Master’s Degrees and Graduate Certificates in Government Studies

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Government agencies rely on educated leaders to shape policies, promote social change, and sustain global security. Prepare for a rewarding career in public service and beyond with the graduate-level government studies programs from Johns Hopkins University. These programs enable you to earn a prestigious degree or certificate in a convenient part-time format.

Johns Hopkins designed these programs to blend government theory with practical experience. As a result, you can develop the knowledge and expertise necessary for leadership roles within the public and private sectors. Pursue a master’s degree or graduate certificate in one of many fields, including global security, non-governmental organization management, data analytics and policy, and more.

Experience a Distinguished Government Studies Education on a Flexible Schedule

Our professional graduate degrees and certificates provide the opportunity to:

Gain the knowledge and expertise needed for leadership in politics and administration within the public and private sectors.

Join an alumni network with ambitious and talented professionals who are engaged in politics, public service, and public policy.

Maximize the synergism between graduate studies and practical work experience — where the theory and practice of government come together and inform each other.

Online and Campus-Based Graduate Programs

Earn a graduate-level credential and pursue leadership roles in government studies and other fields.

Equip yourself with the analytic tools, policy knowledge, and theoretical foundations needed for leadership roles that shape today’s security environment. Study online or on campus to explore defense policy and intelligence, along with energy, environmental, and economic security. You will also examine cross-cutting issues that include cyber norms, transnational crime, and human security.

Acquire the tools to examine governmental and social institutions in society, explore areas of reform, and bring about change. Available online and on campus, this program combines the theories and practices relating to government, politics, and policymaking.

Also available: Master of Arts in Government and MBA Dual Degree

Our online NGO management program instills the skills needed to lead, manage, and found a non-governmental or nonprofit organization. Develop critical analysis and problem-solving skills to find solutions to the most pressing challenges that these organizations face.

Discover new management methods for solving real-world governance and policy issues. Available online and on campus, this program empowers you to make strategic decisions and develop strengths in public management. The coursework explores policy analysis and evaluation, financial management, economics, fiscal policy, public policy, and administration.

Prepare to use analytics to tackle policy challenges in the public and private sectors. Through empowering online courses, you will build expertise in analytical methods leveraged by government agencies, nonprofit organizations, research institutions, and businesses. Blending process with substantive issues in policy, our program helps you develop as a leader in the growing field of data analytics.

Develop skills to lead the way in geospatial intelligence, and help shape important decisions within the government, private, and nonprofit sectors. This online program blends the art and science of geospatial tradecraft, the history of geospatial intelligence, and the mathematics of commercial collection sampling strategies. By earning this master’s degree, you will acquire the leadership tools needed to meet the challenges of new technology, sensors, algorithms, and platforms.

Gain the competencies needed to succeed in public or private sector intelligence roles. Led by top theorists and practitioners, the online coursework goes beyond theoretical study with a practical application of concepts. Enhance your skills in analytical thinking, persuasive communication, and data interpretation — and prepare for positions with intelligence agencies or at private companies.

Prepare to help nonprofit organizations make a more significant impact in the global community with Johns Hopkins University’s online graduate certificate in nonprofit management. You will take part in flexible courses that feature a global perspective, helping you understand the interconnections of economies and communications.

Earn this graduate certificate online to acquire foundational skills in statistical analysis. You will also develop expertise in specialty areas that include advanced statistics, geospatial analysis, political behavior, public policy analysis, and public management.

This online program provides a deep understanding of the ways that the United States practices intelligence. Explore challenges that limit intelligence organizations in the U.S., such as practical, legal, ethical, and theoretical factors, along with important debates around this issue. By pursuing this certificate, you will take part in an education that is shaped by scholars and practitioners with many years of experience in the field.

State-Specific Information for Online Programs

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