Bring about meaningful change and advance your career with a master’s in government. The flexible program equips you with practical skills for solving today’s governmental, political, and policymaking challenges.

Degree Type:
Master of Arts
Entry Terms:
Fall, Spring, and Summer
Mode of Study:
On Campus, Online
Washington, D.C.
12 courses
Time to Complete:
16 – 24 months
Visa Eligible

MA in Government Program Overview

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 Washington, D.C. location or take some or all of your courses online.

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Student Insights

MA in Government alumni from several walks of life share their perspectives about the program.

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Tom Manatos '10

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

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

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

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 to Pursue an 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.

Complementary Credentials

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, this combination will help you to earn the credentials in less time than if pursued separately.

Center for Data Analytics, Policy, and Government

Our mission, to provide a strong foundation of knowledge upon which innovative policy programs and promising leaders can develop, informs all of The Center’s initiatives. The Center encompasses several degrees and certificate programs designed to enhance understanding of the processes of government and global security.

Take the Next Step

Broaden your perspective of national and global governments and position yourself for leadership careers in politics and administration.

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