Admissions Requirements

Effective immediately, JHU AAP will only accept official transcripts that are electronically sent directly from the granting institution.

Prerequisites

In addition to the materials and credentials required for all programs (see Admission Requirements), the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems program requires:

  1. A grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of undergraduate studies. Particular interests and work experience may also be considered.
  2. Quantitative background – a semester of statistics, quantitative methods or technology-oriented experience.

Students who do not have the necessary quantitative background may be offered provisional admission if their other credentials are strong. Students who are admitted provisionally due to lack of quantitative skills have the option to:

  1. Take appropriate courses at an accredited college/university.
  2. Take 420.301 Quantitative Methods for Environmental Science.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Online Application.
  2. Upload the following required materials to the Online Application*:
    1. A statement of purpose explaining how GIS is an appropriate venue of instruction for your career needs.
    2. Under “Recommendations,” include the contact information for two recommenders. At least one academic reference is preferred. 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. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  3. Submit the application and pay the $75 fee when you have uploaded all the necessary materials (listed above).
  4. Official Transcripts

    JHU AAP accepts official transcripts that are electronically sent directly from the granting institution and emailed to aapadmissions@jhu.edu.

    If your institution does not provide electronic transcripts, request that your institution send an official transcript directly to:

    Johns Hopkins University
    AAP Admissions Office
    1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 101
    Washington, DC 20036

  5. 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.
  6. 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.

* 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.

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 information 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.