Thursday, January 19, 2017

Office of Admissions Closed For Inauguration Day

The Washington Office of Admissions will be closed Friday, January 20 in observance of Inauguration Day. We will resume regular business hours on Monday, January 23.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Johns Hopkins SAIS GPP Information Session for the Diplomatic Community

Johns Hopkins SAIS invites members of the Washington DC diplomatic community to attend a reception and information session on the Master of Arts in Global Policy, a 16-month executive degree program for working professionals, on Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy MLK Day from Johns Hopkins SAIS Admissions!

In observance of the holiday, our office will be closed Monday, January 16. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, January 17.  Please send your questions to (or leave a comment below) and we'll respond as soon as we return. In the meantime, why not find out what's happening to your application?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Here's What Happens To Your Application Now That You've Hit 'Submit'

Once you hit the submit button, our content management system retrieves your online application and attaches your supplemental materials to your applicant file. It attaches any materials you uploaded in the online application system as well as any materials we received before you submitted the online application, such as interview evaluations, letters of recommendation, and standardized test scores.

Meanwhile, a group of student assistants is hard at work typing away, manually attaching physical documents and additional electronic documents to your applicant file. They use a variety of mechanisms to identify which materials belong to whom, e.g., the name on the document, the email address from which the materials were sent, a unique identifier created about content management system, and etc.

Next, once we’ve had enough time to process all the materials we received, we send you an email updating you on the status of your application. If our email says your application is complete, that means we’ve received all your supplemental materials and your application has entered the review process. At this stage, no further action is needed on your end until decisions are released in mid-March. If our email says your application is incomplete, that means some of your supplemental materials have not been received. In our email we’ll let you know exactly what materials are outstanding and offer you a chance to resend them.

Once you're application is complete, it moves to the application review queue, where application readers will select it for review at random. The reader will review your interview evaluationstatement of purpose, official standardized test scoresanalytical essayresume, and any other required application materials. As we discussed extensively during this fall's recruiting events, application readers look for six admissions criteria – academic preparation, quantitative aptitude, professional experience, international exposure, leadership ability, and foreign language aptitude. At least two different readers will evaluate your file.

On the notification date specified here, we'll send you your decision letter via email. Along with instructions on how to accept or decline your offer of admission, the decision letter will include details about any conditions attached to your admission, if you have any.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Final Questions About The Online Application

The application deadline is just a few days away and, upon our return from the holiday break, we've received a number of really great questions from applicants regarding the online application. We're doing our best to answer emails, phone calls, and Facebook messages (yes, you can message us on Facebook) in a timely manner. But in the meantime, you should check out some of the answers to the most common questions below. If you still have questions, feel free to comment.

Which abroad experiences should I enter in the Time Spent Abroad section?
In the time spent abroad section, you can only enter up to three experiences – so enter wisely. What we’re looking for here is meaningful cultural and international exposure. That time when you traveled to the Bahamas to sunbath and drink mimosas may not be the best use of space here.

Should I enter my internship experience in the Work Experience section? 
Well, the answer depends on when you participated in the internship. We do consider internships but they are pretty standard; most applicants have completed one or more internships as an undergraduate. So, what we’re looking for in this section is post-undergraduate, full-time experience. That means if you interned after completing your undergraduate studies on a full-time basis, it is advisable to enter the internship, even if it was unpaid. The key here is to include only post-undergraduate, full-time experience. The rest of your experiences are suitable for the resume.

Should I enter English in the Language section?
The application will call for you to enter your native language. If English is your native language, select English in the native language section. If English is not your native language, you can select English in the Foreign Language section. Since the application only allows for two foreign languages to be selected, it is advisable to enter English here only if you have space. We will use your English competency scores to evaluate your fluency in English, so it’s okay if you do not have space to enter it after having entered your other fluencies. This takes us to our next question...

I speak more than 2 foreign languages, but the application only allows for 2 to be entered. What should I do in this case?
In this case, it’s not in your best interest to use up space by entering English. As I mentioned above, we will use your English competency scores to evaluate your fluency in English. Enter your two strongest languages, and consider including a language section which includes levels of proficiency in your resume. The Admissions Committee will thoroughly review your resume – I can assure you, the languages will not be overlooked.

I'm not sure how to apply to both the MA and MIEF programs.
You’ll have to submit two online applications using two different email addresses. It doesn’t matter which application you submit first. Remember, you don't need to pay the application fee twice. Refer to the application instructions for details on required materials applicants applying to both programs concurrently.

In the Recommendation section, I can see that my recommenders have not submitted their letters. I’m concerned that I won’t be able to submit the application by the deadline since this section is incomplete.
Don’t worry, you can submit the application without your recommenders having submitted their letters. If you’re recommenders don’t submit the letters in a reasonable amount of time, you can always use the "send a reminder" feature in the online application or reach out to them directly. The key here is to make sure you submit your application by the deadline. Don’t let a missing letter prevent you from applying in time.

Is the deadline in Eastern Time?
No. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. in your time zone.

Where do I upload my resume?
Hint: it is in the Essays section.

Thank you and happy applying!