MA in Public Management / Certificate in Intelligence
Students pursuing a MA in Public Management may obtain an additional credential by completing a sequence of courses offered by the Certificate in Intelligence. This combined credential will require students to complete 15 courses (in lieu of 17 to complete both degrees separately).
At a time when governments are faced with an array of unprecedented challenges, good management critical thinking, and analytical skills are essential. The Johns Hopkins MA in Public Management/Certificate in Intelligence trains students in the fundamentals of public management (policy analysis, financial management, economics and public administration) and the core skills required to succeed as an intelligence analyst in the public and private sectors.
In addition to meeting the admissions criteria for all Advanced Academic Programs student interested in applying for the combined program need to meet the standards for both the MA in Public Management and the Certificate in Intelligence.
In addition to the materials and credentials required for all programs, the MA in Public Management requires:
- A writing sample of two to five pages that is policy oriented. If the applicant does not have a policy-oriented paper that they wish to submit, the applicant may write a three page, double-spaced essay on the following question:
“A memorandum is not written to inform the reader, but to protect the writer.” —Former Secretary of State Dean Acheson
Please discuss whether you think the quote from former Secretary Acheson is accurate or not and why?
Applicants should also be aware of the following:
- If English is your second language, you may be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination. Please note the Public Management program requires a minimum online TOEFL test score of 105 and an IELTS score of 7. The admissions committee carefully reviews each test subcategory or band (reading, writing, speaking, listening) to ensure candidates have the required language skills for the program.
- A solid foundation in American government and economics is strongly recommended for those applying to the Public Management program.
- Though not required, Public Management applicants are welcome to submit the GRE. Applicants who wish to highlight their ability to meet the writing and quantitative requirements of the program should consider this option
MA Public Management Requirements
|Core Courses - Required:
|Public Policy Evaluation & the Policy Process
|Financial Management & Analysis in the Public Sector
|Economics for Public Decision-Making
|Fundamentals of Quantitative Methods
|Proseminar: Essentials of Public and Private Management
|Capstone for Public Management
|Four Public Management Electives
Certificate in Intelligence Requirements
Completion of five courses, one each from the following areas:
|Core Course-- Required
|The Art & Practice of Intelligence
|Select one Theory and Context Course:
|Applied Critical Thinking and Analysis
|Strategic Culture Analysis
|Introduction to Intelligence in the Five Eyes Community
|The Intelligence-Policy Nexus
|Select one Law and Ethics course:
|Privacy in a Data-driven Society
|The Constitution and National Security
|Legal Issues in Intelligence
|Select one Intelligence Operations Course:
|Managing Dangerous Futures: Global Political Risk Analysis
|Cyber Policy, Strategy, Conflict and Deterrence
|Introduction to Geospatial Intelligence
|Analyzing Social Media and Geospatial Information
|Technical Collection of Intelligence
|Select one Intelligence Applications course:
|The Politics and Process of American Foreign Policy
|Terrorist Financing Analysis and Counterterrorist Finance Techniques
|Leading Intelligence Organizations
|Intelligence and Counterterrorism
|Intelligence to Secure the Homeland and Hometown