Admissions Requirements


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Meeting the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee admission. The Writing Program Admissions Committee will consider applicants who do not meet GPA requirements by reviewing and assessing professional or personal achievement. 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 scores if English is not their first language.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Online Application.
  2. Upload the following required materials to the Online Application*:
    1. 2-3 page Statement of Purpose
    2. Up to two recommendation letters directly relating to the applicant’s experience or promise as a writer (optional)
    3. Recent writing samples in the chosen concentration (see below for details)
  3. Submit the application and pay the $75 fee when you have uploaded all the necessary materials (listed above).
  4. 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

  5. If you have international coursework, send in the course-by-course credential evaluation. Study abroad may be exempt. Visit the International Applicants page to learn more.
  6. If English is your second language, you may be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination. Visit the International Applicants page to learn more.
  7. The program does not require a graduate entrance examination or proficiency in a foreign language, but the program will consider GRE scores when reviewing an application if they are provided and if the applicant requests such consideration. Applicants who submit test scores, international course evaluations, and other materials not on this list should follow specific directions for that document or contact Admissions at

* All application materials submitted to the Advanced Academic Programs become the property of Johns Hopkins University and will not be returned to applicants under any circumstances.

Writing Sample & Concentrations

For more information about your writing application and writing sample, visit the Your Writing Application page.

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing allows consideration for applicants who have graduate-level coursework from an accredited college or university to be exempt from taking up to two courses towards degree completion. To be considered for Advanced Standing, please e-mail Program Director Mark Farrington at regarding criteria and required materials.

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.