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Student Stories

A Flexible Program for a Full-Time Professional

"I currently work as an International Program Specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service, where I manage international school meal projects in Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Nepal."

Transitioning to a Career Focused on Risk Analysis

"The program's intense format has allowed me to compress my coursework into 15 months instead of two years to minimize my time out of the workforce—a key consideration for me and my family."

An Award-Winning Journalist Advancing a Career in Global Politics

"Johns Hopkins SAIS fits my aspirations and offers me the best environment to gain skill sets for a successful political career."

A Competitive Edge in Sino-Global Relations

"I was so impressed by the alumni I met during the Asia Career Trek that I decided to complete my master’s degree in the five-semester HNC Certificate/Johns Hopkins SAIS-MA program."

On the Fast Track to a Career in Economic Policy

"The one-year MIEF program will enable me to learn my required skills in a short time frame so I can re-enter the workforce quickly."

Gaining a Competitive Advantage

" My decision to apply to the school was motivated by a desire to move into the public sector and learn more about impact investment."

A Flexible Degree for Working Professionals

"Through its alternating weekend schedule and small, cohort-based classes, I am pursuing an immersive graduate school experience while continuing to advance my career goals." 

Gaining a Broad Perspective on Public Service Through a Dual Degree

"I was drawn to the school’s unique program —a combination of international relations and economics perspectives, a top-notch location, and passionate alumni base."

A Cross-Cultural Education in China

"As someone who wanted to study Chinese history and politics, and be immersed in Chinese society, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center was the only choice that made sense for me."

Real-World Learning Through a Capstone Project

"My courses covered qualitative and quantitative approaches for understanding risk and uncertainty, and my summer internship is an ideal setting to apply these skills in a business context."