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Online Principles of Economics

Gain a firm grasp of the theories and tools of economics, finance, and the functioning of the international economic system.

The 9-week Online Principles of Economics (OPE) is a non-credit course that covers introductory micro- and macroeconomics and can be used to complete the school's two-year Master of Arts in International Relations economics admissions requirement. It can also be taken as a prerequisite to take the school’s International Economics courses.

Prior to starting the course, all students are required to complete an online orientation. The orientation is a self-paced mini-course that should take under an hour to complete. You can complete it at any time within the orientation window. Upon successful completion of the orientation students will then gain access to the full OPE course.

The OPE course is organized into weekly modules with each lecture recorded on a virtual whiteboard. Each weekly module contains lectures, a problem set, a practice quiz, and a short graded quiz. Students are required to submit assignments on a weekly basis. A typical week in the OPE course will involve the following:

  • A set of 6-8 video lectures, averaging 10-12 minutes in length
  • Textbook readings selected to support and supplement the lectures
  • Practice on both short-answer quizzes and more substantive conceptual problems
  • A final assessment for each module


How to Apply

Fall 2021 OPE Dates

Deadline to Register: September 8

  • Mandatory online (self-paced) orientation: September 15-September 19
  • Course dates: September 20-December 13

Spring 2022 OPE Dates

Deadline to Register: January 19

  • Mandatory online (self-paced) orientation: January 26-January 30
  • Course dates: January 31-April 25

Summer 2022 OPE Dates

Open to admitted degree students only. Incoming degree students who are missing the economics admissions requirement will be auto-enrolled in the course.

  • Mandatory online (self-paced) orientation: May 25-May 29
  • Course dates: May 30-July 31

Tuition & Academic Policies

The cost of tuition for fall, spring, or summer Online Principles of Economics course is $1,600. Tuition for this course is non-refundable once orientation begins. Students who withdraw from the course will need to repay tuition in order to enroll in a future term.

Online Principles of Economics is a non-credit course and will not appear on a Johns Hopkins SAIS transcript. In place of a transcript, you will receive a letter of completion on school letterhead verifying your enrollment and final grade in the course. If you are taking this course in order to meet the entry requirements for a degree, you must receive a B- or higher in order to meet that requirement.

The last day to withdraw from the course without a failing grade will be after the third week of the course. No tuition will be refunded and a grade of W (withdraw) will be recorded for the course.