Admissions Requirements


A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US college or university, or equivalent international credential*, plus:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • One semester of introductory microeconomics, passed with at least a B grade.
  • One semester of introductory macroeconomics, passed with at least a B grade.
  • One semester of undergraduate calculus, or equivalent, passed with at least a B grade. (Any of these three courses above can be substituted by a CLEP exam with at least 65 points, scaled, or an AP exam with at least a grade of 4.)†
  • Intermediate economic theory courses [especially Micro], passed with B or above, are helpful in gaining admission.
  • A higher grade in a more advanced course in Micro, Macro, and Calculus trumps a lower grade in a less advanced course, but a repeated course grade is not acceptable.

These are necessary conditions for admission, not sufficient conditions.

World Education Services (WES) and Educational Perspectives determines whether a non-US three-year degree is equivalent to a US four year degree. E.g., WES’ criteria for India are here.

† To submit a CLEP score:

  1. Download the CLEP transcript submission form.
  2. Under “CLEP TRANSCRIPT RECIPIENT,” submit your score to the following address:
    Johns Hopkins University, Advanced Academic Programs, Attn: Office of Admissions,
    1717 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 101, Washington, DC 20036
    (Please Note: Do NOT include a college code #)
  3. To send to the College Board, follow the instructions listed at the bottom of the form.

To submit a CLEP score at the time of the exam, please contact the Test Administrator. For questions about submitting a CLEP score, please email

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Online Application.
  2. Upload the following required materials to the Online Application:
    1. A 250-word statement of purpose
    2. Under “Recommendations,” include the contact information for two recommenders. They will be automatically emailed access information to the system. They can then complete and upload their recommendation form.
    3. One-page resume
  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.

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing allows consideration for those who have graduate-level coursework from an accredited college or university to be exempt from taking up to two courses towards degree completion. To be considered for advanced standing, you must meet the following criteria:

  •  The courses for which advanced standing is desired must be the equivalent of one of our core courses and have been taken in a masters program or higher in Economics or Statistics.

The following materials are required and will need to be uploaded to your online application for each course:

  • Syllabi.

No Application Deadline

We accept applications all year round. We encourage applicants to complete their applications a few months before their intended start term. This ensures sufficient time to render an admissions decision. (International students seeking a visa should apply at least 3 months prior to their intended start term, and can be admitted to the Applied Economics program for Fall or Spring semesters provided they have studied multivariable differential calculus.) For more about our application process, click here.

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.