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Online Principles of Economics

Gain a firm grasp of the theories and tools of economics, finance, and the functioning of the international economic system.

The 12-week Online Principles of Economics (OPE) is a non-credit course that covers introductory micro- and macroeconomics and can be used to complete the school's two-year Master of Arts economics entrance requirement. It can also be taken as a prerequisite to take the intermediate Microeconomics and/or Macroeconomics courses.

OPE is organized into weekly modules with each lecture recorded on a virtual whiteboard. Each weekly module contains lectures, a problem set, a practice quiz, and a short graded quiz. Students are required to submit assignments on a weekly basis. A typical week in the OPE course will involve the following:

  • A set of 6-8 video lectures, averaging 10-12 minutes in length
  • Textbook readings selected to support and supplement the lectures
  • Practice on both short-answer quizzes and more substantive conceptual problems
  • A final assessment for each module

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How to Apply

Fall 2020 OPE Dates

Deadline to Apply: September 11

  • Mandatory online orientation: September 16-September 20
  • Course dates: September 21-December 14

Spring 2021 OPE Dates

Deadline to Apply: January 22

  • Mandatory online orientation: January 27-January 31
  • Course dates: February 1-April 26

Summer 2021* OPE Dates

*Open only to admitted Johns Hopkins SAIS degree students. Non-degree students will be able to enroll in the fall 2021 course when it opens.

Washington DC Students

Deadline to Register: April 23

  • Mandatory online orientation: April 28-May 2
  • Course dates: May 3-July 26

SAIS Europe Students

Deadline to Register: May 7

  • Mandatory online orientation: May 12-May 16
  • Course dates: May 17-August 9

Tuition & Academic Policies

The cost of tuition for fall, spring, or summer Online Principles of Economics course is $1,500. Tuition for this course is non-refundable once orientation begins.

Online Principles of Economics is a non-credit course and will not appear on a Johns Hopkins SAIS transcript. In place of a transcript, you will receive a letter of completion on school letterhead verifying your enrollment and final grade in the course. If you are taking this course in order to meet the entry requirements for a degree, you must receive a B- or higher in order to meet that requirement.

The last day to withdraw from the course without a failing grade will be after the third week of the course. No tuition will be refunded and a grade of W (withdraw) will be recorded for the course.