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Johns Hopkins SAIS launches Doctor of International Affairs program

(WASHINGTON)—The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is expanding its degree offerings, as officials announced the launch of its Doctor of International Affairs. Recruitment is underway for the inaugural cohort. The doctoral program is designed for experienced professionals to advance career pathways as international relations practitioners, rather than as academics.
“The creation of the Doctor in International Affairs will advance the Johns Hopkins SAIS mission to train the very best global leaders of the future, trained in both our prestigious academic curriculum and a deep knowledge of policy and practice,” said Dean Vali Nasr. “This innovative program will be the first accelerated practitioner doctorate in international affairs offered at a leading academic institution, introducing a new kind of scholar-practitioner prepared to take on the most complex global issues of our time.”
The Doctor in International Affairs (DIA), which can be completed in two-to-three years compared to the common seven-year timeframe of a traditional PhD, will assist experienced professionals in gaining the research capabilities needed to become high-level practitioners of international relations in roles such as policy planning experts, national security analysts, think tank scholars, and other senior-level experts across sectors and industries.
"The DIA will offer a flexible curriculum to allow students to focus on the issues of greatest importance to their careers," said Executive Vice Dean Eliot Cohen. "Students will receive advanced research training that can be applied in institutions that shape policy and practice in a wide range of organizations, from businesses to multinational organizations."
This degree program is pending review and endorsement by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. For additional information about the DIA, visit
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.
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Monday, February 4, 2019
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