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Curriculum | DIA

Two-year Track

Students who possess a relevant master’s degree in fields such as political science, public policy, international relations, security studies or other related fields, will receive advanced standing allowing for the program to be completed in two years.

The first year of this track will follow the traditional path of the school’s one-year, full-time Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) program. Students enroll full-time at the school’s Washington DC campus and over the academic year must successfully complete eight courses, including two methods courses. Students will affiliate with a field of study such as Strategic Studies or International Development and meet specific affiliation requirements. Students pursuing the two-year track will also be conferred the Master of International Public Policy degree upon successful completion of the program requirements.

The final year is completed part-time and does not require residency in Washington DC. During this year, students complete their research and write a doctoral thesis under the guidance of their faculty advisor.
 

Three-year DIA Track

Students who do not possess a prior relevant master’s degree will enroll in the three-year track. The first of the two years follow the traditional path of the school's two-year Master of Arts in International Relations program. In addition to two research methods courses, students will be required to meet the international economics, quantitative reasoning, and language requirements of the MAIR degree. The final year of the DIA is completed part-time and does not require residency in Washington DC. During this year, students complete their research and write a doctoral thesis under the guidance of their faculty advisor. Students pursuing the three-year track will also be conferred the Master of Arts in International Relations degree upon successful completion of the program, including concentration requirements.

Students pursuing the three-year track can begin their studies at the school’s main campus in Washington DC or at SAIS Europe. Their second year must be completed in Washington DC.

Faculty Advisors

Since the school’s inception in 1943, the school’s faculty members have been internationally recognized for their scholarship, experience, and quality of teaching. They are award-winning scholars, authors, diplomats, thinkers, and senior-ranking officials who are authorities on international economics and international relations and who have expertise in contemporary issues around the world.

During their course of study, students will work individually with a faculty advisor who will guide them through the doctoral thesis process. The final year is completed on a part-time, non-resident basis allowing students to conduct research, write, and prepare to defend their thesis. DIA advisors may include any Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty scholars or expert practitioners who hold PhD degrees.