INSEAD and Paul H. Nitze School offer dual-degree programme

INSEAD and The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies Offer Dual-Degree Programme

Middle East, Americas, Asia, Europe
18 April 2011

 INSEAD, the leading international business school, and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University (JHU), a top international relations graduate school, today announced an agreement to establish a Dual-Degree Programme. The new Programme will allow students from both schools to work toward completing the SAIS Master of Arts (MA) and INSEAD Master of Business Administration (MBA) simultaneously.

The INSEAD-SAIS Dual-Degree Programme will prepare students for careers that combine international relations and business administration. Students admitted to both programmes will be able to complete the two degrees in two and a half years, instead of three years required to complete the degrees separately, by spending one and a half years at SAIS and one year at INSEAD.

‘We share a similar vision with SAIS to develop globally-minded leaders in business and beyond,’ said Dipak C. Jain, Dean of INSEAD. ‘The INSEAD-SAIS Dual-Degree Programme will truly prepare students for top careers that combine international relations and business administration and will be especially valuable for those who seek management responsibilities in international corporations, financial institutions, economic and development institutions and government agencies.’

For students accepted to the INSEAD-SAIS Dual-Degree Programme, SAIS will reduce the number of required courses from 16 to 12 in recognition of coursework taken at INSEAD. All graduation requirements must be completed within these 12 courses. Those completing the INSEAD MBA must take five periods of coursework for a total of 23.5 courses, including 13 core courses and 10.5 elective courses. Students will spend one and a half years at SAIS and one year at INSEAD.

‘SAIS is pleased to be part of this new relationship,’ said SAIS Dean Jessica P. Einhorn. ‘It will be beneficial not only to participating dual-degree students—but to the SAIS community as a whole, as we add to the diversity of students and interests. We are confident that, with INSEAD as our partner, the students who pursue dual degrees will find that the whole is greater than the sum of such excellent parts, and doors will open for superb careers of international engagement.’ 

Participants may begin the programme at either SAIS or INSEAD. At SAIS, students can start either in Washington, D.C. or Bologna, Italy, with the final (third) semester being in Washington, D.C. At INSEAD, students can start either in Fontainebleau or Singapore, and can thereafter exchange between the two campuses, as well as participate in exchanges with the Wharton and Kellogg schools.

‘There is a clear need for students to have a sophisticated understanding of both international affairs and management issues in an increasingly complex and interdependent world,’ said Jake Cohen, Dean of INSEAD’s MBA programme. ‘The INSEAD-SAIS Dual Degree provides a unique international framework for students who envision global careers in a fast-changing world.’

Students in the SAIS MA programme studying at the SAIS Washington, D.C., or Bologna campuses and students in the INSEAD MBA programme enrolled at the school’s Fontainebleau, France, or Singapore campuses will be eligible to participate in the Dual Degree-Programme.

Both INSEAD and SAIS will offer their career and student services to students participating in the Dual-Degree Programme. These services will be available from the time the student matriculates at either institution until completion of the Dual-Degree Programme. 

About SAIS

SAIS, a leading graduate school of international relations, is known for its interdisciplinary approach, where students concentrate in either a functional area of international relations or a region of the world while pursuing studies in economics and foreign languages. The school prepares its graduates with an arsenal of skills for a lifetime career in an increasingly complex world.

A division of Johns Hopkins University, SAIS’s campuses in Washington, D.C., Bologna, Italy, and Nanjing, China, are home to nearly 1,000 students from more than 70 nations. In Washington, students gain access to the world’s most influential individuals and institutions—and unparalleled opportunities for hands-on learning and career networking. Approximately half of all SAIS MA students spend their first year at the Bologna campus, receiving a European perspective on world affairs and a complementary context that broadens their education. SAIS’s center in China is a partnership between Johns Hopkins Hopkins and Nanjing University, where American and international students take the majority of their courses in Mandarin while Chinese students study mostly in English.

Founded in 1943, SAIS also offers the Master of International Public Policy (MIPP), a degree designed for mid-career professionals, and a Ph.D. degree. Master’s students also may choose from several dual-degree programmes with top business, law, public health and public administration schools.

SAIS houses more than a dozen research centers that tap the expertise of the school’s world-class faculty while drawing on insights from outside scholars.

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