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How to Apply | MAIS

We encourage you to review all of the Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) application instructions before beginning the application. 

Application Checklist

All MAIS applicants MUST submit the following materials:

  • Online application
  • Application fee, $85 USD
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • MAIS Concentration Essay
  • Transcripts for all college-level course work
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • GRE or GMAT scores (optional)
  • Chinese Language Proficiency Test Results (STAMP test)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (non-native English speakers)
  • Interview (optional)

Optional interviews are available for applicants to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. To schedule an interview, please contact nanjing@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.

Application Instructions 

Please refer to the guide below when completing your application.

  1. Name: Please list your full legal name. 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 Current Immigration Status, please select "OUT" from the drop down menu. Citizens of the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao should contact nanjing@jhu.edu for eligibility requirements.
     
  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 “Master of Arts in International Studies” as your program of choice.
     
  3. Choice of Concentration: Select one of the following:

    • Chinese Studies
    • Energy, Resources, and Environment
    • International and Comparative Law
    • International Economics
    • International Politics
  4. Location: Please select "Hopkins-Nanjing Center" as your location of study.
     
  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.

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:

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center 
Washington Office, Rome 509 
1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW 
Washington, DC 20036
 
Transcripts in electronic copy should be sent to nanjing@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.
GRE And GMAT scores are optional. 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. STAMP scores: All applicants to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center are required to take the Avant Assessment STAMP Chinese proficiency test. The HNC Washington Office must have the completed test materials by the application deadline. To request the STAMP Chinese Proficiency test please email nanjing@jhu.edu. Applicants are limited to taking the STAMP test once every three months. There are two testing options available, in-person proctoring for $15 and virtual proctoring for $30.
     
  2. GRE or GMAT scores: If you decide 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 in advance of the application deadline. The GRE code for Johns Hopkins SAIS is 5610-0000; the GMAT code is KGB-GX-99.
     
  3. 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.

Some admitted candidates may be required to take the Johns Hopkins SAIS Summer and/or Pre-Term English course to ensure they have adequate competence in English prior to beginning their first semester. 

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.

    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 nanjing@jhu.edu, our team will review and confirm your request. Please note: we cannot grant fee waivers for financial hardship.
    • AmeriCorps Volunteer
    • Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Program Fellow
    • Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Participant
    • Fulbright 
    • 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
       
  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.

Most MAIS Applicants: Excluding those students who plan to concentrate in International Economics, MAIS applicants are not required to have taken any economics courses prior to matriculating at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.

MAIS International Economics Concentrators: Applicants who are admitted into the MAIS program and plan to concentrate in International Economics must have earned the equivalent of a B- or higher in one college-level course in introductory microeconomics and one college-level course in introductory macroeconomics prior to matriculating at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. Courses not taken for a grade do not fulfill the economics prerequisite.

One college-level course in introductory economics covering both of these areas may be considered to fulfill the pre-requisites on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who have taken economics courses not entitled “Introduction to /Principles of Microeconomics” or “Introduction to /Principles of Macroeconomics and wish to have these courses considered as equivalents, should include course descriptions and/or syllabi in conjunction with official transcripts.

Economics coursework and grades described in the application form should be reflected on the submitted transcripts. If the required prerequisite economics coursework will be completed between the time of application and the time of enrollment, transcripts must be submitted to the HNC Washington Office as soon as the courses are completed and before an applicant’s first semester begins.

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 including this information in the "Other" section.

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

Mathematics Background:

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 inforation 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. Personal Statement: Tell us why you want to study at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and how studying at the HNC would contribute to your academic and professional goals. Please submit your essay in English only. Chinese characters do not display correctly. (600-800 words).
     
  3. MAIS Concentration Essay: Please discuss your planned concentration at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and one possible area of interest when considering your thesis topic. (Approximately 600 words. Please note your proposed thesis topic may be altered once studying at the HNC).
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 the applicant’s 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:
 
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center 
Washington Office, Rome 509
1619 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:
 
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center 
Washington Office 
1619 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 nanjing@jhu.edu.

Submission of Materials 

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.
 

Application Deadlines

  Enrollment Term Application Deadline Notification By
Application Early Notification Fall 2020 November 1, 2019 December 20, 2019
Financial Aid Early Notification Fall 2020 November 1, 2019 December 20, 2019
Application Regular Decision Fall 2020 February 1, 2020 March 6, 2020
Financial Aid Regular Decision Fall 2020 February 1, 2020 March 6, 2020

Additional Information

The Office of Admissions retains application files for one year after a decision is rendered. An applicant who applied for an academic year before last year is not considered a re-applicant, and must resubmit all application materials. Candidates who did apply last academic year do not have to resubmit all materials and can follow this checklist:
  • Online application form
  • Application fee, $85 USD
  • Updated résumé/CV
  • Chinese Language Proficiency Test Results (STAMP test)                                                                                     
    STAMP test results are valid for one year. If it has been more than 12 months since you last took the STAMP test you must retake the test. Contact nanjing@jhu.edu for test request details.
  • 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.
  • Interview (optional)

Technical Support

If you experience technical difficulties at any time while using the online application, please contact the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington, DC Admissions Office at nanjing@jhu.edu or call +1 (202) 663-5800.