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 program 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. Students can also choose to combine the government master’s degree with the Certificate in Intelligence to further diversify their skill set.

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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.

Dual Degree and Certificate Programs

Perfect for those who are pursuing careers in management or intelligence, the MA in Government can be combined with the MBA or the Certificate in Intelligence programs.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Intelligence complements the MA in Government. By earning both credentials, you can prepare for careers with public and private organizations that use intelligence or work with the intelligence community.

This dual degree combines the public sector management strengths of the MA in Government with the private sector business expertise from the MBA, preparing you for leadership and management positions.

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State-Specific Information for Online Programs

Be sure to review our additional state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.