Online courses at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals:
- Use of state-of-the-art technology and learning tools
- Are interactive
- Incorporate real-world, project-based learning taught by engineers and scientists working at the top of their fields
- Feature digital resources, academic advising, and support services from across Johns Hopkins University
- Utilize structured, guided learning that allows for flexibility in when and where students access original course content
- Give students the ability to customize course loads with both online and on-site courses
- Provide opportunities for networking and fostering career connections on a global scale
The following programs can be completed fully online.
- Climate Change, Energy, and Environmental Sustainability*
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Environmental Engineering and Science
- Environmental Planning and Management
- Information Systems Engineering
- Systems Engineering
- Technical Management
*Offered as a post-master’s certificate only
Online Course List
The following is the complete list of current online courses for all programs. Please refer to the course schedule published each term for exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors.
Applied and Computational Mathematics
Applied Biomedical Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Environmental Engineering, Science, and Management
Information Systems Engineering
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.
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.
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 site-based 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.
I’ve actually taken all of my coursework online so far because (to my surprise) I very much enjoy the format and the flexibility it offers me. Also, it’s been interesting to interact with students from across the country.—Joe Arrowsmith,
currently pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Science