Direct Matriculation Program: Master’s in International Studies

Today’s world is more intertwined than ever before, with a growing necessity for strong international relations.

The Direct Matriculation Program: Master’s in International Studies allows qualified students with a strong interest in international studies to pursue a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree from our Krieger School of Arts & Sciences (our undergraduate school) and the prestigious Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) (our graduate school) with campuses in Washington, DC; Bologna, Italy; and Nanjing, China. 

Students who are admitted to the Direct Matriculation Program (DMP) are guaranteed admission into a two-year master’s degree from SAIS if they maintain the required academic standards and complete the necessary undergraduate courses. They may choose to start in any of these three cities for an immersive and global learning experience.

International Studies Tracks

Students must choose the five- or six-year option by the beginning of their sophomore year.

  • Six-Year Program (Traditional): Complete your undergraduate degree in four years, then complete the Master’s at SAIS in two years.
  • Five-Year Program: Complete your undergraduate degree in three years, then complete the Master’s at SAIS in two years.

How To Apply

All first-year applicants, regardless of intended major, are welcome to apply to the DMP: Master’s in International Studies. You must indicate you are applying to this program on your undergraduate application under the Hopkins Supplemental Questions section. You may only apply for admission to one DMP.

After submitting your admissions application, you will see a separate essay requirement appear in your applicant portal. You must submit an essay in response to the prompt: “Pick a global leader and discuss how they have shaped how you view the world. Please answer in no more than 300 words.”

Program & Eligibility Requirements

  • Complete Macro Economics and Micro Economics with a minimum grade of B- in each course
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA throughout their undergraduate years

DIRECT ADMISSION TO MASTER’S PROGRAMS

Hopkins undergrads with a cumulative 3.3 GPA from the Whiting School of Engineering or Krieger School of Arts & Sciences are eligible for direct admission to a participating master’s program at SAIS. 

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