• You must hold a bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling in the MA in Government program.
  • You must have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of your undergraduate studies.

Please note that a minimum GPA of 3.0 does not guarantee admissions—we also consider your interests and work experience in our admissions decisions.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Online Application and upload required supporting materials*
  2. Submit the application along with the $75 application fee

Application Requirements

Statement of Purpose

In your statement of purpose (1-2 pages), please explain your reasons for seeking admission—discuss your interest in studying the theory and practice of government and politics, your analytical skills, and a plan of study.

Two Letters of Recommendation

You are required to complete the recommendations section as a part of the online application process. Please include two contacts who can attest to your professional and/or academic accomplishments. We will email them access to our application system, where they can complete the recommendation form directly.


We consider your professional experience and interests in the admissions decision. Please include your current resume with your application.

Writing Sample

The purpose of the writing sample is to demonstrate your ability to make and support an argument. Please provide a research-focused writing sample of 5-7 pages. If you do not have an existing research paper qualifying for the sample, you can write a 5-page paper on the following question:

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” – James Madison, Federalist 51

In this well-known quote, Madison points towards the age-old problem of reconciling democracy and political power. Discuss this problem in reference to some recent policy issues or political events, citing at least three references.

Official Transcripts

We accept electronic transcripts emailed directly to from the granting institution. If your institution doesn’t provide electronic transcripts, you can request your official transcripts to be mailed directly to:

Johns Hopkins University
Advanced Academic Programs
Transcript Processing Center
32 Mount Joy Street, Suite 300
Mount Joy, PA 17552

*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 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.

For International Applicants

If English is your second language, you may be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination. Additionally, any international coursework will require a course-by-course credential evaluation.

Advanced Standing

If you have completed graduate-level coursework from an accredited college or university, you may be exempt from taking up to two courses towards degree completion.

Provisional Student Status

If you do not meet all the requirements for admission, you may still be admitted to a program as a provisional student. We determine admissions on a case-by-case basis.

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