Admissions Requirements

Prerequisites

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

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Online Application.
  2. Upload the following required materials to the Online Application*:
      1. A statement of purpose (1-2 pages) that explains your reasons for seeking admission and includes a plan of study addressing your analytical abilities and interest in studying the theory and practice of government and politics.
      2. Under “Recommendations,” include the contact information for two recommenders that verify professional and/or academic accomplishment. Recommendation form found on the online application is required. They will be automatically emailed access information to the system. They can then complete and upload their recommendation form.
      3. Current resume
      4. A writing sample of 5-7 pages that is research focused. The purpose of the writing sample is to demonstrate your ability to make and support an argument.

    If you do not have an existing research paper that you wish to submit, you may write a five-page paper on the following question:

    “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” – James Madison, Federalist 51

    In this well-known quote Madison points towards the age-old problem of reconciling democracy and political power. Discuss this problem in reference to some recent policy issues or political events, citing at least three references.

  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. Your application will not be complete until we have received official copies of all transcripts listed.
  6. If you have international coursework, send in the course-by-course credential evaluation. Study abroad may be exempt. Visit the International Applicants webpage 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 webpage to learn more. You can send these scores to us prior to or after applying online.

* The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request additional information from applicants, if needed, to assess their candidacy for admission.

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

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing allows consideration for those who have graduate-level coursework from an accredited college or university to be exempt from taking up to two courses towards degree completion.
To be considered for advanced standing, you must meet the following criteria:

  •  Graduate-level coursework on topics relevant to the program. The program director will make a determination about which courses (core courses and/or electives) will be waived.

The following materials are required and will need to be uploaded to your online application for each course:

  • The title, course description, and grade earned in each course are required. If possible, please also include the syllabi.

Provisional Student Status

If you do not meet all the requirements for admission, you may still be admitted to a program as a provisional student. Admission in these cases is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Provisional students will usually be required to take 470.302.51 Introduction to Graduate Work in the first semester. This course does not count toward the degree and provisional students must earn a B or better in that course and the first two regular courses for the program before they are allowed to continue as a degree candidate. Other students may find it beneficial to take this course and are encouraged to do so. Please also refer to “Student Status” in the catalog for descriptions and criteria of the different categories of student status.

No Application Deadline

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.

State-specific Information for Online Programs

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