Admissions Criteria

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited US college or university, or equivalent international credential
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

How to Apply

Advanced Academic Programs accepts applications year-round for fall, spring, or summer semesters, so, there is no application deadline. Submitting your application materials at least 6 weeks before the desired start date is recommended. International students should apply at least 3 months before the semester starts.

  • Complete the Online Application.
  • Gather and upload the required supporting materials.
  • Submit the application along with the $75 application fee.

Required Supporting Materials

Please include any full- or part-time work, internships, and relevant volunteer history. Be sure to detail your educational background and any previous responsibilities related to your intended program.

Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs 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

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In 500 words or less, please explain why you are interested in pursuing the MA in Communication degree. Describe your academic and career goals, highlighting how this program will serve those goals. Please use double-spaced formatting.

Please identify two individuals that can verify your professional and/or academic accomplishments, such as professors or supervisors. Submit your recommenders’ contact information within your online application. They will be emailed automatically with instructions to access the system and provide their recommendations.

As part of your application to the MA in Communication program, you are required to submit a writing sample. There are two options available to fulfill this requirement.

Option A: You may submit a final paper from previous coursework. The submission should be relevant to the field of Communication and should be written only by the applicant (no co-authors or group projects).

Option B: You may submit a response to the application writing prompt (below). Your response should be no longer than a single page and should not require or use any external sources or citations.

Writing prompt for Option B:

Social, cultural, and technological changes have always impacted how we communicate. Looking toward the next five to ten years, discuss how you anticipate the needs and expectations of communication professionals to change. What kinds of problems and opportunities should communication professionals expect and how should we prepare for these uncertain developments?

Additional Considerations

Applicants who received their bachelor’s degree in a country outside of the United States or have international coursework are required to provide a course-by-course credential evaluation. Studying abroad may be exempt.

If English is your second language, you may be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination. Please note this program requires a minimum online TOEFL test score of 105.

The program waives this requirement for applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and higher or at least five years of full-time work experience after completing college. Submit official results directly to the Advanced Academic Programs Office of Admissions, using the code 8747. Photocopies will not be accepted.

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