Admissions Criteria

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited US college or university, or equivalent international credential
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Program-Specific Prerequisite Courses:
    A grade in a higher-level course will trump a grade in a lower-level course. A grade of B or higher upon repeat is not acceptable.

    • Applicants should have one semester of introductory microeconomics with a grade of B or better (or equivalent).
    • Applicants should have one semester of introductory macroeconomics with a grade of B or better (or equivalent).
    • Applicants should have one semester of undergraduate calculus, or equivalent, with a grade of B or better (or equivalent).
  • Prerequisite Math Requirement:
    • Applicants entering with only a single calculus course must take Math Methods for Economists – AS.440.304 in their first semester. This full-length three-credit undergraduate course does not count toward the degree and is offered at half-tuition. In order to waive the Math Methods for Economists course, evidence of multivariable calculus is required.

How to Apply

Advanced Academic Programs accepts applications year-round for fall, spring, or summer semesters, so, there is no application deadline. Submitting your application materials at least 6 weeks before the desired start date is recommended. International students should apply at least 3 months before the semester starts.

  • Complete the Online Application.
  • Gather and upload the required supporting materials.
  • Submit the application along with the $75 application fee.

Required Supporting Materials

Please include any full- or part-time work, internships, and relevant volunteer history. Be sure to detail your educational background and any previous responsibilities related to your intended program.

Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs 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

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In 250 words, please share with us why you are interested in pursuing the MS in Applied Economics degree at JHU. How have your academic and professional experiences led to your decision to consider this degree and how will it help you succeed in your goals?

Please identify two individuals that can verify your professional and/or academic accomplishments, such as professors or supervisors. Submit your recommenders’ contact information within your online application. They will be emailed automatically with instructions to access the system and provide their recommendations. 

Additional Considerations

Any of the three Program-Specific Prerequisite Courses listed under the Admissions Criteria 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.

How to Submit a CLEP Score

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

Applicants who received their bachelor’s degree in a country outside of the United States or have international coursework are required to provide a course-by-course credential evaluation. Studying abroad may be exempt.

If English is your second language, you may be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination. Please note this program requires a minimum online TOEFL test score of 105.

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