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Experiential learning is an important component of the Master of Arts in Global Policy program. In addition to academic courses, students participate in application seminars and residencies to provide an experiential learning component to the program.

Global Application Seminars

The seminars are designed to expand classroom learning into a broader context and provide students with increased exposure to the school’s faculty, especially those with deep regional expertise. They are held on Fridays or Saturdays when classes are in session.


During these intense, multi-day exercises, students learn outside the classroom and are challenged to apply lessons learned from their coursework. Three of the residencies take place locally. For the fourth, students travel abroad to a country chosen by the cohort. The four residencies are:


Johns Hopkins SAIS students working on a group project

Students develop strong professional connections with accomplished and diverse colleagues during their residencies.

International Policy

With instruction from former and current policy makers, students work in teams to research, write, and brief policy memos.


Johns Hopkins SAIS students working on a group project

Students hone their negotiation skills during the program's policy simulation.

Policy Simulation

Students enhance their understanding of international bargaining and negotiating as they take on the role of international leaders and policymakers in a time of crisis.


Johns Hopkins SAIS students on a staff ride

Staff Rides provide candidates the opportunity to learn about historic battles through role-playing.

Policy Leadership

Students participate in a military-style staff ride to a historic battlefield to study leadership and examine the many challenges of decision-making.


Johns Hopkins SAIS student with children in Indonesia

In 2017, the MAGP cohort traveled to Indonesia for its international policy residency. One group of students (pictured) met with local teachers, administrators, and school children to learn more about the policy challenges of the public education system.

Global Policy 

During the final module of the program, students research policy issues related to their own professional interests, conduct one week of intensive field research overseas in a country selected by their cohort, and conclude the program by presenting written reports and delivering oral briefings to policy experts.