What is the mission of the Public Management program?

The goal of the Public Management program is to become a national provider of professional degrees for public service for the public sector, non-profits and multilateral agencies, emphasizing the core values and societal benefit. The M.A. in Public Management provides outstanding and motivated students with the fundamentals of public management: policy analysis and evaluation, quantitative analysis, financial management, economics and fiscal policy, and public policy and administration. It combines rigorous academics and strategic skills, challenging students to apply the latest theory, scientific findings, and new management methods to help solve real-world governance and policy issues. We recognize that governmental and nonprofit sectors share common ground and common goals, which in part helps to drive our curriculum offerings.

The program is housed within the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies, whose mission is to provide a strong foundation of knowledge upon which innovative policy programs and promising leaders can develop. The M.A. in Public Management Program helps implement those goals by educating students from both a practical and a theoretical perspective about governmental institutions, the political process, and governance issues. It prepares emerging leaders to face those complex challenges.

What are the Career Opportunities for graduates of the program?

Our students come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, with upwards of 90% working full time in the government and non-profit sector. They have an array of work experiences – from the executive branch, Capitol Hill, the military, nonprofit sector, think tanks, advocacy organizations, and private firms. Graduates from the MA in Public Management program are better prepared for senior positions in the fields of policy, finance, and management within the competitive government and nonprofit sectors. They’re also better positioned for leadership opportunities — imbued with the skills and perspective necessary to bring about meaningful change in society.

What are the criteria for admission?

A grade point average of at least a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate studies. A minimum GPA of 3.0 does not guarantee admission. Particular interests and work experience will also be considered.

How do I apply for admission?

Apply online. Please go to the online application page.

What is the deadline for admission?

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.

Do I need to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or TOEFL?

The GRE is not required, and will only strengthen your application if you feel that you are unable to demonstrate your writing and critical thinking skills through other components, like transcripts, writing sample and letters of recommendation. More than GRE scores, we prefer to see strong recommendation letters that contain details about your analytic skills, and a really solid writing sample. TOEFL/IELTS scores may be required if your undergraduate degree was not completed in the United States. For more information see the international applicants. page.

Can students work full time and pursue this degree?

Yes, they can. Students who work full time can take up to two courses per semester. Most of our classes are in the evenings.

How long does it take to complete the degree?

Most students completing the degree part time take 2 years. That’s a rate of two courses per semester in the spring, summer and fall semesters. Students are free to go at a faster or slower pace, as your schedule allows. Students have 5 years to complete the degree. Those who wish to attend full-time can finish their degree in three to four semesters depending on course load.

How many students are active in the Public Management program?

The total number of individuals actively seeking a degree from the Public Management program varies by semester but is around 150 students.

What financial aid is available?

You should contact the main JHU financial aid office for financial aid questions. Please refer to the Financial Aid page.

Do you accept transfer students?

While we do not accept transfer credits from another institution, at the discretion of the program director, advanced standing may be awarded to applicants who have completed relevant graduate work at an accredited institution.

Can the program be completed online?

As of May 2015, students can complete all their required coursework degree online. Please note that not all courses are offered online and that the program is predominantly “on the ground” in Washington, DC.

Can I take courses elsewhere in the university?

Students have the opportunity to take up to the equivalent of two of their electives at other Johns Hopkins divisions offering master’s level courses, or other AAP programs, provided they meet the prerequisites and with the permission of the Public Management program director.

Who should I contact with questions?

Does this degree require a thesis?

The MA in Public Management incorporates a capstone project that gives students a chance to address a practical, real-world challenge using the skills and knowledge they have gained throughout their studies. Students have to get up-to-speed quickly on a specific content or issue area; use key process skills such as project management and policy assessment; and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting on data.

How much does the program cost?

Students pay by the course. For specific information about tuition costs click here.

Are there study abroad opportunities?

Among the Center’s most exciting opportunities are our study abroad options, typically offered as summer courses. These courses give students the unparalleled experience of visiting a country and learning about it from local leaders, citizens and experts in the field. In recent years, we have offered courses with components in Israel, India, Mexico, China, and Western Europe.

Where is the program located?

The Public Management is centered at Johns Hopkins Washington, DC campus located centrally near Dupont Circle at 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Our facilities include classrooms, computer labs, a student center with a lounge, conference rooms, study rooms, and a kitchen, a 100 capacity auditorium, and library. In addition, students can access facilities across the street at the School for Advanced International Studies and the Carey School of Business, located one block away.

Who endorses the program?

The Public Management program is endorsed by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and is a member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

How many courses do you need to graduate?

Students need to successfully complete 12 courses in order to graduate. This includes 5 core courses, the Capstone for Public Management, and 6 electives.

What is the graduation rate for the Public Management program?

For those starting the Public Management program in the 2011-2012 academic year, 58 percent graduated in 2 years or less, 83 percent in 4 years or less, and 100 percent in 5 years. or less.

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.