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Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA)

  • Campus: SAIS Europe
  • Program Duration: Two Years; Full-time
  • Credits: 64 Credits


Through this two-year, research-focused degree, you will have the flexibility to personalize your curriculum and focus on the contemporary issues in international affairs of the greatest importance to you and your career interests. You may pursue both years at SAIS Europe or spend one of the two years at an international university that is one of our cooperative degree partners. 

Become an Expert

Deepen your knowledge of international affairs and acquire the skills to address complex global challenges. With Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East as your extended neighborhood, you will gain valuable experiences both inside and outside the classroom.   

What Your Schedule Will Look Like

You will learn under the American system of graduate education and can select courses based on your academic interests.


Get a jump-start on your studies and meet fellow classmates and professors during Pre-Term.

Sample Courses

  • Intensivel Italian
  • Survival Italian
  • Statistics for Data Analysis


Mid August - Mid September 

Fall Term

Whether you are interested in building your expertise in economics, on a specific region of the world, or on a specific international affairs issue, you can tailor your studies and select courses from the approximately 35 options taught at SAIS Europe each semester.  If you are writing a thesis, you will participate in the thesis research design workshops in addition to your classes.

Sample Courses

  • Risk in International Politics and Economics
  • History and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
  • Democracy and its Discontent
  • Multiculturalism and the Human Rights of Women
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Constitutional Development and Democratization


September – December 

January Intersession

Gain hands-on experience in your field of study by participating in a study trip, or participate in a career trek to meet with company executives and alumni to further explore different career paths.

Spring Term

In the spring term of your first year (for two-year MAIA), continue to develop expertise in your areas of interest by selecting 4 courses. If you are in your second year (or a one-year cooperative program) this semester you will complete your final academic courses and participate in the academic writing sessions. Thesis writers take two courses and focus on their thesis, while the others take two additional courses, one of which includes a substantial research paper.

Sample Courses

  • Topics in International Finance
  • Conflict Risk and Stability in Cyberspace
  • Scenarios for the Future of Europe
  • Rural Development, Gender and Social Inclusion
  • Twin Pillars of the Gulf
  • The Geopolitics of Organized Crime


January – May

Learn From the Best

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

Nina Hall

Assistant Professor of International Relations

Mark Gilbert

C. Grove Haines Professor, Professor of History and International Studies

Raffaella A. Del Sarto

Academic Director, Master of Arts in International Affairs, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies

Justin Frosini

Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law

In the News

Lebanon is dragged back into eye of Iranian-Saudi storm.

Sanam Vakil quoted in Daily Mail, 11/01

Saudi Arabia set to ramp up UK trade following Newcastle FC deal.

Sanam Vakil quoted in Arabian Business, 10/24

Concerns over imminent collapse of Iran nuclear deal.

Sanam Vakil quoted in Asharq Al-Awsat,10/24

Uzbekistan election spotlights economic reforms, static politics.

Richard Pomfret quoted in Nikkei Asian Review, 10/22

The uncomfortable track record of outsourcing global security.

Simone Tholens wrote in La Repubblica, 10/21

Why Saudi-Iran relations are thawing — for now.

Sanam Vakil quoted on Deutsche Welle, 10/19

Advance Your Career

Our graduates are valued in the global marketplace and known for their ability to address multifaceted challenges across all sectors around the world. Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni–including more than 20,000 graduates–8,000 of which studied at SAIS Europe–will expand your global professional network.

92% of the one-year MAIA Class of 2020 were employed, pursuing fellowships or internships, or had gone on for further study within six months of graduation.*

Recent Employers

  • Bloomberg
  • Center for International Trade Development
  • International Development Law Organisation (IDLO)
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Ministry Economics Affairs and Climate
  • Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM)
  • U.S. Department of State
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
*Based on results of a survey of students who graduated between December 2019 and August 2020. MAIA survey participation rate was 93%.

Build Your Network

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

Master of Arts in International Affairs Degree, Study Trip profile

Throughout the academic year, students have the opportunity to learn outside the classroom during study trips, where they visit a myriad of organizations and meet with individuals who offer unique perspectives on current global affairs.

Master of Arts in International Affairs Degree, Alumni Weekend profile

Alumni return to SAIS Europe each year for the school's annual alumni weekend to share their professional and personal stories since graduating, and to connect with current students.

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A Culturally Rich Education at SAIS Europe

"The international composition of the school has allowed me to engage with and learn from people of varying regions,cultures and backgrounds, an opportunity I am grateful to have been given."

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Finding the Perfect Fit at SAIS Europe

"I had a short list of objectives when searching for a graduate school and when I came across SAIS Europe I knew I found what I had been looking for all along."

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Admissions Events

Dec 8 10:00 am - 10:30 am Online SAIS Event

Financial Aid and Admissions Q&A

If you’re thinking about ways to fund your graduate studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, this informal session allows you to ask questions about financing your degree at SAIS. From assistantships...

Dec 9 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Online SAIS Event

DIA Virtual Information Session

The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Office of Admissions invites you to learn more about our practitioner's degree, the Doctor of International Affairs (DIA). The DIA...

Dec 10 7:30 am - 8:30 am Online SAIS Event

HNC Friday Lecture: Mongolia: Can It Survive?

On Friday, 10 December, 8:30 pm Nanjing CST (7:30 am DC EST), Dr. Sergey Radchenko, the Wilson E. Schmidt Distinguished Professor at SAIS Europe, will give a lecture titled “Mongolia:...

Beyond the Classroom

Through study trips, 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.

Student Government Association

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

World-Class Events

Hear groundbreaking research from leading scholars and practitioners at our weekly seminars. Recent sessions have explored topics including the dynamics of commodity economies, push and pull factors in international migration, and Canadian climate policy in a warming world.

Networking Events

Network with alumni and professionals and organize student-led events exploring your area of interest's challenges and opportunities outside the classroom.