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Curriculum | Certificate in Chinese and American Studies + Master of Arts in International Relations

Our graduates are known for being innovative thinkers and problem-solvers with the expertise to confront complex global challenges. The Certificate + MAIR program offers you the chance to study for one year at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and obtain the Certificate in Chinese and American Studies and continue your studies in the Master of Arts in International Relations program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Intermediate to advanced proficiency in Mandarin is required prior to beginning your studies. 

Both the Certificate in Chinese and American Studies and Master of Arts in International Relations programs feature relevant and timely courses and afford you the flexibility to tailor your program of study while deepening your knowledge of Sino-global relations.

Certificate in Chinese and American Studies 

The one-year certificate, jointly awarded by Johns Hopkins SAIS and Nanjing University, is offered at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, and gives you flexibility to select from a wide variety of courses offered on topics such as economics, international politics, Chinese studies, energy, and law. 

Master of Arts in International Relations

After completing the one-year certificate in Nanjing, China, students continue their studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS to complete the Master of Arts in International Relations degree requirements. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes leadership, economic analysis, analytical conceptualization and reasoning, regional expertise, and real-world problem-solving. Students typically take between two and three semesters to complete this portion of the degree requirements studying at SAIS Europe or the school's main campus in Washington DC.  One semester of the Master of Arts in International Relations program must be completed in Washington DC.

Requirements

Students must complete at least six courses taught in Mandarin during their course of study at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. Many students choose to take additional courses taught in English with their Chinese peers.  

Intermediate to advanced level proficiency in Mandarin is required prior to beginning studies. All applicants to Hopkins-Nanjing Center programs are required to take the Avant Assessment STAMP Chinese proficiency test. Applicants have typically completed three to four years of college-level Chinese and have spent time in China.

The recommended score on the STAMP Chinese proficiency test for the certificate program is 1200 or above. 

Students must complete all the Master of Arts in International Relations degree requirements in a minimum of 48 credits. However, they may receive advanced standing based on coursework taken in their target language at Hopkins-Nanjing Center.

  • Receive four courses (16 credits) of advanced standing upon completion of the certificate;
  • May count toward two courses (eight credits), taught in English at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center to count towards the Master of Arts in International Relations degree credit requirement (Students who successfully petition for eight additional credits may be eligible to complete the Master of Arts in International Relations degree in one academic year).

Non-native Chinese-speakers who have completed the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate automatically meet the Master of Arts in International Relations second language requirement through their proficiency in Chinese.

  • Non-native English-speakers who have completed the one-year Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate must pass an English placement exam.
  • Native Chinese-speakers who have completed the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate must fulfill the Master of Arts in International Relations second language requirement. This can be fulfilled with English proficiency. If choosing a language other than English for proficiency, non-native English speakers must still pass the English placement exam prior to graduation.
  • Students pursuing a regional concentration outside of China Studies may be subject to additional language requirements.