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Employment Outcomes | MA

From consultants to entrepreneurs, leaders of nongovernmental organizations to policymakers, graduates from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) put their degrees to work.

95% of the two-year Master of Arts Class of 2018 were employed, pursuing fellowships or internships, or had gone on for further study within six months of graduation.

The school’s graduates are valued in the global marketplace and known for their ability to address multifaceted challenges across all sectors around the world. The starting salaries for graduates noted below vary considerably depending on geographic location, employment sector, and functional area within the sector. They do not include the additional salary benefits of graduates employed in the multilateral sector where income is often tax-free.


  Minimum Average Maximum
Private $24,000 $72,449 $160,000
Nonprofit $13,500 $51,913 $75,000
Public $9,000 $66,574 $124.000
Multilateral $30,000 $60,788 $119,000

Employment Locations

US 79%
Asia 9%
Europe 5%
Africa 3%
Middle East 2%
Latin America 1%
Other 1%


Select Employers

Apple Inc.
Control Risks
Eurasia Group
Facebook Inc.
IHS Markit
McKinsey & Company
Morgan Stanley

Carnegie Europe
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
Climate Policy Initiative
Clinton Health Access Initiative
International Rescue Committee
Mercy Corps
Refugees International
Stimson Center
World Resources Institute (WRI)

China Development Bank<br>European Central Bank<br>European Parliament<br>Federal Reserve Bank of New York<br>Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan<br>Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy<br>USAID<br>US Department of Commerce<br>US Department of Defense<br>US Department of State

European Commission
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
United Nations
World Bank Group

Based on results of a survey of students who graduated between December 2017 and August 2018. MA survey participation rate was 90%.

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