MA in Writing Program Online

MA in Writing Online Courses

Beginning in Fall 2019, the MA in Writing Program is adding a fully online MA degree to our current onsite MA degree program. Students will now have a choice to take their MA in Writing courses onsite in Baltimore or Washington, DC, to take them all online, or to take a mix of the two modalities. Our onsite, face-to-face program will remain as it has been for more than twenty-five years. At the same time, we’ll be establishing an online presence that will allow any student to earn the full Masters degree in fiction or nonfiction by taking only online classes.

The two programs, onsite and online, will have the same requirements, the same courses, and the same faculty. As an example, in any given semester, we’ll run two Fiction Workshops – one to take place face-to-face and a second to be conducted online. These will be separate courses, but a student may choose to take either one. The same will be true for our Nonfiction Workshops, our core courses, all our electives, and our final course, Thesis and Publication.

We plan to launch our online Masters in Fall 2019 by offering the three core courses fully online: Fiction Techniques, Nonfiction Techniques, and Contemporary American Writers. Each semester after that first one, we’ll add two or three additional courses, with priorities going to workshops and our most popular electives. A student enrolling in the online MA program in Fall 2019 could earn the Masters degree as early as the end of the Fall 2020 semester.

At the same time, students in the onsite MA program will be able to continue taking face-to-face classes in Baltimore and Washington. These students will also be able to take some classes online if they wish to, although they will still be able to earn the MA degree in the same timeframe without taking any online classes, if they prefer.

Adding an MA degree that can be earned fully online will create opportunities for lifelong learners who are serious about writing and who wish to become better writers to earn that degree from Johns Hopkins University, no matter where in the country or the world they live. We look forward to working with all students of writing, both local and far away.

Multi-Year Schedule of Online Courses

Please watch this page over the coming months for updates. If you have questions, email Mark Farrington, Writing Program Director, at, or Karen Houppert, Writing Program Associate Director, at