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Washington DC | Pre-Term

Pre-Term is a full-time program that offers incoming students the chance to get a jump-start on their studies, build professional skills, and connect with classmates before the program starts. Pre-Term courses can help you fulfill the data analytics and professional skills course graduation requirements of the Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) curriculum, freeing up space in your schedule to pursue electives and more advanced coursework.

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Registration for Pre-Term 2021 is now open through June 15. Reserve your place for Pre-Term through our online registration form. Tuition is due June 25.


Pre-Term is structured as a hybrid online and on-campus program. The first four weeks of Pre-Term will be fully online with students participating from anywhere in the world as long as they have high-speed internet. Classes are asynchronous learning divided into weekly modules, consisting of pre-recorded lectures, activities and assignments house in the Blackboard learning management system. Pre-Term English students will meet virtually 1:1 with their instructor to review their writing each week. Students taking Statistics for Data Analysis will attend twice weekly live sessions offered in the morning or evening (students choose the time that best works for their schedule) to accommodate different time zones. The purpose of the live sessions is to connect with the professor, practice problem sets with your classmates, and to help synthesize the material you are learning in the pre-recorded lectures. 

In August, all students will come to campus to complete the final two weeks of their academic coursework. The Pre-Term program culminates with professional development skills courses and leadership activities.


Statistics for Data Analysis

Professional Development Skills course

  • August 19-24 (4 days); On-campus
  • Courses will be offered in Intermediate Excel Skills for Business & Economics and Principles and Practice of International Negotiation (students choose one at registration)
  • View course schedule and descriptions

Pre-Term Courses & Tuition

Unlike Summer Programs, Pre-Term courses are non-credit and do not count toward the number of courses/credits required for graduation, but they offer the opportunity to complete the data analytics and professional skills graduation requirements for the MAIR curriculum. Successful completion of Pre-Term courses is noted by High Pass (HP) or Pass (P) on your transcript. No mention of Pre-Term is noted for failed courses. Students who do not pass Pre-Term courses must take these courses for credit during the academic year. Pre-Term tuition is due June 25.

Non-native English speakers will develop their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in preparation for graduate coursework. At the end of the course, all students will take an English placement exam to determine their level for fall 2021 language registration.

Students will choose a professional skills course that will be offered the last week of Pre-term that are a complement to the international relations field. The course will fulfill one of two skills course requirements of the MAIR and will emphasize team-based problem solving, leadership skills, and experiential learning through out-of-classroom activities. All Pre-Term students are eligible to select a professional skills course at no additional cost. Professional skills courses held during Pre-term are only open to students enrolled in English or Statistics for Data Analysis. 

Completion of this course will fulfill the data analytics requirement of the MAIR curriculum. You will free up space for an additional elective, which can be offered by any academic program, during your time at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

  Pre-Term Student
Tuition $1600 for English or Statistics for Data Analysis, $2200 for both courses
Credits Earned? No
Fulfills Data Analytics Requirement? Yes, Statistics for Data Analysis
Grading System Pass/Fail
Grade will affect GPA? No
Counts toward total number of courses to graduate? No

Student Testimonials

“Pre-Term led me to meet the people who would become my closest friends while at SAIS, as it gave me the opportunity to meet people at a deeper level without the stress and hecticness of a regular semester.” – MAIR Student

“Attending Pre-Term was one of the best decisions I made. I would recommend it to any incoming student as a major key to success at the school.”— MAIR Student

“Pre-Term gave me a chance to readjust to school before starting the fall semester.” – MAIR Student

“I was able to get a key course out of the way and clear up my schedule for more classes.” — MAIR Student

“Pre-term provided a smoother transition back into academics and to re-learn study habits again after working for five years.” – MAIR Student

“Pre-Term freed up my course schedule enabling me to pursue an economic specialization.” – MAIR Student

“Pre-Term is the perfect opportunity to establish a foundation to be a successful student at the school.” – MAIR Student