Tuesday, October 4, 2016

What You Should Know About Early Notification at SAIS

Early Notification is an accelerated application process which allows candidates to receive an admission decision before the new year. Early Notification can be beneficial for candidates who have a clear preference for Johns Hopkins SAIS, for candidates who need a decision early to satisfy specific fellowship or military requirements, and for candidates who simply want a decision as early as possible.



  • At Johns Hopkins SAIS, applying for early notification does not increase or decrease one’s chances of admission.
  • SAIS early notification decisions are non-binding. This means that, if admitted, you are not required to accept our offer and you are not required to withdraw your application to other institutions. 
  • We do not deny candidates during the early notification cycle; if you are not accepted, your application will automatically be moved to the regular decision pool, where it will be weighed against the remaining applicants'.
  • Being that MA Early Notification applications are due November 1, we would suggest sitting for the GRE/GMAT as soon as possible. According to ETS’ website, “if you take the computer-delivered GRE General Test, your official scores will be available in your ETS Account and sent to the institutions you designated approximately 10–15 days after your test date.” Please plan accordingly.

To view the Early Notification admissions timeline, please click here.