The MA in Global Risk (online) program includes two residencies at the Johns Hopkins SAIS campus in Washington DC, giving you the opportunity to connect with your peers and other members of the Johns Hopkins SAIS community.

Group of SAIS students taking a selfie together in Washington D.C. These rich learning experiences allow you to apply your knowledge while meeting with leaders in the industry. The first experience is a week long and you’ll begin conceptualizing and conducting research for your capstone project, meeting peers from your cohort and connecting with experts in the field.

The second residency consists of presenting your capstone project and participating in the commencement ceremony with the entire Johns Hopkins SAIS graduating class in Washington DC.

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Capstone Project

The capstone experience is the culminating project of your MA in Global Risk (online) degree, bringing together the theoretical concepts, tools, and frameworks from social and economic sciences. You will complete the capstone project in small groups based on your region and topic of interest.

During the first residency you will develop a forecast model. Between this residency and the second you will update your forecast periodically, focusing on the process of developing and revising the forecast and reflecting on why it was correct or incorrect. During the second residency in Washington DC, you’ll present self and group assessments of your forecast.

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Campus

Students visit the Washington DC campus at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. This state-of-the-art facility — located minutes from the United States Capitol, White House, Treasury Department, Department of Justice, Department of Energy, and National Mall — boasts 420,000 square feet of space.

SAIS students will have access to a host of amenities including a modern library, seventh-floor coffee shop, street-level restaurant, fitness center, and student wellness center. Events spaces are designed to host policy makers and global leaders, creating opportunity for the free exchange of ideas.

During their residencies, students will be able to experience everything that Washington DC and the Johns Hopkins SAIS campus has to offer, including free visits to museums and zoos in the city and our world-class campus events.