Admissions Requirements

Prerequisites

  • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree in study areas relevant to the curriculum (Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Preservation, Art History, Conservation, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Preservation, Cultural Management or Tourism, Public History, or related field).
  • Applicants are accepted to the program on the understanding that they have sufficient background in a relevant field, either through their previous degree, or through relevant professional experience, to be able to successfully complete the program.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A minimum GPA of 3.0 does not guarantee admission. For students who have been out of school for some time, work experience may be considered.
  • Strong writing and time management skills.

How to apply

  1. Complete the Online Application.
  2. Upload the following required materials to the Online Application*:
    • A 750-word statement of intent, that addresses the applicant’s preparation and experience leading to their application to this program, it should demonstrate an understanding of the cultural heritage sector and describe the applicant’s academic and career goals, highlighting how this program will serve those goals. The statements will be reviewed for content, organization, and writing style.
    • current résumé or CV
    • Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or academic accomplishment. Under “Recommendations,” include the contact information for two recommenders. They will be automatically emailed access information to the system. They can then complete and upload their recommendation form.
  3. Submit the application and pay the $75 fee when you have uploaded all necessary materials (listed above).
  4. Upload unofficial copies of transcripts to the application. If you have collegiate coursework outside of the United States, upload an unofficial copy of the course-by-course evaluation. Please do not upload unofficial copies of transcripts outside of the United States without the evaluation.
  5. Mail in official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework completed within the US only. Mail to:
    Johns Hopkins University AAP Admissions Office, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 101, Washington, DC 20036.
    Or, you can send them electronically through Scrip-Safe or Docufide. You can send these transcripts to us prior to or after applying online. Transcripts depicting fewer than 12 credits that were transferred to a different US institution are not required unless pre-requisites are listed on them.
  6. If you have international coursework, send in the course-by-course credential evaluation. Your application will not be complete until we received official copies of the course-by-course evaluation.  Study abroad may be exempt. Visit the International Applicants page to learn more. You can send this evaluation to us prior to or after applying online.
  7. If English is your second language, you may be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination. Visit the International Applicants page to learn more. You can send these scores to us prior to or after applying online.

* Please note: All application materials submitted to the Advanced Academic Programs become the property of Johns Hopkins University and will not be returned to applicants under any circumstances.

Applicant Review Process

  • Applications are accepted year-round and students may apply to enroll for Summer, Fall or Spring semesters. There are no strict application deadlines. However, it is recommended that students submit all of their application materials at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester (international students should apply at least 3 months before the semester starts). For more about AAP’s application process, click here.
  • Once an application is complete, the Admissions Department will submit a request for review by the Program Admissions Committee.
  • The Program Admissions Committee consists of the Program Director and faculty members.
  • Applications are reviewed as they are received by the committee so that review times may vary depending on the number of completed applications submitted.
  • The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request additional information from applicants, or to contact the applicant for additional evidence of qualifications or to clarify provided materials.

Admissions Requirements Exceptions

If you do not meet all the requirement criteria for admissions, you may still be admitted to a program. Admission in these cases are determined on a case-by-case basis. These candidates may be granted provisional status. Provisional students are admitted to this status because, in the view of the admissions committee, they do not fulfill academic requirements for admission as a degree candidate at the time of the application. Provisional students may be required to take specific prerequisite courses, and/or take a specific number of courses and complete them successfully in order to establish their eligibility to be admitted as a degree candidate. During the time of this provisional status, students are held to grading criteria stricter than those required of degree candi­dates. Specifics of a provisional admission are outlined in a formal admissions letter mailed to the student. All listed criteria must be met for a student to continue to enroll in courses. If you have a question about admission requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact admissions.

Education Evaluation Requirements

Foreign Credential Evaluation

Students who earned their post-secondary degree(s) in a country other than the United States are required to have a “course-by-course” credential evaluation with GPA performed by an outside evaluation service. A number of organizations render this service. The following two credential evaluation services are acceptable: World Education Services (WES) assists students with initiating the evaluation process and can be reached at wes.org or 800.937.3895. Students may also call the WES office in Washington, DC, at 202.331.2925, where a local representative can assist them. Also, Educational Perspectives, educational-perspectives.org or 312.421.9300. Please allow four to six weeks for an official credential assessment to be completed and forwarded to the Advanced Academic Programs Admissions Office in Washington, DC.

TOEFL Scores

International students whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Submit results directly to the Advanced Academic Programs Office of Admissions. Please use the TOEFL code 8747. Photocopies will not be accepted. AAP requires a minimum score of 600 on the paper test, 250 on the computer-based test and 100 on the Internet-based test. For information, contact the nearest American embassy; write to TOEFL, Toefl Services, PO Box 6151 , Princeton, NJ 08541 or visit their website at toefl.org

State-specific Information for Online Programs

*Note: Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.