FAQ

What are the career opportunities for graduates of the program?

Our students come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, with upwards of 90% working full time. Many work for the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, the Department of Homeland Security, and Congress. Others work in private industry, think tanks, and advocacy organizations. In short, our students have an array of work experiences, and the MA in Global Security Studies perfectly positions them to embark on or accelerate rewarding careers.  You will find networking with your fellow students to be helpful in advancing your career.

What are the criteria for admission?

A grade point average of at least a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate studies. A minimum GPA of 3.0 does not guarantee admission. Particular interests and work experience will also be considered.

How do I apply for admission?

Apply online. Please go to the online application page.

What is the deadline for admission?

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 our application process, click here.

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

The GRE is not required, and will only strengthen your application if you feel that you are unable to demonstrate your writing and critical thinking skills through other components, like transcripts, writing sample and letters of recommendation. More than GRE scores, we prefer to see strong recommendation letters that contain details about your analytic skills, and a really solid writing sample. TOEFL/IELTS scores may be required if your undergraduate degree was not completed in the United States. For more information see the international applicants page.

Can students work full time and pursue this degree?

Yes, they can. Students who work full time can take up to two courses per semester. Most of our classes are in the evenings.

How long does it take to complete the degree?

Most students completing the degree part time take 2 years. That’s a  rate of two courses per semester in the spring, summer and fall semesters. Students are free to go at a faster or slower pace, as your schedule allows. Students have 5 years to complete the degree. Those  who wish to attend full-time can finish their degree in three to four semesters depending on course load.

What financial aid is available?

You should contact the main JHU financial aid office for financial aid questions. Please refer to Financial Aid page.

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?

We are offering an increasing number of courses online, however the program, is predominantly “on the ground” in Washington, DC.

Can I take courses elsewhere in the university?

Students have the opportunity to take up to the equivalent of two of their electives at other Johns Hopkins divisions offering master’s level courses, or other AAP programs, provided they meet the prerequisites and with the permission of the Global Security Studies program director.

Who should I contact with questions?

Does this degree require a thesis?

No, but you go through what we call a research study process. This involves taking “Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Social Science” and then either a course in quantitative methods (the precise course depends on your background in the subject) or a course in “Historical Methods.” In your final semester, you take “Research Study Seminar” in which you write a journal article-length paper on a topic of your choice and using methods drawn from the previous courses.

How much does the program cost?

Students pay by the course. For specific information about tuition costs click here.

Are there study abroad opportunities?

Among the Center’s most exciting opportunities are our study abroad options, typically offered as summer courses. These courses give students the unparalleled experience of visiting a country and learning about it from local leaders, citizens and experts in the field. In recent years, we have offered courses with components in Israel, India, Mexico, and Western Europe.

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.

How do I apply for advanced standing?

We can offer up to two courses of advanced standing to students who have completed graduate work at other universities that overlaps the subject matter of the MA in Global Security Studies.  If you wish to be considered for advanced standing, please check the corresponding box on the application form.  Our decision will be based on the number of relevant graduate credits you have and the grades you earned in those courses.