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Johns Hopkins SAIS – Tsinghua Dual Degree Program

This dual-degree program combines the qualities of two world-class institutions to provide an enriched and expansive experience featuring different perspectives on international relations and global affairs. You will gain a sound grasp of economics, excellent analytic skills, and interdisciplinary research abilities.

Students follow a specialized curriculum with some courses created for the dual-degree program. Features include a customized simulated think tank course exclusively for the program, a policy practicum spanning the entire time at Tsinghua, and the possibility for policy research-oriented field trips to rural China and/or another country. Aside from a first semester course in Chinese language and culture (with a second semester option), all instruction is in English. Contact [email protected] with any questions related to the Tsinghua portion of this dual degree program.

Students must complete all prescribed requirements of the Master of Arts in International Relations program (International Economics, Quantitative Reasoning, Concentration(s), Cores, and language), and will receive 16 credits worth of electives through the dual-degree advanced standing, allowing them the opportunity to complete the degree in three instead of four semesters. Students must choose at least one concentration.

Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University, one of China’s top universities, offer a groundbreaking dual-degree program that gives students from around the world an opportunity to study international relations in top schools in the capitals of both countries. The dual-degree program prepares students for multiple career paths after graduation, including civil service in government involved with foreign and commercial affairs, research roles at institutes devoted to public policy and foreign affairs, international organizations, and international financial institutions.

Program Structure

As with all dual-degree arrangements, students have the opportunity to complete the school's Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) requirements in three semesters rather than four, but both degrees are conferred only when all requirements are met at both schools. Students typically spend the first academic year at Tsinghua University in Beijing, followed by three semesters at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington DC.

After completion of these requirements, students will be awarded the Master of Arts in International Relations degree from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a Master of Law degree and graduation certificate from Tsinghua University.

NexGen Global Forum

Advance your studies through the NexGen Global Forum – a Beijing-based research project founded by the inaugural cohort of the Johns Hopkins SAIS—Tsinghua University Dual Degree Master’s Program.

NexGen Global Forum provides a real window into the dynamic nature of this program. Its mission is to advance greater mutual understanding of foreign policy and cultural perceptions by reexamining traditional frameworks of debate on current events. Through both conventional and innovative engagement approaches, NexGen Global Forum endeavors to build an inclusive platform for balanced dialogue that highlights diverse perspectives from academia, government, business, and the local community.

Important Dates 

Johns Hopkins SAIS Application Deadline Johns Hopkins SAIS Decision Notification Date Tsinghua University Application Deadline     Tsinghua University Decision Notification Date
Chinese Citizens- September 22, 2023   Chinese Citizens- September 1, 2023  
Early Notification - November 1, 2023 Early Notification - December 14, 2023 March 31, 2024 April 15, 2024
Regular Decision - January 7, 2024 Regular Decision - March 7, 2024