FAQs for Prospective Students

After filling out the online application, please send transcripts, resume, notification of completion of conditional acceptance, transfer credit requests, etc. to:

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals
Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering
6810 Deerpath Road, Suite 100
Elkridge, MD 21075

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals is part of The Johns Hopkins University, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Master of Science in Engineering in Systems Engineering program is accredited by ABET, a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Applications are accepted on a continuing basis.

Please see the Tuition & Fees page for more details.

Credit hours are not assigned for graduate level courses (i.e., 400-level and above). However, if credits are required for transfer purposes, all courses at the 400-level and above are interpreted as carrying the equivalent of three credits.

Courses at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals are offered online and at several locations in the Maryland and DC areas.

All coursework in your selected program must be completed within a specified period that begins with the start of the first course you take in your program.

  • Master's Degree - 5 years
  • Post-Master's Certificate - 3 years
  • Graduate Certificate - 3 years

For a master's degree, requests will be considered on an individual basis. Courses must be graduate-level and directly applicable to the student's program of study in Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals. Requests should be submitted, in writing, to the appropriate program chair. Please also provide a course description. The fee for transferred courses is $350 per course.

We offer part-time master's degrees and certificates in a variety of engineering and science disciplines.

Yes, you may register as a special student or in a certificate program. However, you must still meet the admission requirements.

All students are assigned advisors.

Yes. We offer post-master's certificates and graduate certificates in many of our programs.

Federal financial aid is available. Please see our financial aid page for more information.

Ten courses are required for a master's degree. Six courses are required for a post-master's certificate. Six courses are required for a graduate certificate.

No, a thesis or a comprehensive exam is not required.

Our on-site courses

are typically offered during the evenings, Monday through Friday, and Saturday mornings and afternoons. Our online courses offer even more flexibility.

Students may register as auditors with the approval of the appropriate program advisor. Although regular attendance is expected of auditors, they are exempt from quizzes, examinations, and other assigned work, and they receive no credit for the course. Students who are initially enrolled for credit but wish to become auditors must file the add/drop form before the deadline listed for each term in the academic calendar. There is no reduction in fees when auditing a course. Students who take courses for credit are given enrollment priority over auditors.

Please refer to the academic calendar for the most recent information.

Please contact our office at 410-516-2300.

Yes. You can return and take additional courses as a non-degree seeking student, or you can work toward a second master's degree or certificate. Please review the academic regulations to learn more about these options.

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals is committed to providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities. Please visit the disability services page for more information.

FAQs about Online Courses

Online courses at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals provide many opportunities for student-instructor interaction. First, instructors are required to post their contact information in the course syllabus and to state how quickly students can expect to hear back from them. Instructors also use various communication and facilitation tools within the course management tool (i.e., Blackboard). Types of interaction typically include course announcements, instructor discussion forum postings, assignment feedback, and weekly, synchronous office hours. Instructors are encouraged to log in to their course site daily or at least five times a week.

Students taking online courses at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals have access to a wide range of support services comparable to students taking on-site courses. Some of those services include live office hours, academic advising, the online bookstore, career placement assistance, student e-mail, financial aid assistance, a digital library of resources with live library support, mentoring, and technical support.

An online course is typically composed of either twelve (summer term) or fourteen (fall/spring terms) course learning modules. Each module is equivalent to one week of instruction. Different programs and instructors can chose to modify this structure. A module is composed of various learning objects such as a module learning guide, recorded video lectures, module readings, discussion forum questions, module assignments, and either module or course assessments.

Every course includes a course syllabus and a course outline. The course syllabus includes a detailed explanation of what the course is about, what students can expect to learn, how their learning will be assessed, and policies they are expected to follow. The course outline provides the student with the course-at-a-glance, which lists all the course topics by date, what is required, and when.

Online students will utilize two web-based technologies within their online courses: Blackboard and Adobe Connect. Blackboard is a web-based learning management system used to deliver all online courses at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals. Student access their courses by logging in to Blackboard with their JHU student identifier and password. Adobe Connect, a web-based conferencing tool, is used to facilitate weekly, live office hours. Some courses may require other specialized software applications, such as virtual desktop applications or remote labs, but all are designed to be accessible via the web.

Students new to online instruction are strongly encouraged to complete an orientation course. This course provides an overview of the technologies used in the online courses, and provides helpful suggestions on how to be an effective online student.

Any current student with an internet-enabled device can take an online course. Online courses at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals are accessible via most mobile devices.

No, not for classes. However, many online courses do conduct optional, weekly live office hours. These office hours are usually scheduled on a specific day and time each week. But even if you miss the live office hours, you can listen to recorded sessions.

Online courses are open to all admitted students at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals and we encourage international students to consider online courses.

You can switch between online and on-site courses in any given academic term, or take a combination of online and on-site courses within the same academic term. You can create different combinations throughout your degree program. The online course schedule is made available the same day as the on-site course schedule. Which delivery method you choose when pursuing your degree is your decision and should be based on what suits your lifestyle best.

Online courses are designed to meet the 135-hour minimum requirement for a three credit graduate course. Over a fourteen-week academic term, a student is expected to spend approximately ten hours per week participating in the course and completing all course assignments.

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals makes online courses accessible to learners across the globe. Minimally, you should have DSL internet access (cable is preferable). Please refer to our technical requirements for more detailed information.

There are many benefits of online learning but it also takes a lot of self-motivation and discipline. Where classroom learning tends to be more instructor-led, online learning is student-focused and participative. Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals strongly encourages online students to log in to their courses either daily or every other day. This approach is ideal for students who tend to be more introverted and less inclined to speak up in a class. Plus, it will allow you to engage with the course content (and your fellow students) gradually over time.

You will get to know your fellow online students fairly well. Online students at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals typically are asked to introduce themselves during the first week of the course through the discussion forum. Plus, many online courses require team-based projects that serve as a way to get to know and interact with your classmates. Another advantage of online learning is the diversity of the student population. Your course could include students from all over the world, increasing the potential for global professional networking.

FAQs for Current Students

If you do not know your JHED ID and/or your password, please review our helpful JHED Instructional Guide.

The Integrated Student Information System (ISIS) is Johns Hopkins' first university-wide, web-based student information system. In addition to billing features, students can select courses in a shopping cart to allow for better course planning and easy registration, update and maintain contact information, and review enrollment and grade information.

Review our textbook page for more information.

A degree audit (formerly known as a program plan) helps you plan your courses and meet all the requirements of your program. It is completed electronically through ISIS.

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals is committed to providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities. Please visit the disability services page for more information.

University ID cards (or J-Cards) can be mailed to the home of every registered student at their request. If you are interested in a university ID card, or a university ID card with a photo, please contact the J-Card Office at 410-516-5121 or jcard@jhu.edu.

You can find contact information for your instructor on his or her individual course pages or by searching the faculty directory.