SOAS University of London

SOAS to launch degree programme with Johns Hopkins University

5 September 2019

SOAS University of London and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) are launching a new cooperative degree programme. Under the new programme, students from both SAIS and SOAS have the opportunity to conduct two years of study in International Affairs in combination with studies in Economics, Development Studies or Politics at two of the world’s leading universities in these fields.

SOAS and SAIS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and under the agreement, over two years of study, students can be awarded both an MSc from SOAS and a Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) from SAIS.

SAIS will also award Annual Fellowships and stipends to certain cooperative degree students from SOAS who are selected and meet the admission requirements for the MAIA degree programme.

Baroness Valerie Amos CH, Director of SOAS, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with SAIS to offer this unique course for our students. In today’s complex political, economic and social environment SOAS works to prepare students to navigate and overcome these global challenges. This programme will continue to help our students understand the world from different perspectives and equip them for becoming tomorrow’s leaders.”

Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean Eliot A. Cohen said: “For 65 years, SAIS Europe has prepared students for global careers in public service, diplomacy, business, and nonprofit organizations under an American system of graduate education. We are proud of our reputation for developing creative leaders who can see beyond borders and work across sectors and we welcome this opportunity to partner with SOAS to continue to enhance the educational experience for students at both schools.

“This new cooperative degree partnership with SOAS presents a unique opportunity to combine the strengths and resources of both schools to develop global leaders capable of addressing the world’s most pressing challenges.”

Students can start their studies either with SAIS Europe or SOAS:

  • Students who enrol for a two-year Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) degree at the SAIS Europe campus in Bologna can apply to spend their second year at SOAS, choosing from a broad range of Masters programmes offered by the SOAS Departments of Economics, Development Studies, and Politics and International Studies.
  • Students who start an eligible one-year MSc degree at SOAS can apply to spend a second year of study at SAIS Europe in Bologna and earn a MAIA in addition to their SOAS MSc degree.

The partnership will launch this September and SOAS students starting in one of 15 MSc programmes this September can apply by January 2020 to spend a second year at SAIS immediately after their year at SOAS. SAIS MAIA students can also apply to spend their second year at SOAS from September 2020.

The cooperative SAIS-SOAS degree programme includes the following 15 Masters programmes at SOAS: MSc Economics; MSc Development Economics; MSc Global Economic Governance and Policy; MSc Political Economy of Development; MSc International Politics; MSc Middle East Politics; MSc African Politics; MSc Asian Politics; MSc Politics of China; MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights & Justice; MSc State, Society and Development; MSc Development Studies ; MSc Environment, Politics and Development; MSc Globalisation and Development; MSc Violence, Conflict and Development.