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Master of Arts in Strategic and Intelligence Studies (MASIS)

  • Campus: Washington DC
  • Program Duration: One Year; Full-Time
  • Application Deadline: March 1, June 1

Contact Us

Washington, DC
Office of Admissions
The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
1740 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
+1 (202) 663-5700
+1 (877) JHU-WASH (US toll free)
sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu
 

Overview

The Master of Arts in Strategic and Intelligence Studies (MASIS) is a one-year degree that will prepare future leaders and operators for sound decision-making at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels, by enabling them to task, parse, and prepare a wide range of data and raw intelligence.

Become an Expert

Gain expertise in major strategy and intelligence topics such as terrorism, extremism, cybersecurity, disinformation, political warfare, covert operations, sanctions, special operations, and economic espionage. Build the skills to work effectively in careers in the US Department of Defense, US Intelligence Community, and the related private and nonprofit sectors.

What Your Schedule Will Look Like

Through the MASIS degree, you will develop the knowledge to address the intersection between intelligence and the formation of national strategy.

Pre-Term

Begin your studies with a Strategy and Intelligence Boot-Camp designed to offer you a high-level overview of strategic studies, intelligence studies and investigative research and analysis methods through experiential learning opportunities.

Curriculum

Boot Camp

Duration

August

Fall Term

Gain an in-depth understanding of the field of strategic studies and the discipline of intelligence through lectures, discussions, study trips and practical exercises. Continue to build your expertise by choosing two electives that focus on specific areas of strategy and intelligence.

Curriculum

  • Strategy I
  • Intelligence I
  • Elective
  • Elective

Duration

September – December

Intersession

Gain in-depth research skills through a seminar that will prepare you for either capstone option, thesis, or brief and provide you with the skills to become effective consumers as well as producers of applied research in the field of strategic studies.

Curriculum

Capstone Research Seminar

Duration

January

Spring Term

You will explore both the theory and practice of strategy in greater depth and examine case studies to discuss strategic decision making in a range of settings. Build your expertise by exploring the transition into a new technological environment in the 21st century. Further enhance your studies by choosing two electives to complement your studies.

Curriculum

  • Strategy II
  • Intelligence II
  • Elective
  • Elective

Duration

January – May

Capstone

Culminate your studies by selecting one of two capstone options, either a thesis or a brief focused on strategic intelligence and national security issues.

Curriculum

Capstone

Duration

June-July

LEARN FROM THE BEST

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

Thomas Rid

Professor of Strategic Studies

Thomas Mahnken

Senior Research Professor, Director of External Programs for the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies

Paula Thornhill

Associate Director of Strategic Studies, Associate Professor of the Practice, Acting Director of the Merrill Center

John McLaughlin

Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies


Admissions Events

Apr 14 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Online SAIS Event

MAIR Virtual Information Session

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Office of Admission invites you to learn more about the Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) degree by joining an online information session. Current MAIR...

Apr 14 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm Online SAIS Event

FUNED Connect Live

Your exclusive opportunity to meet and chat with the best universities in the world.
Learn more about our agreements with universities and achieve your dream of studying a master's degree...

Apr 20 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Online SAIS Event

MASIS Virtual Information Session

The MASIS is a one-year graduate degree for early professionals and junior scholars in national security, intelligence, and diplomacy.  The MASIS offers an exceptionally high degree of flexibility to students....

Beyond the Classroom

Through study treks, research projects, staff rides, and more you will gain practical, hands-on experience.

World-Class Events

The school regularly hosts discussions with expert policymakers, CEOs, heads of state, and scholars. Students are encouraged to explore topics of interest by joining lectures, presentations, and special programming.

Networking Events

Network with alumni and professionals and organize student-led events exploring your area of interest's challenges and opportunities outside the classroom.