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Curriculum | MAGR

The MAGR builds on the school’s strengths in multi-disciplinary analysis by introducing students to a broad array of concepts and tools from finance, social sciences, and international relations.

The cohort-based program starts with an intensive introduction to fundamental economic concepts and mathematical skills during a four-week summer term.

During the fall semester, you will develop your economic understanding and start focusing on political and political-economy risks: you will explore the methodological problems associated with the analysis of risk and uncertainty and the different approaches to managing risk; how established democratic societies can rapidly become politically unstable; and develop quantitative approaches to risk assessment. You will also take a course in corporate finance providing the fundamentals in asset evaluation and investment analysis.

The spring semester provides the opportunity for you to develop the main tools for geo-political risk analysis through scenario planning. Moreover, you will deepen your study of the principal sources of risk at the national and international levels. You will also be introduced to the main techniques for quantitative risk analysis employed in the financial industry and take two additional elective courses.




  • Microeconomics Risk and International Trade
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Math Review for Risk Assessment 
4 weeks
  • Risk in International Politics and Economics
  • Macroeconomic Risk and International Finance
  • Fundamentals of Corporate Finance
  • Instability and Political Change in Consolidated Democracies
  • Elective
13 weeks
  • Quantitative Approaches to Risk Assessment
  • Strategic Foresight for Political Risk Analysis
  • Elective
  • Elective
13 weeks
  • Focused summer internship or original 10,000-word research paper
12 weeks


You will have the option to choose between a 8-12-week, focused summer internship or an original 10,000-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:

  • Basic Issues of Sub-Saharan Africa's Political Development
  • European Union Foreign Policy
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Policies and Politics of the American Emergency State
  • Econometrics
  • Economic Development in Latin America
  • East Asian Security
  • Financial Derivatives and Risk Management
  • Renewables: the Challenges of Transitioning from Marginal to Mainstream Source of Energy
  • The Twin Pillars of the Gulf: Iran, Saudi Arabia & their Gulf Neighbors