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.


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 (1) a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, or a closely related technical discipline; (2) mathematics through differential and integral calculus and differential equations; and (3) coursework in physical chemistry and thermodynamics. (Non-chemical engineering majors must complete additional undergraduate courses from either the full-time program ( or a peer institution.)
  • When reviewing an application, the candidate's 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.
  • Students may count 400-level courses towards their degree if the course is not offered at the 600-level and if the department offering the course considers it to be graduate-level. Courses offered at both the 400- and 600-levels must be taken at the higher level. 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 the student's educational goals.
  • No more than three courses can be selected from the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences' Advanced Academic Program in Biotechnology.
  • Focus areas are not required for this program.
  • If a course is not offered in a given term, students may seek advice from the program chair regarding appropriate substitutions.
  • Only one grade of C may count toward the master's degree.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.


Please refer to the course schedule published each term for exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors.


These courses do not count towards degree or certificate requirements.

Undergraduate courses from other engineering or science disciplines may be substituted if there is significant overlap in material. Permission to substitute or waive course requirements will be at the discretion of the program chair.


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.

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