Admissions Requirements


Prospective students must hold a bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling in the program. Generally, students should have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of their undergraduate studies. Writing skill, particular interests, and work experience will also be considered.

Applicants do not need to take the GRE. However, they can report GRE scores on the application form if they wish.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Upload the following required materials to the online application portal:*
    1. A 1-2 page statement of purpose. This document explains the applicant’s reasons for seeking admission, interest in studying the theory and practice of government and intelligence, and explains his/her intellectual and personal preparation for such a course of study and career.
    2. Two recommendations. Please include the contact information for two references who can verify professional and/or academic accomplishment. The references will be automatically emailed instructions for submitting recommendations.
    3. A resume or CV.
    4. A 5-page, double-spaced essay on the following question:

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” – James Madison, Federalist 51

In this well-known quote, Madison points towards the age-old problem of reconciling democracy and political power. Discuss this problem in reference to some recent policy issues or political events, citing at least three references.

  1. Submit the application. You can pay the $75 application fee when you have uploaded all the materials listed above.
  2. 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

  3. 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.
  4. 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 in order to assess their candidacy for admission.

Submitted application materials become the property of Johns Hopkins University and will not be returned to applicants.

Provisional Student Status

Applicants admitted as Provisional Students may be required to take one or more courses at the beginning of their studies in addition to the normal program requirements. These courses do not count toward the degree and provisional students must earn a B or better in that course and the first two regular courses for the program before they are allowed to continue as a degree candidate. Other students may find it beneficial to take this course and are encouraged to do so.

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.