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The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is committed to preparing students for success through world-class resources and a supportive community. With our virtual jumpstart event series, that commitment begins even before the first day of class.

These virtual events connect prospective and incoming students with Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty, alumni, and admissions staff. In addition to giving you the opportunity to meet with sustainable energy experts, these interactive virtual sessions let you learn about the MA in Sustainable Energy (online) program from those who know it best.

The sessions take place on an established timetable, so early applicants have access to more opportunities. The sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll have the chance to secure your place among our community of global leaders. Start your application here.

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Jumpstart Events

Information Session

Open to: Anyone who wants to learn more about the MA in Sustainable Energy
Format: Zoom webinar
Upcoming session: TBD at TBD
How to register: Link coming soon

Find out what it’s like to be a student in the MA in Sustainable Energy (online) program via this introductory session led by Program Director Johannes Urpelainen and admissions staff. Go beyond the course listing and get a comprehensive overview of the Johns Hopkins SAIS community and how the coursework expands your skillset.

New Student Meet-Up

May 16, 2023
Open to: Accepted students
Format: Zoom meeting, video encouraged
Upcoming session: May 16, 2023 at 6 p.m. (EST)
How to register: Accepted students will receive their invitation via email

Connect with students from around the world who will be joining you in class. This casual event is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and start expanding your network. Participants will also get a preview of what to expect from the MA in Sustainable Energy (online) program over the upcoming terms.

Faculty Roundtable

July 18, 2023
Open to: Accepted students
Format: Zoom meeting, video encouraged
Upcoming session: July 18, 2023 at 12 p.m. (EST)
How to register: Accepted students will receive their invitation via email

Meet Program Director Johannes Urpelainen and other Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty, and hear an exclusive talk about some of the most pressing issues related to sustainable energy, global policy, and climate change. Attendees will be able to participate in a live Q&A about energy and environmental policy and about the master’s program.


Johannes Urpelainen

Johannes Urpelainen

Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment at Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Founding Director of the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP)

Johannes received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2009 and spent the next eight years at Columbia University. He is the award-winning author of four books and over a hundred refereed articles on environmental politics, energy policy, and global governance. He teaches action-oriented classes on energy and environmental policy to equip the next generation of global leaders with deep knowledge, advanced analytical skills — and a passion for transformational social change. As one of the world’s top energy policy experts, Johannes frequently advises governments, international organizations, and the private sector on energy and environment.

Lisa Lamarre

Lisa Lamarre

Admissions Counselor

Lisa has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration, admissions, enrollment management, curriculum development, and instruction. As an admissions counselor for the Johns Hopkins MA in Sustainable Energy, Lisa draws upon her extensive knowledge to seamlessly assist students through the admissions onboarding process. A staunch proponent of higher education herself, Lisa holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of Central Florida, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University, and completed 18 hours of graduate coursework in Counseling through Amberton University to better service students’ needs.

Apply Now

The next application deadline is July 10, 2023 and you can apply online today! If you have questions in advance of these events, our admissions counselors are available to help. Start a chat now, call +1 888-513-5303 (toll-free), or email