Admissions Requirements

Prerequisites

  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. For students who have been out of school for some time work experience may be considered.
  • Strong writing skills

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Online Application.
  2. Upload the following required materials to the Online Application*:
    1. A 750-word Statement of Purpose
    2. Resume
    3. Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or academic accomplishment. 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. 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 aapadmissions@jhu.edu.

    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. 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.

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:

  • Completed graduate-level courses from a Museum Studies degree or certificate program of an accredited university; OR
  • Graduated from the Johns Hopkins University Museums and Society undergraduate program; AND
  • Earned an A or A+ in the course being considered for a waiver advanced standing within the past three years

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

  • Syllabi for the course(s) being submitted for advanced standing, including name of University and program attended
  • Course number(s) of JHU elective course(s) considered for exemption

Admission Requirements Exceptions

If you do not meet all the requirement criteria for admissions, you may still be admitted to a program. Admission in these cases are determined on a case-by-case basis. These candidates may be granted provisional status.

Provisional Student
Provisional students are admitted to this status because, in the view of the admissions committee, they do not fulfill 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 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. (see page 14, Grading System, Requirements.) 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. If you have a question about admission requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact admissions.

Education Evaluation Requirements

Foreign Credential Evaluation

Students who earned their post-secondary degree(s) in a country other than the United States are required to have a “course-by-course” credential evaluation with GPA performed by an outside evaluation service. A number of organizations render this service. The following two credential evaluation services are acceptable: World Education Services (WES) assists students with initiating the evaluation process and can be reached at wes.org or 800.937.3895. Students may also call the WES office in Washington, DC, at 202.331.2925, where a local representative can assist them. Also, Educational Perspectives, educational-perspectives.org or 312.421.9300. Please allow four to six weeks for an official credential assessment to be completed and forwarded to the Advanced Academic Programs Admissions Office in Washington, DC.

TOEFL Scores

International students whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Submit results directly to the Advanced Academic Programs Office of Admissions. Please use the TOEFL code 8747. Photocopies will not be accepted. AAP requires a minimum score of 600 on the paper test, 250 on the computer-based test and 100 on the Internet-based test. For information, contact the nearest American embassy; write to TOEFL, Toefl Services, PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541 or visit their web site at toefl.org.

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.

State-specific Information for Online Programs

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