Admissions Requirements

Admission to AAP programs typically requires a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. However, the MA in Teaching Writing program will review course transcripts and consider professional experience to assess applicants, regardless of GPA.

General Information

  • AAP Admissions Requirements
  • Application Deadline: Students may begin their studies in any semester. However, in order to ensure time for applicants to be fully considered, completed applications should be received no later than 30-60 days before the start of the semester in which the applicant hopes to begin.
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Students must hold a bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling.
  • Application Materials: Please note that gathering and guaranteeing delivery of application materials is the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Official Transcripts

    JHU AAP accepts official transcripts that are electronically sent directly from the granting institution and emailed to

    If your institution does not provide electronic transcripts, request that your institution send an official transcript directly to:

    Johns Hopkins University
    Advanced Academic Programs
    Transcript Processing Center
    32 Mount Joy Street, Suite 300
    Mount Joy, PA 17552

  • International Coursework: If you have international coursework, send the course-by-course credential evaluation. Please visit the International Applications page for details.

Teaching Writing Application Requirements

  • Completed Application
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcripts from all college studies and the latest degree.
  • 750-1000 word Statement of Purpose, describing your professional goals and interests in using writing in your teaching and in exploring your writing.
  • Up to ten pages (2500 words) of a writing sample or samples of any genre or type.
  • Optional: Up to three letters of recommendation directly related to teaching skill, writing, or teaching promise.

Applicant Review Process

  • Once an application is complete, the Admissions Department will submit a request for review by the Program Admissions Committee.
  • The Program Admissions Committee consists of the Program Director and faculty members.
  • Applications are reviewed as they are received by the committee so that review times may vary depending on the number of completed applications submitted.
  • The committee reserves the right to contact the application for additional evidence of qualifications or to clarify the provided materials.
  • Once admitted to the program, the students will be allowed to register, after speaking to a faculty advisor.


  • Upon acceptance, students are assigned a faculty advisor to help guide their studies.
  • This same faculty advisor will help mentor the students through graduation, helping the student to identify courses that will have maximum impact on the student’s education in the program.

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing allows applicants who have taken one or more graduate-level courses similar to Teaching Writing courses to be considered for Advanced Standing, which would credit those prior courses, allowing students to complete the MA in Teaching Writing degree with eight, or possibly seven, courses in our program. Teacher/Consultants who have completed an Invitational Summer Institute with a National Writing Project affiliate are automatically eligible for Advanced Standing consideration. To be considered for Advanced Standing, please e-mail Program Director Mark Farrington at regarding criteria and required materials.

State-specific Information for Online Programs

We currently are not accepting applications to the Master of Arts in Teaching Writing from students who reside in Wisconsin. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs.