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 and upload required supporting materials
  2. Submit the application along with the $75 application fee

Required Supporting Materials

  • 2-3 page Statement of Purpose.
  • Up to two recommendation letters directly relating to the applicant’s experience or promise as a writer (optional).
  • Writing samples. The samples should be up to 15 typewritten, double-spaced pages, or about 3,500 to 4,500 words, in the concentration of interest. Samples do not have to be a single, lengthy piece of writing.
  • 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
851 Trafalgar Court
Suite 420 West
Maitland, FL 32751

  • If you have international coursework, send in the course-by-course credential evaluation. Study abroad may be exempt.
  • If English is your second language, you may be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination.
  • 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.

Additional Application Information

Writing Sample and Concentrations

Applicants are expected to have some familiarity with writing in their chosen concentration before beginning graduate-level courses, although they need not be published or professional writers.

No Application Deadline

We accept applications year-round for fall, spring, or summer semesters. We recommend submitting your application materials at least 6 weeks before the desired start date. International students should apply at least 3 months before the semester starts.

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