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 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.
  • The curriculum consists of four core courses and six electives.
  • At least four of the courses must be at the 600-level or higher. An elective may be substituted for a required course if the student has previously completed an equivalent graduate-level course.
  • 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.


Prerequisite 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.

Program News

High Rankings for JHU Online Engineering Programs
January 10, 2018

The online programs at the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering are ranked highly according to the latest report from U.S. News & World Report released January 9, 2018.

Top Instructors Receive 2017 Faculty Awards
April 18, 2017

During the 2017 spring faculty meeting held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins Engineering honored ten outstanding online and part-time instructors for their dedication in the classroom this past year.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks JHU's Online Engineering Programs Among Nation's Best
January 12, 2017

In the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report, released January 10, 2017, the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering maintained its spot in the top twenty-five schools in the country in the categories of Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs and Best Online Graduate Computer...