Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Graduates of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering program at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals advance their careers in many industries including biopharma, energy, electronics, and green manufacturing for fuels and chemicals.

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Degrees & Pathways

Focus Areas/Tracks


The Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering program gives students the opportunity to develop skills that are fundamental to this expanding field. From biotechnology to nanotechnology and the environment, participants in the program acquire a broad range of advanced engineering and science knowledge from prominent faculty.

Upon completing the degree program, students will:

  1. Apply chemical engineering principles to obtain a constraints-based mathematical model from a known biochemical pathway.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the various constraints including regulatory requirements that affect drug development.
  3. Apply chemical engineering knowledge to solve pharmaceutical process problems.
  4. Develop simplified approximations to solve open-ended complex engineering problems in colloid and interfacial science.
  5. Develop proficiency in using mathematical tools and formalism to solve well-defined engineering problems in colloid and interfacial science.


Program Chair: Michael Betenbaugh

Program Coordinator: Anne Zylinski (410-516-7904,


Master's Degree

Admission Requirements

  • You must meet the general admission requirements that pertain to all master's degree candidates.
  • Your prior education must include the following prerequisites: (1) a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, or a closely related technical or scientific discipline; (2) mathematics through integral calculus and differential equations; and (3) coursework in physical chemistry and thermodynamics.
  • If your prior education does not include the prerequisites listed above, you may still be admitted under provisional status, followed by full admission once you have completed the missing prerequisites. Missing prerequisites may be completed with Johns Hopkins Engineering (all prerequisites are available) or at another regionally accredited institution.
  • When reviewing an application, your academic and professional background will be considered.
  • If you are an international student, you may have additional admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

  • Ten courses must be completed within five years.
  • The curriculum consists of five recommended core courses and five electives.
  • At least six of the ten courses must be from the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering program. Exceptions to this must be approved by the program chair. A course from any other program may be allowed to count as one of the six courses only if it has significant chemical and biomolecular engineering content and is consistent with your educational goals. Nine of the courses (including the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering courses) must be STEM related. The tenth course may be chosen from any field of interest to you.
  • Focus areas are not required for this program.
  • You may count 400-level courses toward your degree if the course is not offered at the 600-level, and if the department offering the course considers it to be graduate-level, assuming, you have not taken an equivalent course previously. Courses offered at both the 400- and 600-levels must be taken at the higher level.
  • Only one C-range grade (C+, C, or C−) can count toward the master’s degree.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.


Please refer to the Schedule Planning Information page for a general idea when these courses are offered. For exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors, please refer to the course schedule published each term.


If your prior education does not include the prerequisites listed under Admission Requirements, you may still be admitted under provisional status, followed by full admission once you have completed the missing prerequisites. All prerequisite courses beyond calculus are available at Johns Hopkins Engineering. These courses do not count toward the degree requirements.


Students should work with an advisor to choose an appropriate selection of courses in keeping with their desired focus area (Biotechnology or Nanotechnology) and career goals. Focus areas do not appear as official designations on a student's transcript or diploma.


Additional relevant courses are available from Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and other related majors. The following are presented as aid to students in planning their class schedules. The students are encouraged to seek out other courses of relevance to the Master's degree.

Program News

Microsoft Teams: A Digital Platform for Communication and Collaboration Between Students
February 3, 2020

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals (EP) this month launched an exciting new initiative: an online Student Community offered through the digital platform Microsoft Teams. As part of the EP Student Community, students can safely and securely connect, share, and learn from one another while also having easy access to relevant resources.

New Faculty Forward Program
July 16, 2019

Engineering for Professionals is offering faculty members access to a new program aimed at enhancing instructors' impact in the classroom—whether face-to-face, online, or blended. Faculty Forward couples innovative pedagogical strategies with the power of technology to give participants the tools they need to keep students engaged and to enable them to reach their career and educational goals.

New Grant Will Support Faculty Training in Online and Digital Learning
June 7, 2018

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals has received a DELTA grant to build Faculty Forward, an intensive faculty development program to train fellows in the latest and most effective online and digital learning tools and techniques. The grant was awarded by JHU's Office of the Provost.