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Johns Hopkins University

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Students at Johns Hopkins SAIS are encouraged to study with purpose and tailor their coursework to best fit their career interests. Learning from accomplished faculty across three global campuses gives students a strong understanding of economics and theories of international relations, as well as regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency, and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems. This is the Johns Hopkins SAIS Advantage.

Johns Hopkins SAIS’ three campuses are strategically located to better understand the rebalancing of the world: the economic growth of Asia, the political and demographic changes in Europe, and the evolving role of the United States in the world. A physical presence within three continents provides expanded professional opportunities.

Through a curriculum strongly rooted in the study of international relations, economics, and regional studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS students learn to address multifaceted challenges facing the world today. With more than twenty regional and policy areas from which to choose, students are encouraged to tailor their academic coursework to align with their career interests.

The Johns Hopkins SAIS language program trains students to gain foreign language proficiency to discuss and debate important policy issues, while also expanding professional opportunities overseas. Whether you are discussing expansion strategy with global partners, using diplomacy to mitigate regional conflict, or connecting with underserved populations on humanitarian missions, using a native language to communicate will open doors to cultures and countries.

Journalists, politicians, academics, and the private sector turn to Johns Hopkins SAIS as a source for timely policy analysis. Scholars from our research centers and institutes analyze difficult foreign policy issues while convening academics, policymakers and leaders of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to debate alongside students.

Degree Programs

  • HNC Certificate in Chinese and American Studies
  • Master of Arts in International Studies
  • HNC Certificate in Chinese and American Studies + Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Global Policy
  • Master of International Public Policy
  • Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance
  • Master of Arts in Global Risk
  • Master of Arts in International Affairs
  • Diploma in International Studies

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Learn more about our executive degree offerings for experienced professionals: the Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) degree and the Master of Arts in Global Policy (MAGP).

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Learn more about our MA degree program by attending the Q&A session with an Admissions officer.

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Learn more about Global Careers by attending an on-campus information session.

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For several decades, SAIS students have taken pride in the academic education provided by world-class scholars, practitioners, and experts that provide the skills and knowledge to equip them with economic and cultural expertise for real-world opportunities. To share a taste of these academic opportunities, the SAIS Office of Admission welcomes prospective students to get a first hand experience by joining us in a series of Taster Lectures with an interactive question and answer session once a month from September to November.

September Taster Lecture: Dr. Francis J. Gavin 


Francis J. Gavin is the Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS. In 2013, Gavin was appointed the first Frank Stanton Chair in Nuclear Security Policy Studies and Professor of Political Science at MIT.  Before joining MIT, he was the Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs and the Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas.  From 2005 until 2010, he directed The American Assembly’s multiyear, national initiative, The Next Generation Project: U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions.

With a strong background and knowledge in global affairs, Dr. Gavin’s expertise lie in a wide range of topics in American Foreign Policy, Climate Change, Cold War, History & Statecraft, International Monetary Policy, NATO, Nuclear Proliferation, Public Policy, and U.S. Grand Strategy. He is also an expert in the study of global affairs related to Europe and Iran.

Come join us on Thursday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m. to get a taste of one of Dr. Gavin’s lecture on the topic of Nuclear Policy and Politics at the Bernstein Offit Building, Room 500.

Reserve your spot today!

Please note that all Johns Hopkins SAIS Admissions Taster Lectures are off the record. No audio, video, transcription, or digital recording is allowed.

Can’t make it to the September Taster Lecture? Check out some of the other upcoming lectures this semester:

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    The first step in the HNC application process is taking Avant Assessment’s STAMP Chinese Proficiency Test. The STAMP test is online, multiple-choice, and includes a reading and listening section. Although we see applicants with varied Chinese language experience, applicants have typically completed 3-4 years of college level Chinese and spent time in China.

    We are pleased to announce that we are now offering two options for completing the STAMP test. This year, you will be able to choose from in-person test proctoring and virtual test proctoring. In-person proctoring requires you to find a test proctor to supervise the test. Virtual proctoring provides you with an alternative should you not be able to find a test proctor. Please see below for details about each test option.

    In-Person Test Proctoring
    Cost: $15
    Details: On the STAMP test request applicants must indicate a proctor who will administer their test. Anyone in a professional capacity can serve as a proctor and does not need to have Chinese language proficiency. Applicants have asked professors, work supervisors, administrators, librarians, and testing centers in the past.

    Virtual Test Proctoring
    Cost: $30
    Details: After you submit the STAMP request form, a link will be emailed to you to set up an account with a virtual proctoring test provider. Be sure to notify the HNC Washington Office after you complete the test.

    Once you have completed the STAMP test, you will be notified of your results and which HNC programs you are eligible for in two business days.  The test is designed to be challenging, so don’t be discouraged if you find the test difficult. We find that applicants generally score higher than they thought they would. We encourage all interested students to take the STAMP test to gauge their Chinese level.

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    Join us this September for one of our admissions events! For more information, check out our recruiting calendar here.Week of September 11-15 Thursday 9/14/2017 at 12:30 PM — Masters Programs for Experienced Professionals (Master of Arts in Globa…

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    Come join us today at 6 PM for an on campus Master of Arts information session.RSVP:

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    It’s never to early to start working on your graduate school applications! The Hopkins-Nanjing Center’s early notification deadline is November 1 and the general deadline is February 1. As application season gets underway, we have compiled 5 tips to keep in mind. You’ll find even more application guidance by clicking on the links below.

    If you have more specific questions, feel free to reach out to the admissions team at   

    Tip #1: Write a specific personal statement that clearly addresses your individual career goals. It’s not called a “personal” statement for nothing!

    • Admissions officers like to see that you have taken the time to become familiar with the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and can articulate how you see yourself and your career goals fitting in to the specific program.
    • Don’t waste this opportunity to tell admissions officers about your interests and career goals by rehashing your resume. In the past, we have had students write about lessons they learned from playing ping pong with a Chinese classmate. Another student wrote about her experience at a Chinese rural hospital. We encourage you to get creative! 

    Tip #2: There are more funding opportunities than you think and fellowship deadlines may be before the HNC application deadline. 

    • Online resources such as Fastweb and Collegenet can guide your search for fellowships that apply for you intended program of study. 
    • Be sure to submit your financial aid application by February 1 for general admission and November 1 for early notification. All students who do will receive a fellowship if accepted, regardless of their program choice. You also may be eligible for one of our new fellowships

    Tip #3: Go for quality over quantity for your letters of recommendation

    • You can submit 2-3 letters of recommendation. Don’t feel pressured to find a third recommender just to meet the maximum.  A good letter of recommendation should come from a professor, adviser, or work supervisor who knows you well and can speak to your specific strengths. 
    • Be sure to ask your recommender for your letter well in advance of the application deadline. Since many graduate programs share similar deadlines, chances are that you will not be the only student asking your professor for a recommendation.

    Tip #4:  Submit a polished resume.

    • A resume should be no more than two pages, include specific experience and be personalized for your skills and your experience. 
    • The look and feel of a resume is important. It can make a difference to standardize the formatting and spacing on your resume. 

    Tip #5: Proofread, proofread, proofread!

    • The last thing you want is for an admissions officer to have a negative impression on an otherwise great application because of a grammar mistake. It’s always great to have a second pair of eyes (or third or fourth!) on your application. Ask a friend, professor or colleague to look over your application. 

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    We are pleased to announce two new fellowships for students applying to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Fall 2018. Our new Diversity Fellowship and Young Professionals in China Fellowship are offered to students who can demonstrate how their diverse bac…

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