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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.

92% of the two-year Master of Arts Class of 2019 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 $7,000 $68,011 $190,000
Nonprofit $27,000 $55,525 $90,000
Public $36,000 $58,207 $115,000
Multilateral $35,000 $54,081 $80,769

Employment Locations

US 75%
Asia 13%
Europe 7%
Africa 3%
Middle East 1%
Latin America 1%


Select Employers

  • BowerGroupAsia
  • Deloitte
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • IBM
  • Kroll
  • London Stock Exchange Group
  • Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Vena Energy
  • The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai
  • Eurasia Foundation
  • Fair Labor Association
  • Institute for Defense Analyses
  • Munich Security Conference
  • National Geographic Society
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Partners of the Americas
  • Promundo-US
  • World Resources Institute
  • Capital Markets Authority of Saudi Arabia
  • European Stability Mechanism
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • Ministry of Defense, Japan
  • National Development and Reform Commission, People's Republic of China
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • US Department of State
  • US Department of Treasury
  • US House of Representatives
  • International Finance Corporation
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  • United Nations Foundation
  • World Bank Group

Based on results of a survey of students who graduated between December 2018 and August 2019. MA survey participation rate was 85%.

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