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The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington DC 20036
+1 (202) 663-5700
+1 (877) JHU-WASH (US toll free)
sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu

Certificate and Non-Degree Program Admissions

We encourage you to review all of the application instructions before beginning the application. If you have questions, please contact the Washington DC Admissions Office at sais.nondegree@jhu.edu or call +1 (202) 663-5671.

Applying for Non-Degree Courses

Enroll in courses throughout the year in one of our 20 academic programs or 17 language departments.

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose (one page)
  • Transcripts for all university-level course work
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (non-native English speakers)
Enrollment Term Application Deadline Notification By
Fall 2019 Enrollment-Early Notification November 1, 2018 December 21, 2018
Fall 2019 Enrollment-Regular Decision January 7, 2019 March 8, 2019
Financial Aid  February 15, 2019 March 8, 2019


The school has a new application system and all returning students will need to setup a login and password the first time they use it. Please select "First-time users" on the application to setup a profile and then you will be able to select your course(s).

Applying for a Four-Course Certificate Program

Complete a series of four courses and earn a graduate certificate designed to serve as an important credential for students and professionals seeking to expand on a chosen area of interest without having to pursue a full master degree.

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Analytical essay
  • Transcripts for all university-level course work
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (non-native English speakers)
  • GRE or GMAT scores (optional)
  • A copy of your current CV or resume

  • A one-page personal statement describing your background, motivation, and goals for pursuing non-degree programs at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

  • If English is your second language, a copy of your TOEFL iBT score of 100+ or IELTS score of 7+. The TOEFL requirement can be waived if the language of instruction at either your undergraduate or graduate institution was English and was in a country where English is the official language. Contact the Certificate and Non-Degree Programs office for more information: sais.nondegree@jhu.edu.

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions. All applicants for non-language courses must have completed an undergraduate degree or should be entering their final year of undergraduate study in the fall of 2019. Applicants for the Summer Language Institute in Washington DC must have completed a minimum of one year of undergraduate studies prior to the start of the summer term. A 3.0 overall minimum GPA (or "B" average) in previous studies is required. Transcripts must be officially translated if not in English.
    Note: You may apply with your unofficial transcript and we will be able to provide a conditional admissions decision to you; the official transcript must be submitted before the end of the semester that you are enrolled.

The Fall 2019 application will open June 15.

All new and returning students must apply online (this excludes current degree students who should register for summer courses through SIS just like in the normal academic year).

Only first-time applicants who have never been enrolled in a degree program at JHU are required to pay the $50 application fee and upload application materials.

The school has a new application system and all returning students will need to setup a login and password the first time they use it. Please select "First-time users" on the application to setup a profile and then you will be able to select your course(s).

We also offer a one-year Certificate in Chinese and American Studies at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China.