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Johns Hopkins SAIS and University of Virginia Darden School of Business School launch new dual-degree MBA-MA program


The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business have announced a dual-degree program offering students from both schools the opportunity to simultaneously complete degrees at leading institutions of international relations and international business. Students admitted to both programs will be able to complete the Darden MBA and Johns Hopkins SAIS Master of Arts (MA) in three years instead of the four years it would take to earn each sequentially.

Participating students will receive advance standing in order to complete each degree in three semesters. Students complete the Darden MBA at the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Virginia. The MA program may be taken at Johns Hopkins SAIS' campus in Washington, D.C. or a combination of its D.C. and SAIS Europe campus in Bologna, Italy.

"The work of policy and the private sector continue to intersect with ever-increasing speed, relevance, and consequence," said Vali Nasr, dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS. "Knowledge of both international affairs and business administration will create future leaders who are more capable and ultimately more successful at solving complex global problems that pose challenges for the international community."

The program offers a flexible sequence in which students can complete their first year at Darden or Johns Hopkins SAIS, their second year at the other school, and in their third year spend a semester at each. Alternatively, students can choose to spend three consecutive semesters at Darden followed by three semesters at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Students may apply to pursue the dual degree prior to enrolling at either school, or during their first year of study.

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About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today. For more information, visit or @SAISHopkins.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world's best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, PhD and Executive Education programs. Darden's top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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