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Doctor of International Affairs (DIA)

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The Doctor of International Affairs is designed for experienced professionals who seek to further their expertise through an advanced practitioner’s degree. Under the guidance of school experts and scholars, you will take courses and conduct research on the issues that most align with your professional interests.

Become an Expert

The program is delivered on an accelerated two- or three-year timeline and culminates with a doctoral thesis. The curriculum emphasizes learning, research, and evaluation allowing you to apply existing practice and knowledge toward solving real-world problems in fields such as:

  • conflict resolution and negotiation
  • climate change, energy access, global environmental policy
  • sustainable development, foreign aid, and global poverty
  • human rights and humanitarian affairs, democratization, nation-building
  • international political economy, economic development, emerging markets
  • American foreign policy, grand strategy, history and statecraft
  • defense and security, cybersecurity, and terrorism/counterterrorism
  • regions of the world, and more

Two- vs. Three-Year Track

Advanced standing is available if you possess a relevant master’s degree allowing the program to be completed in as little as two years – with one year of full-time study and a subsequent part-time, non-resident year focused exclusively on completing their doctoral thesis. A three-year track is available for those without a relevant master’s degree. The final year of this track is also conducted on a part-time, non-resident basis and is focused on completing the doctoral thesis

Doctor of International Affairs vs. Phd

The Doctor of International Affairs is a practitioners degree where students conduct applied research culminating in a doctoral thesis within their area of professional expertise. It is different from a traditional PhD, which requires comprehensive exams and is usually thought of as producing an original body of knowledge in preparation for an academic career.

In the News

The dictators’ last stand.

Yascha Mounk wrote in Foreign Affairs, 8/16

No urgency on Kosovo-Serbia dialogue.

Daniel Serwer cited in Gazeta Express, 8/15

Amid souring relations, U.S. appoints experienced Asia diplomat to Cambodia.

Andrew Mertha quoted on Voice of America Cambodia, 8/15

Hong Kong waits for Beijing’s next move. Here’s what the experts say.

Andrew Mertha wrote in The Washington Post Monkey Cage blog, 8/15

Kashmir’s change of status.

Daniel Markey interviewed on BBC World News, 8/15

Grid inefficiencies releasing 1B tons of GHGs.

Sarah Jordaan quoted in E&E News, 8/15

Argentine peso sells off against dollar for second day.

Benjamin N. Gedan interviewed on CNN, 8/14

Argentina's inconsistency spooks investors.

Benjamin N. Gedan interviewed on CNN, 8/14

Justin Trudeau rapped a second time for conflicts of interest.

Christopher Sands quoted in The Washington Post, 8/14

News & Events

Find out what's going on in the Doctor of International Affairs program at the Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Professor Jonas Nahm named National Committee on U.S.-China Relations PIP fellow

Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources, and Environment Jonas Nahm has been appointed to the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program (PIP).

Improving Safety in Trinidad and Tobago Through Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab

"Equipped with the conflict management knowledge I have gained so far, I came up with an idea to put into reality."

Aug 21 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Online SAIS Event

MA Virtual Information Sessions 2019

The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Office of Admission invites you to learn more about the Master of Arts (MA) degree by joining...

Aug 28 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Online SAIS Event

Doctor of International Affairs Virtual Information Session

The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Office of Admissions invites you  to learn more about our newest degree offering - the Doctor of...

Sep 6 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Room 417, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW

On-Campus Master of Arts Information Session

Come learn about our dynamic regional studies offerings within our Master of Arts program by attending this on-campus information session. The session will be moderated by a faculty member and...

Beyond the Classroom

Through study treks, research projects, staff rides, and more you will gain practical, hands-on experience.

Study Treks

Each year more than two dozen study treks are organized by academic programs, providing valuable opportunities to conduct field research, engage with partner organizations, and gain new perspectives on major global issues. Recent study treks have taken students to Puerto Rico, Cambodia, and Uganda.

Networking Events

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

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.

Staff Rides

During a staff ride, students gain lessons in strategy, leadership, and decision-making by visiting a historic battle site and reenacting key moments. Each year, at least one staff ride occurs outside of the US and recent staff rides have been conducted in South Korea, Scotland, Italy, and Poland.