Master of Arts in Government

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Impact Your Community Through the Political System

Serve your community and enact positive change with the Master of Arts in Government program from Johns Hopkins University’s Advanced Academic Programs division. This degree is offered through flexible online and on-site formats, and it incorporates electives that allow you to tailor your education to meet your career goals. Prepare to make an impact as you study with other professionals who are driving change on Capitol Hill and through careers in the private sector. By pursuing this degree program, you can:

  • Equip yourself with practical skills for solving today’s regulatory, political, and policymaking challenges.
  • Broaden your experience and learn to bring about meaningful change in the political system.
  • Choose from three optional concentrations in Democracy Studies and Governance, Political Communication, and Security Studies.

With this degree, you can advance in many career paths, including government, law, public policy, and more.

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Career Pathways

This degree can lead to advancement as a political leader or government official. Your expertise can work to better local, state, or federal policies as a government affairs manager. You could also study and analyze how political and government systems affect citizens as a policy analyst or political scientist.

Gain Specialized Knowledge for Your Career

The Master of Arts in Government program offers three optional concentrations. Each provides opportunities to learn from faculty with expertise built through leadership roles in the public sector.

You will focus on the intersection of law and politics as well as law enforcement issues. Courses will survey the intellectual roots of many political systems, connect corruption to politics, and identify how democracy manifests in different constitutional forms.

Study with practitioners in the field, such as reporters, political operatives, journalists, campaign leaders, and news and media professionals. Coursework includes a focus on the critical role ideas play in the American political system, along with a practical understanding of how to lobby Congress and the Executive Branch.

In addition to learning the fundamentals of administering and preserving American security, you will examine counterintelligence measures and legal issues in national security. You will also discuss the perceptions, intentions, and capabilities of potential opponents and allies as they relate to war and cybercrime.

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