Admissions Requirements


In addition to the materials and credentials required for all programs (see Admission Requirements), the Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems program requires:

  1. A grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of undergraduate studies. Particular interests and work experience may also be considered.
  2. Quantitative background – a semester of statistics, quantitative methods or technology-oriented experience.

Students who do not have the necessary quantitative background may be offered provisional admission if their other credentials are strong. Students who are admitted provisionally due to lack of quantitative skills have the option to:

  1. Take appropriate courses at an accredited college/university.
  2. Take 420.301 Quantitative Methods for Environmental Science.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Online Application.
  2. Upload the following required materials to the Online Application*:
    1. A statement of purpose explaining how GIS is an appropriate venue of instruction for your career needs.
    2. Under “Recommendations,” include the contact information for two recommenders. At least one academic reference is preferred. Recommendation form found on the online application is required. They will be automatically emailed access information to the system. They can then complete and upload their recommendation form.
    3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  3. Submit the application and pay the $75 fee when you have uploaded all 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.

* 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.

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing allows consideration for seasoned professionals with accomplishments in a field or 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:

  • Certificate or Masters degree in GIS earned within the last 5 years.
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher in GIS courses taken.
  • 8-10 years of full-time GIS experience (employment).

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

  • Transcript showing proof of Certificate or Masters in GIS, and GPA.
  • Letter from employer, on company letterhead, stating and explaining the GIS experience.

Provisional Student Status

Provisional students are admitted to this status because, in the view of the Admissions Committee, they do not fulfill all academic requirements for admission as a degree candidate at the time of the application. Provisional students may be required to take specific prerequisite courses, and/or take a specific number of graduate-level courses and complete them successfully in order to establish their eligibility to be admitted as a degree candidate.

During the time of this provisional status, students are held to grading criteria stricter than those required of degree candidates. Specifics of a provisional admission are outlined in a formal admissions letter mailed to the student. All listed criteria must be met for a student to continue to enroll in courses. To learn more about the provisional student status, please go to our FAQ page.

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.

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.