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Doctoral Program Admissions

We encourage you to review all of the application instructions before beginning the application. 

Applying for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD program is for individuals who have already earned an advanced graduate degree and seek to further their expertise as scholars and practitioners of international relations. Applicants must either hold a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins SAIS or comparable academic qualifications from another institution, or be a current student in our Master of Arts degree program with at least twelve courses toward the degree.

While all PhD students begin their studies in Washington DC, students can explore opportunities to study at SAIS Europe, the Hopkins Nanjing Center, or at other prominent global institutions during the dissertation stage.

PhD Application Checklist 

All materials, including official standardized test scores, must be received by the Office of Admissions in advance of the deadline.

  • Online application
  • Application fee, $85 USD
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Dissertation topic
  • Writing sample
  • Transcripts for all college-level course work
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • GRE or GMAT scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (non-native English speakers) 

We encourage applicants to submit materials as early as possible before the applicable deadline. You are responsible for making sure all supporting documents, including letters of recommendation and academic transcripts, are submitted on time. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


PhD Application Instructions

  1. Name: Please list your full legal name. Do not include any suffixes such as “Jr.,” “Sr.,” etc. If you have a maiden name or alternate name that you previously used legally, please list it in the "Other Last Names Used" section.
  2. Addresses: Please list both your permanent and mailing addresses. If your mailing address expires before admissions decisions are rendered, then any posted correspondence will be sent to your permanent address. If your current mailing address changes at any time during the application process, please notify the Office of Admissions as soon as possible.
  3. Email Address: Please provide an email address that will be valid throughout the entire application process. Take care to ensure that emails from Johns Hopkins SAIS are not filtered to a junk folder because we will communicate with you primarily through email.
  4. Phone Number: When entering your phone number, if you are listing a non-US phone number, please include the country code when entering the number, leaving out any parenthesis, dashes, or other symbols.
  5. Citizenship Information: Please select your citizenship. Dual citizens should select both nationalities. If you do not have a current Immigration Status, please select "OUT" from the drop down menu.
  6. Social Security Number: This is required if you have a US Social Security Number at the time of application.
  7. Race/Ethnicity Optional: This data is collected as required by the US Federal Government and does not influence our admissions decisions. We encourage you to answer both questions. Ethnicity definitions are provided.
  1. Degree Type: Please select “Full-time” as your degree type.
  2. Program: Please select “Doctor of Philosophy” as your program of choice.
  3. Choice of Concentration: Please select your first and second choice from the dropdown menu. 
  4. Location: The Johns Hopkins SAIS PhD is only available at the Washington DC campus
  5. Anticipated Start Term: Please select your anticipated start term. If your term of interest is not visible, we are currently not accepting applications for that term.

All applications and supporting documentation become the confidential property of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Office of Admissions and cannot be returned.


Please list all university-level work, including study abroad and transfer course work, at which four or more courses were completed. Use the "type ahead" option in the institution name to search for the College/University you have attended. Selecting your institution through this feature will automatically populate some of the fields below and ensure that the identifying information for this institution is formatted properly in our records. If your institution code is not available, please type the name in "Institution."

Submit Transcript: You must submit transcripts reflecting all university-level course work listed on the application. You may upload unofficial transcripts via the online application, or submit official transcripts via hard copy or electronic copy, either from the college/university directly or via a transcript clearinghouse.

You should not list: 1) institutions at which three or fewer courses were completed, or where courses were only audited or taken on a non-credit basis, 2) executive education programs, 3) non-credit language institutes, or 4) non-credit certificate programs.

Mailing Transcripts: Transcripts in hard copy should be sent to the Office of Admissions in Washington DC:

Johns Hopkins SAIS
Office of Admissions
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

Transcripts in electronic copy should be sent to sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu.

Unofficial transcripts: Admitted applicants who submit unofficial transcripts as part of the application process will be required to submit official copies prior to enrollment.

Study abroad grades and transfer credit: Transcripts listing study abroad grades and/or transfer credits are required unless both the grades and credits are reflected on the primary undergraduate transcript.

Non-English-language transcripts: If your transcript is in a language other than English, you are asked to provide an official translation of the entire transcript and an explanation of the grading system of the university. You are strongly encouraged to use a credential evaluation service, particularly if you are not sure of how to obtain original transcripts or face difficulties obtaining them. See the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of providers. Transcripts and translations must be received by the Office of Admissions before the relevant deadline, so please make any requests well in advance.

Please list your official scores for the GRE and/or GMAT, and if required, your official English competency exam scores. If you have completed an exam more than once, please list your most recent scores. In addition to listing the scores in the online application, applicants must also send official test scores via the appropriate testing services.

  1. GRE or GMAT scores: Johns Hopkins SAIS will only accept scores directly from the testing service. Please arrange for all standardized test scores to be sent in advance of the application deadline. The GRE code for Johns Hopkins SAIS is 5610-0000; the GMAT code is KGB-GX-99.
     
  2. TOEFL or IELTS scores (for non-native English speakers): Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit an English competency exam: either the TOEFL or the IELTS. A score of at least 100 on the TOEFL Internet-based exam or 7 on the IELTS is required for admission. The school will only accept scores directly from the testing service. Please arrange for all standardized test scores to be sent in advance of the application deadline. The Johns Hopkins SAIS TOEFL code is 5610-0000.

If English is not your native language, (or in the case of bilingual students, your dominant language is not English) and you hold an undergraduate degree granted by an accredited institution where 1) English is the language of instruction and 2) the accredited institution is located in a country where English is an official language, you will not be required to submit an English competency exam. 

If English is not your native language, (or in the case of bilingual students, your dominant language is not English) and you hold a graduate degree granted by an accredited institution in a country where 1) English is the language of instruction and 2) the accredited institution is located in a country where English is an official language, you will need the approval of the Office of Admissions to be exempt from submitting an English competency exam. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

Please provide details of your three most recent professional positions.

  1. City of Birth: Please type the name of the city where you were born.
  2. US Military: Please indicate if you are an active duty or former member of the US Armed Forces in the space provided.
  3. Current Residency: Please provide the country and city, where you currently reside.
  4. Diversity: Johns Hopkins SAIS receives applications from a diverse pool of candidates. These questions ensure we have the clearest possible understanding of each candidate’s background. Your answers will be kept confidential.
  5. Affiliations: The Office of Admissions offers application fee waivers to participants or alumni affiliated with the following professional development programs:
  • AmeriCorps Volunteer
  • Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Program Fellow
  • Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Participant
  • Fulbright (for those currently on fellowship)
  • Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship (IIPP)
  • McNair Scholar
  • Peace Corps
  • Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow
  • Teach for America Member
  • Teach for China Member
  • Teach for India Member
  • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow
  • Other

To receive a fee waiver, please upload official documentation confirming your participation in the selected program. On the "Review" page, select "Finalize Application and Pay," however do not complete payment. Please contact the Office of Admissions at sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu, our team will review and confirm your request. Please note: we cannot grant fee waivers for financial hardship.

6. Languages: Please list your native language; bilingual applicants should list their dominant language. Your native/dominant language is the one that meets 2 out of 3 requirements: it is (a) the main language of communication between you and one of your parents or caregivers, (b) an official language in the community where you grew up, (c) the language of instruction in the high school you attended.

You should indicate levels of proficiency for up to two additional foreign languages in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension. Any language experience beyond these should be included on your resume.

7.  Time Spent Abroad: You should use this section to indicate any time spent living, working and/or studying outside of your home country. Please list the most significant experience abroad first.

8. Financial Aid: If you are eligible for financial aid, indicate in this section that you wish to apply for Johns Hopkins SAIS scholarships.

Please note: in order to be considered for scholarship funding, you must answer “yes” to the question in this section. Applicants who answer “no” will not be considered for any scholarship funding.

For more information on financial aid eligibility and forms, visit Financial Aid.

 

Before starting your studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, you must have earned the equivalent of a B- or higher in separate college-level courses in introductory microeconomics and in introductory macroeconomics. A single, semester-long college level course in introductory economics covering both micro and macro will be considered minimally sufficient.

Use this section to indicate your background in economics coursework. Please indicate the economics courses that you received a grade of a B- or better. Under "Advanced Economics Coursework," please include field courses. If a course was taken as a high school Advance Placement (AP) course, and college credit was received, please indicate by including this information in the "Other" section.

Do not list courses not taken for a grade.

 

Use this section to indicate your background in mathematics. Please begin by indicating the number of college level calculus courses taken followed by the course titles, grade received and year taken. If a course was taken as a high school Advance Placement (AP) course, and college credit was received, please indicate by including this information in the "Other" section. Also please list any mathematics courses taken beyond calculus along with the year and the grade received. Do not list courses not taken for a grade.

Upload the relevant required documents here for your program of interest.

  1. Résumé/CV: Provide a current résumé or curriculum vitae, which includes your education, employment history, awards and accolades, international exposure, publication credits, and leadership roles in any volunteer and/or extracurricular activities.
  2. Statement of Purpose: Discuss your goals for graduate study and for your professional career. What experiences have most contributed to your desire to study international relations? How will this degree program serve to meet your academic and professional goals? If you have selected International Development as your first choice concentration, it is important to also address your interests in your second choice concentration as your application may be reviewed by both programs. If you intend to pursue a dual degree you should address this interest as well. (no more than 600 words in length)
  3. Dissertation Topic: Describe your proposed dissertation topic, including research methods and plans for fieldwork. The essay should indicate the Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty members with who you are likely to work with and the relation of the dissertation topic to your work. (no more than 600 words in length)
  4. Writing Sample: Submit a piece of analytical writing between 15 and 40 pages (double-spaced). The most useful sample is a research paper based on sources in the field of specialization to which you have applied at Johns Hopkins SAIS, but a piece of analytical writing in another field is acceptable. You must be the sole author.
 

You are required to submit two letters of recommendation and have the option of submitting a third. Recommendations should be written by individuals well placed to discuss your qualifications for graduate study and a career in international affairs.

Please note that Johns Hopkins SAIS will accept letters of recommendation only through our online application system or in hard copy directly from the recommender. Recommendations submitted via email or fax will not be accepted. Please list all your references in the "Recommendations" section, including recommenders who prefer to submit their letter in hard copy.

If your recommender prefers to submit a hard copy letter of recommendation, please advise them to mail to:

Johns Hopkins SAIS | Office of Admissions
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

 

All required fields must be completed before your application can be submitted. Required fields are designated by an asterisk.

To submit your application, click the button that reads “Finalize Application and Pay." Please note that you must complete all required fields in order to submit your application. Any missing fields will appear on the "Review" section. Prior to submission, please review all application sections to check for any errors or incorrect data.

After you have submitted your application, confirmation of your application status as “submitted” will appear on the online application dashboard. A checklist of all application materials will also be visible in order for you to track the status of supporting documents.

The $85 USD application fee is payable through the application system via credit card or e-check. Alternately, you may mail a check or money order in US dollars, payable to The Johns Hopkins University, to:

Johns Hopkins SAIS | Office of Admissions
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036 

If you were granted a fee waiver: When submitting the online application, on the "Review" page, select "Finalize Application and Pay." If you are routed to the Payment Net website, do not complete payment and please email sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu.

 

We encourage applicants to submit materials as early as possible before the applicable deadline. You are responsible for making sure all supporting documents, including letters of recommendation and academic transcripts, are submitted on time. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All applications and supporting documentation become the confidential property of the Office of Admissions and cannot be returned.

 

The Office of Admissions retains application files for one year after a decision is rendered. If you applied for an academic year before last year you are not considered a re-applicant, and must resubmit all application materials. If you applied last academic year, you do not have to resubmit all materials and can follow this checklist:

  • Online application form
  • Application fee, $85 USD
  • Updated résumé/CV
  • Re-applicant essay: How have you improved your candidacy since your last application? This essay should be no more than 1000 words in length.
  • New transcripts: Transcript(s) of any additional courses you have taken since you last applied (include grades not finalized at the time of your last application).
  • Recommendation letter: One new recommendation letter, preferably from your current employer. If you have already used your current employer for a recommendation, please choose someone else in a supervisory role or a client.
  • Revised dissertation topic (optional): if you wish to change your dissertation topic from your previous application you should submit a revised dissertation topic.

PhD Application Deadline

  Enrollment Term Application Deadline Notification By
Enrollment-Regular Deadline Fall 2020 December 15, 2019 March 6, 2020
Financial Aid   February 15, 2020 March 6, 2020


Applying for the Doctor of International Affairs (DIA)

The DIA is a practitioners degree where students conduct applied research culminating in a doctoral thesis within their area of professional expertise in an accelerated timeframe.

It is different from a traditional PhD, which requires comprehensive exams and is usually thought of as producing an original body of knowledge in preparation for an academic career.

DIA Application Checklist 

  • Online application
  • Application fee, $85 USD
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Thesis topic
  • Writing sample
  • Statement of funding
  • Transcripts for all college-level course work
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (at least one professional reference)
  • GRE or GMAT scores (optional)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (non-native English speakers)
  • Interview (by invitation only)

We encourage you to submit materials as early as possible before the applicable deadline. You are responsible for making sure all supporting documents, including letters of recommendation and academic transcripts, are submitted on time. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
 

DIA Application Instructions

  1. Name: Please list your full legal name. Do not include any suffixes such as “Jr.,” “Sr.,” etc. If you have a maiden name or alternate name that you previously used legally, please list it in the "Other Last Names Used" section.
  2. Addresses: Please list both your permanent and mailing addresses. If your mailing address expires before admissions decisions are rendered, then any posted correspondence will be sent to your permanent address. If your current mailing address changes at any time during the application process, please notify the Office of Admissions as soon as possible.
  3. Email Address: Please provide an email address that will be valid throughout the entire application process. Take care to ensure that emails from Johns Hopkins SAIS are not filtered to a junk folder because we will communicate with you primarily through email.
  4. Phone Number: When entering your phone number, if you are listing a non-US phone number, please include the country code when entering the number, leaving out any parenthesis, dashes, or other symbols.
  5. Citizenship Information: Please select your citizenship. Dual citizens should select both nationalities. If you do not have a current Immigration Status, please select "OUT" from the drop down menu.
  6. Social Security Number: This is required if you have a US Social Security Number at the time of application.
  7. Race/Ethnicity Optional: This data is collected as required by the US Federal Government and does not influence our admissions decisions. We encourage you to answer both questions. Ethnicity definitions are provided.
 
  1. Degree Type: Please select “Full-time” or “Part-time” as your degree type. NOTE: All applicants requiring a student visa must select “Full-time” as must all three-year track applicants who do not possess a master’s degree.
  2. Program: Please select “Doctorate of International Affairs” as your program of choice.
  3. Choice of Concentration: Please select your first and second choice from the dropdown menu. 
  4. Location: If you wish to study in Washington DC, select “Washington” as the campus of choice. However, if you are on the three-year track and wish to begin your studies at the SAIS Europe campus, you may do so upon consultation with the Office of Admissions. Please note that offers of admission to Johns Hopkins SAIS are campus-specific. Admissions offers and financial aid are allocated separately for SAIS Europe and Washington. After admissions offers are made, requests for a change of campus are rarely granted, so choose your campus carefully.
  5. Anticipated Start Term: Please select your anticipated start term. If your term of interest is not visible, we are currently not accepting applications for that term. You may begin the application and upload documents, you just will not be able to submit until the application window opens.

Early Notification: Please note, for your application to be considered for Early Notification, all supporting documents (as listed in the application instructions) must be received by the Office of Admissions no later than November 1. If any supporting documents are received after November 1, the application will be reviewed during the Regular Decision process.

All applications and supporting documentation become the confidential property of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Office of Admissions and cannot be returned.

Please use the "type ahead" option in the institution name to search for the College/University you have attended. Selecting your institution through this feature will automatically populate some of the fields below and ensure that the identifying information for this institution is formatted properly in our records. If your institution code is not available, please type the name in "Institution."

Submit Transcript: You must submit transcripts reflecting all university-level course work listed on the application. You may upload unofficial transcripts via the online application, or submit official transcripts via hard copy or electronic copy, either from the college/university directly or via a transcript clearinghouse.

You should not list: 1) institutions at which three or fewer courses were completed, or where courses were only audited or taken on a non-credit basis, 2) executive education programs, 3) non-credit language institutes, or 4) non-credit certificate programs.

Mailing Transcripts: Transcripts in hard copy should be sent to the Office of Admissions in Washington DC:

Johns Hopkins SAIS
Office of Admissions
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

Transcripts in electronic copy should be sent to sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu.

Unofficial transcripts: Admitted applicants who submit unofficial transcripts as part of the application process will be required to submit official copies prior to enrollment.

Study abroad grades and transfer credit: Transcripts listing study abroad grades and/or transfer credits are required unless both the grades and credits are reflected on the primary undergraduate transcript.

Non-English-language transcripts: If your transcript is in a language other than English, you are asked to provide an official translation of the entire transcript and an explanation of the grading system of the university. You are strongly encouraged to use a credential evaluation service, particularly if you are not sure of how to obtain original transcripts or face difficulties obtaining them. See the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of providers. Transcripts and translations must be received by the Office of Admissions before the relevant deadline, so please make any requests well in advance.

Please list your official scores for the GRE and/or GMAT, and if required, your official English competency exam scores. If you have completed an exam more than once, please list your most recent scores. In addition to listing the scores in the online application, applicants must also send official test scores via the appropriate testing services.

1. GRE or GMAT scores: DIA applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit scores for either the GRE or the GMAT.  Johns Hopkins SAIS will only accept scores directly from the testing service; please arrange for all standardized test scores to be sent to Johns Hopkins SAIS in advance of the application deadline. The GRE code for Johns Hopkins SAIS is 5610-0000; the GMAT code is KGB-GX-99.

2. TOEFL or IELTS scores (for non-native English speakers): Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit an English competency exam: either the TOEFL  or the IELTS. A score of at least *100 on the TOEFL Internet-based exam or *7 on the IELTS is required for admission. The school will only accept scores directly from the testing service. Please arrange for all standardized test scores to be sent in advance of the application deadline. The Johns Hopkins SAIS TOEFL code is 5610-0000. 

*Please note that if your TOEFL scores are less than 105, or between 105-109 with writing and speaking scores below 25, or if you did not receive at least a “7” in the writing and speaking section of the IELTS, you may be required to attend English pre-term classes as a condition of admission.

If English is not your native language, (or in the case of bilingual students, your dominant language is not English) and you hold at least a three-year undergraduate degree granted by an accredited institution where 1) English is the language of instruction and 2) the accredited institution is located in a country where English is an official language, you will not be required to submit an English competency exam. 

If English is not your native language, (or in the case of bilingual students, your dominant language is not English) and you hold a graduate degree granted by an accredited institution in a country where 1) English is the language of instruction and 2) the accredited institution is located in a country where English is an official language, you are required to submit scores from an English competency exam.  You may petition the Office of Admissions for an exemption, but be aware that exemptions are rarely granted. 

Please provide details of all of your professional positions.

1. City of Birth: Please type the name of the city where you were born.

2. US Military: Please indicate if you are an active duty or former member of the US Armed Forces in the space provided.

3. Current Residency: Please provide the country and city, where you currently reside.

4. Diversity: Johns Hopkins SAIS receives applications from a diverse pool of candidates. These questions ensure we have the clearest possible understanding of each candidate’s background. Your answers will be kept confidential.

5. Affiliations: The Office of Admissions offers application fee waivers to participants or alumni affiliated with the following professional development programs:

  • AmeriCorps Volunteer
  • Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Program Fellow
  • Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Participant
  • Fulbright (for those currently on fellowship)
  • Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship (IIPP)
  • McNair Scholar
  • Peace Corps
  • Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow
  • Teach for America Member
  • Teach for China Member
  • Teach for India Member
  • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow
  • Other

To receive a fee waiver, please upload official documentation confirming your participation in the selected program. On the "Review" page, select "Finalize Application and Pay," however do not complete payment. Please contact the Office of Admissions at sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu; our team will review and confirm your request. Please note: we cannot grant fee waivers for financial hardship.

6. Languages: Please list your native language; bilingual applicants should list their dominant language. Your native/dominant language is the one that meets 2 out of 3 requirements: it is (a) the main language of communication between you and one of your parents or caregivers, (b) an official language in the community where you grew up, (c) the language of instruction in the high school you attended.

You should indicate levels of proficiency for up to two additional foreign languages in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension. Any language experience beyond these should be included on your resume.

7.  Time Spent Abroad: You should use this section to indicate any time spent living, working and/or studying outside of your home country. Please list the most significant experience abroad first.

8. Financial Aid: If you are eligible for financial aid, indicate in this section that you wish to apply for Johns Hopkins SAIS scholarships.

Please note: in order to be considered for scholarship funding, you must answer “yes” to the question in this section. Applicants who answer “no” will not be considered for any scholarship funding. Only full-time students are eligible for Johns Hopkins SAIS scholarships.

For more information on financial aid eligibility and forms, visit Financial Aid.

All DIA applicants must complete this section.

Economics course work and grades listed in the application must be reflected on transcripts. If economics course work will be completed between the time of application and enrollment at Johns Hopkins SAIS, transcripts must be submitted as soon as the courses are completed and before an applicant’s first semester.

Please indicate the economics courses taken, first in the theory area, then the quantitative area, and then field courses. Please either check the appropriate box or provide the course name, year the course was taken (as it appears on the transcript) and the grade received.  If a course was taken as a high school Advance Placement (AP) course, and college credit was received, please indicate by checking the AP credit question.  

Only list courses for which you received a grade of B- or better; do not list courses not taken for a grade.

FOR APPLICANTS WITHOUT A PRIOR RELEVANT MASTER’S DEGREE

Before starting your studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, you must have earned the equivalent of a B- or higher in separate college-level courses in introductory microeconomics and in introductory macroeconomics. A single, semester-long college level course in introductory economics covering both micro and macro will be considered minimally sufficient.

Courses not taken for a grade do not fulfill the economics prerequisite. If you have not taken economics courses that are not entitled “Intro/Principles of Microeconomics” or “Intro/Principles of Macroeconomics” but believe your coursework to be equivalent you should include detailed course descriptions and/or syllabi with your official transcripts.

If you are admitted and have not satisfied the basic economics requirements you can fulfill them during the summer before matriculation. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers an online course in basic microeconomics and macroeconomics to enable you to meet the requirement. If you fail to meet the requirement before the start of regular classes, you cannot matriculate.

Economics course work and grades listed in the application must be reflected on transcripts. If economics course work will be completed between the time of application and enrollment at Johns Hopkins SAIS, transcripts must be submitted as soon as the courses are completed and before your  first semester.

Please indicate the economics courses taken, first in the theory area, then the quantitative area, and then field courses. Please either check the appropriate box or provide the course name, year the course was taken (as it appears on the transcript) and the grade received.  If a course was taken as a high school Advance Placement (AP) course, and college credit was received, please indicate by checking the AP credit question.  

Only list courses for which you received a grade of B- or better; do not list courses not taken for a grade.

 

Use this section to indicate your background in mathematics. Please begin by indicating the number of college level calculus courses taken followed by the course titles, grade received and year taken. If a course was taken as a high school Advance Placement (AP) course, and college credit was received, please indicate by including this information in the "Other" section. Also please list any mathematics courses taken beyond calculus along with the year and the grade received. Do not list courses not taken for a grade.

 

Upload the relevant required documents here for your program of interest.

  1. Résumé/CV: Provide a current résumé or curriculum vitae, which includes your education, employment history, awards and accolades, international exposure, publication credits, and leadership roles in any volunteer and/or extracurricular activities.
  2. Statement of Purpose: Discuss your goals for graduate study and for your professional career. What experiences have most contributed to your desire to study international affairs? How will this degree program serve to meet your academic and professional goals? This essay should be no more than 500 words in length.
  3. Thesis Topic: Describe your proposed thesis topic and how it focuses on a practical problem in your professional field (or the field you plan to pursue) and if applicable, how it relates to your current or a future position/role. The essay should indicate up to three Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty members with whom you would like to work. Please include a working title at the top of the submission.
  4. Writing Sample: Submit a piece of analytical writing of approximately 10-30 pages (double-spaced). The most useful sample is a prior research or professional paper based on sources in an area of professional or academic interest. You must be the sole author.

You are required to submit two letters of recommendation and have the option of submitting a third. Recommendations should be written by individuals well placed to discuss your qualifications for graduate study and a career in international affairs.

Please note that Johns Hopkins SAIS will accept letters of recommendation only through our online application system or in hard copy directly from the recommender. Recommendations submitted via email or fax will not be accepted. Please list all your references in the "Recommendations" section, including recommenders who prefer to submit their letter in hard copy.

If your recommender prefers to submit a hard copy letter of recommendation, please advise them to mail to:

Johns Hopkins SAIS
Office of Admissions
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

 

All required fields must be completed before your application can be submitted. Required fields are designated by an asterisk.

To submit your application, click the button that reads “Finalize Application and Pay." Please note that you must complete all required fields in order to submit your application. Any missing fields will appear on the "Review" section. Prior to submission, please review all application sections to check for any errors or incorrect data.

After you have submitted your application, confirmation of your application status as “submitted” will appear on the online application dashboard. A checklist of all application materials will also be visible in order for you to track the status of supporting documents.

The $85 USD application fee is payable through the application system via credit card or e-check. Alternately, you may mail a check or money order in US dollars, payable to The Johns Hopkins University, to:

Johns Hopkins SAIS
Office of Admissions
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036 

If you were granted a fee waiver: When submitting the online application, on the "Review" page, select "Finalize Application and Pay." If you are routed to the Payment Net website, do not complete payment and please email sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu.

We encourage you to submit materials as early as possible before the applicable deadline. You are responsible for making sure all supporting documents, including letters of recommendation and academic transcripts, are submitted on time. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All applications and supporting documentation become the confidential property of the Office of Admissions and cannot be returned.

The Office of Admissions retains application files for one year after a decision is rendered. If you applied for an academic year before last year you are not considered a re-applicant, and must resubmit all application materials. If you applied last academic year you do not have to resubmit all materials and can follow this checklist:

  • Online application form
  • Application fee, $85 USD
  • Updated résumé/CV
  • Revised thesis topic if applicable (see prior instructions)
  • Re-applicant essay: How have you improved your candidacy since your last application? This essay should be no more than 1000 words in length.
  • New transcripts: Transcript(s) of any additional courses you have taken since you last applied (include grades not finalized at the time of your last application).
  • Recommendation letter: One new recommendation letter, preferably from your current employer. If you have already used your current employer for a recommendation, please choose someone else in a supervisory role or a client.

DIA Application Deadlines 

  Enrollment Term Application Deadline Notification By
Regular Decision Fall 2020 January 7, 2020 April 10, 2020
Financial Aid Fall 2020 March 1, 2020 April 10, 2020


Technical Support

If you experience technical difficulties at any time while using the online application, please contact the Washington DC Admissions Office at sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu or call +1 (202) 663-5700.