Admissions Criteria

A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US college or university, or equivalent international credential, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.


Program-Specific Requirements

  • One semester of introductory microeconomics passed with at least a B grade.
  • One semester of introductory macroeconomics passed with at least a B grade.
  • One semester of undergraduate calculus, or equivalent, passed with at least a B grade.
  • A grade in a higher-level course trumps a grade in a lower-level course. A B grade or higher upon repeat is not acceptable.

Prerequisite Math Requirement

Those entering with only a single calculus course must take in their first semester Math Methods for Economists – AS.440.304, a three undergraduate credit, full-length course, at half tuition. The course does not count toward the degree. In order to waive the Math Methods for Economists course, evidence of multivariable calculus is required.

Alternative Substitutes for the Program-Specific Requirements

Any of the three program-specific requirements above can be substituted by a College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam with at least 65 points, scaled, or an Advanced Placement (AP) exam with at least a grade of 4.

1. Download the CLEP transcript submission form.

2. Under “CLEP TRANSCRIPT RECIPIENT,” submit your score to the following address:

Johns Hopkins University, Advanced Academic Programs

Attn: Office of Admissions

1717 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 101

Washington, DC 20036.

(Please Note: Do NOT include a college code #)

3. To send to the College Board, follow the instructions listed at the bottom of the form.

To submit a CLEP score at the time of the exam, please contact the Test Administrator. For questions about submitting a CLEP score, please email

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 250-word statement of purpose.
  • Under “Recommendations,” include the contact information for two recommenders. They will be automatically emailed access information to the system. They can then complete and upload their recommendation form.
  • One-page resume.
  • 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

Additional Application Information

Keys to Being a Strong Candidate for Admission

• Intermediate economic theory courses (especially Micro), passed with B or above, are helpful in gaining admission.
• A higher grade in a more advanced course in Micro, Macro, and Calculus trumps a lower grade in a less advanced course, but a repeated course grade is not acceptable.

No Application Deadline

We accept applications all year round. We encourage applicants to complete their applications a few months before their intended start term. This ensures sufficient time to render an admissions decision. International students seeking a visa should apply at least 3 months prior to their intended start term and can be admitted to the Applied Economics program for Fall or Spring semesters provided they have studied multivariable differential calculus.

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