Welcome from the Chair

Benjamin Ginsberg, PhD, is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies of Advanced Academic Programs at the Johns Hopkins University.
Welcome to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Advanced Governmental Studies, where you will find an exciting environment in which to study the theory and practice of government, politics, and policymaking. The Center is based in Washington, DC, in the vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood.

The Center is home to the MA in Government, the MA in Global Security Studies, the MS in Government Analytics, the MS in Geospatial Intelligence, and the MA in Public Management degree programs. Additionally, we offer the Certificate in Non-Profit Management, the Certificate in Government Analytics, the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Intelligence, the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Science, Technology, and International Security, and the opportunity to jointly earn an MA in Government and an MBA. The courses are taught by nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the study of government and politics who are full-time or adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins, guest scholars, or accomplished practitioners from high levels of government or related organizations.

We invite you to browse the course descriptions to see the great variety of offerings to study politics and policymaking from cross-disciplinary, historical, and comparative perspectives.

The Government program maximizes the synergism between your graduate studies and your practical work experience – it is where the theory and practice of government come together and inform each other. The result is our students gain the knowledge and expertise necessary for leadership in politics and administration.  Many quickly go on to achieve their professional goals for advancement.

The Global Security Studies program will help you take a practical, analytic look at global security and develop an understanding of the multi-faceted nature of security in the post- 9/11 world.  Students in the program study strategic military considerations, economic interdependence, energy and environmental issues– all with an eye toward the need to effect smart policies in these areas.

The Public Management program combines a rigorous academic experience with the strategic skills necessary to meet the challenges of government and policy-making in the 21st century. This innovative degree recognizes the interdependence of governmental and non-profit sectors and their common ground in mission-driven performance.

Please feel free to get in touch with Center faculty.

Benjamin Ginsberg, PhD
David Bernstein Professor of Political Science,
Chair of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies