Admissions Requirements


Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US college or university. The program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of undergraduate studies. Meeting the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee admission. Particular interests and work experience may also be considered. Applicants who received their bachelor’s degree in a country outside of the United States are required to provide a course-by-course credential evaluation and TOEFL scores if English is not their first language.

If you are fewer than five years from completing a bachelor’s degree, the transcript is an important component in the admissions decision. Having a cumulative GPA that is under 3.0 is not automatic grounds for rejection. Students in that situation should explain relevant extenuating circumstances in their admissions essay. If your transcripts are ten or more years old, the life experience of the applicant becomes an important factor in the review of their admissions materials. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request additional information from applicants to assess their candidacy for admission.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Online Application.
  2. Upload the following required materials to the Online Application*:
    1. A 2-3 page essay that allows assessment of the applicant’s academic, professional and personal goals.
    2. 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 to assess their candidacy for admission.

Please note: 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.

For a comprehensive listing of application requirements, exceptions, and information for international students, click here.

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.

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing allows students who have completed graduate-level courses in a comparable Master of Liberal Arts Program, MA Program or Certificate Program at an accredited institution to be exempt from taking up to two courses (six credit hours) towards degree completion. To be considered for Advanced Standing, you must have received a grade of A or A+ in the course(s) for which you are requesting Advanced Standing, and the request for Advanced Standing must be made as part of your application to the MLA Program. In your application materials, please include the syllabi from the courses you would like to have evaluated for Advanced Standing status. You are welcome to contact the Program Director before submitting your application to determine whether courses for which you would like to request Advanced Standing meet the MLA Program’s guidelines

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.