AAP History

The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) began in 1992 as the Part-time Graduate Programs (PGP) of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. At the time, PGP consisted of two degree programs: The Master of Science in Biotechnology and the Master of Arts in Writing. Then, in the spring of 2002, PGP changed its name to Advanced Academic Programs to better capture the rigorous academic spirit of its programs.

Over the course of nearly 20 years, AAP has worked diligently to add new degree programs that fit within the academic structure of the School of Arts and Sciences and satisfy the demands of the marketplace — degrees such as the MA in Government, the MS in Applied Economics, and the MS in Environmental Sciences and Policy, among others. This approach to growing AAP has quickly become its hallmark, allowing it to be nimble and forward-thinking, while staying true to its core academic disciplines.

Above all, AAP’s goal is to create new and innovative degree programs, fellowships, certificates, and academic and social events that give our students the structure and opportunities they need to advance in a personal and professional capacity. AAP also recognizes that students’ educational journeys can take many forms. For those who desire life-long learning, AAP offers two non-credit options: Odyssey and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at JHU.

For more than 20 years, the Odyssey program has been the region’s lifelong learning partner. If students want to pursue a passion, cultivate a hobby or master a job skill, Odyssey offers a wide selection of courses, workshops and lecture series delivered by top-notch JHU faculty and community experts. Odyssey doesn’t have grades or exams — just learning for the sake of learning.

Johns Hopkins’ commitment to serving the semi-retired and retired student population began in 1986 with the launch of the Evergreen Society. In 2008, the Evergreen Society became part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute — an organization that has established affiliates at universities around the country. Osher at JHU is a membership community providing a vibrant educational and social environment with a rich array of courses, lectures, and activities held during the day.