The Master of Arts in Writing Program is celebrating 20 years of success in helping writers achieve a wide range of creative and professional goals. With a part-time format, craft-base courses, and a faculty of practicing writers and editors, the program offers a challenging, nurturing home in Washington or Baltimore to expand knowledge and skills in Fiction or Nonfiction. For Science Writing you can explore our Master of Arts or Graduate Certificate.

Our nine-course MA in Writing reflects the quality, prestige, and value of Johns Hopkins University; our program aims to create the next generation of citizens for our nation’s Community of Letters.

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Course Locations Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC
Available 100% Online No.
Entry Terms Fall, Spring or Summer semester
Degree Requirements Nine courses

In 1992, Johns Hopkins University founded the Master of Arts in Writing Program in Washington, D.C., to provide professional and artistic options for adult, part-time students. After 20 years of growth, the program offers onsite fiction and nonfiction classes in Washington and Baltimore. *Our partner program in Science Writing is online / low-residency.

The Writing Program is designed primarily for part-time study; full-time study is possible under special circumstances such as for international students or military veterans. Some students take only a course or two of interest; most seek a full Master of Arts.

The fiction and nonfiction courses, along with electives in poetry, literature, teaching writing, screenwriting, and other topics, are available on weekday evenings or Saturdays at the Washington Center and at the main Hopkins Homewood Campus in Baltimore. Fiction and nonfiction students attend face-to-face classes in Washington or Baltimore to earn a degree; online/low-residency is not available in those concentrations.

For either concentration, students earn the 9-course MA at their own pace—generally within two to five years. The program also offers accelerated and extended options. While courses are offered year-round, including in a summer term, our flexible program allows students to take a term or two off as their schedules require.

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Counting down to our Spring 2016 Readings and Awards: Friday, 5/6, at Homewood in Baltimore, 210 Hodson Hall, and Saturday, 5/7, in DC at the JHU/SAIS Auditorium at Dupont Circle, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Both start at 6 with receptions; the readings and awards begin at 7. Open and free! ...

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Mark your calendars: Our Spring 2016 thesis readings and program awards presentations will be Friday, May 6, at Homewood in Baltimore and Saturday, May 7, in DC, at the JHU/SAIS Auditorium at Dupont Circle. Pass the word! ...

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Congrats to the NY Times' Alissa Rubin, for her much-deserved Pulitzer. Alissa once took some poetry courses from the Hopkins Writing Program, and she was damned good at that, too! ...

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