Prerequisites

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

  1. Complete the Online Application and upload required supporting materials*
  2. Submit the application along with the $75 application fee

Required Supporting Materials

  • 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.
  • Resume. 
  • Recommendations. Under “Recommendations,” include the contact information for two recommenders. Professors or supervisors should verify academic and professional accomplishments. 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.
  • Official Transcripts.

We accept electronic transcripts emailed directly to aapadmissions@jhu.edu from the granting institution. If your institution doesn’t provide electronic transcripts, you can request your official transcripts to be mailed directly to:

Johns Hopkins University
Advanced Academic Programs
Transcript Processing Center
851 Trafalgar Court
Suite 420 West
Maitland, FL 32751

*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.

Additional Application Information

No Application Deadline

We accept applications year-round for fall, spring, or summer semesters. We recommend submitting your application materials at least 6 weeks before the desired start date. International students should apply at least 3 months before the semester starts.

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