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Master of Arts in Global Risk (MAGR)

Overview

The Master of Arts in Global Risk is a one-year, cohort-based program delivered at SAIS Europe in Bologna, Italy that will prepare you with the skills, concepts, and analytical techniques necessary to tackle complex political and economic risk analysis.

Become an Expert

Gain expertise on theoretical concepts, tools, and frameworks from social sciences that will allow you to undertake sophisticated global risk analysis on a variety of issues and address the most pressing questions facing the world today.

What Your Schedule Will Look Like

The MAGR builds on the school’s strengths in multi-disciplinary analysis by examining a broad array of concepts and tools from finance, social sciences, and international relations.

Summer Term

The program starts with an intensive introduction to fundamental economic concepts and mathematical skills during a four-week summer term.

Sample Courses

  • Microeconomic Risk and International Trade
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Math Review for Risk Assessment

Duration 

4 Weeks

Fall Term

Develop an economic understanding by examining the methodological problems associated with the analysis of risk and uncertainty, as well as quantitative approaches to risk assessment.

Sample Courses

  • Instability and Political Change in Consolidated Democracies
  • Macroeconomic Risk and International Finance
  • Fundamentals of Corporate Finance
  • Risk in Economics and Politics

Duration

13 Weeks

Spring Term

Acquire the main tools for geo-political risk analysis through scenario planning and deepen your knowledge of the principal sources of risk at the national and international levels through a variety of elective courses.

Sample Courses 

  • Strategic Foresight for Political Risk Analysis: Working with Scenarios
  • Quantitative Methods for Risk Assessment
  • European Union: Integration and Disintegration (Elective)
  • Renewable Energy: Markets, Technologies & Projects (Elective)

Duration

13 Weeks

Capstone

Gain expertise through a capstone project that includes an internship or an original 10,000-word research paper. 

Duration 

On-going 

Learn From the Best

Study with world-class experts who are renowned for their scholarship, influence, and networks.

Filippo Taddei

Associate Professor of the Practice of International Economics, Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research, Academic Director, Master of Arts in Global Risk

Erika Meucci

Lecturer in Mathematics and Statistics

Erik Jones

Director of European and Eurasian Studies, Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

Michael Plummer

Director, SAIS Europe, Eni Professor of International Economics


In the News

European Parliament, flexing muscle, rejects France’s commission nominee.

Simone Tagliapietra quoted in The New York Times, 10/10

Two-thirds of young Arabs consider Iran a foe.

Sanam Vakil cited in Gulf News, 10/3

The importance of economic diversification in the Middle East.

Simone Tagliapietra wrote in Financial Times, 10/1

Iran under pressure as Europe‘s patience 'wearing thin'

Sanam Vakil cited in The Arab Weekly, 9/24

Hard-liners in Iran see no drawback to bellicose strategy.

Sanam Vakil quoted in The New York Times, 9/17

Behind the turmoil in Italian politics.

Erik Jones interviewed on Center for New American Security Brussel Sprouts podcast, 9/13

As doubts persist about Italy’s new government, Salvini plots his comeback.

Mark Gilbert interviewed on World Politics Review podcast, 9/6


Advance Your Career

From consultants to entrepreneurs, leaders of nongovernmental organizations to policymakers, Johns Hopkins SAIS graduates put their degrees to work.

91% of MAGR graduates in the Class of 2018 were employed, pursuing fellowships or internships, or had gone on for further study within six months of graduation.*

Recent Employers

  • Deloitte
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Inviso
  • Philips
  • Sia Partners
  • TD International
  • The Intelligence Community Inc.
  • ZM Consulting
  • Prometeia

    *The percentage is based on results of a survey of MAGR students who graduated in 2018; the survey participation rate was 85%.

Build Your Network

Join an influential alumni network of 20,000 professionals working across sectors in 140 countries around the world.

At SAIS Europe, students experience international relations first-hand studying, debating, and traveling with classmates representing over 40 nationalities.

Students participated in a study trip to Albania where they met with high-level officials from the Albanian government and international institutions.

Developing Expertise in Global Risk

"The MAGR program has offered me a balanced combination of courses in politics, economics and finance and training in highly relevant technical skills."

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Transitioning to a Career Focused on Risk Analysis

"The program's intense format has allowed me to compress my coursework into 15 months instead of two years to minimize my time out of the workforce—a key consideration for me and my family."

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Beyond the Classroom

Through study treks, practicum projects, staff rides, career treks, and internships, you will gain practical, hands-on experience.

Bologna Institute for Policy Research (BIPR)

Contribute to BIPR - the research division of SAIS Europe. Its purpose is to promote problem-centered, interdisciplinary research in international policy by drawing upon the global network of the school's faculty, students, and scholars.

Global Risk Conference

Each year, the Global Risk Conference brings together experts and prominent speakers in order to support rigorous discussions of the risk factors threatening global stability.

World-Class Events

The school's academic programs and research centers regularly host expert policymakers, CEOs, heads of state, and scholars to campus. Students are encouraged to explore topics of interest by attending lectures, presentations, and special programming.

Student Government Association

Serve as the liaison between the student body and administration, offering ideas for programming at the school and selecting guest speakers for the faculty research seminar series.