Admission Requirements


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

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Online Application.
  2. Upload the following required materials to the Online Application*:
    1. A 1-2 page Statement of Purpose. The Statement of Purpose explains the applicant’s reasons for seeking admission and includes a plan of study addressing the applicant’s analytical abilities and interest in studying public policy, management, and intelligence issues.
    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 information on how they can access the recommendation system.
    3. A resume or CV.
    4. A 5-page, double-spaced essay on the following question:

      “A memorandum is not written to inform the reader, but to protect the writer.” — Former Secretary of State Dean Acheson

      Please discuss whether you think the quote from former Secretary Acheson is accurate or not and why?
  3. Submit the application. You can pay the $75 application fee when you have uploaded all the 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. Please 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. Please 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

If you do not meet all the requirements for admissions, you may still be admitted to a program as a provisional student. Admission in these cases is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Students admitted as Provisional Students will usually be required to take two courses to be determined by the Director and earn at least a B or better before they are allowed to continue as a degree candidate.

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.