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

Congratulations on reaching this milestone as you work to further your educational journey with Johns Hopkins University. Here are the steps you will need to follow as you apply for your graduate program. Please visit the How to Apply page for additional information.

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

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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 [email protected]. If your institution does not provide electronic transcripts, request that your institution send an official transcript directly to:

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In 2-3 pages (single- or double-spaced), please share with us why you are interested in pursuing the MA in Writing degree. Discuss your education, experience, and interest in your chosen writing area, and share your aspirations as a graduate student and as a writer, and include a plan of study.

Statements of Purpose are reviewed for content, creativity, and interest in literary writing. Please describe your recent reading and your statement may be supplemented with a brief additional biographical sketch.

Finally, please specify whether you seek degree status or permission to take only a specific course or two, with the desired courses cited.

Please identify two individuals, such as professors or supervisors, who can verify your professional and/or academic accomplishments. Submit your recommenders’ contact information within your online application. They will be emailed automatically with instructions to access the system and provide their recommendations. Up to two letters of recommendation directly related to your experience or promise as a writer should be included.

Please submit a writing sample up to 15 typewritten, double-spaced pages, or about 3,500 to 4,500 words. Samples do not have to be a single, lengthy piece of writing. Learn more about the Writing Sample piece of your application for the MA in Writing program.

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 100.

Special student status is designed for individuals interested in taking classes, but not pursuing a master’s degree. If you secure special student status in the MA in Writing program, that does not eliminate the eventual need to submit full writing samples and undergo a full admissions review if you request degree candidacy. Additionally, the MA in Writing program differs from other AAP graduate programs in the status of special students:

(1) Special students in the MA in Writing program must get adviser permission for every course they take.

(2) Unlike other AAP graduate programs, the MA in Writing program does not allow applicants to enroll in a program course without some type of review of writing samples and a Statement of Purpose, even if those applicants request special student status. The requirements and standards of the desired course will determine the admissions review for a request to register for that course; some courses require greater writing experience than others. Courses completed as a special student will count toward an MA degree if the student later earns degree status.

The Writing Seminars
Applicants interested in obtaining information about the full-time MFA program should visit the The Writing Seminars website, which is an entity at Johns Hopkins separate from the MA in Writing program.

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