Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US college or university. Applicants who received their bachelor’s degree in a country outside of the United States are required to provide a course-by-course credential evaluation and TOEFL or IELTS scores if English is not their first language.
How to Apply
- Complete the Online Application.
- Upload the following required materials to the Online Application:
- Resume: Include any part- or full-time work, internship, and volunteer history. Detail any responsibilities related to communication.
- Statement of Purpose: Explain why you are interested in earning the MA in Communication and how it will help your career. Double space your essay and limit it to 500 words or fewer (place the word count at the end of the document).
- Under “Recommendations,” include the contact information for two recommenders. Professors or supervisors should verify academic and professional accomplishments. They will be automatically emailed access information to the system. They can then complete and upload their recommendation form.
- Writing Sample: Please click here to download the instructions and article for your writing sample. This exercise asks you to write a single, brief paragraph. It should not take the form of a larger document, such as a letter, an email, a report, or a plan. Submit one paragraph with no more than 250 words.
- Submit the application and pay the $75 fee when you have uploaded all necessary materials (listed above).
- Mail official GRE scores, if applicable: The MA in Communication program may require GRE scores. The program waives this requirement for applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and higher or at least five years of full-time work experience after completing college. Submit results directly to the Advanced Academic Programs Office of Admissions, using the code 8747. Photocopies will not be accepted.
- Upload unofficial copies of transcripts to the application. If you have collegiate coursework outside of the United States, upload an unofficial copy of the course-by-course evaluation. Please do not upload unofficial copies of transcripts outside of the United States without the evaluation.
- Mail in official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework completed within the US only. Mail to: Johns Hopkins University AAP Admissions Office, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 101, Washington, DC 20036. Or, you can send them electronically through Scrip-Safe or Docufide. You can send these transcripts to us prior to or after applying online. Transcripts depicting fewer than 12 credits that were transferred to a different US institution are not required unless pre-requisites are listed on them. Your application will not be complete until we have received official copies of all transcripts listed.
- If you have international coursework, send in the course-by-course credential evaluation. Study abroad may be exempt. Visit the International Applicants webpage to learn more. You can send this evaluation to us prior to or after applying online.
- If English is your second language, you may be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination. Visit the International Applicants webpage to learn more. You can send these scores to us prior to or after applying online.
The Master of Arts (MA) in Communication program will consider granting advance standing. Advance standing means that a student can waive a maximum of two courses taken outside the MA in Communication program without having to replace them with MA in Communication courses. The courses can count as electives but not required or core courses. The courses cannot count toward a concentration.
- Each of the one or two courses must fulfill the following criteria: (a) be at the graduate level, (b) have been completed within 5 years before the time when the student applied to the MA in Communication program, (c) relate to the types of communication reflected by the MA in Communication program’s concentrations, and (d) reflect a grade of B- or higher.
- The following materials are required and will need to be uploaded to your online application for each course: (a) official transcript showing the course(s) and grade(s) and (b) complete syllabus for the course(s).
No Application Deadline
Applications are accepted year-round and students may apply to enroll for Summer, Fall or Spring semesters. There are no strict application deadlines. However, it is recommended that students submit all of their application materials at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester (international students should apply at least 3 months before the semester starts). For more about our application process, click here.
State-specific Information for Online Programs
Note: We currently are not accepting applications to the online MA in Communication from students who reside in Kansas. In addition, students currently cannot conduct internships in Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, or Oregon. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.
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