International Student Admissions

Spring 2021 – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Johns Hopkins School of Education will continue its academic offerings, events and activities in a remote, online format for the spring 2021 semester. All spring 2021 term courses will be offered online. Registration for the spring semester runs from Oct. 28, 2020 – January 22, 2021. Classes begin on January 25, 2021. If you have questions about course registration or format, please contact your academic program office for specific information and assistance.

The Johns Hopkins School of Education Office of Admission is committed to working with applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the sections below, we have included information to assist applicants navigate admission application requirements.

 In addition to the standard  application requirements listed for each of our degree programs, international applicants are required to submit additional documentation.


The student community at the School of Education (SOE) is diverse and we welcome students from all over the world to join us. If you are an international student interested in applying to a program at SOE, you must follow the same application process and submit the same general application materials as your peers, along with some additional requirements.


When completing the application, provide your full legal name, as listed in your passport. If your transcripts or other supporting documents were issued in another name, also include that name on your application and attach a letter of explanation and evidence of the name change.


Applicants should visit the admissions requirements and deadlines section for more information. Where listed as rolling admission, prospective international applicants should follow the priority consideration deadlines.

For summer semester admissions, international applicants may be considered for full-time graduate degree programs only. Applications for part-time degree programs beginning in the summer will not be considered.


International applicants must hold, or be in the process of obtaining, the equivalent of a 120 credit U.S. baccalaureate degree (four-years) to be eligible for admission to Johns Hopkins School of Education master’s or graduate certificate programs. The determination of degree equivalency to U.S. degrees is at the discretion of the Johns Hopkins School of Education.

Applicants who hold qualifying degrees or have earned credits from institutions outside the United States or English-speaking Canada must have their academic records evaluated by an accredited independent credential evaluation agency before they can be considered for admission to a degree program.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide the necessary paperwork and payment to an approved evaluation service, and to request that an official copy of the report be sent to the Johns Hopkins School of Education Office of Admission directly from the evaluation agency. When selecting the type of evaluation, please select the course by course evaluation option.

 Approved International Credential Evaluation Agencies

For international or internationally- educated applicants seeking to obtain a credential evaluation for academic transcripts and degrees, the Johns Hopkins School of Education approves the use of any National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)  approved. The course by course evaluation allows the School of Education faculty committee reviewers to properly understand your academic success and original transcripts confirm authenticity of the applicant’s degree.

 Below is a short-list of NACES approved agencies. For a complete listing of approved agencies, please visit the NACES website.

 Note: Applicants are not required to send additional, separate authentic institutional transcript to the School of Education in addition to those required to be sent to the credential service.

World Education Services (WES)
Educational Credential Evaluator (ECE)
Educational Perspectives
Foundation for International Services

Degrees from Canada

Degrees or credits earned at an Canadian higher education institution do not require an international course-by-course evaluation if (1) the transcript is in English, and (2) the institution is a member of Universities Canada [formerly the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)] or other accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. If you received a degree from a college or university in English-speaking Canada, please have your institution submit transcripts directly to the Johns Hopkins School of Education Office of Admission.

Evaluation reports may be sent electronically from the evaluation service to or by mail to the address below:

Johns Hopkins University
School of Education
Office of Admissions
2800 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218


Non-U.S. citizens from countries where English is not the official language are required to submit one of the following standardized tests as part of the admissions application process. A waiver for the English language proficiency requirement may granted for some applicants who meet specific criteria. Please reference the Waiver section below for more information.

Accepted English Language Proficiency Tests

TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT)  or **TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition**

JHU SOE will only accept scores sent electronically and directly from ETS, the testing provider. Please request your official test scores to Institution Code: 8585.

Note: If you wish to send us TOEFL “MyBest Scores,” we will accept them. However, all TOEFL scores we receive will be made available to the program reviewing your application. The program to which you are applying may decide how they wish to evaluate the scores provided.

**Due to the impact of COVID-19, if no other option  is available, you may send official scores from the  TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition for review in the 2020-2021 application cycle.**

Minimum Score

 iBT overall: 100

IELTS Academic or the  IELTS Academic indicator Online Test
  • Only the IELTS Academic Test is accepted.
  • All applicants submit IELTS scores directly to the SOE Office of Admissions.
  • We accept official scores submitted either electronically by the IELTS test center via the E-Delivery service or official score reports may be mailed to the Office of Admissions.
    • When requesting scores from IELTS, please contact the Center where you took the test. Please specify the IELTS, Account Name: Johns Hopkins University School of Education and the address: 6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 180, Columbia, MD 21046 in your request.

** Due to the impact of COVID-19, if no other option is available, you may send official scores from the IELTS Academic indicator Online Test. **

Minimum Overall Band Score  – 7
J-Check Test Online

Due to the cancellation of TOEFL and IELTS tests in various locations, the Johns Hopkins School of Education will accept an alternative English proficiency assessment called the “J-Check test,” which can be taken anywhere you have access to a PC desktop or laptop computer with an internet connection, webcam, and microphone.

While we prefer the TOEFL or IELTS, we will accept the J-Check test as an alternative for applicants affected by test cancellations due to the impact of COVID-19. If you already have TOEFL or IELTS test results please submit those and do not take the J-check test. Our preferred minimum score on the J-Check test is 4.5 out of 6.0.

Follow the instructions below to complete the J-Check test:

1. Go to
2. Purchase a J-Check test ID and password. The fee is $99 and you will have your test ID and password e-mailed to you within 48 hours.
3. Once you have your ID and password you will log-in and have the opportunity to take a free practice test before proceeding to the official J-Check test. The test must be taken on a PC desktop or laptop computer with internet access, a microphone and an activated webcam. It cannot be taken on a MAC computer or on a tablet or smartphone. Technical requirements are provided on the J-Check website:
4. You will receive a copy of your results by e-mail and official test results are sent to Johns Hopkins University within 24-48 hours. It may take an additional business day for the score to show as received on your application checklist.

Minimum Score- 4.5

English Language Testing Waiver Request Form

The English language proficiency requirement may be waived if the applicant meets at least one of these criteria:

  • is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, or a citizen of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada (except Quebec). Applicants who are citizens of India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc. are not exempt from the requirement.
  • at the time you enroll at Johns Hopkins School of Education, you will have studied in full-time status for at least two academic years in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, or with English language instruction in Canada or South Africa. Even if English was the language of instruction at your school, if you did not study in one of these countries you are not exempt from the requirement.
  • If you qualify for a waiver, you can locate the waiver form in the online application. You will be required to both upload a short paragraph explaining the criteria met. In addition, you must submit a transcript that shows you attended college in one of the approved locations, and that your academic program was at least two years in length.

An international applicant requiring a student (F-1) visa to attend school must obtain full admission to a degree program well in advance of the start of the semester. The School is unable to provide F-1 visa sponsorship for:

  • All fully online degree programs
  • Graduate certificate and post-master’s certificate programs
  • Degree programs offering part-time only enrollment.
  • MS Spec Education – Severe Disabilities (Autism Emphasis)
  • MS School Administration & Supervision
  • MS Educational Studies (Independent Schools Option)
  • MS Educational Studies/Elementary Education-Urban Teachers
  • MS Educational Studies/Secondary Education- Urban Teachers
  • Non-Degree Graduate Special Student Status

For summer semester admissions, international applicants may be considered for full-time graduate degree programs only. International applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Admissions Deadlines & Requirements webpage carefully to ensure that they meet any stated program pre-requisites before starting an application.

Students seeking an F-1 visa are required to show proof that they can afford all tuition and expenses for the academic year in order to receive their form I-20, F-1 visa document. The Office of International Services (OIS) will contact admitted students my email around mid-March, once the tuition amount has been set for the upcoming academic year, with instructions for requesting a form I-20. Students admitted after mid-March will be contacted by OIS within 1-2 days after their admission decision. Additional information about the I-20 request process can be found on the OIS website.

Once students arrive in the U.S., they must check in with OIS.  Students will receive check-in instructions from OIS prior to the start of their degree program. This is an electronically administered process that includes an online orientation on F-1 regulations. Additional information about F-1 requirements for maintaining status can be found on the OIS website

If students have any questions about their F-1 status, they should contact OIS at 667-208-7001 or All current international students in F-1 status sponsored by the University are automatically subscribed to the OIS Newsletter upon the first semester of enrollment. The Newsletter provides regular updates regarding visa-related matters and other items of interest to international students.

Note: Federal financial aid is not available for international students.


International applicants who hold types of visas other than an F-1 visa and who wish to enroll as part-time Graduate Special Students (non-degree) should follow the application directions outlined under Graduate Special Students (non-degree). International graduate students attending other institutions on student (F-1) visas during the regular academic year are also welcome to enroll as Graduate Special Students (non-degree) during the summer.


The Johns Hopkins School of Education’s admissions policy requires that an applicant have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university as determined by a regional or general accrediting agency. These accrediting agencies define bachelor’s degrees, in the U.S., as requiring four years to complete, with 120 semester credits earned. Applicants who have completed accelerated degree programs in less than four years but have earned the equivalent of 120 U.S. semester credits may apply. Prospective students who have earned a bachelor’s degree that is three-years in length and under the equivalent of 120 U.S. semester credits should consult with the Office of Admissions before starting or submitting an online application.

If the School of Education’s Office of Admissions receives a transcript or course by course evaluation that indicates that an applicant’s degree (in-progress or completed) is not equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree, an applicant will be notified and may have their application inactivated or withdrawn.

The Johns Hopkins School of Education does not currently offer undergraduate courses for applicants to enroll in a fourth year of undergraduate study or bridge program, nor can our Admissions representatives advise applicants with three-year degrees on pathways to completing additional course credits to meet this requirement. We recommend that prospective students in this situation speak to an academic advisor at their bachelor degree granting institution to determine the best pathway to achieving this outcome.

  • The Homewood Campus is located in Baltimore, Maryland. (See Campus Locations & Programs for more information.)
  • The School of Education does not offer on-campus housing for students. Off-campus housing is available near our two campuses. (See Life at Hopkins for more information.)
  • Students who are not U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or other eligible non-citizens (status of refugee, asylum, humanitarian parole, Cuban-Haitian Entrant) are considered international students and are not eligible for federal financial assistance
  • F-1 students are required to show proof that they can afford all tuition and expenses for the academic year in order to receive their I-20 form.
  • In order to receive a student (F-1) visa, you must be fully admitted to a degree program well in advance (approximately two months before) of the start of the semester.
  • Full-time status is defined as being enrolled in a minimum of nine credits for graduate study or 12 credits for undergraduate study each semester (fall and spring).
  • SOE does not issue I-20 eligibility certificates for provisional or conditional acceptance to any program, fully online programs, nor do we issue an I-20 for graduate certificate programs.

International Student Admissions

Contact Us

Johns Hopkins University
School of Education
Office of Admissions
2800 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

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877-548-7631 (toll-free)
410-516-9817 (fax)

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