Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates for Prospective Students

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates for Prospective Students

Last updated: September 22, 2020

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School is aware of the impact COVID-19 is having on our prospective students around the world. From universities to industry, COVID-19 has changed the way we operate and we understand that your experiences during this pandemic have undoubtedly affected the application you’re preparing for an upcoming start term.

We have included specific updates below. Please to reach out to the Office of Admissions at or 410-234-9220 with any questions.

Transcripts and Grading

Many students attended universities that abruptly transitioned to remote instruction during spring 2020 and many of those same institutions gave pass/fail grades rather than letter grades during that time. You might be continuing to learn remotely or in a hybrid format this academic year. We expect to see pass/fail grading for the spring 2020 semester on many transcripts and that will not adversely affect your application. We encourage you to share with us in the additional information section of the application if there is anything else you need us to know about your university experience during the pandemic.

Standardized Testing

While test centers have reopened in many parts of the world, access to in-person testing is still limited or unavailable and varies by location. We will continue to accept at-home/online versions of required exams including GMAT Online, GRE at Home, TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, and IELTS Indicator. We know you might not have the ability to take required standardized tests as many times as you would prefer or prepare in the same way. As always, we will consider applications holistically and take testing challenges into account as we review applications this year.

Test score requirements are waived for all applicants to part-time programs for spring 2021. A decision on summer 2021 and fall 2021 requirements has not yet been made. GMAT/GRE waivers may be available for some qualified full-time applicants with policies differing by program.

Learn more about our GMAT/GRE waiver policies.

Interruptions in Professional Experience

If COVID-19 unexpectedly interrupted your career or even internship plans, please let us know about it in your application. If the changing global landscape has influenced your decision to return to school or accelerated your timeline for pursuing a graduate business degree, we’d like to hear about that in your application. We encourage you to use the additional information section to provide any context you think would be helpful for us to have as we review your application.

We know your application might look different than it would have in prior years. We’re ready to work with you and help you build for what’s next.

Average Scores in the 2019 Class Profile(s)

In our program collateral, you can see the average GPA, average GMAT scores and other data for the class profile from the 2019-2020 academic year. This information may be helpful to you, but we recognize that this year’s applications may look a little different from applications received in previous years. We encourage you to prepare the best application possible, and remember that the average scores may be different each year, depending on the applicant pool.

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