M.A. On Campus Online


Johns Hopkins University

18 months
3415 USD/module
3415 USD/module
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You bring the passion for storytelling, we’ll help you develop your craft, tap into your creativity, and increase your network. At Johns Hopkins University our goal is that you will leave our Writing  program ready to write, publish, and edit at the highest levels possible.


The Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing reflects our university’s international reputation for academic rigor and creative innovation. Rooted in craft and led by working writers, our high-quality program is both challenging and supportive: We’re here to offer clear, straightforward, thoughtful feedback while creating a culture that encourages risk-taking.

At JHU, you will not only boost your writing, revision, and editing skills, but also learn how to read like a writer, to give and receive feedback, to find publishing opportunities, and to live the writing life.

Explore Many Genres and Styles

We offer concentrations in nonfiction or fiction writing, each offering its own core courses and required electives that will explore craft elements like form, voice, structure, and style.

  • Nonfiction Track: pursue long-form literary journalism, personal essays, and memoir
  • Fiction Track: focus on short stories, novellas, and novels in a variety of genres

In addition to classes in your selected track, you’ll get to dabble in other genres like poetry, drama, playwriting, and screenwriting. Flesh out your schedule with classes from across concentrations, genres, eras, themes, craft elements, and even from our science writing and teaching writing graduate programs.

Live the Writing Life: Summer Residency

Our residency program brings together our community for a week of sessions, workshops, readings, outings, receptions, and, of course, personal writing time. After all, you’re likely to be inspired by your surroundings!

Residency locations vary from year to year. We’ve been to Bar Harbor, Maine; Dublin, Ireland; and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Sometimes our writing residencies are integrated with the JHU science writing and teaching writing master’s programs, giving you a chance to connect with even more writers and faculty members.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Fiction Techniques 
  • Contemporary American Writers
  • Thesis And Publication
  • Novel Form, Style, & Structure
  • The Short Story: Past & Present 
  • Advanced Revision Techniques in Fiction

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2-3 page Statement of Purpose.
  • Up to two recommendation letters directly relating to the applicant’s experience or promise as a writer (optional).
  • Recent writing samples in the chosen concentration (see below for details).
  • Official transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3415 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3415 USD per module during 18 months.
  • National

    3415 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3415 USD per module during 18 months.

Living costs for Baltimore

1240 - 2100 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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