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Curriculum | MEPP

The MEPP builds on the school’s strengths in multi-disciplinary analysis by introducing students to a broad array of concepts and tools from history, economics, international relations, law, and political science.

This cohort-based program starts with an intensive introduction to fundamental economic concepts and mathematical skills during a six-week summer term. In Summer 2022, the first two weeks of the required economics course will be offered virtually from the beginning of August.  Students are expected to arrive on campus for the second part of the summer term consisting of four weeks of instruction in the classroom. Where possible, MEPP students are encouraged to take Survival Italian alongside their summer economics course. 

During the fall semester, students will learn about the history of European integration and the law and institutions of the European Union.  You will also have the opportunity to take two elective courses in other fields of study offered at SAIS Europe. 

In the spring, students tackle the main challenges facing Europe today; you will also have the opportunity to specialize in one or more areas of European public policy and to take electives in topics important for your career.


You will have the option to choose between an eight-week, focused summer internship or an original 8,000-word research paper under the supervision of a Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty member. The capstone must be completed during your second summer term.

Sample Electives

You can select any elective offered at the SAIS Europe campus including the following courses:

  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Renewable Energy: Markets, Technologies & Projects
  • Transatlantic and European Security
  • Renewable Energy: Markets, Technologies & Projects
  • Public Sector Economics 
  • Migration and Security
  • Contemporary Russian Foreign Policy