What are the Career Opportunities for graduates of the program?
Our students come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, with upwards of 90% working full time. Many work for the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, the Department of Homeland Security, and Congress. Others work in private industry, think tanks, and advocacy organizations.
What are the criteria for admission?
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. Particular interests and work experience will also be considered. The application package includes transcripts, a personal statement, a resume or CV, and two recommendations.
How do I apply for admission?
Apply online. Please go to the online application page.
What is the deadline for admission?
The program admits students on a rolling basis and we have three semesters a year: Spring, Summer, and Fall. We encourage students to submit their applications two months before the beginning of the semester in which they would like to start the program.
I am already a student in the MA in Global Security Studies or the Certificate in Intelligence. Can I move to this combined program?
Yes. If you have successfully completed at least one semester of studies in your current program, you may fill out a Change of Program Form to apply for admission to the combined MA in Global Security Studies/Certificate in Intelligence program.
Do I need to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or TOEFL?
The GRE is not required. 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 degree?
Yes, most of our students do just that. Students who work full time can take up to two courses per semester or, on rare occasions, three courses with the permission of their adviser. Most of our on-the-ground classes are in the evenings. In addition, we offer some online courses.
How long does it take to complete the degree?
Most students are part-time students. They will complete the program in seven or eight semesters at a rate of approximately two courses per semester and three semesters per year. Those who wish to attend full-time can finish their degree in four semesters by taking four classes per semester.
What financial aid is available?
You should contact the main JHU financial aid office for financial aid questions. Please refer to: https://advanced.jhu.edu/prospective-students/financial-aid/
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?
Not fully. Many courses are available online, however.
Can I take courses elsewhere in the university?
Students may take up to two of their electives in other AAP programs in other components of Johns Hopkins that offer graduate-level courses, or, provided they meet the prerequisites and have the permission of their adviser.
Does this degree require a thesis?
No, but you go through what we call a research study process. This involves taking “Qualitative Methods in Social Science” and then either a course in quantitative methods (the precise course depends on your background in the subject) or a course in “Historical Methods.” In your final semester, you take “Research Study Seminar” in which you write a journal article-length paper on a topic of your choice and using methods drawn from the previous courses.
Where is the program located?
The GSS program is centered at Johns Hopkins Washington, DC campus located centrally 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 and the Carey School of Business, located one block away. Many courses are also offered online.
Does the program involve classified work?