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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.

94% of the two-year Master of Arts in International Relations Class of 2021 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
Public $19,834 $69,805 $127,000
Private $10,000 $74,269 $202,500
Multilateral $17,809 $50,883 $125,000
Non-Profit $9,996 $50,625 $75,000

Employment Locations

US: 83%
Non-US: 17%

Non-US Breakdown

  • Asia: 62%
  • Europe: 21%
  • Africa: 5%
  • Middle East: 7%
  • Canada: 2%
  • Australia: 2%


Select Employers

  • Amazon
  • Bain & Company
  • ByteDance
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Huawei
  • McKinsey & Company
  • McLarty Associates
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Asia Pacific Initiative
  • CARE
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Climate Policy Initiative
  • Institute for the Study of War
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
  • Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • U.S.-Mexico Foundation
  • World Resources Institute
  • China Construction Bank
  • European Securities and Markets Authority
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea
  • Parliament of Thailand
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Department of Treasury
  • European External Action Service
  • European Parliament
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • International Finance Corporation
  • International Monetary Fund
  • The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • United Nations
  • World Bank Group

Based on results of a survey of students who graduated in May and August 2021. MAIR survey participation rate was 92%.

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