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How to Apply to a Certificate Program

Different certificate programs are open to different audiences. There are different application processes for students who are currently enrolled in degree programs at Johns Hopkins University (including students enrolled at the Bloomberg School of Public Health) and those who are applying as non-students.

Application Procedures for JHU Degree Students

Students already enrolled in graduate degree programs at JHU are not required to complete the School's electronic admissions application, but most certificate programs do require notification prior to beginning certificate coursework; please check the admissions instructions for the specific certificate program that interests you before beginning coursework. Certificate programs are generally offered throughout the academic year; however due to when required courses are offered, some certificate programs may have particular start terms.  

NOTE: Any JHU degree student who does not complete their certificate program by the time of graduating from their degree program will need to apply to the certificate program as a non-degree student in order to complete the certificate program after graduation.

Application Procedures for Individuals Not Currently Enrolled in JHU Degree Programs

If you are not currently enrolled in a degree program at either the Bloomberg School or the Johns Hopkins University, you are considered a "non-degree applicant."  Non-degree applicants must apply through SOPHAS Express and pay the application fee. Students who have not completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution are typically not eligible to apply for JHSPH certificate programs, as the coursework for certificate programs is at the graduate level.

Certificate students may not apply the same courses (either elective or required) towards more than one certificate program. Certificate students may only enroll in one certificate program at a time and must complete one certificate program before beginning coursework towards another program. Certificate students may not register for additional courses at JHSPH beyond those that have been approved as necessary to complete the certificate program. 

International Applicants Please Note: Certificate programs typically do NOT qualify for visa sponsorship.  Most international students are advised to consider certificate programs that can be completed online from their country of residence.  Only Legal Permanent Residents and non-immigrants who are otherwise physically present in the US and in a status that allows for study may be eligible to pursue a certificate program in person at the Bloomberg School.

Application Deadlines

Anticipated Start Term........................Deadline to Submit Application

Summer Institute....................................................April 1

Summer Term..........................................................May 1

1st Term..................................................................July 1

2nd Term.................................................................September 15

Winter Institute.......................................................November 1

3rd Term...................................................................December 1

4th Term...................................................................February 1

Application Components for Non-Degree Applicants

  1. SOPHAS Express Application- Submit a formal application and select the certificate program to which you wish to apply
  2. Payment of Certificate Application Fee- Certificate applicants are not eligible for a fee waiver.
  3. Narrative Component- As part of the application, you will be asked to submit a brief narrative outlining your background and goals vis-a-vis the certificate program's learning objectives. 
  4. Anticipated Course Schedule- As part of your application, you will need to submit an anticipated course schedule showing which term you intend to start the certificate program and the terms in which you will take each course. This document should be uploaded into your online application. 
  5. Letters of Recommendation- Ask recommenders to submit letters of recommendation. The number of letters required will depend on the certificate program to which you are applying, but all programs require at least one letter.
  6. Resume- Submit resume or curriculum vitae as an upload to your online application. 
  7. Transcripts- Submit unofficial transcripts from all college-level institutions that you have attended, regardless of the number of credits earned or whether the grade appears on your home institution's transcript. Students should not send transcripts to SOPHAS Express, but must send them directly from the academic institution in hard copy, either by email or through the mail to the JHSPH Admissions Office. Some academic institutions offer secure electronic delivery of transcripts, which is also acceptable. Have your institution email their login information to jhsph.admiss@jhu.edu. Please note: Applicants should not send electronic transcripts directly to the JHSPH admissions office, as the admissions office will not be able to accept them if sent by the applicants themselves. Non-US or non-English-speaking Canadian transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) and submitted directly to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health by WES.  
  8. English Language Proficiency Tests- Submit any English language proficiency test scores (TOEFL/IELTS) required by your certificate program as part of your application.