Five-Year Accelerated B.A./M.A. Program with the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

For students wishing to pursue a master’s degree after graduation from Hopkins, the university offers an accelerated and competitive International Studies B.A./M.A. Program drawing upon its resources at SAIS, located in Washington, D.C. Combining a liberal arts curriculum with a strong specialization in international studies, the program allows those enrolled to receive the B.A. and M.A. degrees in five years instead of the usual six.

Approximately eight sophomores are selected for the program each year. Admission is limited to those majoring in International Studies, Political Science or East Asian Studies (Nanjing, China campus only) and who are highly motivated toward careers for which a background in international studies is essential: research, teaching, or practice in international affairs. Financial assistance is available to those admitted based on need and on academic achievement. For more information go to

Students admitted to SAIS through the Direct Matriculation Program (DMP) may be subject to additional requirements.

Progress toward the B.A./M.A. Degree

Students in the SAIS BA/MA program spend their first three years at the Homewood campus and the last two at SAIS. Students receive the B.A. degree at the end of their first year at SAIS and the M.A. at the end of their second year.

Students selected for the accelerated program may study abroad during their Homewood years on a case by case basis and should discuss their plans with the International Studies Program Director before submitting an application to the Office of Study Abroad.