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.

MA in Writing Program Overview

For information on our summer residency course — held in Bar Harbor, Maine, in 2017 — as well as for an overview of our program, view the following video.

Quick Stats

Course Locations Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC
Available 100% Online No
Entry Terms Fall, Spring or Summer semester
Degree Requirements Nine courses
Tuition and Fees Tuition in the 2016-17 academic year is $2,918 per course. More information.

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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Belatedly sharing photos from the Baltimore Writer's Conference last weekend. It was a terrific event. I had some fascinating conversations--meeting new writers who shared their work in crit sessions, chatting with editors of local literary journals, and catching up with our own beloved students and alumni who were well-represented in this community of writers. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hello MA in Writing Students/alumni,
I met an interesting man at the Baltimore Writers Conference last weekend who is looking for someone to copy edit & proof read his book manuscript. He will pay, he says. He speaks English as a second language and is currently having someone edit the manuscript for errors--but is looking for a second reader to copy edit and proof. If you are interested, you can reach out to him:
John Salehi <johnysalehi@gmail.com>
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