direct matriculation programs

Master's in International Studies

Today’s world is more intertwined than ever before, and the necessity for strong international relations has shaped today’s class of global citizens.

The Johns Hopkins Direct Matriculation Program: Master’s in International Studies allows qualified students displaying a strong interest in international studies to pursue a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree with the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.; Bologna, Italy; or Nanjing, China. Students entering their master’s program at SAIS will have the option of starting in either of these three cities for an immersive and global learning experience.

Students selected to this Direct Matriculation Program as applicants who maintain the required academic standards are guaranteed admission into the SAIS program, with two options: they can complete the full four years of undergraduate study at the Homewood campus, then go to SAIS to complete their master’s degree in two additional years; or, they may choose to complete their undergraduate degree in three years and then complete the master’s at SAIS in two years. This five- or six-year program allows selected students an outstanding chance to pursue an intensive undergraduate international studies program with guaranteed enrollment in a two-year master’s degree from SAIS.

Students must indicate that they are applying for DMP: Master’s in International Studies on their application and complete the form in their application portal at by the application deadline (Early Decision I: November 1; Early Decision II & Regular Decision: January 3).

Hopkins alum Zoya in Washington, D.C.
Zoya S.
International Studies, BA/MA
During the summer of 2018, Zoya worked as a legislative intern in the offices of Senator Charles Schumer, where she wrote reports on the Senate’s questioning of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and on Senate proceedings on the escalation of tariffs against China. Through these experiences, she witnessed firsthand how the American government solves crises in order to achieve bipartisan ends.


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School of Advanced International Studies

Global presence, international perspective.

The School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) produces innovative thinkers and problem-solvers who are equipped to deal with complex challenges around the world. DMP-IS students take advantage of the school’s connections with influential faculty and alumni, and the ability to study at campuses in Nanjing, China and Bologna, Italy.

At SAIS, students connect the theoretical study of economics, international relations, and regional studies to the work of policymakers, gaining the knowledge, skills, and network for success. Graduates contribute to the global marketplace as distinguished leaders and accomplished practitioners of international affairs across all sectors.