A grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of 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 statement of purpose (1-2 pages) that explains your reasons for seeking admission and includes a plan of study addressing your analytical abilities and interest in studying the theory and practice of government and politics.
- 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.
- Current resume
- A writing sample of 5-7 pages that is research focused. The purpose of the writing sample is to demonstrate your ability to make and support an argument.
If you do not have an existing research paper that you wish to submit, you may write a five-page paper on the following question:
“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” – James Madison, Federalist 51
In this well-known quote, Madison points towards the age-old problem of reconciling democracy and political power. 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 Advanced Academic Programs become the property of Johns Hopkins University and will not be returned to applicants under any circumstances.
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:
- Graduate-level coursework on topics relevant to the program. The program director will make a determination about which courses (core courses and/or electives) will be waived.
The following materials are required and will need to be uploaded to your online application for each course:
- The title, course description, and grade earned in each course are required. If possible, please also include the syllabi.
Provisional Student Status
If you do not meet all the requirements for admission, you may still be admitted to a program as a provisional student. Admission in these cases is determined on a case-by-case basis.
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 also refer to “Student Status” in the catalog for descriptions and criteria of the different categories of student status.
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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