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Master of Arts in Global Risk (online)

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    21
    Months

    Part-time
    12
    Courses

    Online
    No
    GRE/GMAT

    Required
    August 31,
    2020

    Start Date
    Erik Jones, Professor

    If you want to make the world a better place, you have to learn how to anticipate the consequences of specific actions or reactions, how to build scenarios out of seemingly unconnected events, and how to recognize which pathways for development are more likely than others. The Master of Arts in Global Risk will help you take advantage of the many important insights available from economics, history, and political science, in order to make sense of the world around you and to plan more effectively for the future.

    Erik Jones, Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy and Director of European and Eurasian Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS

    The MA in Global Risk (online) program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) prepares students to understand risk models and decision-making frameworks, and then take their insights a step further. By combining both the quantitative and qualitative tools of risk management with critical thinking, regional knowledge and research skills needed for more comprehensive risk analysis and mitigation, graduates of the MA in Global Risk are uniquely positioned to succeed in today’s global environment.

    The MA in Global Risk (online) program includes a one-of-a-kind residency at the SAIS Europe campus in Bologna, Italy, so students will have the opportunity to build or expand their professional networks before they graduate, studying alongside their peers as well as connecting with our expert faculty and risk management practitioners. Before completing the program, students will participate in a final residency in Washington DC. Immediately following the residency, students will participate in the Johns Hopkins SAIS commencement ceremony with the school's entire graduating class.

    The School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) has created a culture focused on supporting each other, collaboration, and challenging each other to continuously improve. All students, both online and on-campus, have opportunities to participate and build on that culture as members of this accomplished community.


    Global Risk Management Careers and Industry Outlook

    While risk management has been a formal discipline for decades, the complexity and ways that organizations must deal with it have evolved considerably. One key factor in modern risk is the rise of emerging threats, which describe risk that stems from unexpected events like natural disasters and geopolitical conflicts. According to research firm Marsh & McLennan Insights, this is an area of increasing importance for risk management professionals. Furthermore, while risk is an increasingly global and interconnected discipline, there are no established processes for global governance and collaboration. As these challenges rise across all industries, there will be opportunities for risk management leaders to help address them, lead organizational change and establish best practices that pave the way for a better world.

    Visit our global risk careers page for more information.

    Visit the global risk careers page

    There are two fundamental questions when analyzing economic and political risk: the first is ‘which events can happen’; the second is ‘how likely an event will be.’ The uniqueness of MA in Global Risk is that it addresses these two questions by providing the required analytical tools, different albeit interconnected, in a single academic curriculum.


    Filippo Taddei
    Academic Director, Master of Arts in Global Risk and Director of The Bologna Institute For Policy Research, Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe


    $18.5 billion


    Total projected value of the risk management market in 2026

    Global Risk Curriculum

    The MA in Global Risk (online) is a part-time, cohort-based program that is completed over 21 months through a sequence of 12 courses (50-credit hours). The coursework covers statistics, economics, risk modeling, global markets and risk in different regions of the world. The curriculum has been designed to prepare graduates to better understand the greater context around risk and critically evaluate risk management strategies.

    In addition to online coursework, the program features two one-of-a-kind residencies, giving students the opportunity to connect in-person with their cohort and other members of the Johns Hopkins SAIS community, as well as participate in rich experiential learning opportunities. Visit our residential experience page for more information.

    View the course list below, or visit the curriculum page for full course descriptions.

    • Mathematics and Statistics
    • Micro Economic & International Trade Theory
    • Static Models for Understanding Risk
    • Economics of Global Markets
    • Systemic Approaches to Understanding Risk
    • Statistical Analysis and Financial Management
    • Risk and Crisis in Global Economy
    • Quantitative Models for Risk Assessment
    • Regions of the World 1
    • Understanding Risk in a Complex Environment
    • Regions of the World 2
    • Capstone

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    Admission Requirements

    The Johns Hopkins University MA in Global Risk (online) is open to applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds. We take a holistic approach to reviewing candidates, and, as a result, there is no minimum GPA or GRE/GMAT requirement for admission to the program.

    See our admissions page for a full list of requirements.

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