- Academic Calendar
- Advanced Standing
- Auditing Courses
- BA/MAIR Program
- Change of Campus
- Change of Degree
- Continuous Enrollment, Leave of Absence, and Reinstatement
- Credit Hours, Full-time/Part-time Status, and Full-time Enrollment Requirements
- Dual-Degree, Cooperative Degree, and Semester Exchange
- Examinations and Other Assessments
- External Courses
- Hopkins-Nanjing Center
- Independent Study Courses
- Institutional Review Board
- Internships and Practical Training
- Language Requirements
- Non-Degree and Graduate Certificate Students
- Online Degree Programs
- PhD Program
- Practicum Courses
- Probation and Dismissal
- Professional Skills Courses
- Program Extensions, Time Limit to Degree, and Credit Expiration
- Registration for Courses
- Religious Observances
- Student Right to Know
- Summer Term and Pre-Term
- Transcripts and Enrollment Verification
- Tuition, Financial Aid, and Refunds
- Withdrawing from a Degree
The academic policies and resources outlined below are relevant to students in the School of Advanced International Studies. Students should also familiarize themselves with university policies and statements.
The university reserves the right to make changes prior to, or during the semester, including changing the modality of instruction, modifying the academic calendar, adding or dropping courses or programs, and altering or suspending JHU-provided student housing, services, access to facilities, activities and events or other resources. Any such changes may be applicable to all students, or a specified segment of students, enrolled at the time the change is adopted as well as to students who re-enroll after a period of absence.
The academic calendars for the Washington, DC, SAIS Europe, and Hopkins Nanjing Center campuses are located on the website and on my.JH. Students in the fully online MASE and MAGR degrees follow a separate academic calendar. The university academic calendar is located on the Office of the University Registrar's website. (Back to top)
Advanced standing counts toward the total credits needed for the degree, but does not fulfill specific degree requirements. Even with advanced standing, MAIR students must still must enroll in full-time status for at least three fall/spring semesters (at least two fall/spring semesters for students who completed the HNC Certificate). (Back to top)
Previous Graduate Degree (MAIR and DIA)
MAIR and 80-credit DIA students who previously completed a relevant graduate degree at another institution may petition for advanced standing. The number of credits (8 or 16) of advanced standing depends on the number of credits and semesters of comparable coursework completed in the previous degree, as well as their relevance to the MAIR. Advanced standing is awarded only for completed degrees, not individual graduate courses. To request advanced standing, students must complete the Advanced Standing Request with a copy of their transcript proving completion of the degree prior to the end of their second semester of study. Determination of advanced standing is made by the Office of Academic Advising and not all requests are approved.
DIA students in the 48-credit track automatically receive 16 credits of advanced standing if ,within the past five years, they have completed the SAIS MAIR or a different SAIS master's degree in addition to another relevant graduate degree. (Back to top)
MAIR students in a dual-degree program automatically receive 16 credits of advanced standing.
HNC Certificate (MAIR and MAIA)
MAIR and MAIA students who completed the Hopkins Nanjing Center (HNC) Certificate receive advanced standing of 24-32 credits depending on the number of courses completed at the HNC. (Back to top)
MAIA students participating in an approved cooperative degree automatically receive 32 credits of advanced standing. (Back to top)
Students may receive advising from professional advisors assigned to their degree programs. Professional advisors provide guidance on degree requirements, academic regulations, course planning, and can point to resources for students with academic difficulties. Advisors are available year-round for individual advising appointments, which can be in-person, over the phone, or via Zoom.
At both the Washington, DC campus and SAIS Europe, students are encouraged to seek out faculty who share research interests and expertise for general advising in fields where the student hopes to focus their studies. Faculty can give general advice on courses of interest, outside opportunities, and potential career outcomes. The faculty advisor-student relationship implies mutual responsibility. Faculty have assigned office hours and are frequently available at other times. Students are responsible for knowing these hours and taking the initiative to make arrangements for meeting with an advisor if necessary. (Back to top)
Students must be registered for-credit or audit to attend a course (in-person, virtual, or online). Students may not attend a course on an unofficial or ad hoc basis for all or part of the semester and students must be officially registered for the course for-credit to earn a letter grade and/or use the course toward degree requirements.
Students are expected to attend all class meetings of their enrolled courses (except for fully online asynchronous courses, where synchronous live meetings may be optional). If a student is unable to attend a required class meeting, the student should notify the faculty member in advance. Notifying faculty prior to an absence is a courtesy and does not absolve the student of any negative consequences or grade deductions from missing a class, assignment, due date, or exam. Students should consult the syllabus and instructor for specific course attendance policies.
If a student must miss a class due to an outside extenuating circumstance, such as a medical issue, the student must contact the Office of Student Life. The student may be asked to provide documentation concerning the reason for the absence. A prolonged absence may necessitate a student’s withdrawal from a course or courses. Absences related to a religious observance will be handled according to the appropriate guidelines.
Students who do not attend any courses during the first two weeks of the semester may be required to take a leave of absence or defer enrollment to a future term. (Back to top)
If a for-credit course is not full and the instructor allows it, a student may request to audit. Instructors are not required to accept auditors. Non-credit language courses may not be audited. In all cases, the registration of students taking the course for credit will be given priority over students wishing to audit.
A student’s minimum obligation when auditing a course is to attend all class meetings. Instructors may require additional academic obligations, such as the completion of academic assignments. These should be noted at the time the audit request is submitted.
No credit or letter grade is earned for an audited course, but the course is indicated on the transcript with “AU” notation. If a student fails to meet the audit requirements, a Withdrawal from an Audit “W/AU” may appear on the transcript.
Students at the Washington, DC campus who wish to audit a course must submit the Audit Request no later than the end of the second week of classes.
Students at SAIS Europe who wish to audit a course must obtain the audit form from the BCWeb, have it signed by the course professor, and submit it to the SAIS Europe Registrar’s Office by the end of the third week of classes. If a student fails to meet the audit requirements, a Withdrawal from an Audit “W/AU” may appear on the transcript.
Full-time students can audit multiple courses in a term but cannot exceed the permitted enrollment limits.
Students on probation must have permission from the Office of Academic Advising to audit.
MAIR students may not audit any Core courses.
Part-time MAIR students will be subject to additional tuition charges if they audit a course(s).
MIEF, MASCI, MAGR (onsite), MEPP, part-time DIA, and part-time MIPP students may audit up to two courses during the fall/spring semesters of their enrollment at no additional charge (with a maximum of one audit per semester). DIA and MIPP students must be enrolled in at least one for-credit course to be eligible to audit a course during that term at no additional charge.
Non-degree and certificate students who wish to audit courses must register and pay tuition for the course.
MAGP, MASE, and MAGR (online) students are not permitted to audit courses.
Changing a course from audit to credit or vice versa may alter a student’s time status and students should be aware of the tuition and refund implications of any potential change. (Back to top)
Changing Credit to Audit
With instructor approval, students may change a course from credit to audit through the second week of the semester. Not all requests to change from credit to audit are approved and students taking a course for-credit are given registration priority over students over students wishing to audit. (Back to top)
Changing Audit to Credit
With instructor approval and subject to enrollment limits, students may change a course from audit to credit. The intention to do this should be discussed with the professor when initially registering for the audit.
The student must submit an Audit-to-Credit Request (Washington) or a Change to Credit (SAIS Europe) no later than the end of the tenth week of the semester. Once changed from audit to credit status, the course status cannot be reversed. (Back to top)
The five-year accelerated BA/MAIR program with Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts & Sciences on the Homewood Campus in Baltimore, MD includes three years of undergraduate study and two years of study at SAIS.
BA/MAIR students enroll at SAIS (either the Washington, DC campus, SAIS Europe or the Hopkins Nanjing Center) in what would have been the undergraduate senior year. Pending successful completion of coursework, the BA is awarded at the end of the fourth year of the program (although it is expected that most undergraduate requirements will be completed in three years). Upon completion of the remaining MAIR requirements, BA/MAIR students receive the MAIR at the end of the fifth year. The BA/MAIR must be completed in five consecutive years without interruption between the BA and MAIR. Leaves of absence and deferrals are not permitted. BA/MAIR students may not graduate from the MAIR with fewer than four full-time semesters or with fewer than 64 credits from MAIR coursework. BA/MAIR students are not eligible for Advanced Standing or to pursue a dual-degree.
BA/MAIR students pay graduate tuition during their fourth and fifth years of study, although Homewood financial aid applies during the fourth year. Financial assistance for the fifth year is determined by the school and is not guaranteed. (Back to top)
SAIS offers degree programs on three campuses: Washington, DC, SAIS Europe in Bologna, Italy and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China. Some degree programs are affiliated with a specific campus and other degrees may be completed at multiple campuses. The campus dictates which courses students may enroll, the academic calendar, billing, financial aid, and other associated policies.
DIA students who are approved for a campus change during the coursework stage will maintain that same campus affiliation throughout the thesis stage.
If the degree allows it, continuing students may request to change campuses using the Campus Change Request. Campus change requests must be submitted by November 1 for upcoming spring semester and May 31 for the upcoming fall semester and are reviewed by the Office of Academic Advising. Not all campus change requests are approved. (Back to top)
Students may not be enrolled in more than one SAIS degree concurrently. Students who wish to change degrees (e.g.: from MIPP to MAIR, MAIR to MAIA, etc.) must complete a Change of Degree Inquiry. In some cases, a student may be required to submit a full application through the Office of Admissions. Changing degrees could impact a student’s financial aid and timeline to completion. Not all degree change requests are approved.
At the time of acceptance, the Office of Academic Affairs will determine how credits and requirements completed in the previous degree will be applied to the new degree. Some degree programs may not accept credits previously completed as part of another degree.
At SAIS Europe, the first deadline to apply to change from the MAIR to the MAIA program with full privileges (thesis application and option to apply to cooperative degree programs is the fall add/drop deadline. The final deadline to switch between the MAIA and the MAIR degrees is February 1. If changing to the MAIA at this point, the thesis is not a possibility and students cannot pursue a cooperative degree program.
For certain cooperative degree programs, SAIS Europe students can switch to the one-year Diploma program at the end of their year at SAIS. More details are available on the MAIA degree requirements document on the BCWeb. (Back to top)
Degree-seeking students with credits remaining are expected to enroll each semester required by their degree until completion or be on an approved leave of absence. If a student does not enroll and is not on an approved leave of absence, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the school and must be reinstated prior to enrolling in courses in any future semester. Not all reinstatement requests are approved and in cases where a considerable time has passed since the student’s last enrollment in courses, the student may be asked to reapply to the degree through the Office of Admissions. (Back to top)
Voluntary Leave of Absence
Degree-seeking students with credits remaining are expected to enroll each semester required by their degree until completion. If outside extenuating circumstances (medical reasons, mandatory military service, documented financial hardship, etc.) prevent a student’s enrollment in courses in a required semester, a student may submit a Leave of Absence Request. Leave of absence requests are not approved for professional development or internship opportunities.
If the leave of absence is due to medical reasons, documentation in support of the leave must be submitted to the Office of Student Life at the appropriate campus. In certain cases, medical documentation may be required to return to studies. Documentation must be signed by a medical provider on letterhead and must be written in English.
A leave of absence may be granted for up to one academic year. In extenuating circumstances, with permission of the Office of Academic Affairs, a leave can be granted for up to two years.
Leave of absence requests should be submitted in advance of the semester for which the leave is requested (typically by November 1 for the following spring semester and by May 31 for the following fall semester.) If a student takes a leave during an academic term, the student’s last date of attendance, determined as accurately as possible from the available evidence, will be the effective date of the leave of absence.
Students who do not return from a leave of absence when planned will be administratively withdrawn from the school and must be reinstated if they wish to resume in a future semester.
Students considering a voluntary leave of absence should consult the Office of Financial Aid regarding the impact on any financial aid received. International students in F-1 or J-1 visa status should also consult the Office of International Services (OIS). (Back to top)
Involuntary Leave of Absence
The school may place a student on an involuntary leave of absence. Students on an involuntary leave of absence are not permitted to enroll in courses. Students on a F-1/J-1 visa on an involuntary leave of absence will be required to leave the United States and should consult with the Office of International Services concerning their visa status and other immigration matters. (Back to top)
For Non-Academic Reasons
Students may be placed on an involuntary leave of absence or asked to withdraw from the degree when their physical or mental health or the manifestations of their health render them unfit to continue the course of study. Prior notice and the opportunity to be heard will, under ordinary circumstances, be given before the imposition of an involuntary leave of absence. However, the school reserves the right to conclude that, on certain occasions, conditions exist that warrant an immediate leave of absence in order to avert imminent harm to the student or to other persons or property. In such an event, a student on an involuntary leave of absence will be apprised immediately of procedures for appeal and return by the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. The school may mandate that students be assessed by the Johns Hopkins Student Assistance Program regarding their fitness to continue.
While on involuntary leave, the school may restrict a student’s access to certain services and/or involvement in extracurricular activities, including membership and leadership roles at SAIS. International students studying in the U.S. on a student visa may have to leave the country if they are placed on involuntary leave of absence. They should consult OIS for guidance regarding their visa status. (Back to top)
For Financial Balances
Students will not be allowed to register for courses if they have an outstanding balance from a previous academic term at Johns Hopkins. If a student fails to clear a balance from any past term by the end of the first week of any subsequent term the student will be placed on involuntary leave of absence. (Back to top)
If a withdrawn student wishes to resume their studies, they must be reinstated prior to enrolling in any future semester. The student must submit a reinstatement request that explains the causes for the interruption in enrollment and how those have been remediated. The Office of Academic Advising will review the request and the student’s academic record to determine if reinstatement will be permitted. Not all reinstatement requests are approved. Reinstated students must follow the degree requirements in place at the time of reinstatement.
Students must submit reinstatement requests no later than four weeks prior to the start of the semester in which they plan to resume their studies.
A student may only be reinstated once and any additional unapproved interruption of studies after reinstatement will result in dismissal.
A student may only be reinstated into the same degree program from their previous studies. If a student wishes to resume their studies in a different degree program, the student must follow the Change of Degree process.
Students who change degrees to earn a graduate certificate can request reinstatement into the original degree, but may only use the courses and credits from the certificate toward degree requirements. Previously completed courses from the degree not used toward graduate certificate requirements are ineligible.
Reinstatement does not lengthen the time limit to degree completion.
Students who did not successfully complete at least one semester of study are not eligible for reinstatement and must reapply to the school through the Office of Admissions. (Back to top)
Every unit of credit is understood to represent a specified number of hours of student effort per week on the part of the average student.
For every hour of lecture or seminar per week, a student is generally required to complete at least 2 additional hours of independent student effort (reading, writing, problem sets, assignments, etc.) for successful completion of the course. For a 4-credit course, the expectation is a combined 12 hours of instructional time and independent student effort per week. A 2-credit course requires a combined 12 hours per week over the half-semester length of the course.
Each degree specifies whether it must be completed in full-time status, part-time status, or if it can be completed in either format. Full-time and part-time status is determined by the number of credits enrolled each semester.
The MAIR, MAIA, MAGP, MASCI, MIEF, MAGR (onsite), MEPP, Diploma, and PhD degrees are considered full-time. The MASCI, MIEF, MAGR (onsite), and MEPP programs require full-time enrollment for the duration of the program. The MIPP and 48-credit track DIA may be completed full-time or part-time. The MASE and MAGR (online) must be completed part-time.
For MAIR, MAIA, MIPP, Diploma, and DIA students, enrollment in 12 or more credits is considered full-time status and enrollment in fewer than 12 credits is considered part-time status. For MAIR and MAIA students, enrollment in 8-10 credits plus an audit requires payment of full-time tuition. Students approved for part-time status in these degrees typically enroll in 8 credits per semester, except in the final semester if there are fewer than 8 credits remaining. All requests to enroll in fewer than 8 credits must be approved by the Office of Academic Advising.
MAIR students must enroll full-time in their first semester and must complete a minimum of three fall/spring semesters in full-time status. MAIR students who completed the HNC Certificate must complete a minimum of two fall/spring semesters in full-time status. After completing the full-time enrollment requirement, students must finish any remaining coursework in no more than two additional fall/spring semesters unless approved for a program extension.
MAIA students completing two years at SAIS Europe must spend a minimum of three fall/spring semesters in full-time status. Students in MAIA cooperative programs must spend a minimum of two fall/spring semesters in full-time status.
Diploma students must spend a minimum of two fall/spring semesters in full-time status.
DIA students in the 80-credit track must enroll full-time in their first semester, complete a minimum of three fall/spring semesters in full-time status, and must complete all pre-thesis requirements before the third year.
PhD pre-dissertation students must be present on-campus and working full-time toward fulfilling the requirements of the degree. A pre-dissertation student must engage in a program of courses, seminars, and/or independent study approved by the faculty advisor, while remaining on track with the timeline for completing the degree. Dissertation status usually begins in the third or fourth year and is the time when a student completes the research, writes, and then defends the dissertation. A student may advance to the dissertation stage earlier upon completion of all pre-dissertation requirements. PhD students should consult the PhD program about course load.
Staff members who are admitted to the MAIR during their employment must spend at least two consecutive semesters in full-time status. SAIS staff members who are admitted to the MIPP during their employment may be enrolled part-time throughout their enrollment. (Back to top)
Full-time/Part-time Change Requests
Most SAIS degrees require full-time enrollment for the duration of the program with no option to change to part-time status. If a degree allows it, students may request a change in status from full-time to part-time or vice versa for a semester with the Time Status Change Request. Not all status change requests are approved. MAIR and 80-credit DIA students who change status for a particular semester must still meet the full-time enrollment requirement of 3 fall/spring semesters. International students in the United States on an F-1 or J-1 visa may be in part-time status only during their final semester of study and/or on an approved reduced course load. Changing time status will also affect a student’s tuition and financial aid and students are encouraged to inquire about these implications prior to submitting the request. (Back to top)
Full-time MAIR, MAIA, MIPP, and DIA students typically enroll in 16 credits each fall and spring semester. First-semester MAIR students are not permitted to enroll in more than 16 credits.
Students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.33 or above and have completed language proficiency (if required for the degree) are eligible to enroll in more than 16 credits in a semester.
Students who do not meet both criteria may request an exception from the Office of Academic Advising to exceed 16 credits by converting an audit to credit before the end of the tenth week of the semester. Not all requests are approved. (Back to top)
No student may enroll in more than 20 credits per semester except for approved MIEF students taking MIEF Skills Courses.
Students may not enroll in more than six courses per semester, inclusive of for-credit courses, non-credit language courses, and audits. Students enrolled in two-credit courses may request an exception to the six-course limit from the Office of Academic Advising. Non-credit professional skills courses, language placement tests, and proficiency exams do not factor into the course limit. (Back to top)
The school maintains formal partnerships with other world class institutions to allow students to earn another credential or participate in a short-term exchange. (Back to top)
Students who wish to pursue a dual-degree must be admitted to both schools prior to starting the MAIR or be admitted to the other school during their first year of the MAIR (or by the end of their third semester in the case of INSEAD). Students applying for the dual-degree follow the standard admissions process at the other school and the other school has sole determination on whether the student is admitted.
Incoming students may indicate dual-degree enrollment prior to starting SAIS. Continuing students who intend to pursue a dual-degree must submit a Dual-Degree Request. If approved, the student receives 16 credits of advanced standing. Within the remaining 48 credits, the student must complete all degree requirements and must fulfill the full-time enrollment requirement of 3 fall/spring semesters. Only courses taken at SAIS may be used to fulfill MAIR requirements. Students are placed on a leave of absence when they are enrolled at the other institution and are not charged SAIS tuition nor receive SAIS financial aid while they are away.
Students in dual-degree programs must complete the requirements of both institutions before receiving either degree, except for INSEAD, where students receive that degree upon completion of that program regardless of their status in the MAIR.
With permission of the Office of Academic Advising, students may pursue an ad hoc dual-degree with a non-partner institution. Ad-hoc dual-degree arrangements must be confirmed in writing and the non-partner institution must reduce the credits required for its degree by the equivalent of one full-time semester.To be approved, students must demonstrate the relevance of the other degree to the MAIR and detail the specific curricular and programmatic strengths of the institution being proposed. These considerations should be linked to the student’s career objective and to the mission of the school.
DIA students in the 80-credit track are ineligible to pursue a dual-degree. (Back to top)
Cooperative Degree (MAIA)
Students enrolled in the MAIA at SAIS Europe may apply to spend a second year of study at one of the SAIS Europe Cooperative Degree programs in order to earn a Master’s degree at the other institution. Interested students must submit a separate application to those programs. Except for the Laurea Magistrale in Economics at the University of Bologna, an approved M.Sc. at SOAS University-of- London, the Hopkins Nanjing Center, and the degrees at Tel Aviv University and McGill University, students who choose to attend the second year at a cooperative program will not receive the MAIA, but instead receive the Diploma upon successful completion of the requirements. In that case, they will need to submit a Degree Change Request. For programs where both degrees are awarded, students must submit a Cooperative Program Leave Form (on the BCWeb) by the appropriate deadline. (Back to top)
Semester Exchange (MAIR and MAIA)
Students in the MAIR or two-year MAIA may apply to spend an exchange semester at National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Sciences Po (Paris), Tsinghua University (Beijing), or Hertie School of Governance (Berlin). All exchanges take place in the fall semester (typically during the student’s third semester of study) and applications due in the preceding February. During the exchange semester, the student maintains their enrollment at SAIS, earns 16 credits toward the degree, pays full-time tuition, and receives SAIS financial aid and scholarships, if applicable.
Students must enroll in the equivalent of 16 credits of non-language courses at the exchange institution. Individual courses taken during the exchange do not fulfill specific degree requirements or factor into GPA. The courses at the exchange institution must be approved in advance by the Office of Academic Advising and students must submit an official transcript to the Office of Academic Advising upon completion of the exchange semester. Participation in the semester exchange counts toward the MAIR full-time enrollment requirement of 3 fall/spring semesters.
When a student participates in a semester exchange, it is the student’s responsibility to manage all necessary administrative steps related to their study at the other institution. This includes visa compliance and immigration matters, course enrollment, and compliance with all relevant student life policies. (Back to top)
There is great variety in the structure of assessments at the school. Exams may be closed book, open book, take-home, written, or oral. Instructors determine the type of exam and whether there will be a final exam or other assessment method for their course. In Washington, D.C. final exam dates are most often indicated in the course syllabus and can also be found on my.JH. At SAIS Europe the Registrar sets up the final exam schedule in agreement with the professors and the schedule is usually announced mid-way through the semester.
All assessments are given under the Honor Code. Students are expected to write their exams in blue books unless the instructor tells them otherwise. Students sign a printed pledge to abide by the Honor Code. Students may also be asked to use electronic software to take exams in class or may be required to complete take-home exams or papers. The Honor Code applies to these options as well.
Students who do not take a required scheduled exam will receive a failing grade for that assessment. Students must provide official medical documentation to the Office of Student Life for any missed exams and must notify the professor and Office of Student Life immediately if there is a medical situation that will prevent them from taking a scheduled exam. (Back to top)
Except as described below, individual courses taken outside of SAIS may not be used toward degree requirements. (Back to top)
Interdivisional Registration (IDR)
Students may request to enroll in courses at other divisions of Johns Hopkins University by submitting an Interdivisional Registration request. Only pre-approved, graduate-level courses may be applied toward the student’s degree. (Back to top)
MAIR and 80-credit DIA students may apply up to two courses (8 credits). All other DIA, MIPP, MAIA and Diploma students may apply one course (4 credits). PhD students may take an unlimited number of courses at other campuses while in pre-dissertation status. MIEF students may apply to two courses (8 credits) as electives. MAGP, MAGR (onsite and online), MASCI, MASE, and MEPP students may not take any courses at other divisions. (Back to top)
Georgetown University Language Courses
Full-time MAIR, MIPP, DIA, and PhD students may request to enroll in the following language classes at Georgetown University during the fall and spring semester for no extra tuition: Advanced French, Advanced German, Hebrew, Advanced Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, and Ukrainian. A course taken at Georgetown University will appear on a student’s JHU transcript with a letter grade, but does not factor into total credits or cumulative GPA. More information on the language registration process can be found on my.JH. Students should be mindful of the differing academic calendars at each school. Students enrolled in Georgetown language courses are bound by the SAIS Honor Code and additionally must comply to all relevant Georgetown academic and student conduct codes and policies. (Back to top)
University of Bologna
A limited number of students at SAIS Europe (with an adequate level of Italian when required) may take a course for credit in one of the many laurea magistrale programs of the Department of Political Science of the University of Bologna. This must be approved by an academic advisor or program director. The SAIS Europe Registrar coordinates the application process and announces details at the start of the academic year.
Courses taken at the University of Bologna are counted at SAIS as for-credit Independent Study courses and it is only possible to take one such course over the degree program (if eligible). (Back to top)
Students may view their grades in SIS Self-Service. The following grades and symbols are used on SAIS transcripts:
|D (also used when an Incomplete or missing grade has not been resolved by the deadline)||Failure||0|
|F||Failure for Honor Code Violation||0.0|
|S||Satisfactory completion of an offering||N/A|
|X||Grade not yet submitted||N/A|
|W/AU||Withdrawal from an audit||N/A|
|HP||High Pass for Pre-Term||N/A|
|P||Pass for Pre-Term, Language Proficiency Exam Component, or Professional Skills Course||N/A|
|NP||No Pass for Professional Skills Course||N/A|
The highest letter grade is A. The lowest passing letter grade is C. Letter grades of D or F are considered failing. NP is also considered a failing grade.
Non-credit language courses receive letter grades, but these grades do not factor into GPA.
The grades of HP (equivalent to A or A‐) and P (B+, B, B-, C+, or C) are passing grades for Pre-Term.
The grades of P (pass) and NP (no pass) are used for Non-Credit Professional Skills courses.
MAGP residencies are graded with an S grade.
Non-credit MAIR capstones are graded with an S grade.
Final grades for all for-credit course attempts are recorded on the transcript and factored into GPA. If a student repeats a previously failed course, grades from both attempts will appear on the transcript and factored into cumulative GPA.
Grade point average is available in SIS Self-Service. Rank in class is available in mid-July for each graduating class. This information does not appear on the student’s transcript, but it is kept on file and provided upon request to the student and to prospective employers or universities where the student is seeking admission. (Back to top)
Grades of Incomplete
If a student who has attended class and completed a substantial majority of coursework is unable to finish all remaining assignments by the end of the semester due to outside extenuating circumstances, the student may request an incomplete grade from the instructor. A student’s inability to finish work prior to the stated deadlines does not alone justify an incomplete and incomplete grades should only be granted based on external factors beyond a student’s control, such as illness or an unanticipated emergency. The instructor has the discretion not to grant an incomplete and students may be required to submit documentation to the Office of Student Life to substantiate the incomplete grade request.
To request an incomplete grade, the student must initiate the process via SIS Self-Service. The student will specify all remaining assignments and deadlines by which the assignments will be completed (not to exceed 90 days beyond the end of the semester the course was taught). The instructor will approve, amend, or reject the request. At the deadline, the incomplete grade will convert to the default grade entered by the instructor (in most cases, a failing grade of D) if no other final letter grade has been submitted.
The Office of Academic Advising, in consultation with the instructor, may approve the extension of an incomplete beyond 90 days if there are circumstances to justify it, such as medical reasons. In this case, appropriate documentation must be submitted to the Office of Student Life at the relevant campus. Regardless of any approved extensions, any incomplete or missing grade that remains unresolved after two years will default to a failing grade of D.
Students with two or more incomplete and/or missing grades in a semester will be placed on probation and will be subject to a reduced course load for the upcoming semester. (Back to top)
Grades of D, F, and NP are considered failing grades. A failure results in the student not earning credit for the course and the course cannot be used toward requirements. A failing grade in a for-credit course or a non-credit language course automatically results in the student being placed on probation. Failing grades of D or F in a for-credit course are calculated into the GPA. A failing grade of NP is not calculated into the GPA.
A failing grade of F resulting from a violation of the Honor Code cannot be removed.
An incomplete grade or missing grade will default to a failing grade (D) after 90 days if it is unresolved and no other final grade is specified by the instructor.
A non-degree student who receives a failing grade will not be eligible to enroll in additional courses. A student may appeal this decision to the Office of Non-Degree and Certificate Programs.
If a failing grade is received for a Pre‐Term course, the course will be dropped from the student’s record and will not appear on the transcript. (Back to top)
Evaluating a student’s academic performance in a course is solely the instructor’s responsibility and instructors are granted considerable discretion in determining and assigning grades.
If a student does not agree with a grade an instructor has assigned, the student should contact the instructor to discuss the discrepancy. Instructors may change a final grade after it has been posted at their discretion. (Back to top)
Disagreement or dissatisfaction with an instructor's evaluation of a student's academic work is not sufficient basis for a grade appeal. Students may not submit a grade appeal until after they have met with the instructor to discuss the discrepancy.
A student may appeal a final course grade only for one or more of the reasons listed below:
- Clerical errors and miscalculations
- Discrepancy with grading criteria explicitly stated in the syllabus
The student must submit the appeal in writing to the Office of Academic Affairs within 10 business days of the final grade being posted. The appeal must indicate upon which criteria the grade is being appealed, demonstrate with specific reasons and examples the justification for the appeal, and show that there was an attempt to reach an outcome with the instructor prior to submitting the appeal. The Office of Academic Affairs will determine if a grade appeal request meets the appeal criteria. If it meets the criteria, the appeal will be reviewed by an academic dean or designee. This is the final review. If the appeal is approved, the academic dean or designee will recommend corrective action including, but not limited to, recalculating the grade.
Complaints alleging discrimination or harassment on the basis of a protected characteristic are not governed by this grade appeal process. Complaints of this nature should be referred to the University’s Office of Institutional Equity. (Back to top)
To graduate, students must complete all academic requirements, including any non-credit requirements, for the degree.
Students must complete an online Application to Graduate in SIS Self-Service by the relevant deadline to be eligible for a diploma or to walk in the May graduation ceremony. Students are strongly encouraged to periodically review their academic records with their academic program or the Office of Academic Advising prior to the application deadline to ensure they are on track. (Back to top)
Graduation with Honors or Distinction
The top 10 percent of the graduating MAIR, MAGP, MASCI, MIPP, and MIEF students, as established by GPA upon completion of degree requirements, are designated as “Graduating with Honors.” This notation is posted on the student’s transcript following the conferral of the degree.
PhDand DIA candidates are eligible for ‘distinction’ based on a superior quality of their dissertation as determined by their individual dissertation/thesis committees and/or the PhD or DIA programs.
The Christian A. Herter Award is given to the member of the graduating MAIR class with the highest GPA during the first three semesters. (Back to top)
Graduation Ceremony Eligibility
All three SAIS campuses hold ceremonies at the end of the academic year and students are eligible to participate at the ceremony at the appropriate campus for their degree. Students may participate in only one graduation ceremony for each completed degree. Students at the Washington, DC campus whose Application to Graduate has been approved may participate in the graduation ceremony. This includes students who have graduated in the previous fall semester and students who are on track to fulfill all degree requirements at the end of the spring semester. Students who are not on track to fulfill all degree requirements at the end of spring may be granted exceptions to participate if they meet the criteria below:
- MAIR students may walk if they have two or fewer outstanding courses and/or requirements (language proficiency, capstone, etc.).
- MAGP students may walk if they have completed all MAGP degree requirements. Students with two or fewer incomplete courses can participate only with permission from the MAGP Academic Director.
- MASCI students may walk if they have completed all required courses except for the capstone.
- MIEF students may walk if they have completed all required courses except for the capstone.
- MIPP students may walk if they have completed all but one of their required courses.
- DIA students may walk if they have completed all course requirements and if their doctoral thesis has been successfully defended. DIA students must also have their thesis approved for digital binding by the Homewood Library. NOTE: 80-credit DIA students only participate in the commencement ceremony when graduating with the DIA.
- PhD students may walk if they have been approved for degree conferral by the JHU Doctor of Philosophy Board (DPB). In order to be recommended for conferral to the DPB, PhD students must have their dissertation approved for digital binding by the Homewood Library and approved for recommendation of conferral by the Johns Hopkins SAIS PhD Committee.
Students at SAIS Europe whose Application to Graduate has been approved participate in the graduation ceremony at the Europe campus.
- MAIA students (2-year) may walk if they have two or fewer outstanding courses or requirements (including language proficiency). Cooperative MAIA may walk if they have one or fewer outstanding courses or requirements.
- MAGR (on campus) students may walk if they have completed all required except the capstone requirement
- MEPP students may walk if they have completed all required, except the summer capstone project. (Back to top)
For policies, procedures, and key dates applicable to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, students should consult the HNC Academic Handbook and academic staff in Nanjing. (Back to top)
Students interested in a subject not covered by a course may register for an independent study. An independent study must be supervised by a full-time faculty member and a faculty member may decline a student’s independent study request. An independent study must be registered in advance of completion. An independent study must be registered for two or four credits and assigned a letter grade and is subject to the same time status and billing policies as a taught for-credit course.
To register an independent study, students must use the Independent Study registration form (found on my.JH and the BCWeb). The form must be signed by the student and the supervising full-time faculty member and be approved by the Office of Academic Advising.
With the registration form, the student must also submit a syllabus developed in conjunction with the supervising faculty member. The syllabus must include a one-page overview of the Independent Study topic, course readings, a description of all deliverables, grading criteria, deadlines for assignments, and a schedule of anticipated meetings with the supervising faculty.
Students are permitted to count one independent study toward the MAIR, MAIA, MAGR (in-person), MEPP, MIEF, MIPP, DIA, or Diploma. Taking an approved course for credit at the University of Bologna counts as an independent study.
Non-degree, certificate, and exchange students are not eligible to register an independent study.
No academic credit is given for work experience or internships and these may not be registered as independent study courses. (Back to top)
The university’s Homewood Institutional Review Board (HIRB) must exempt or approve human participant research before contact with participants or identifiable private information is initiated. Tools on the HIRB website and the Office for Human Research Protections website can help students determine whether their project is human participant research that requires review and approval by HIRB.
When in doubt, students are encouraged to contact the HIRB Office for assistance in determining whether a proposed activity is human participant research that requires review and either exemption or approval by HIRB. Final determination as to whether an activity is human participant research lies with HIRB and is made on a case-by-case basis. (Back to top)
The school does not award academic credit for internships or practical training.
An internship experience may serve as the basis for a non-credit research report to fulfill the MAIR capstone, but the capstone is fulfilled by the successful completion of the research report, not the internship itself.
Some organizations outside of Johns Hopkins University may require that a student completing an internship or unpaid practical training have this recorded on the transcript by request.
The student must submit the request at the beginning of the practical training/internship. It must be signed by an official supervising the practical training/internship at the host institution. Upon completion of the practical training/internship, the student may use the Practical Training Completion form to receive an “S” grade on the transcript.
International students with F-1 or J-1 visas must obtain work authorization prior to participating in any internship or unpaid practical training. Every student who receives CPT is registered for the course SA.999.999 Practicum in International Relations (0 credits) and can receive an S grade for this course by following the process above. (Back to top)
All MAIR, MAIA, Diploma, 80-credit DIA, and PhD students must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in a non-native language. Non-native English speakers may use English as their proficiency language, unless otherwise specified by their degree.
Students may enroll in non-credit language classes to acquire the skills needed to pass the language proficiency exam or to learn another language once they have met their language proficiency requirement. Students may study only one language per semester. Very few exceptions to this are made on a case-by-case basis by the Office of Academic Advising at the Washington, DC campus or by the Language Program Director at SAIS Europe.
Students enrolled in degree programs at the Washington, DC campus that do not have language proficiency requirements are only permitted to enroll in language courses with program permission on a space-available basis and, with the exception of full-time MIPP and full-time 48-credit DIA students, must pay additional tuition for these courses. Some degree programs may prohibit students from enrolling in language courses.
MAIR students who have completed the HNC Certificate within the past two years are automatically granted proficiency in Chinese language. However, native Chinese speakers who completed the Certificate must still pass proficiency exam in a non-native language to meet the language requirement.
English Examination for Non-Native English Speakers
Non-native English speakers in the MAIR, MAIA, MIPP, MEPP, MAGR (onsite), DIA, PhD, and Diploma must take an English language exam prior to their first term classes to determine whether they need further training in English to succeed in their studies. A native-English speaker is defined as a person who meets at least two of the following criteria:
- English is the main language of communication between the individual and the individual’s caregiver (such as a mother or father)
- English is an official language in the community where the individual grew up (prior to high school)
- English was the language of instruction in the high school the individual attended
At the Washington, DC campus, an international student who studied at least the last three full years of high school in a U.S. accredited high school may request an exemption from the English placement exam. To be exempted, students must provide a letter from their school stating the number of years/semesters they attended the school as well as the name of the school’s accreditation agency. Graduates of American schools abroad also need to provide this information. Students who have attended a school affiliated with the British system and who have passed their British A-level exams can use these test results to demonstrate having studied high school courses in English and as grounds for exemption from the English exam requirement. Documentation must be provided before the placement exam is given. Non-native speakers waived from the placement exam based on previous schooling may still be required to complete the placement test if they later intend to use English as their proficiency language.
Non-native English speakers enrolled in the MAIR, MAIA, MIPP, DIA, and PhD degrees who do not pass the English exam at the beginning of their first semester will be required to take English language courses and, in some cases, may be required to reduce the number of non-language courses taken per semester. English language courses must be continued until the student has passed English for Academic Purposes II.
Non-native English speakers enrolled in the MIPP degree who do not pass the English language exam may fulfill this requirement by passing the English proficiency exam or successfully completing two semesters of English for Academic Purposes.
Non-native English speakers enrolled in the MAIA degree must pass the English Proficiency exam.
Non-native English speakers enrolled in the MAGR (onsite) or MEPP degrees may either pass the English Proficiency Exam or successfully complete two semesters of advanced English courses.
Non-native English speakers enrolled in the Diploma may either pass the English proficiency exam or successfully complete two semesters of advanced English courses. (Back to top)
Non-degree and graduate certificate students may enroll in courses during the fall, spring, and summer terms alongside degree students.
Non-degree and graduate certificate students may enroll in a maximum of four courses overall and must be approved by Office of Academic Affairs to take any additional coursework.
In addition to the policies outlined in this section, non-degree and graduate certificate students will be held to the standards, Honor Code, and academic policies outlined in the Red Book as degree students. (Back to top)
Non-degree students can complete a series of four courses (16 credits) to earn a graduate certificate. Students can complete the certificate part-time by taking one or two courses per semester or may apply to pursue an accelerated certificate and take four courses in a fall or spring semester. International students on an F-1/J-1 visa must enroll in two courses the summer semester or four courses in a fall/spring semester.
A student in a degree program may request to change degrees to earn a graduate certificate based on previously completed and/or currently enrolled courses. If approved, the student must apply for reinstatement if they wish to return to the degree in a future semester. (Back to top)
Non-degree students may enroll (for credit or audit) in a maximum of two courses per semester and a maximum of four courses overall. Non-degree students do not have access to Global Careers resources or the university’s health insurance plan.
Non-degree students are eligible to enroll in courses only where there is space after degree students enroll. (Back to top)
Health Insurance and Career Services
Accelerated certificate students must pay a prorated student services fee and purchase the university health insurance for the term that they attend. Accelerated certificate students have access to the same services as degree students, including career coaching, skills courses, career treks, and access to Handshake, the online job search portal. Accelerated certificate students with private insurance comparable to the university plan may be eligible to submit a waiver request. International students with an F-1/J-1 visa status are not eligible to waive out of coverage.
Part-time certificate students and non-degree students enrolled in individual courses do not pay a student services fee and are not required to purchase the university health insurance. Part-time certificate students will have access to Handshake, the online job search portal, for every term that they are a student.
Non-degree students taking individual courses do not have access to any career resources including Handshake. (Back to top)
Applying Certificate and Non-Degree Courses to a Degree
Admission to a certificate or non-degree program does not imply admission to a degree program. If a student is later admitted or reinstated as an MAIR, two-year MAIA, or 80-credit track DIA, the student may request to apply up to 16 total credits taken while enrolled in a certificate or non-degree program. For the MIPP, PhD, 48-credit DIA track and Diploma programs, a student may request to apply up to 8 total credits. A Request to Apply Non-degree Courses form must be submitted to in order to transfer the credits to a degree record. Certificate and non-degree courses may only be applied to a degree if completed within 10 years of the start of the degree.
MAIR and DIA students who receive 16 or more credits of Advanced Standing are ineligible to apply non-degree or certificate courses to their degree. MAIR or 80-credit DIA students who receive 8 credits of advanced standing may apply a maximum of 8 credits of non-degree coursework. (Back to top)
The Master of Arts in Sustainable Energy (MASE) and the Master of Arts in Global Risk (MAGR online) are fully online cohort-based, part-time degree programs with a fixed and sequenced curriculum. Students in these degrees follow separate academic and administrative calendars. In addition to fully online coursework, some online programs require brief onsite residencies.
Students enrolled in an online degree may not enroll in any courses taught outside of their degree, apply for Advanced Standing, or apply certificate and non-degree courses toward their degree. (Back to top)
PhD students should refer to the PhD Manual for additional information on requirements and polices.
SAIS offers one-semester and two-semester practicum courses, in which students work on projects with outside clients in addition to completing course requirements.
Two-semester practicum courses are a year-long commitment. In the fall semester, the practicum is registered as an audit and in the spring semester the practicum is registered for-credit. Students receive a grade at the end of the spring semester based on the coursework completed throughout both semesters. Since the credits for the year-long practicum are associated with the spring semester, students should be mindful of the semester enrollment limits. (Back to top)
When a student does not meet minimum academic standards, the student is placed on probation and, in the case of severe or continued poor academic performance, may be dismissed from the school. (Back to top)
At the end of each semester, the Office of Academic Affairs reviews all grades to ensure that students are meeting minimum academic standards. While academic probation is not recorded on the student's official record, it is an indication that the student is not making satisfactory academic progress toward fulfilling degree requirements.
Master’s level students will be placed on probation when one or more of the following occurs:
- The student receives a failing grade in a course (including a non-credit language course)
- The student has a cumulative GPA below 2.67
- The student earns a semester GPA below 2.67 (including summer)
- The student receives more than one C/C+ grade in the first semester of study (including a non-credit language course)
- The student receives more than one incomplete grade or missing grade in a semester (including in non-credit language courses)
Doctoral students will be placed on probation when one or more of the following occurs:
- The student receives a failing grade in a course (including a non-credit language course)
- The student has a cumulative GPA below 3.33
- The student earns a semester GPA below 3.33 (including summer)
- The student receives any C/C+ grade (including a non-credit language course)
- The student receives more than one incomplete grade or missing grade in a semester (including in non-credit language courses)
- The student misses required progress reporting deadlines and/or submits incomplete or unacceptable reports
- The student fails to meet established benchmarks on time as detailed in their program manuals
Students on probation will have a registration hold placed their student record and are required to meet with the Office of Academic Affairs to discuss their probationary status to have this hold lifted.
Students on probation may not enroll in more than 16 credits and one language course and are not permitted to audit any courses. In some cases, students on probation may be required to take a reduced course load.
Students with two or more incomplete or missing grades from a previous semester may not enroll in more than 12 credits in the following fall/spring semester and may be subject to a further reduced course load.
Students who receive an NP grade in a Professional Skills Course are not subject to academic probation, but did not successfully complete the course and MAIR students will be required to enroll in a replacement course(s) to fulfill the Professional Skills requirement.
Student involvement in extracurricular activities, including membership and leadership roles in organizations or academic program events will be restricted if a student is on probation.
A student is no longer on probation when the student completes a subsequent semester and does not meet any of the probation criteria. (Back to top)
Dismissal is determined by the Office of Academic Affairs in consultation with the student’s degree program.
Any student who receives failing grades in 8 credits or more in a semester, including the first semester, may be dismissed without first being placed on probation. Students enrolled in an online degree who receive a failing grade in their first course may be dismissed without first being placed on probation.
A master’s level student on probation may be dismissed if one or more of the following occurs in a subsequent semester of study:
- The student receives a failing grade (including in a non-credit language course)
- The student earns a semester GPA below 2.67
- The student maintains a cumulative GPA below 2.67
- The student receives more than one incomplete grade or missing grade (including in non-credit language courses)
A doctoral student on probation may be dismissed if one or more of the following occurs in a subsequent semester of study:
- The student receives a failing grade (including in a non-credit language course)
- The student earns a semester GPA below 3.33
- The student maintains a cumulative GPA below 3.33
- The student receives more than one incomplete grade or missing grade (including in non-credit language courses)
- The student misses progress reporting deadlines and/or does not correct or complete previously submitted reports deemed unacceptable after receiving explanations for any deficiencies.
A doctoral student may be dismissed without being placed on probation first for one or more of these reasons:
- Not advancing to candidacy according to the established deadlines:
- PhD: by the beginning of the fourth year
- DIA (full-time 48-credit or part-time 32-credit tracks): by June 15 at the end of their first year
- DIA (part-time 48-credit or full-time 80-credit tracks): by June 15 of the end of their second year
All degree requirements except the dissertation/thesis must be completed in order to advance to candidacy. This includes all comprehensive exams (for PhD only) and coursework (all doctoral students) with the final step being approval of their prospectus by the faculty advisor.
- Not successfully defending the dissertation/thesis by the established deadline:
- PhD dissertation within nine years
- DIA thesis:
- Within two years for 32-credit and full-time 48-credit tracks
- Within three years for part-time 48-credit and the full-time 80-credit tracks
NOTE: there are limited, but not guaranteed, extension possibilities as detailed in the DIA Thesis Syllabus.
MIEF students who receive a grade of D or two grades of less than B- in the summer courses, Quantitative Methods I, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics, will automatically be placed on probation. The director will determine the target grades a student must meet by the end of the fall term. If the student does not meet those targets, then the student will be dismissed from the program. (Back to top)
Dismissal For Non-Academic Reasons
Aside from academic dismissals, students may also be dismissed from SAIS for violations of the Student Conduct Code, Title IX violations, financial reasons, and/or other non-academic reasons following the procedures outlined under those policies. (Back to top)
SAIS offers a robust selection of non-credit professional skills courses (PSCs) at the Washington, DC campus, SAIS Europe campus, and online. While MAIR students are required to complete two PSCs as a degree requirement, PSCs are open to all degree-seeking students at the school. Professional skills courses are graded on a P/NP basis.
At the Washington, DC campus students register for PSCs through SIS Self-Service. At SAIS Europe, students enroll through Handshake or BCWeb. Registration is conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Some courses may require an application. Professional skills courses meet on a limited basis at varying dates throughout the semester and registration does not follow the standard add/drop schedule.
Students registered for a PSC who wish to drop must do so at least 7 days before the first meeting or they will receive an NP grade. Withdrawals at any time closer to the start of the course or during the course require documentation of any extenuating circumstances (family emergency, health conditions, or job interview, etc.) (Back to top)
Students who wish to extend their enrollment beyond the normal time frame for degree completion must receive permission from the Office of Academic Affairs (in consultation with the student’s academic program). Program extensions will not be granted for any student who has completed all requirements and would be eligible to graduate without the extension. Extensions are not granted for a student to pursue electives or other courses not required for the degree. Students who extend their enrollment should be aware of the billing and financial aid implications. International students on an F-1 or J-1 visa should also consult with the Office of International Services on any visa requirements or other implications related to the extension.
If a student interrupts their studies or withdraws from the school and is later approved for reinstatement, credits from courses taken more than 10 years prior to the reinstatement may no longer be used toward the degree.
Johns Hopkins University requires that all PhD students complete their degree within nine years.
DIA students must complete their degree within two or three years:
- Two years for 32-credit and full-time 48-credit tracks
- Three years for part-time 48-credit and 80-credit tracks
There are limited, but not guaranteed, extension possibilities as detailed in the DIA Thesis Syllabus. Each extension must be requested separately and none is guaranteed. (Back to top)
In most degree programs, students register themselves for courses through SIS Self-Service. The MAGP, MAGR (onsite and online), MASE, MASCI, MEPP programs will register their students for all required courses. Students in the MASCI, MAGR (onsite), MEPP programs register themselves for electives using SIS Self-Service. Non-degree students registering in fall or spring should follow the procedures stated on the Non-Degree section of the website.
Students must be officially registered for the course for-credit or audit in order to attend class sessions and must be registered for-credit to earn a letter grade and/or use the course toward degree requirements.
Add/Drop and Withdrawing from Courses
For the fall and spring semesters, students may add or drop courses in SIS Self-Service through the end of the second week of the semester. During add/drop, courses that are dropped are fully removed from a student’s transcript. During the third week of the semester, exceptional drops may only be made with instructor permission.
From the fourth through the tenth week of classes, students may withdraw from a course. When a student withdraws from a course, a “W” grade will be placed on the student’s transcript. The “W” grade does not factor into a student’s GPA. If a student’s status (full-time or part-time) is affected by withdrawing from a course(s), the student should be aware of the refund policy. Students on an F-1 or J-1 visa should consult with Office of International Services before taking actions that may change their status from full- to part-time as this could affect their eligibility to remain in the country on a valid visa.
Students enrolled in two-credit courses during the second half of the semester may add/drop within the first week of these classes only. During the second week, exceptional drops may only be made with instructor permission. During the third week, a student may withdraw from the course and a “W” grade will be placed on the student’s transcript. After that time, no changes will be allowed. If a student’s status is affected by changes in these courses, the student should be aware of the refund policy. If a student’s status changes from full-time to part-time due to dropping this course, the student must be aware there is an approval process required for Change of Time Status.
MAGP students taking electives must register for classes by communicating their selections to the MAGP administration. Students can change their course selections two weeks prior to the first weekend of classes by notifying the MAGP administration.
MASCI, MAGR (onsite), and MEPP students will be automatically registered for cohort courses. For electives, students must register online through SIS Self-Service by the standard registration deadlines in the academic calendar.
Online degree programs follow a modified academic calendar and students in these programs are automatically registered for courses. Students who withdraw from an online degree course between the second and fourth week will receive a “W” grade. Students who remain in the course after the fourth week no longer be permitted to withdraw and will receive a final letter grade. Students in an online degree program who withdraw from a course will be required to resume their studies with a subsequent cohort. (Back to top)
Recognizing that students represent a wide variety of cultural and religious backgrounds, the faculty and administration have adopted a policy of reasonable flexibility regarding the scheduling of mandatory dates. If a religious observance prevents students from being present for an exam, they should discuss the conflict with their professor at least three weeks in advance of the exam (or when the class is first notified of the exam date, if less than three weeks before the exam). Where students are observing a traditional religious fast, professors will attempt to administer their exam either early in the morning or later in the evening in order to allow the students to eat before taking the exam. This policy will be applied on a case-by-case basis. If students have any additional questions or concerns, they should contact the Office of Student Life. (Back to top)
In compliance with Title IV aid and other Federal and State disclosure laws, the school has listed consumer information for prospective and current students. For more information visit the SRTK website. University-wide Higher Education Act Disclosures/"student right to know" information is available in the Johns Hopkins University Academic Catalogue. (Back to top)
MAGP, MAGR (onsite and online), MASE, MASCI, MEPP, and MIEF students are required to enroll in degree-specific courses during their summer term.
Students in other degrees are not required to register in the summer term but may choose to enroll in summer courses. In this case, they can register themselves through SIS Self-Service through May and subsequently via the appropriate process outlined on the Office of Summer Programs section of the website. A maximum of two courses (8 credits) may be taken during a summer term. Courses taken in the summer term are for-credit, count toward a student’s degree requirements and GPA, and appear on the transcript. Summer term courses require additional tuition and are not covered by the standard academic year financial aid and scholarships.
Summer term registration does not count toward the full-time enrollment requirement of 3 fall/spring semesters for MAIR and 80-credit DIA students.
Pre-Term courses are non-credit and their grades do not factor into GPA. However, successful completion of courses in Pre-Term can fulfill degree requirements and satisfy prerequisites. MAIR and 80-credit DIA students who pass Pre-Term Statistics will have fulfilled the Data Analytics requirement. (Back to top)
The school does not operate a bookstore on campus. Students at the Washington, DC campus can order and sell their textbooks online via MBS Direct. Students may also use other online sites to purchase textbooks.
SAIS Europe does not have a campus bookstore and students use online vendors to purchase textbooks. (Back to top)
Unofficial transcripts are available to all students through SIS Self-Service. Official transcripts are provided free of charge for current degree-seeking students and for graduates for up to one year following graduation. Non-degree students may request one hard copy transcript free of charge at the end of each semester for which they are enrolled. Students and alumni may order transcripts via the National Student Clearinghouse.
MAIA, MAGR (onsite), MEPP, and Diploma students may order hard copy transcripts directly through the Office of the Registrar at SAIS Europe. Students in any degree who need an official hard copy of a transcript sent to an address in Europe or Africa may request transcripts through SAIS Europe. Those who need an official hard copy sent to other locations may request a transcript through the Washington, DC campus.
A student may request a letter verifying their enrollment and/or degree status. Students at the Washington, DC campus must complete the Enrollment/Degree Verification Request. Students at SAIS Europe may request a certificate regarding their student status (for loans, social security, health insurance, military service, etc.) from the SAIS Europe Registrar’s office. Students must make requests two or three days in advance of the required date. (Back to top)
Tuition is based on the student’s degree program and campus of study. Tuition information and due dates can be found in the Billing, Tuition, and Financial Aid section in my.JH.
Outstanding balances should be settled prior to registration. Students with outstanding debts may not be permitted to register or make any registration changes. SAIS reserves the right to deny registration or continued enrollment for any student who has not paid semester tuition and fees in full by the posted due date. Graduating students must pay all financial obligations to the university prior to commencement. Diplomas will be withheld for students with unpaid tuition and fees, unreturned library books, unpaid library fines, or incomplete financial aid exit interviews. (Back to top)
Financial Aid Requirements
To receive and maintain U.S. federal aid, students must be enrolled at least half-time while maintaining satisfactory academic progress with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67. For federal aid, full-time is defined as three or more courses (12 credits); three-quarter time is defined as two and a half courses (10 credits); and half-time is defined as two courses (8 credits). Language courses are not included in this calculation and carry no credit value. For more information, view the Student Satisfactory Progress (SAP) Policy for Federal Aid. All required financial aid documents should be completed and submitted to the Office of Financial Aid by their respective due dates. (Back to top)
Institutional Aid (Fellowships and Scholarships)
Students must maintain full-time status (12 or more credits) and a minimum GPA of 3.4 to receive institutional aid. Non-U.S. students who are attending SAIS Europe in their first year must submit applications for second-year institutional aid to the SAIS Europe Registrar’s Office by February 1. Those with an incomplete grade on their record on that date will not be considered for funding, even if an extension has been granted by a professor. All other second-year institutional aid applications must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid in Washington, DC in April. Students need to be aware that institutional aid is tied to a degree, field of study, a particular academic year, or a specific campus. If students change any of these factors, they may lose the institutional aid. (Back to top)
The refund schedules are located on the Financial Aid and Billing section in my.JH. Refund schedules vary by degree. Refund amounts can vary based on when in the semester a refund is requested.
The refund is administered if there is a change in status from full-time to part-time study, a reduction of part-time study, or if a student withdraws from the degree. If a student with institutional aid drops below full-time status the fellowship is automatically rescinded and the refund policy goes into effect.
Students may receive an exception to the refund policy only for documented extenuating circumstances, such as medical issues. Petitions by students at the Washington, DC campus should be submitted to SEAM. SAIS Europe students should contact the Director of Finance and Administration at SAIS Europe. Supporting medical documentation, if any, should be submitted to the appropriate Office of Student Life.
Students who are dismissed due to an Honor Code violation will not be refunded any fees and will not be refunded any tuition if the violation takes place after the refund schedule. (Back to top)
Office of Summer Programs and Pre-Term
The refund policy and deadlines for summer programs are available on the website.
SAIS Summer Academies follow a separate refund schedule available from the Office of Summer Programs.
A student who wishes to voluntarily withdraw from a degree program must complete a Request to Withdraw from SAIS. A student should do this only if they have no intention to continue the degree. If eligible, refund of tuition payments will be made per the refund policy. If a student later wishes to return, the student must follow the reinstatement guidelines and is bound by the time limit to degree restrictions. (Back to top)