Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Students
- Where do I send my application, application fee, transcripts, resume, etc?
- Is the program accredited?
- What is the applications deadline?
- What is the cost per course?
- What is the credit value per course?
- Where does the program offer courses?
- Are GRE scores required?
- How long do I have to complete a degree?
- Are transfer credits accepted?
- What degrees do you offer?
- Can I take courses without getting a degree?
- Are there advisors available?
- Do you offer certificate programs?
- Do you offer financial aid?
- How many courses are required for a degree?
- Is a thesis or a comprehensive exam required?
- What times are classes offered?
- Can I Audit a course?
- When does the semester begin and end?
- I have not applied yet. Can I still take a class this semester/term?
- I have graduated with a master's degree from your program. Can I come back to take additional courses?
Where do I send my application, application fee, transcripts, resume, etc?
Please send applications, transcripts, application fees, resume, notification of completion of conditional acceptance, transfer credit requests, etc. to:
Engineering for Professionals
Whiting School of Engineering
Johns Hopkins University
6810 Deerpath Road, Suite 100
Elkridge, MD 21075
Is the program accredited?
The University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) is the accrediting authority for engineering and technology programs in the United States. University and colleges may choose to have their basic (undergraduate) or advanced (graduate) programs accredited, but not both. Nearly every engineering school, including the Whiting School chooses to have its basic programs accredited by ABET.
What is the application deadline?
Applications are accepted on a continuing basis.
What is the cost per course?
What is the credit value per course?
Credit hours are not assigned for graduate level courses (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.
Where does the program offer courses?Courses are offered at:
- Applied Physics Laboratory (Laurel, MD)
- Dorsey Student Services Center (Elkridge, MD)
- Higher Education and Applied Technology Center (Aberdeen, MD)
- Homewood Campus (Baltimore, MD)
- Montgomery County Campus (Rockville, MD)
- Southern MD Higher Education Center (California, MD)
- Washington DC Center (Washington D.C.)
For more information, please see out locations page—there you can find maps, driving directions, parking information and more.
Are GRE scores required?
No. An applicant must meet the general admission requirements appropriate for all graduate study and the specific admission requirements for the desired program. Note that these requirements represent minimum standards for admission; the final decision on an applicant's suitability for a given program is made by the admissions committee for that program. Please refer to the individual degree listings for specific requirements.
How long do I have to complete a degree?
To be counted toward the degree or certificate, all course work in the program must be completed within a specified period which begins with the start of the first course in the student's program:
- Master's degree—5 years
- Advanced Certificate—3 years
- Graduate Certificate—3 years
- Certificate of Continuing Engineering Studies—5 years
Are transfer credits accepted?
For the 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 Engineering for Professionals. Requests should be submitted, in writing, to the appropriate Program Chair. Please also provide a course description. The fee for transfer is $300 per course.
What degrees do you offer?
Master's degrees are offered in: applied and computational mathematics, applied biomedical engineering, applied physics, bioinformatics, chemical & biomolecular engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, environmental engineering, science and management , information systems and technology, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, and technical management. A graduate certificate is offered in technical innovation and New Venture.
Can I take courses without getting a degree?
Yes, you may register as a Special Student or in a certificate program. The only stipulation is that you fulfill requirements for admission and meet the prerequisites for courses in which you are interested.
Are there advisors available?
All students are assigned advisors.
Do you offer certificate programs?
Yes. We offer the Advanced Certificate for Post-Master's Study and the Graduate Certificate.
Do you offer financial aid?
Federal financial aid in the form of grants and student loans is available to part-time degree candidates who are enrolled in two or more courses per term (or the equivalent of at least six credits).
How many courses are required for a degree?
- Ten courses are required for a master's degree.
- Six courses are required for an advanced certificate for post-master's study.
- Six courses are required for a graduate certificate.
Is a thesis or a comprehensive exam required?
No, a thesis or a comprehensive exam is not required.
What times are classes offered?
Classes are typically offered during the evening, Monday through Friday, and Saturday mornings and afternoons. Select courses are offered online.
Can I Audit a course?
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 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.
When does the semester begin and end?
Please refer to the Academic Calendar for other semesters/terms.
I have not applied yet. Can I still take a class this semester/term?
Please contact the Engineering for Professionals office at 1.800.JHU.ENGR or 410.516.2300.
I have graduated with a master's degree from your program. Can I come back to take additional courses?
Yes, and the application fee is waived.
For more information, please see the infomation in the catalog for Second Master's Degree, Advanced Certificate for Post-Master's Study Candiate, or Non-degree seeking students.