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Employment Outcomes | MAIR

From consultants to entrepreneurs, leaders of nongovernmental organizations to policymakers, graduates from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) put their degrees to work.

86% of the two-year Master of Arts in International Relations Class of 2020 were employed, pursuing fellowships or internships, or had gone on for further study within six months of graduation.

The school’s graduates are valued in the global marketplace and known for their ability to address multifaceted challenges across all sectors around the world. The starting salaries for graduates noted below vary considerably depending on geographic location, employment sector, and functional area within the sector. They do not include the additional salary benefits of graduates employed in the multilateral sector where income is often tax-free.


  Minimum Average Maximum
Private $18,000 $69,254 $152,664
Nonprofit $18,996 $52,522 $110,000
Public $18,217 $59,939 $125,000
Multilateral $33,750 $78,080 $200,000

Employment Locations

US: 78%
Non-US: 22%

Non-US Breakdown

  • Asia: 57%
  • Europe: 33%
  • Middle East: 3%
  • Latin America: 3%
  • Canada: 3%
  • Australia: 1%


Select Employers

  • Barclays
  • Deloitte
  • GE
  • Google, Inc.
  • Huawei
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
  • The New York Times
  • Twitter
  • Atlantic Council
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • Center for European Policy Analysis
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Eurasia Foundation
  • European Climate Foundation
  • National Democratic Institute
  • US China Business Council
  • World Resources Institute
  • Australian Government
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Government of Canada
  • International Trade Administration
  • Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • U.S Department of Energy
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U. S. Department of the Treasury
  • European Union Delegation to the United Nations
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • International Finance Corporation
  • International Monetary Fund
  • NATO Parliamentary Assembly
  • Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • World Bank Group

Based on results of a survey of students who graduated between December 2019 and August 2020. MA survey participation rate was 92%.

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