International Relations, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
This two-year program for full-time students is the cornerstone of the Johns Hopkins SAIS experience. The curriculum focuses on interdisciplinary course work in international economics, international relations, policy and regional studies, quantitative reasoning and languages. All MA students concentrate in International Economics and either a policy area or region of the world.


About half of all entering MA students spend a year at SAIS Europe and a year in Washington, while the other half spend both years in Washington. Students who are proficient in Mandarin may pursue the HNC Certificate/MA by completing two semesters in Nanjing to receive a Certificate in Chinese and American Studies, combined with two to three semesters in the MA program in Washington.

Programme Structure

  • Emphasizes international economics, global themes world regions and languages
  • Offers study in Washington, SAIS Europe and Nanjing
  • Allows dual-degree and exchange options with other premier institutions

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements


Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. All incoming MA students must complete introductory microeconomics and introductory macroeconomics courses (receiving a grade of B- or higher) prior to enrolling. Completion of these courses is recommended but not required to apply. Volunteer positions, internships, and employment all are encouraged. While international experience is strongly recommended, students should be able to show their interest in the field of international relations.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    47400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 47400 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    47400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 47400 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Bologna

  • 750 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Most students receive some kind of financial support for their year in Bologna. SAIS offers several financial aid options and provides information and assistance with applying for aid.

The Bologna Center administers financial aid and fellowships for non-U.S. citizens who wish to study in Bologna. Financial aid for U.S. citizens and permanent U.S. residents who wish to attend the Bologna Center is administered by SAIS in Washington.

SAIS fellowships and grants are awarded to full-time students on the basis of academic promise and financial need. In addition to grants offered by SAIS, there are outside sources of funding available to many students.

Please note that financial aid from the Bologna Center will be credited in two equal installments, one in October and one in February, to the recipients' internal account.

Candidates in need of financial assistance should seek alternative sources of funding from home government agencies, foundations, and lending institutions. Lists of resources can be found in grants registers in university libraries and on the Internet.

Students who wish to continue their studies for a second year should begin seeking funds for the second year as soon as possible after being admitted to the Bologna Center as many sources of financial aid have early application deadlines.

Non-U.S. citizens

The Center allocates a substantial part of its annual budget to financial aid. Every year about 80% of non-U.S. students receive financial support. Financial aid is generally distributed in the form of partial tuition grants to students who demonstrate outstanding academic merit and financial need. The Center also administers a number of awards (partial and full-tuition fellowships) on behalf of donor organizations. Awards are made on an annual basis although some fellowships cover two years.

Candidates for admission who wish to be considered for financial aid from the Bologna Center or administered jointly by the Bologna Center and donor organizations should submit the appropriate form provided in the application packet for detailed instructions and a list of sources.

Some financial assistance is available for non-U.S. students to continue their studies for a second year in Washington or at the Bologna Center. A few fellowships are also available for non-U.S. students to attend the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Application forms are provided toward the end of the first semester in Bologna.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents

The application procedure and requirements for financial assistance are the same as those for students wishing to attend SAIS in Washington, DC.

Refund of tuition payments

A partial refund of tuition payments may be made to students who withdraw of their own accord from the Bologna Center under the following schedule:

Withdrawal during: Refund

First week 100% Second week 90% Third week 80% Fourth week 70% Fifth week 60% Sixth week 50% Seventh week 40% Eighth week none

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