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Master of Arts in Global Risk (MAGR)

  • Campus: SAIS Europe
  • Program Duration: One Year
  • Credits: 50 Credits

Overview

The Master of Arts in Global Risk is a one-year, cohort-based program delivered at SAIS Europe in Bologna, Italy that will prepare you with the skills, concepts, and analytical techniques necessary to tackle complex political and economic risk analysis.

Become an Expert

Gain expertise on theoretical concepts, tools, and frameworks from social sciences that will allow you to undertake sophisticated global risk analysis on a variety of issues and address the most pressing questions facing the world today.

What Your Schedule Will Look Like

The MAGR builds on the school’s strengths in multi-disciplinary analysis by examining a broad array of concepts and tools from finance, social sciences, and international relations.

Summer Term

The program starts with an intensive introduction to fundamental economic concepts and mathematical skills during the first summer term.

Courses

  • Microeconomic Risk and International Trade
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Math Review for Risk Assessment

Duration 

2 Weeks Virtual plus
4 Weeks on Campus 

Fall Term

Develop an understanding of economics by examining the methodological problems associated with the analysis of risk and uncertainty, as well as quantitative approaches to risk assessment.

Courses

  • Macroeconomic Risk and International Finance
  • Risk in Economics and Politics
  • Fundamentals of Corporate Finance (half course)
  • Elective course 
  • Elective course 
     

Duration

13 Weeks plus final exams

Spring Term

Acquire the main tools for geo-political risk analysis through scenario planning and deepen your knowledge of the principal sources of risk at the national and international levels through a variety of elective courses.

Courses 

  • Strategic Foresight for Political Risk Analysis: Working with Scenarios
  • Quantitative Methods for Risk Assessment
  • Elective course 
  • Elective course 

Duration

13 Weeks plus final exams

Capstone

Gain expertise through a relevant capstone project that includes an internship or an original 10,000-word research project. 

Duration 

10 Weeks (minimum) 

Learn From the Best

Study with world-class experts who are renowned for their scholarship, influence, and networks.

Erika Meucci

Lecturer in Mathematics and Statistics

Erik Jones

Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy (on leave)

Michael Plummer

Director, SAIS Europe, Eni Professor of International Economics


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Advance Your Career

From consultants to entrepreneurs, leaders of nongovernmental organizations to policymakers, Johns Hopkins SAIS graduates put their degrees to work.

88% of MAGR graduates in the Class of 2020 were employed, pursuing fellowships or internships, or had gone on for further study within six months of graduation.*

Recent Employers

  • ABS Consulting
  • Amazon
  • Baillie Gifford
  • Eurelectric
  • European Investment Bank
  • Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS)
  • Kampani
  • Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM)
  • Osservatorio dei Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropea (OBCT)
  • Teamcal.AI
*Based on results of a survey of students who graduated between December 2019 and August 2020. MAGR survey participation rate was 86%.

Build Your Network

Join an influential alumni network of more than 20,000 professionals working across sectors in 140 countries around the world.

Gain the quantitative and qualitative skills to holistically understand political and economic risk analysis. The Master of Arts in Global Risk (MAGR) will prepare you with the skills, concepts, and analytical techniques necessary to thrive in today’s global market. Learn more about this flexible one-year, full-time program located at the SAIS Europe campus in Bologna, Italy.

SAIS Europe students talking

At SAIS Europe, students experience international relations first-hand studying, debating, and traveling with classmates representing over 40 nationalities.

Johns Hopkins SAIS students

Students participated in a study trip to Albania where they met with high-level officials from the Albanian government and international institutions.

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Developing Expertise in Global Risk

"The MAGR program has offered me a balanced combination of courses in politics, economics and finance and training in highly relevant technical skills."

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Transitioning to a Career Focused on Risk Analysis

"The program's intense format has allowed me to compress my coursework into 15 months instead of two years to minimize my time out of the workforce—a key consideration for me and my family."

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Admissions Events

Jul 7 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Online SAIS Event

Mid-Career Master's Degrees Virtual Information Session

The Office of Admissions invites you to join this virtual session to learn more about our on-campus degree programs for experienced professionals, the Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) which...

Jul 12 8:00 am - 9:00 am Online SAIS Event

SAIS Europe Information Session

This information session will provide a general overview of all SAIS Europe programs offered at our campus in Bologna, Italy. This includes:


  • Master of Arts in International Affairs
  • Master of...

Jul 14 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Online SAIS Event

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Virtual Information Session

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) admissions office will host an information session on the admissions and financial aid application process for all Hopkins-Nanjing Center programs. The Hopkins-Nanjing Center, an educational collaboration...

Beyond the Classroom

Through study treks, practicum projects, staff rides, career treks, and internships, you will gain practical, hands-on experience.

Bologna Institute for Policy Research (BIPR)

Contribute to BIPR - the research division of SAIS Europe. Its purpose is to promote problem-centered, interdisciplinary research in international policy by drawing upon the global network of the school's faculty, students, and scholars.

Global Risk Conference

Each year, the Global Risk Conference brings together experts and prominent speakers in order to support rigorous discussions of the risk factors threatening global stability.

World-Class Events

The school's academic programs and research centers regularly host expert policymakers, CEOs, heads of state, and scholars to campus. Students are encouraged to explore topics of interest by attending lectures, presentations, and special programming.

Student Government Association

Serve as the liaison between the student body and administration, offering ideas for programming at the school and selecting guest speakers for the faculty research seminar series.