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Master of Arts in Global Policy (MAGP)

  • Campus: Washington DC
  • Program Duration: 16 months; Part-Time Intensive
  • Application Deadline: Extended Consideration April 1
  • Credits: 41 Credits

Overview

This 16-month interdisciplinary program is designed for working professionals with seven or more years of experience who wish to continue full-time employment while pursuing their degree. 

Become an Expert

Under the guidance of world-renowned scholars, diplomats and policy makers, you will move through the program as a cohort and develop strong professional connections with accomplished and diverse colleagues. You will complete two preparatory courses in international economics and politics online, and a series of core and elective courses on campus. This format delivers a broad overview of global issues, customized to suit your academic interests. The program is delivered in Washington DC on an alternating weekend (Friday/Saturday) schedule. 

What Your Schedule Will Look Like

The curriculum reflects the school’s core strengths and provides policy-relevant expertise in international politics, economics, strategy, and law. Classes meet on alternating Fridays and Saturdays.

Online Preparatory Courses

Begin your studies by taking two introductory courses on international economics and politics online prior to the in-person start of the program.

Curriculum

  • Introduction to International Economics
  • International Politics

Duration 

July–August 

International Policy Residency 

With instruction from former and current policy makers, students work in teams to research, write, and brief policy memos.

Duration

Three Days

Module I

Gain theoretical and practical frameworks for understanding international and comparative politics and an in-depth understanding on current issues related to global trade. 

Curriculum

  • International Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Global Trade & Policy

Duration

September–November 

Module II

Examine the debates surrounding American foreign policy and gain a firm grasp of the theory and tools of economics, finance, and the functioning of the international economic system. Classes begin in December.

Curriculum

  • Strategy & the Use of Force
  • Contemporary Issues in American Foreign Policy
  • International Monetary Policy & Banking

Duration

December–February

Policy Simulation Residency

In March, you will team up with members of your cohort and enhance your understanding of international bargaining and negotiating as you take on the role of international leaders and policymakers in a time of crisis. 

Duration 

Three Days

Module III

Gain an in-depth understanding on the root causes of conflict and the most pressing challenges facing the developing world. 

Curriculum

  • Conflict Management & Negotiations
  • Topics in International Development
  • Elective

Duration

March–May

Policy Leadership Residency 

Participate in a military-style staff ride to a historic battlefield to study leadership and examine the many challenges of decision-making.

Duration 

Three Days

Module IV

Choose from a variety of elective courses to further enhance your studies and gain expertise in your area of interest. Recent electives in the MAGP program have included Politics and Risk, Economic Sanctions and Statecraft, US National Security Policymaking Process, Global Trends from the Developing World Perspective, Contemporary Middle Eastern Affairs, and Topics in International Finance.

Curriculum

  • Elective 
  • Elective 
  • Elective


Duration

May–August

Module V

Gain a better understanding on how to lead change in a global environment in preparation for your final capstone project, where you will tackle a policy challenge in a foreign country, analyze it in a comparative context, and propose recommendations in the form of a memorandum and briefing.

Curriculum

  • Leading Change in a Global Environment
  • International Residency Preparation

Duration

August–November

Global Policy Residency

During the final module of the 16-month program, you will conduct one week of intensive field research overseas and conclude the program by presenting your recommendations to policy experts. Recent global residency locations have included traveling to Georgia, India, and Morocco. 

 

Duration 

One Week

Learn From the Best

Study with world-class experts who are renowned for their scholarship, influence, and networks.

Sinisa Vukovic

Senior Lecturer of Conflict Management and Global Policy, Director of the Master of Arts in Global Policy (MAGP)

Karen Mathiasen

Adjunct Lecturer in the Master of Arts in Global Policy Program

Hal Brands

Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor

Adam Szubin

Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence


In the News

Afghanistan debacle aside, U.S. isn’t done with nation-building.

Hal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 09/28

Australia sub deal should upset China, not France.

Hal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 09/21

The Afghanistan War wasn’t a cynical misadventure.

Hal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 08/31

Biden can leave Afghanistan but not the Middle East.

Hal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 08/26

For a humiliated superpower, Vietnam shows a path back.

Hal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 08/18

Biden’s Afghan withdrawal achieved nothing but disaster.

Hal Brands in Bloomberg Opinion, 08/13

To counter China, U.S. needs to mobilize academia.

Hal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 08/09

Biden’s off to a small start in rallying the world’s democracies.

Hal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 08/02

China’s ‘Great Wall of Steel’ isn’t just idle talk.

Hal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 07/27


Build Your Network

A tremendous strength of the MAGP is the cohort format which allows students to move through the program with other working professionals from the public, private, nonprofit, and multilateral sectors. On day one, you will begin to strengthen your network by making lasting connections with accomplished classmates from diverse backgrounds.

Learn more about our 16-month interdisciplinary program designed for working professionals who wish to continue full-time employment while pursuing their degree.

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Students of MAGP's fourth cohort take a group photo following the presentation of their thesis.

Johns Hopkins SAIS students on an energy trek

Students traveled to the country Georgia where they conducted interviews and site visits for their individual capstone projects related to a wide range of global policy challenges.

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For their final project, students tackle a global policy challenge and propose recommendations.

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Valuable Skills and Networking Opportunities Gained Through a Flexible Program for Working Professionals

"I am constantly inspired by the intellect and unique perspectives my classmates contribute every day."

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Building on a Career in Diplomacy

"The selection of courses offered by the school have deeply supplemented my job experience and provided valuable perspective with which I can better represent my country."

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Admissions Events

Oct 19 8:00 am - 9:00 am Online SAIS Event

SAIS Europe Virtual Information Session

Join SAIS Europe to learn more about all our degree offerings. This informative virtual information session will present information on the admissions process for the MAIR (SAIS Europe), MAIA, MAGR,...

Oct 19 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Online SAIS Event

Washington, D.C. Graduate Schools of International Relations – Learn About Top Programs

Join admissions teams from four of the top graduate schools of international affairs in Washington D.C. for our graduate admissions forum. Prospective students can meet admissions representatives who will talk...

Oct 20 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Online SAIS Event

Financial Aid and Admissions Q&A

If you’re thinking about ways to fund your graduate studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, this informal session allows you to ask questions about financing your degree at SAIS. From assistantships...

Beyond the Classroom

Experiential learning is an important component of this degree program for working professionals. In addition to academic courses, students participate in experiential learning opportunities such as application seminars and residencies.

Global Application Seminars

Gain increased exposure to the school’s faculty, especially those with deep regional expertise.

Residencies

Participate in intense, multi-day exercises that take you out of the classroom and challenge you to apply lessons learned from your coursework. Three of the residencies take place locally. For the fourth, you will travel abroad to a country selected by your cohort.

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 discussing critical turning points from the perspective of the leaders of the day.

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