Admissions Requirements

Effective immediately, JHU AAP will only accept official transcripts that are electronically sent directly from the granting institution. Hand delivered transcripts will be discarded upon receipt.


Applications to the Digital Curation Certificate will be accepted from:

  • Individuals with a bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years experience working in a museum, library, or archive, or related cultural heritage organization
  • Individuals with a master’s degree in museum studies or other relevant field
  • Students currently enrolled in the JHU museum studies master’s program (a separate application to the certificate program is required; no more than two courses, from a list of designated courses, may be applied to both the master’s degree and the certificate)
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (work experience will also be considered)
  • Individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and meet the GPA requirement but lack the necessary work experience may apply to the dual Museum Studies/Digital Curation Certificate program. Prospective students are encouraged to discuss their academic and career goals with the Digital Curation Program Coordinator prior to applying.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Online Application.
  2. Upload the following required materials to the Online Application*:
    1. A 750-word statement of purpose that describes in detail your academic and professional experiences that have led to your decision to pursue a certificate in digital curation.
    2. Under “Recommendations,” include the contact information for two recommenders that verify professional and/or academic accomplishment. They will be automatically emailed access information to the system. They can then complete and upload their recommendation form.
    3. A current resume
  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 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.

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

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.