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How to Apply | MASIS

We encourage you to review all of the Master of Arts in Strategic and Intelligence Studies (MASIS) application instructions before beginning the application. 

Application Deadlines

  Enrollment Term Application Deadline Notification By
Early Notification Fall 2022 November 1, 2021 December 17, 2021
Regular Decision Fall 2022 January 7, 2022 March 9, 2022
FAFSA Priority Fall 2022 February 15, 2022 February 15, 2022


Applications received after June 1, 2021 will be considered on a rolling basis. 

Direct Admissions candidates are invited to apply according to either the Round 1 deadlines or the Round 2 deadlines.

Application Checklist

All MASIS applicants MUST submit the following materials:

  • Online application
  • Application fee, $85 USD
  • Resume/CV
  • Analytical Essay
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts for all college-level course work
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • GRE or GMAT scores (optional)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (non-native English speakers)

We encourage applicants to submit materials as early as possible before the applicable deadline. You are responsible for making sure all supporting documents, including letters of recommendation and academic transcripts, are submitted on time. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Instructions

Please refer to the guide below when completing your application.

  1. Name: Please list your full legal name. If you have a maiden name or alternate name that you previously used legally, please list it in the "Other Last Names Used" section.
     
  2. Addresses: Please list both your permanent and mailing addresses. If your mailing address expires before admissions decisions are rendered, then any posted correspondence will be sent to your permanent address. If your current mailing address changes at any time during the application process, please notify the Office of Admissions as soon as possible.
     
  3. Email Address: Please provide an email address that will be valid throughout the entire application process. Take care to ensure that emails from Johns Hopkins SAIS are not filtered to a junk folder because we will communicate with you primarily through email.
     
  4. Phone Number: When entering your phone number, if you are listing a non-US phone number, please include the country code when entering the number, leaving out any parenthesis, dashes, or other symbols.
     
  5. Citizenship Information: Please select your citizenship. Dual citizens should select both nationalities. If you do not have a current Immigration Status, please select "OUT" from the drop down menu.
     
  6. Social Security Number: This is required if you have a US Social Security Number at the time of application.
     
  7. Race/Ethnicity Optional: This data is collected as required by the US Federal Government and does not influence our admissions decisions. We encourage you to answer both questions. Ethnicity definitions are provided.
  1. Degree Type: Please select “Full-time” as your degree type.
     
  2. Program: Please select “Master of Arts in Strategic and Intelligence Studies” as your program of choice.
     
  3. Location: Please select “SAIS DC Campus”
     
  4. Anticipated Start Term: Please select your anticipated start term. If your term of interest is not visible, we are currently not accepting applications for that term.

Round 1: Please note, for your application to be considered for Round 1, all supporting documents (as listed in the application instructions) must be received by the Office of Admissions no later than March 1. If any supporting documents are received after March 1, the application will be reviewed during the Round 2 process.

All applications and supporting documentation become the confidential property of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Office of Admissions and cannot be returned.

Please use the "type ahead" option in the institution name to search for the College/University you have attended. Selecting your institution through this feature will automatically populate some of the fields below and ensure that the identifying information for this institution is formatted properly in our records. If your institution code is not available, please type the name in "Institution."

Submit Transcript: You must submit transcripts reflecting all university-level course work listed on the application. You may upload unofficial transcripts via the online application, or submit official transcripts via hard copy or electronic copy, either from the college/university directly or via a transcript clearinghouse.
 
You should not list: 

  1. Institutions at which three or fewer courses were completed, or where courses were only audited or taken on a non-credit basis
  2. Executive education programs
  3. Non-credit language institutes
  4. Non-credit certificate programs

Mailing Transcripts: Transcripts in hard copy should be sent to the Office of Admissions in Washington DC:

Johns Hopkins SAIS Office of Admissions
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

Transcripts in electronic copy should be sent to sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu.

Unofficial transcripts: Admitted applicants who submit unofficial transcripts as part of the application process will be required to submit official copies prior to enrollment.

Study abroad grades and transfer credit: Transcripts listing study abroad grades and/or transfer credits are required unless both the grades and credits are reflected on the primary undergraduate transcript.

Non-English-language transcripts: If your transcript is in a language other than English, you are asked to provide an official translation of the entire transcript and an explanation of the grading system of the university. You are strongly encouraged to use a credential evaluation service, particularly if you are not sure of how to obtain original transcripts or face difficulties obtaining them. See the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of providers. Transcripts and translations must be received by the Office of Admissions before the relevant deadline, so please make any requests well in advance.
 

GRE and GMAT scores
GRE and GMAT scores are optional. If you decide to submit scores for either the GRE or the GMAT, Johns Hopkins SAIS will only accept scores directly from the testing service. Please arrange for all standardized test scores to be sent in advance of the application deadline. The GRE code for Johns Hopkins SAIS is 5610-0000; the GMAT code is KGB-GX-99.

If you have completed an exam more than once, please list your most recent scores. In addition to listing the scores in the online application, applicants must also send official test scores via the appropriate testing services.

TOEFL or IELTS Scores (for non-native English speakers)
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit an English competency exam: either the TOEFL or the IELTS. A score of at least 100 on the TOEFL Internet-based exam or 7 on the IELTS is required for admission. The school will only accept scores directly from the testing service.

Please arrange for all standardized test scores to be sent in advance of the application deadline. The Johns Hopkins SAIS TOEFL code is 5610-0000.

If you have completed an exam more than once, please list your most recent scores. In addition to listing the scores in the online application, applicants must also send official test scores via the appropriate testing services.

EXEMPTIONS
You will not be required to submit an English competency exam IF:

  • English is not your native language (or in the case of bilingual students, your dominant language is not English)
  • AND you hold an undergraduate degree granted by an accredited institution where 1) English is the language of instruction and 2) the accredited institution is located in a country where English is an official language.

You will need the approval of the Office of Admissions to become exempt from submitting an English competency exam IF:

  • English is not your native language (or in the case of bilingual students, your dominant language is not English)
  • AND you hold a graduate degree granted by an accredited institution in a country where 1) English is the language of instruction and 2) the accredited institution is located in a country where English is an official language.

Applicants may request a TOEFL waiver if the attended accredited institution is located in one of the following countries whose official language is English: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon*, Canada*, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho ,Liberia, Malawi, Micronesia, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Saint Maarten, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe

Please contact the Washington DC Office of Admissions for more information.

Please provide details of all of your professional positions.

  1. City of Birth: Please type the name of the city where you were born.
     
  2. US Military: Please indicate if you are an active duty or former member of the US Armed Forces in the space provided.
     
  3. Current Residency: Please provide the country and city, where you currently reside.
     
  4. Diversity: Johns Hopkins SAIS receives applications from a diverse pool of candidates. These questions ensure we have the clearest possible understanding of each candidate’s background. Your answers will be kept confidential.
     
  5. Affiliations: The Office of Admissions offers application fee waivers to participants or alumni affiliated with the following professional development programs:
    • AmeriCorps Volunteer
    • Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Program Fellow
    • Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Participant
    • Fulbright (for those currently on fellowship)
    • Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship (IIPP)
    • McNair Scholar
    • Peace Corps
    • Public Policy; International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow
    • Teach for America Member
    • Teach for China Member
    • Teach for India Member
    • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow
    • U.S. Military Active Duty
    • U.S. Military Veteran
    • Other

      To receive a fee waiver, please upload official documentation confirming your participation in the selected program. On the "Review" page, select "Finalize Application and Pay," however do not complete payment. Please contact the Office of Admissions at sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu, our team will review and confirm your request. Please note: we cannot grant fee waivers for financial hardship.

  6. Languages: Please list your native language; bilingual applicants should list their dominant language. Your native/dominant language is the one that meets 2 out of 3 requirements: it is (a) the main language of communication between you and one of your parents or caregivers, (b) an official language in the community where you grew up, (c) the language of instruction in the high school you attended.
     
  7. Time Spent Abroad: You should use this section to indicate any time spent living, working and/or studying outside of your home country. Please list the most significant experience abroad first.
     
  8. Financial Aid: Indicate in this section that you wish to apply for Johns Hopkins SAIS scholarships. Please note: in order to be considered for scholarship funding from Johns Hopkins SAIS, you must answer “yes” to the question in this section. Applicants who answer “no” will not be considered for any scholarship funding. For more information on financial aid eligibility and opportunities, visit Financial Aid.



Upload the relevant required documents here for your program of interest.

  1. Résumé/CV: Provide a current résumé or curriculum vitae, which includes your education, employment history, awards and accolades, international exposure, publication credits, and leadership roles in any volunteer and/or extracurricular activities.
     
  2. Statement of Purpose: Discuss your goals for graduate study and for your professional career in national security. What experiences have most contributed to your desire to study intelligence and strategy? How will this degree program serve to meet your academic and professional goals? This essay should be no more than 600 words in length.
     
  3. Analytical Essay: Analyze an important national or international strategic or intelligence challenge, with footnotes and sources. Please keep your answer to no more than 600 words.

You are required to submit two letters of recommendation and have the option of submitting a third. Recommendations should be written by individuals well placed to discuss the applicant’s qualifications for graduate study and a career in international affairs.

Please note that Johns Hopkins SAIS will accept letters of recommendation only through our online application system or in hard copy directly from the recommender. Recommendations submitted via email or fax will not be accepted. Please list all your references in the "Recommendations" section along with their email addresses, including recommenders who prefer to submit their letter in hard copy. They will be automatically sent an email with instructions on how to submit their letters. *Note that it is preferable to use personal email addresses for recommenders rather than military email addresses as military firewalls typically send the auto-generated emails from our application system into spam folders.

If your recommender prefers to submit a hard copy letter of recommendation, please advise them to mail to:

Johns Hopkins SAIS Office of Admissions
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036



All required fields must be completed before your application can be submitted. Required fields are designated by an asterisk.

To submit your application, click the button that reads “Finalize Application and Pay." Please note that you must complete all required fields in order to submit your application. Any missing fields will appear on the "Review" section. Prior to submission, please review all application sections to check for any errors or incorrect data.

After you have submitted your application, confirmation of your application status as “submitted” will appear on the online application dashboard. A checklist of all application materials will also be visible in order for you to track the status of supporting documents.

The $85 USD application fee is payable through the application system via credit card, debit card, or e-check. 
 
If you were granted a fee waiver: When submitting the online application, on the "Review" page, select "Finalize Application and Pay." If you are routed to the Payment Net website, do not complete payment and please email sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu.

Submission of Materials

We encourage applicants to submit materials as early as possible before the applicable deadline. You are responsible for making sure all supporting documents, including letters of recommendation and academic transcripts, are submitted on time. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All applications and supporting documentation become the confidential property of the Office of Admissions and cannot be returned.

Technical Support

If you experience technical difficulties at any time while using the online application, please contact the Washington DC Admissions Office at sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu or +1 (202) 663-5700.