Bachelor’s degree from an accredited US college or university. The program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of undergraduate studies. Meeting the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee admission. Particular interests and work experience may also be considered. Applicants who received their bachelor’s degree in a country outside of the United States are required to provide a course-by-course credential evaluation and TOEFL scores if English is not their first language.

If you are fewer than five years from completing a bachelor’s degree, the transcript is an important component in the admissions decision. Having a cumulative GPA that is under 3.0 is not automatic grounds for rejection. Students in that situation should explain relevant extenuating circumstances in their admissions essay. If your transcripts are ten or more years old, the life experience of the applicant becomes an important factor in the review of their admissions materials. The admissions committee reserves the right to request additional information from applicants to assess their candidacy for admission.

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 2-3 page statement of purpose that allows assessment of the applicant’s academic, professional, and personal goals. Here are three ideas on how to frame the essay:

    • Rather than having students concentrate their studies in a specific discipline, the MLA program offers courses in which students analyze complex topics from interdisciplinary perspectives. Please explain how that approach to studying the liberal arts coincides with your own academic, professional, and/or personal goals.
    • Through their coursework and capstone projects, students in the MLA program are given multiple opportunities to conduct independent research that engages scholarship across several fields of study. Please describe an academic research project you have completed in the past and how that experience will inform your future research efforts.
    • Many courses within the MLA program ask students to consider issues of social justice and explore their ethical implications for us individually and collectively. Please share an example of an issue of social justice you have studied in the past, explain why that issue captured your interest, and discuss how that work informs your current academic, professional, and/or personal goals.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  • Official transcripts

JHU AAP accepts official transcripts that are electronically sent directly from the granting institution and emailed to 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
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 the 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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