Admissions Requirements


Prospective students must hold a bachelors degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 prior to enrolling in the MA in Communication/MBA program.

How to Apply

Individuals who wish to apply for the dual MA in Communication/MBA program must apply through the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP). They can apply to both programs concurrently or they can start with one program and then apply for the dual degree by submitting an application to the second program through the AAP Admissions Office. The MA in Communication program will consider applicants for the MA in Communication portion of the degree, while the MBA program will consider applicants for the MBA portion of the degree. An individual can be accepted by one rather than both programs; in this case, that person can decide whether to enroll in the single program.

  1. Complete the Online Application.
  2. Upload the following required materials to the Online Application*:
    1. Resume: Include any part- or full-time work, internship, and volunteer history. Detail any responsibilities related to communication.
    2. Statement of Purpose: Explain why you are interested in earning the MA in Communication and how it will help your career. Double space your essay and limit it to 500 words or fewer (place the word count at the end of the document).
    3. Under “Recommendations,” include the contact information for two recommenders. Professors or supervisors should verify academic and professional accomplishments. They will be automatically emailed access information to the system. They can then complete and upload their recommendation form. The department prefers that they fill out the AAP recommendation form rather than provide a letter
    4. Writing Sample: Please click here to download the instructions and article for your writing sample. This exercise asks you to write a single, brief paragraph. It should not take the form of a larger document, such as a letter, an email, a report, or a plan. Submit one paragraph with no more than 250 words.
  3. Submit the application and pay the $75 fee when you have uploaded all the necessary materials (listed above).
  4. The MA in Communication and MBA programs have different requirements for GRE or GMAT scores:
    1. The MA in Communication program may require GRE scores. The program waives this requirement for applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and higher or at least five years of full-time work experience after completing college. Submit results directly to the Advanced Academic Programs Office of Admissions, using the code 8747. Photocopies will not be accepted.
    2. Admission to the MBA portion of the dual degree may require the GMAT or GRE. A waiver from these exams may be approved if a candidate has:
      1. completed a graduate degree and can demonstrate quantitative ability through coursework of B or better in Statistics, Corporate Finance or Microeconomics
      2. completed an undergraduate degree and has at least five years professional experience. Applicant has also taken at least one course in Statistics, Corporate Finance and Microeconomics and earned a B or better and earned an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
      3. holds a professional designation such as CPA or CFA.
  5. 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

  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.
  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.

* 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.

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

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.