The Master of Arts in Government gives students the tools to examine governmental and social institutions in our society, explore areas of reform, and most importantly, bring about change. The program combines the theory and practice of government, politics, and policy-making for those who hope to make a significant difference in Washington, D.C.–and beyond.
|Course Locations||Washington, DC and Online|
|Available 100% Online||Yes|
|Entry Terms||Fall, Spring or Summer semester|
|Degree Requirements||12 courses|
The Johns Hopkins MA in Government was designed for working adults with specialized skills in a particular field but who want a broader perspective of government to position them for leadership in politics and administration. In class, you’ll contribute to lively discussions, build analytical skills, and learn strategies for engaging in original research. While our courses are designed around the latest scholarly and scientific knowledge, their true focus is to provide you with the practical skills necessary for solving governmental, political, and policymaking problems of today.
For students looking to focus on a particular field of study, the MA in Government program also offers three optional concentrations:
- Legal Studies focuses on the intersection of law and politics, as well as law enforcement issues.
- Political Communication provides you with the opportunity to study with practitioners in the field: reporters, political operatives, journalists, and campaign and news and media professionals.
- Security Studies covers the fundamentals of administering and preserving American security.
But the MA in Government is more than just a dynamic program taught in the most politically connected city in the world. It’s an opportunity to study under internationally renowned faculty: Johns Hopkins professors, scholar-practitioners and experts at the highest levels of government and industry. Our permanent faculty members hold doctorates in political science, history, and international relations. For example, Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution, a leading expert on defense strategy and the use of force, teaches a course that assesses the prospects for American power projection. Dr. Michael Siegel, a Senior Training Specialist at the Federal Judicial Center, teaches a wildly popular course on developing negotiating skills.
The program gives you the power and the permission to make a difference in policy and politics.
JHU-FEI Leadership in Government Fellows Program
Federal Executive Institute (FEI) graduates of the Leadership in a Democratic Society Program who meet the admissions requirements for the Master’s degree in Government at Johns Hopkins will be allowed to transfer eight FEI (American Council on Education approved) credit hours toward the MA in Government degree. Please contact Dr. Jennifer Bachner with any questions.
State-specific Information for Online Programs
Note: We currently are not accepting applications to the online MA in Government from students who reside in Kansas. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.
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