Master of Arts (MA)

The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies – SAIS Europe

Program Description

Master of Arts (MA)

The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies – SAIS Europe

Students enrolled in the two-year MA program can elect to spend either their first or second year at SAIS Europe or both years in Washington, DC. Approximately half of the Johns Hopkins SAIS class choose to begin the program in Bologna. Students at SAIS Europe may pursue any of the academic program concentrations or economics specializations offered within the MA. Those interested in concentrations requiring proficiency in languages other than the eight offered at SAIS Europe must first speak with the relevant academic program director.


This full-time program is designed for experienced professionals with seven or more years of relevant work experience who wish to develop the advanced analytical and leadership skills necessary to formulate and advocate policy on key international issues. Students have the advantage of designing their own curriculum consisting of eight non-language courses (worth a total of 32 credits). They may also affiliate themselves with an academic program to gain in-depth insight into a specific field of study. Students complete the program in one academic year while on leave, sabbatical or seeking employment post-degree.

Study With World-Class Thinkers

The Students

Our students do more than study global politics and interactions among nations-they live international relations. Our student body represents approximately 75 nations, promoting a diversity that lends richness and vitality to academic life.

The Faculty

The faculty is world-renowned for their expertise and commitment to teaching. They transition seamlessly from academia to government service, from the field to the classroom, from elite journals to the mass media.

Notable Speakers

  • Timothy Geithner, former US secretary of Treasury
  • Ekil Ahmad Hakimi, former Afghan ambassador to the United States
  • Atifete Jahjaga, former president of Kosovo
  • John McCain, former US senator

Broaden Your Experience at Two Campuses

Students have the mobility to study in either our Washington, DC or Bologna campuses. This gives students an exceptional perspective on international relations.

Gain a Career-Building Edge

Graduates are in great demand by employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give our students a distinct professional advantage.

Career Services

Career Services works with students to help them explore careers and set goals, develop a network of professional contacts, and acquire additional experience through internships. The Career Services team:

  • Offers both group and individual assessments and counseling to help students develop focused career goals
  • Organizes job-hunting workshops, employment fairs, and career treks
  • Offers professional skills courses that augment the academic curriculum to help students develop specific professional skills, such as presentation techniques, consulting skills, and financial modeling
  • Connects students to the school's influential worldwide alumni network

A Global Alumni Community

As a graduate, you will join a 16,000-strong lifetime community of friends and colleagues around the world. Our accomplished alumni are leaders in government, business, journalism, nonprofit groups and multilateral organizations in more than 140 countries.

Common Paths

Alumni have pursued careers at:

  • Corporate Executive Board
  • Dow Jones & Co.
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • Pan American Health Organization
  • US Air Force
  • US Agency for International Development
  • Voice of America
  • World Bank

Prior to Attending


The MIPP is designed as an executive program, and all applicants must have at least seven years of work experience after completion of an undergraduate degree. The degree consists of eight non-language courses, completed full-time within one year.

Non-Native Speakers of English

All non-native speakers of English must have proven English competence by submitting a TOEFL, IELTS or, for SAIS Europe, CPE score (see the Admissions page for more information). The TOEFL/IELTS/CPE exam requirement may be waived for individuals who have done their undergraduate degree in English in a country where English is an official language.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
2 years
Full time
34,955 EUR
(Bologna, Italy campus); 45142 USD (Washington, DC campus)
Italy - Bologna, Emilia-Romagna
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USA - Washington, District of Columbia
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