a diploma certifying that accomplishment. Although most students go on to complete their M.A. at SAIS in Washington during a second year of study, this certification of graduate course work in international relations is particularly useful for those who already hold or are earning a masters degree at one of our European partner universities. 8 required courses. (Offered in Bologna)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - 3-4 years (full-time)

  • This full-time program is for individuals who hold an M.A. and seek to become scholars as well as practitioners in international relations. Ph.D. candidates work with a faculty adviser to design a unique academic and research plan to prepare for their dissertation. Students develop a comprehensive understanding of qualitative and quantitative analytic skills, international relations, economics and regional studies. Ph.D. students may conduct portions of their research in Bologna and/or Nanjing. (Offered in Washington)

Joint Degrees

SAIS offers partnerships with leading graduate schools in the United States and around the world. Approximately 10 percent of our students pursue dual-degree and cooperative-degree programs in global business, international law, international public administration and global health to enhance their graduate education and achieve their professional objectives. For those accepted to such programs, SAIS reduces the number of required courses from 16 to 12 in recognition of course work taken at another approved school. Students may also create ad hoc dual-degree programs with other prominent universities. In the cooperative-degree programs (offered only at the Bologna campus), masters students from European partner universities can study one year in their home program and one year at SAIS Europe, obtaining the M.A.I.A. or the Diploma in International Studies plus a masters degree from their home university. For more information, visit

Global Business

  • M.A. - M.B.A. with Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A. - M.B.A. with Tuck School at Dartmouth College
  • M.A. - M.B.A. with INSEAD in France and Singapore

Global Health

  • M.A. - M.S.P.H. with Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

International Diplomacy and Public Policy

  • M.A. - M.P.A. with Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University

International Law

  • M.A. - J.D. with Stanford University Law School
  • M.A. - J.D. with University of Virginia School of Law

Cooperative-Degree Programs

  • M.A.I.A. - M.A.I.S. with Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (SAIS Bologna campus)
  • M.A.I.A. - Laurea Magistrale with University of Bologna main and Forlì campuses (SAIS Bologna campus)
  • M.A.I.A. - Masters Degree with Sciences Po Lille (SAIS Bologna campus)

Core Courses

For the Master of Arts degree, students must pass two of four core examinations:
  • Evolution of the International System
  • Theories of International Relations
  • American Foreign Policy since W.W.II
  • Comparative National Systems

M.A. students are required to complete a capstone requirement in order to graduate. This is an integrative project or experience within the non-economics concentration and requires an assessment.

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