Admissions Requirements

The Certificate in Science, Technology and International Security is no longer accepting applicants. However, the MS in Biotechnology continues unchanged. Students presently in the Combined MS in Biotechnology/Certificate in Science and Technology program will be able to finish as normal.


  • An undergraduate degree in the natural sciences or in engineering from a four-year college with at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate studies (relevant work experiences are also considered); applicants with degrees in other disciplines may be able to enroll if their undergraduate work included the prerequisite courses that follow.
  • Two semesters of biology.
  • Two semesters of college chemistry, preferably with laboratories.
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry, preferably with laboratories; Students without adequate organic chemistry may be admitted provisionally to take 410.302 Bio-Organic Chemistry.
  • The admissions committee reserves the right to request additional information from applicants, if needed, to assess their candidacy for admission.

Students who have already been accepted into the MS Biotechnology program can fill out a change of program form to add the certificate.

Application Requirements*

  1. Complete the Online Application.
  2. Upload the following required materials to the Online Application*:
    1. A 500-word statement of purpose
    2. A resume or Curriculum Vitae
    3. Two letters of recommendation.
  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

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

    Johns Hopkins University
    Advanced Academic Programs
    Transcript Processing Center
    32 Mount Joy Street, Suite 300
    Mount Joy, PA 17552

  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.

Please note: 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.

Admission Requirements Exceptions

If you do not meet all the requirement criteria for admissions, you may still be admitted to a program. Admission in these cases is determined on a case-by-case basis. These candidates may be granted provisional status.

Provisional Student

Provisional students are admitted to this status because, in the view of the admissions committee, they do not fulfill academic requirements for admission as a degree candidate at the time of the application. Provisional students may be required to take specific prerequisite courses, and/or take a specific number of courses and complete them successfully in order to establish their eligibility to be admitted as a degree candidate.

During the time of this provisional status, students are held to grading criteria stricter than those required of degree candi­dates. (see page 14, Grading System, Requirements.) Specifics of a provisional admission are outlined in a formal admissions letter mailed to the student. All listed criteria must be met for a student to continue to enroll in courses.

If you have a question about admission requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact admissions.

Visa and Education Evaluation Requirements

Student Visas

Accelerated students and part-time students who have been admitted as degree candidates and who take at least three courses per semester, which is full-time classification, may request certification for an F1 visa. Students for whom this may be a possibility should indicate yes on their admissions application at the appropriate checkbox regarding initiating the visa process. The Admissions Office of the Advanced Academic Programs will assist in the certification process ( which the student must complete with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services. The International Student Office is available to answer questions at 667-208-7001 or

Foreign Credential Evaluation

Students who earned their post-secondary degree(s) in a country other than the United States are required to have a “course-by-course” credential evaluation with GPA performed by an outside evaluation service. A number of organizations render this service. The following two credential evaluation services are acceptable: World Education Services (WES) assists students with initiating the evaluation process and can be reached at or 800.937.3895. Students may also call the WES office in Washington, DC, at 202.331.2925, where a local representative can assist them. Also, Educational Perspectives, or 312.421.9300. Please allow four to six weeks for an official credential assessment to be completed and forwarded to the Advanced Academic Programs Admissions Office in Washington, DC.

TOEFL Scores

International students whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Submit results directly to the Advanced Academic Programs Office of Admissions. Please use the TOEFL code 8747. Photocopies will not be accepted. AAP requires a minimum score of 600 on the paper test, 250 on the computer-based test and 100 on the Internet-based test. For information, contact the nearest American embassy; write to TOEFL, Toefl Services, PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541 or visit their web site at