The Johns Hopkins SAIS admissions committee takes a holistic approach to reviewing candidates. There is no minimum GPA and no GRE/GMAT scores required to enter the MA in Global Risk (online) program. All aspects of an applicant’s background will be reviewed, including their professional and education history, letters of recommendation and analytical essays.

Upcoming Start Date
Fall: August 28, 2023

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Two students discussing the program with an advisor The school regularly hosts live, interactive information sessions with details about the program and admissions requirements. See our events page to register for an opportunity to ask our faculty questions. Our admissions staff have also recorded an Application Workshop to help applicants produce the best possible application, including tips on how to craft your resume, personal statement, and analytical essay.

Admissions Checklist

  • Application (online)
  • Application fee, $85 USD (An application fee waiver may be available)
  • Resume/CV
  • Analytical essay
    • Analyze an important national or international challenge and recommend ways to address it. Please keep your answer to no more than 600 words.
  • Statement of purpose
    • Using your professional and educational experience, please answer how you will combine your background with the MA in Global Risk program to meet your personal and professional goals and why Johns Hopkins SAIS is the right fit for you. Tell us what you hope to achieve with this degree from Johns Hopkins SAIS.
  • Transcripts for all college-level course work
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (non-native English speakers)
    • Applicants must pass with a minimum of 100 on the TOEFL or a minimum of 7 on the IELTS. See our non-US students page for more information about TOEFL and IELTS requirements.

Application Fee Waiver

The school offers application fee waivers to participants or alumni affiliated with the following professional development programs:

In order to receive a fee waiver, you must submit an official document confirming your participation in the appropriate program to We will waive the fee once the paperwork is received by our office and your application has been submitted. Unfortunately, we do not grant fee waivers for financial hardship.