Johns Hopkins SAIS and McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy launch cooperative degree program


The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy have partnered to launch a cooperative degree program. This two-year program will enable students to earn a Master of Arts in International Affairs at SAIS Europe, the School’s European campus located in Bologna, Italy, and a Master of Public Policy from McGill University. Students in this two-year program spend one year at each campus and can begin their studies in either Bologna or Montreal.

“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 the Max Bell School to continue to enhance the educational experience for students at both schools,” said Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean Eliot A. Cohen.

The Director of SAIS Europe, Michael Plummer, notes that, “Our complementary strengths and common vision to develop global leaders capable of tackling the world’s most pressing challenges will make the SAIS Europe-Max Bell School partnership an excellent opportunity for students interested in a multidisciplinary, tool-based graduate education in international affairs.”

“McGill University has a long-standing reputation of encouraging wide-ranging, inclusive conversations and collaboration across many disciplines in Montreal, Canada, and around the world. As McGill prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary, this cooperative degree program reflects our university’s commitment to leading education and research that is driven by curiosity, creativity, and a desire to contribute to a better world,” said McGill University Dean of Arts Antonia Maioni.

“This partnership is a winning combination. Max Bell School MPP students will benefit from SAIS Europe’s focus on economics and international relations while studying in Bologna, Italy – an accessible gateway to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, with all its accompanying social and political vitality. SAIS Europe’s students will have the opportunity to engage with the Max Bell School’s practical focused complexity seminars, skills workshops, and case studies while enjoying Montreal – one of the top student destinations in the world with its eclectic blend of North American and European culture,” added Chris Ragan, Director of the Max Bell School of Public Policy.


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