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Four-Course Certificates | Washington DC

The school’s comprehensive programming includes options for non-degree enrollment, including three certificate programs—perfect for exploring a new discipline or gaining international affairs expertise.

Whether you seek to strengthen professional expertise, complement an internship, prepare for graduate school, or network with classmates across sectors and industries, the school’s flexible certificate programs provide the opportunity to learn from world-renowned experts who bring academic and practical experience into the classroom.

Johns Hopkins SAIS offers three graduate-level certificates designed to serve as an important credential for students and professionals seeking to expand on a chosen area of interest without pursuing a full master’s degree.

This certificate offers a broad overview of international relations and allows for a concentration in a series of related courses for those students wishing to specialize. It also offers general training for those wishing to achieve a wider appreciation for international politics. It is recommended for students interested in international relations, foreign policy, conflict resolution, human rights, global business strategy, or regional studies.

This certificate incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to the study of developing countries. It offers an opportunity to conceptualize development problems through social, political, economic and environmental aspects of development. It is recommended for those interested in human and economic development, social change, health care and education reform, infrastructure, and environment.

This certificate allows students to research the flow of capital, labor, investment and trade among nations, while obtaining the qualitative and quantitative skills necessary for economic forecasting. This certificate is for those interested in financial analytics, economic consulting, international trade, and market research.

Each certificate requires a series of four graduate-level courses (16 credits), selected from more than 20 policy and regional areas of study. Courses may be taken during the fall, spring, or summer terms. Day and evening courses are conveniently held at the school’s main campus location in Dupont Circle in Washington DC. Certificates may be completed part-time over multiple semesters or full-time in a fall or spring semester. Language courses are not part of certificate programs, but are offered at the school.

Certificates are eligible for financial aid. Non-US applicants to the full-time certificate may qualify for an F-1 student visa.

Students who apply and are accepted into a Johns Hopkins SAIS degree program may receive credit for certificate courses previously taken. Up to 16 credits may be applied to the two-year Master of Arts, and up to 8 credits may be applied to the Master of International Public Policy or PhD programs. Admission to certificate or non-degree programs is independent from degree-program admission.

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Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate in Chinese and American Studies

This one-year certificate program is offered on the Hopkins-Nanjing Center campus in Nanjing, China. It gives students flexibility in course selection while deepening their knowledge of Sino-global relations. Graduate-level courses require intermediate to advanced proficiency in Mandarin prior to beginning study. 

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