Friday, January 22, 2021

Welcome back to campus!

Johns Hopkins SAIS is looking forward to welcoming students to campus for the Spring 2021 semester.  As the lifeblood of our campus community, we want to ensure students return safely and in good health.  

Due to recent security constraints in Washington, D.C., in person reopening has been delayed. It is now scheduled for Monday, February 1. However, this change does not impact the start of classes, which will begin virtually on Monday, January 25.   

The Office of Admissions team will continue working remotely for the remainder of the spring semester.  To learn about upcoming recruitment events please visit the connect with us page.  

Together with local COVID-19 restrictions, Johns Hopkins has developed its own protocols and measures to ensure a safe and secure campus environment. For more information, please visit our campus reopening resource page. 


Upcoming regular decision deadline

The Fall 2021 regular decision application deadline for our MIPP, MAGP and Hopkins-Nanjing programs is fast approaching. The application and all supporting documents must be submitted by February 1, 2021.   

This includes transcripts, letters of recommendation, optional test scores and any other additional supporting documents  

If you need assistance, please contact our Admissions team in Washington, DC at or the Hopkins-Nanjing team at  

Our Hopkins-Nanjing admissions team is offering a last chance question and answer session on Thursday, January 28, 8:00 pm (GMT+8). You can register here. 

Monday, January 4, 2021

Upcoming regular decision deadline

The regular decision application deadline for the Fall 2021 MAIR program is fast approaching. All application items must be submitted by January 7, 2021.  Applicants who’ve decided to apply in this round should have all of their application materials uploaded by the end of day. This includes any test scores, letters of recommendation, transcripts or additional supporting documents that are being sent by other individuals or institutions.  


Please contact our office at if you are having problems submitting documentation on time. You can also join admissions staff for a last chance question and answer session being held on Tuesday, January 5, 12:30pm. You can register here.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Happy Holidays from Johns Hopkins SAIS Admissions!


With the holiday season in full swing and the New Year fast approaching, the entire Johns Hopkins SAIS admissions team would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays.

While life may offer challenges or seem uncertain for many during these unprecedented times, we hope that during this season of giving and thanks all may find a sense of happiness and joy that has been absent for so many this year.

We want to make all prospective candidates aware that the admissions office will be operating on a limited basis in the coming weeks but will still maintain vital office functions. Here are a few dates to keep in mind as your admissions process continues into the New Year:

Starting the week of December 21, the Office of Admissions will have holiday closings:

·       Thursday, December 24, 2020

·       Friday, December 25, 2020

·       Thursday, December 31, 2020

·       Friday, January 1, 2021

For most of the month of January the admissions team will be focused on application processing and review. During that time we will do our best to respond to Email requests, especially queries around supporting documentation for applications. Much of the staff will not be available for phone or video calls.

If you have an urgent request please reach out to our office email (, and we will do our best to respond in a timely manner.

May your holidays be Happy, Healthy and Safe!


The Office of Admissions

Friday, December 11, 2020

To all Early Notification candidates: Decision Release


To all Early Notification candidates: Decision Release  

With the 2021 Early Notification decision release soon approaching, many applicants who decided to apply in this round may be wondering what to look out for, and what they can expect over the coming days.

Early notification decisions will be released on Friday, December 18 via email. Those who are admitted will receive access to our Admitted Student website. There, admitted students will be able to access important information regarding their transition to Johns Hopkins SAIS which include matriculation fee deadlines, financial aid, staff contact information and dates for virtual information sessions with Hopkins staff.

Please be on the lookout for our decision letter next week!

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

2021 Admissions Guideline: Letters of Recommendation

Here are some helpful answers to FAQs about letters of recommendation. Make sure you get a head start on these!

How many letters of recommendation do I need?

The Johns Hopkins SAIS application process requires two (2) letters of recommendation, but you can submit up to three letters of recommendation. It's up to you if you decide to submit 2 or 3.  Personally, I always think it's good to ask for 3 just in case one person forgets to submit a letter on time. The last thing you want is to stress over a missing letter even though you completed the application on time.

How do I submit my letters of recommendation?

All letters of recommendation are submitted electronically in our application portal. Having it submitted electronically instead of by snail mail makes it easier for our office, you, and the person writing your letter. Once you start working on your application, you can fill out the contact section for your referrals, and we will send them a link to where they can submit your letters.

Who should I ask for my letters of recommendation? 

Should they be professional, academic, or one of each? We don't have a preference for one type over another.  Rather than acquiring specific types of recommendations, you should look to solicit letters of recommendations from individuals who can best speak to your suitability as an international relations professional.  For those who have been out of school for a few years, that may mean all your recommendations are professional.  If you're younger, that might mean all your recommendations are academic in nature. That's okay. Just make sure you ask someone who can really speak well about your strengths for the program.

How should I ask for a letter of recommendation?

When you approach someone about writing a recommendation letter for you, make sure they know about the program.  Be prepared to tell them why Johns Hopkins SAIS interests you, and why it's a good fit for you.  If you want them to focus on specific items in the recommendation, make sure they know.  If you haven't seen this individual in some time, you may want to spend some time catching up and letting them know what you've been doing lately and what you plan to do after graduate school.  I always think it's a good idea to give a copy of your resume/CV to help them use as a reference while writing your letter.

You should also ask them well in advance.  You never know how many other people are asking them for letters of recommendation, and you need to give your recommender enough time to write a strong recommendation. Remember, they're doing you a favor, so make it a smooth process for them.

Can it be in another language?

Sadly, our office of Admissions does not speak every language in the world. Although this would be a nice skill to have, we ask that all letters of recommendation be in English. If your recommender does not speak English, he/she will need to get a translator, but we ask that your letters are in English.

Will I be able to see the letter of recommendation?

Unfortunately, you will not be able to see any of the letters since your recommender will submit it electronically through a separate link sent to them. However, you can see if they have submitted the letter through the application portal.

What if I am done with my application and I am only missing the letter of recommendation?

We strongly encourage students to get all of their documents ready prior to the deadline. If your referral did not write you a letter, you should reach out to them directly and send them a reminder. Chances are they might have forgotten in the midst of their other work, which happens. It wouldn't hurt to send a reminder, but make sure you're not overdoing it by sending them emails after email. Last case, find another person to write your letter.

If you have any other questions, feel free to send us an email!

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

2021 Admissions Guideline: Application Fee Waiver


Did you know that you might be eligible for an application fee waiver? 

Not a lot of applicants realize that if they are/were part of a certain professional development program, they can receive a fee waiver.

Therefore, if you are/were a part of any of these following professional development programs, you do not need to pay the application fee:

·       AmeriCorps Volunteer

·       Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Program Fellow

·       Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Participant

·       Fulbright (for those currently on fellowship)

·       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

·       U.S. Military Active Duty

·       U.S. Military Veteran

·       Other

Are you eligible? If so, here are the steps to make sure that you get your fee waived.

1.              In the online application form, select the option to pay by check.

2.              Submit any official documents confirming your participation in the appropriate program by sending it to our email at

3.              Once we receive your documents, our office will waive the fee.

For students applying to SAIS Europe, the application fee is waived.

Have a question? Send us an 
email or call us at +1 (202) 663-5700.

Monday, November 30, 2020

2021 Admissions Guideline: Work Experience

 Most of our students coming into Johns Hopkins SAIS enter with at least 1-2 years of work experience. We often get questions about how much work experience is needed to apply. Let me break it down for you based on some of the most frequently asked questions.


What exactly is considered work experience?

Work experience refers to holding a full-time job. We value internships and volunteer experience, which you can include in your resume/CV portion, but the term "work experience" specifically means professional experience.

How important is work experience for my application?

Work experience is one of the many factors we consider when looking at your application. The average work experience for the incoming class is typically 2 years, but that also depends on which degree you apply to.

How many years of work experience should I come with?

About 88% of our incoming MA students come with at least one year of work experience. These jobs range from being directly related to international relations to a wide range of other experiences in the financial sector, teaching abroad, consulting, Peace Corps, private industry, and law. That being said, work experience is not required for many of our programs and we do have students without any prior work experience.

What if I just finished undergrad studies and have little to no full-time work experience?

Each year, around 10%-12% of the incoming MA students enter Johns Hopkins SAIS right after completing their undergraduate studies. Many of these younger candidates come with internship experience in internships related directly to the field of international relations, while some do not. Having something like an internship experience can help strengthen an application if work experience is not present.

What if I have more than 7+ years of work experience?

All of our programs are open to candidates with varying levels of experience. For experienced professionals with seven or more years of work experience, and wish to advance in their career, there are two programs to consider: a 9 month Masters of International Public Policy (MIPP) and a 16 month Master of Arts in Global Policy (MAGP) for working professionals. For more information, click here.

Are there any part-time degrees?

Our degree programs are full-time, though experienced professionals with 7 or more years of work experience can be employed full-time and pursue our Master of Arts in Global Policy degree. In order for students to maximize their full experience at Johns Hopkins SAIS, we encourage students to take full advantage of the various academic and social offerings such as panel discussions, co-curricular activities, special workshops, lectures, guest speakers, and student trips.
If you are interested in pursuing part-time coursework, you may consider taking the part-time non-degree courses that are offered throughout the year through our 
Part-Time and Non-Degree Office.

Can I work while I study?

With the exception of our Master of Arts in Global Policy (MAGP) for working professionals, it is very difficult, but possible, for students to maintain a full-time career while in school. However, many of our students work part-time jobs on campus which have flexible hours or participate in one of the many part-time internships offered through our Global Careers Office.