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. A minimum GPA of 3.0 does not guarantee admission. Particular interests and work experience will also be considered.
How to Apply
- Complete the Online Application.
- Upload the following required materials to the Online Application*:
- A 1-2 page Statement of Purpose. The Statement of Purpose explains the applicant’s reasons for seeking admission and addresses the applicant’s analytical abilities and interest in security studies.
- Under “Recommendations,” include the contact information for two recommenders that verify professional and/or academic accomplishment. 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.
- A 5-page, double-spaced essay on the following question:
“America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to Freedom and independence of all.”
— John Quincy Adams
This quote reflects the trends in American national security for much of the nation’s history. Are the implications that can be drawn from the statement consistent with the demands of American national security in the 21st century? Discuss this problem in reference to some recent policy issues or political events, citing at least three references.
- Submit the application and pay the $75 fee when you have uploaded all necessary materials (listed above).
JHU AAP accepts official transcripts that are electronically sent directly from the granting institution and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- 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.
- 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.
Applicants with graduate-level coursework from accredited universities may be exempted from taking up to two courses towards degree completion. Advanced standing may be granted if the applicant has completed courses with subject matter relevant to the MA in Global Security Studies totaling either three or six graduate credits and with satisfactory grades. To be considered for Advanced Standing, please indicate that this desire on the application form.
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 470.302.51 Introduction to Graduate Work in the first semester. This course does 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 (please see course description).
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 about our application process, click here.
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Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.
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