Academic Catalog: General Admission Policy

The admission process for degree and certificate programs in the School of Education is designed to assure academic quality and program integrity. The admission process respects the dignity, privacy, and academic well-being of the applicant and is based on principles of fairness and equality of opportunity.

Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity for its faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic. The University is committed to providing qualified individuals access to all academic and employment programs, benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability, performance and merit without regard to personal factors that are irrelevant to the program involved.

Admission to the School of Education is competitive and is based upon the applicant’s previous academic performance, experience and achievement, recommendations, and other relevant data. Applications are reviewed by the faculty of the programs to which the applicant applies.

To be admitted to a School of Education degree or certificate program, students must apply online. At minimum, the application requirements will include:

  • A completed online application form and payment of $80 application fee (unless otherwise waived).
  • An essay/statement of purpose (instructions and length will vary by program).
  • A CV or résumé.
  • Three (for doctoral and full-time master’s programs) or two (for all other programs) signed letters of recommendation.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Note: In order to graduate and receive a diploma for completion of a degree or certificate program, students must first have applied to and been admitted into that same program(s) prior to applying to graduate.


  Official transcript(s) from prior undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) institutions are required.

  • An official transcript is defined as a transcript received directly from the issuing institution (whether on paper and still in the envelope or a certified electronic copy) that is properly signed/authenticated.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions are required, not only from the institutions that conferred the degree(s). Transcripts must reflect all coursework taken from every post-secondary institution attended, even if you transferred, withdrew, did not graduate, or the coursework appears on other transcripts.
  • College seniors in their final academic year should submit current official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities attended directly after completing the online application, followed by a final official transcript showing the award of the baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation at the School of Education.

Official records of undergraduate and, where applicable, graduate transcripts must be mailed or delivered through the issuing institution’s electronic transcript delivery service to the Office of Admissions, while other application materials—the essay, CV/ résumé, and signed letters of recommendation—can be uploaded electronically using SIS (Student Information System) Self-Service or mailed after the online application has been completed. Mailing address: Johns Hopkins School of Education Office of Admissions 6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 110 Columbia, MD 21046-2100 The Office of Admissions will not accept documentation such as grade reports, student advising reports, screenshots of student accounts, or any other document not released by the Registrar as a substitute for an official, authenticated transcript. Academic records (transcripts, diplomas, and degree certificates) from non-U.S. institutions must be evaluated by an authorized credential evaluation agency and sent to the Office of Admissions in lieu of transcripts. A course-by-course evaluation is required for all post-secondary credentials (undergraduate and graduate, if applicable) for academic coursework completed outside of the United States and Canada (see International Student Admission Policy). Note: This does not pertain to students from the United States and Canadian spending a semester or year abroad, often referred to as “study abroad.”


Applicants should consult the Admissions section of the SOE website and individual program webpages to determine specific admission criteria, suitability of prior qualifications, or certification requirements for individual programs. Examples of supplemental materials include:

  • Third letter of recommendation: A third letter of recommendation can also be included on the recommendation section of the online application.
  • Academic writing sample: If required, this should also be uploaded with the online application.
  • Standardized tests: If required, all test scores must be official scores sent directly from the test administrator to the Office of Admissions and must be received by the stated applicant deadlines.

For the GRE, TOEFL, or other tests administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS), the assigned institution code for the School of Education is as follows:

  • GRE Institution code 5470
  • TOEFL Institution code 8585

The School of Education’s other testing provider institution codes include:

  • CLEP Institution Code 3928
  • Praxis Institution Code 5332
  • SAT Institution Code 3926


The School of Education reserves the right to rescind any offer of admission if any discrepancies are found between uploaded and official academic records and test scores, or if altered or forged records are submitted. All official transcripts from previous institutions (whether a degree has been earned or not) are required to be listed on the online application form and submitted in an official format to the Office of Admissions. Additionally, if any essay, personal statement, or other supplemental materials contains plagiarized information, the School of Education will rescind any admission offer. If this information is discovered after matriculation at the institution, disciplinary action may be taken up to and including dismissal from the School.


Applicants should consult the Admissions section of the website to determine specific deadlines for the submission of an application. Where listed, rolling admission means that completed applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis up until the program start date, not after a set deadline. Applications will be accepted until programs reach capacity. If a program reaches full capacity, a notice will be posted on the admissions and individual program pages. Applicants applying for federal financial aid or scholarship consideration are recommended to submit a completed application by April 1.


The Office of Admissions receives and processes all applications for admission to School of Education programs and works closely with applicants and the programs areas to verify the status of an application. Each program determines its own process for reviewing completed applications. The length of the application review process and timeframe for receiving an admission decision varies from program to program. Some programs review and make recommendations on a rolling basis; others meet regularly to review applications and make decisions based on a set schedule. Because there is no one standard process programs use to review applications and establish timeframes, the Office of Admissions cannot provide a specific timeframe between submission and receipt of decision for applicants.

Admission to the School of Education is determined at the program level. Admission decisions are made after a full review of the materials in the completed application. Programs consider grade point average and, for some programs, standardized test scores. The application review process also takes into consideration professional experience and other distinctive characteristics of individual learners. Qualified applicants may also be contacted to schedule a personal or group admission interview. Students who are found to have provided fraudulent or incomplete information during the admission process may be disqualified or have any offer of admission rescinded.


Applicants offered admission can expect to receive notification of their decision by email. Applicants will be required to accept, decline, or defer the offer of admission using the School of Education’s SIS Self-Service. The School of Education offers admission with the expectation that students will enroll in courses in the semester for which they are admitted, unless a deferral is granted.


Requests for deferred admission will be considered by a program only after an offer of admission has been made and accepted. If a deferral is granted, the applicant may not apply to any other School of Education program. A student who requests and is approved to defer admission is considered under an obligation to enroll and attend the academic program the following year. Admitted students (excluding those admitted into the Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy programs) may request to defer admission into a program for up to two semesters or one year from the semester for which they were admitted. To request an admission deferral, please send an email to the Office of Admissions at Admitted students cannot defer admission once they have registered for a course in the School of Education. Financial aid and tuition support (e.g., awards) are not automatically deferred. Please contact the Financial Aid Office before requesting a deferral.

Note: Newly admitted students who have registered [matriculated] for a course who subsequently wish to withdraw from the course(s) they have enrolled in and re-enroll in the program at a later date should contact the Office of the Registrar—see also Withdrawing from a Course.
Note: Veterans applying for readmission following inactivation/deactivation of a previous admission decision cannot be denied entrance for reasons relating to their service.
Note: For the online Doctor of Education program, an offer of admission is for the specific cohort for which an application was submitted. An applicant may accept or decline the admission offer, but deferring to the next cohort in not an option.


In addition to the above admission requirements, applicants for graduate certificate and master’s degree programs must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (and in some cases a master’s degree) from an accredited college or university.
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate studies (including for incomplete programs of study and for programs still in progress).

Note: In exceptional circumstances, the School of Education may consider admitting an applicant whose GPA falls below a 3.0 GPA, provided they demonstrate other qualities that suggest they have the ability to succeed in a given academic program.


See the Doctoral Programs section of the website for the specific admission requirements for the School of Education’s Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs.