How to Apply
Any applicant to the graduate program must have earned a bachelor’s degree. Apply online here. The application fee is $75.
- Three recommendation letters
- Writing sample
- Statement of purpose (critique of work)
- GRE scores
- TOEFL or IELTS scores (for those applicants whose native language is not English)
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must ensure that three former teachers (or editors familiar with the applicant’s writing) write letters of recommendation. At least one letter should specifically address the applicant’s writing. Learn more about submitting letters of recommendation.
MFA poetry applicants must submit 10 poems (not to exceed 25 double-spaced pages); MFA fiction applicants must submit a maximum of three short stories or a self-contained section of a novel (40 double-spaced pages maximum). The writing sample must be sent electronically as part of the online application. Learn more about submitting writing samples.
Statement of Purpose (Critique of Work)
The statement of purpose (critique of work) should consist of a two-page (at most) introduction and critique. This statement should give admissions faculty a view to the scope and thoughtfulness of the work submitted and a sense of the student’s ability to identify both its strengths and weaknesses. It should convey a sense of the tone and approach by which the applicant hopes to contribute to the writing workshops. It must be sent electronically as part of the online application. Learn more about submitting the statement of purpose.
The Writing Seminars requires transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (including overseas study and college work which may be shown as transfer credits on another transcript). Learn more about submitting transcripts.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Applicants must have taken the GRE within the last five years and direct the Educational Testing Service to submit official notification of the scores directly to Johns Hopkins University. Please note: JHU Institution code is 5332; Department code is 2503. Any application lacking GRE scores will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. The applicant must take the GRE no later than December. Learn more about submitting GRE scores.
January 15 is the application deadline. The applicant is advised to request letters of recommendation, transcripts, and GRE notification long before the deadline.
International applicants should visit the Office of International Services website for pertinent information. All application documents must be provided in English (either the original or translations of the original documents).