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The rigorous curriculum focuses on the fundamentals of computer science, statistics, and applied mathematics, while incorporating real-world examples. With options to study online and on-site in state-of-the-art facilities at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, students learn from practicing engineers and data scientists. Graduates are prepared to succeed in specialized jobs involving everything from the data pipeline and storage, to statistical analysis and eliciting the story the data tells.

Upon completing the degree program, students will:

  1. Effectively and competitively respond to the growing demand for data scientists.
  2. Balance both the theory and practice of applied mathematics and computer science to analyze and handle large-scale data sets.
  3. Describe and transform information to discover relationships and insights into complex data sets.
  4. Create models using formal techniques and methodologies of abstraction that can be automated to solve real-world problems.

Requirements

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) multivariate calculus; (2) discrete mathematics; (3) courses in Java or C++ (note that actual competency in Java is expected and that Python can be accepted on a case-by-case basis); and (4) a course in data structures. Linear Algebra or Differential Equations will be accepted in lieu of Discrete Mathematics. A grade of B− or better must have been earned in each of the prerequisite courses.
  • 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 beyond calculus are available) or at another regionally accredited institution.
  • You may submit a detailed résumé if you would like your academic and professional background to be considered.
  • If you are an international student, you may have additional admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

  • A total of ten courses must be completed within five years.
  • The curriculum consists of eight required courses and two 700-level electives - one from the Applied and Computational Mathematics (625.7xx) program and one from the Computer Science program (605.7xx).
  • Courses applied toward undergraduate or graduate degrees at other institutions (non-JHU) are not eligible for transfer or double counting to a Data Science master's degree or post-master's certificate. Up to two graduate courses taken outside of JHU after an undergraduate degree was conferred and not applied toward a graduate or other degree may be considered toward the Data Science master's degree subject to advisor approval.
  • Graduate students who are not pursuing a master's degree in Data Science should consult with their advisor to determine which courses must be successfully completed before 600- or 700-level Data Science courses may be taken.
  • Only one C-range grade (C+, C, or C−) can count toward the master’s degree.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.

Post Master's Certificate

Admission Requirements

  • You must meet the general admission requirements that pertain to all post master's certificate candidates. Coursework should have included coursework comparable to at least three of the four required courses in both the Computer Science area and the Applied and Computational Mathematics area, respectively.
  • Applicants with a master's degree in data science or a very closely related field, such as applied statistics, are eligible to apply.

Certificate Requirements

  • A total of six courses must be completed within three years.
  • You must select at least three courses from the Applied and Computational Mathematics program (625.xxx) and at least three courses from the Computer Science program (605.xxx).
  • At least four of the courses must be 700-level with at least two from Computer Science and at least two from Applied and Computational Mathematics.
  • 625.603 Statistical Methods and Data Analysis may not be applied to the post-master's certificate.
  • One graduate course taken outside of JHU and not applied toward a graduate or other degree may be considered toward the Data Science Post-Master’s Certificate, subject to advisor approval.
  • Only grades of B− or above can be counted toward the post-master’s certificate.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.

Courses

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

PREREQUISITE COURSES

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 or certificate requirements.

FOUNDATION COURSES

These required foundation courses must be taken or waived before all other courses in their respective programs.

REQUIRED COURSES

Students who have been waived from foundation or required courses may replace the courses with the same number of other graduate courses. 605.xxx courses must be replaced with 605.xxx courses and 625.xxx courses must be replaced with 625.xxx courses. Students who waive 605.641 must replace it with 605.741 Large-Scale Database Systems. Students who waive 605.621 must replace it with 605.649 Introduction to Machine Learning. Students who take outside electives from other programs must meet the specific course prerequisites listed.

Program News

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.

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.