MA in Government
If you’re looking to make a difference in Washington, D.C., impact lives across the United States, or effect change around the world, you could benefit from deepening your knowledge of politics and government.
The Johns Hopkins Master of Arts in Government, based in the most politically connected city in the world, combines theory with the practical skills needed for today’s evolving workplace.
Learn, collaborate, and network with a community of peers coming from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. Our students work on Capitol Hill, at government agencies, and in the private and non-profit sectors taking on leadership positions in these areas.
Advance Your Career
Whether you are looking to take your existing career to the next level or change in directions, an MA in Government will deepen your understanding, broaden your skills, and allow you to make a profound impact on the political system—and in your professional life.
Study on Your Terms
The program offers a flexible schedule with start dates in the fall, spring, or summer. You can attend evening classes at our Dupont Circle location or take some or all of your courses online.
What It’s Like to Study Government at AAP
MA in Government alumni from several walks of life share their perspectives about the program:
Tom Manatos '10
Vice President of Government Relations, Spotify “I learned so much while sitting next to future national TV political pundits, pollsters, and state legislators, and I have Hopkins to thank for those connections and friendships.”
Brooke Yeager McSwain '20
Policy Analyst, Health IT and Public Health Infrastructure, American Heart Association “The faculty are second to none. These leading experts in their fields brought real-world experience and dynamic teaching styles to the classroom, both online and on campus.”
Romeo Domdii Cliff '11
Doctoral Candidate “The MA in Government program nurtured the spirit of curiosity in me and inspired me to pursue an academic path in order to deepen my understanding of politics.”
LTC Jeffrey Sacks '19
Training With Industry Fellow (3M) “The program is very much tailored to working professionals. The faculty are tremendous, and go out of the way to have that one-on-one interaction with the students.“
Why Study MA in Government at Hopkins?
Internationally Renowned Faculty
Study with Johns Hopkins professors, scholar-practitioners, and experts at the highest levels of government and industry. Our faculty members have broad research interests, including political science, history, and international relations.
Concentrations and Courses
Gain a foundation in government with your core and elective classes. Concentrate in political communication, security studies, or democracy studies and governance.
Practical Knowledge and Original Research
In addition to classwork, you will have an opportunity to hone your research skills and become a subject-matter expert through independent research and international study opportunities.
Customize your governmental studies by pursuing two credentials at once and you may find exactly the right educational focus to help you to advance your career. In addition, these combinations will help you to earn the credentials in less time than if pursued separately.
Career Advice and Networking
Our Alumni Advisory Board comprises of professionals with notable accomplishments in diverse fields in the private and public sectors. This group serves as a resource for students and alumni seeking career advice and networking opportunities.
Take the Next Step
Broaden your perspective of national and global governments and position yourself for leadership careers in politics and administration.