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Johns Hopkins SAIS students

We welcome veterans of the US military and active duty service members as valued members of our student body. We have a long history of working with current and former members of the Armed Services and we are committed to helping you achieve your educational and professional goals.

The school participates in a wide variety of programs that offer substantial financial assistance to US active-duty service members, as well as to US veterans and their families.

The US Army's Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) program provides opportunities for officers to pursue advanced degrees at civilian universities on a fully-funded basis. ACS awards low, medium and high cost quotas. If admitted, Johns Hopkins SAIS will work with candidates on tuition and funding obligations. Note that the two-year Master of Arts cannot be fast-tracked and completed in 18 months but the one-year Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) can be completed in one year. 

ACS-related inquiries are managed by the Admissions Office in Washington DC, at [email protected].

US Army FAOs at Johns Hopkins SAIS typically pursue the one-year, Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) degree program for experienced professionals. Students may choose to start in the fall or spring semester. 

For guidelines on meeting the ACS application timeline, tuition agreements, completion of the DA Form 2125, and other topics pertinent to FAOs, contact Martina Leinz, Director of Executive Education Recruitment and Outreach at [email protected].

Regardless of deadlines and decision release dates posted on our website, we will expedite applications of ACS candidates to meet the stated deadline for submission of packets to ACS.

GRADSO allows commissioned officers to attend graduate school while serving in the US Army. GRADSO fully funds your attendance at the school of your choice, regardless of cost. Participants essentially take a two-year academic sabbatical while remaining on active duty and retaining all associated pay and benefits.

GRADSO-related inquiries are managed by the Admissions Office in Washington DC, at [email protected].

The Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a Soldier's professional and personal self-development goals. TA is available for courses that are offered in the classroom or by distance learning and is part of an approved academic degree or certificate program. The courses must be offered by schools that are registered in GoArmyEd, are accredited by accrediting agencies that are recognized by the US Department of Education and are signatories to the current Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (DOD MOU).

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The program is open to basic branch officers in Operations, Operations Support and Force Sustainment career fields, and the tuition cap is $43,000 per academic year. 

PB-GSIP-related inquiries are managed by the Admissions Office in Washington DC, at [email protected].

Johns Hopkins SAIS is one of the approved universities for the POL-MIL scholarship program. The PMM program provides US Navy officers a graduate education in strategy and politico-military affairs at leading civilian institutions throughout the United States. Approved officers will be selected for a one-year master's degree program.

Recipients of this scholarship typically pursue the one-year Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) degree for experienced professionals. The two-year PMM and Arthur S. Moreau Program listed in reference (a) are not funded and are unavailable per the annual quota plan. The PMM program is recommended for junior officers (O3-O4) who are completing their division officer or department head tours, but is open to O5 as well.

POL-MIL-related inquiries are managed by the Washington DC Office of Admissions, [email protected].

Johns Hopkins SAIS is a participant in the Strategic Thinkers program of the US Office of the Secretary of Defense. This highly competitive program selects military officers with at least 10 years of active duty experience for enrollment in the one-year Master of International Public Policy.

LGEP provides naval officers in paygrades 0-2 to 0-5 with a Navy-funded graduate degree opportunity in international relations through a low-residency delivery model at selected regionally accredited partner universities or colleges, including Johns Hopkins SAIS, for enrollment in the 16-month Master of Arts in Global Policy.


The Office of Student Enrollment and Account Management (SEAM) works cross-functionally to provide support with financial aid, students accounts, and registration.

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