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 terms. There are no strict application deadlines. However, it is recommended that students submit all of their application materials at least six weeks prior to the start of the semester (international students should apply at least three 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 certificate?

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

How long does it take to complete the certificate?

Most students completing the certificate part-time take less than 2 years. That’s a rate of two courses per semester in the spring, summer and fall terms. Students are free to go at a faster or slower pace, as your schedule allows. Students have 5 years to complete the degree.

What financial aid is available?

You should contact the main JHU financial aid office for financial aid questions. Please refer to the 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?

Yes. It can be completed fully online, fully on-ground, or in any combination thereof.

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 Certificate in Intelligence program director.

Who should I contact with questions?

How much does the program cost?

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

Where is the program located?

The Certificate in Intelligence program is centered at Johns Hopkins Washington, DC campus located 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 (SAIS) and at the Carey School of Business, located one block away.

Are courses classified?


Will I be required to read leaked materials that the U.S. Government still considers classified?

No. We are aware that many of our students have security clearances and many of the rest wish to get clearances. Accordingly, we will not assign or require students to download or read materials that the U.S. Government considers classified.

I have to submit my writings for pre-publication review. How will that work in a classroom context?

Instructors will accommodate such requirements on a case-by-case basis but in no event will instructors require students to do anything that would jeopardize a security clearance.

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.