FAQ

Who should I contact with questions?

Please contact Dr. Jennifer Bachner (Program Director for Government Analytics) or Dr. Mark Stout (Program Director for Intelligence).

How do I apply?

Visit our online application to apply.

What is the deadline for admission?

We have rolling admissions for the program, so there is no official deadline or standard timeframe for the admissions process. We recommend submitting your materials approximately two months before the start of the semester in which you would like to begin studying.

Do I need to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination)?

No, the GRE is not required for admission to this program.

How do I know if my math knowledge is sufficient to begin the program?

The coursework in the program assumes you were successful in the math courses you were required to complete in high school and college. The MS in Government Analytics introductory course, 470.681 Statistics and Political Analysis, covers the fundamentals of statistics and computer programming. Subsequent courses build upon this introductory course. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Jennifer Bachner to determine if the program is a good fit for you.

What are the Career Opportunities for graduates of the program?

For those students interested in a career in intelligence, this combined program is excellent preparation for jobs such as analytic methodologist, geospatial intelligence methodologist, intelligence collection analyst, science, technology and weapons analyst, signals intelligence analyst, cost estimator, operations research analyst, data scientist, research scientist, technical targeting analyst, and others. The skills learned in this program will also be useful in other national security fields such as operational test and evaluation or insider threat analysis.

Can students work full time and pursue this degree?

Yes, most of our students do just that. Students who work full time can take up to two courses per semester or, on rare occasions, three courses with the permission of their adviser. Most of our on-the-ground classes are in the evenings. In addition, we offer some online courses.

How long does it take to complete the degree?

Most students are part-time students. They will complete the program in about two and a half years at a rate of approximately two courses per semester and three semesters per year.   Those who wish to attend full-time (three or four courses per semester) can finish their degree in four or five semesters.

What financial aid is available?

You should contact the main JHU financial aid office for financial aid questions. Please refer to: http://advanced.jhu.edu/prospective-students/financial-aid/

Do you accept transfer students?

While we do not accept transfer credits from another institution, at the discretion of the program director, advanced standing may be awarded to applicants who have completed relevant graduate work at an accredited institution.

Can the program be completed online?

Not fully. Many courses are available online, however.

Can I take courses elsewhere in the university?

Students may take up to two of their electives in other AAP programs in other components of Johns Hopkins that offer graduate-level courses, provided they meet the prerequisites and have the permission of their adviser.

Does this degree require a thesis?

No. However, there is a capstone project for the MS in Government Analytics part of this combined program.

How much does the program cost?

Students pay by the course. Specific information about tuition costs can be found here.

Where is the program located?

The GSS program is centered at Johns Hopkins Washington, DC campus located centrally near Dupont Circle at 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Our facilities include classrooms, computer labs, a student center with a lounge, conference rooms, study rooms, and a kitchen, a 100 capacity auditorium, and library. In addition, students can access facilities across the street at the School for Advanced International Studies and the Carey School of Business, located one block away. Many courses are also offered online.

Does the program involve classified work?

No.