Information Systems Engineering

The Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals Information Systems Engineering program will give you the tools you need to develop and manage complex systems that solve real-world problems.

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Focus Areas/Tracks
CybersecurityData EngineeringEnterprise and Web ComputingHuman-Computer InteractionInformation ManagementNetwork EngineeringSoftware EngineeringSystems Engineering

About

In the Information Systems Engineering program at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals, technical professionals and business leaders both benefit from an intensive curriculum in a field that is leading to new technologies and career opportunities every day. Expert instructors, who teach both on-site and online, delve into a wide range of cutting-edge topics from distributed systems and information security to project management and systems analysis.

Upon completing the degree program, students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the development processes and components of large-scale information systems.

Requirements

Master's Degree

Admission Requirements

  • You must meet the general admission requirements that pertain to all master's degree candidates.
  • You must have a closely related bachelor of science degree or master of science degree or at least three years of related, professional work experience.
  • Your prior education must include the following prerequisites: one year of college math (including one semester of calculus or discrete mathematics) and a course in a programming language such as Java or C++. Actual competency in Java is expected.
  • 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.
  • A course in data structures may also be required for students seeking to take selected courses from Computer Science and Cybersecurity.
  • 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

  • Ten courses must be completed within five years.
  • Students are required to choose a track to follow.
  • The curriculum consists of three foundation courses and five courses from the Information Systems Engineering (635.xxx) program, which includes selected courses from the Computer Science (605.xxx), Cybersecurity (695.xxx), Systems Engineering (645.xxx), and Technical Management (595.xxx) programs.
  • At least three courses must be from the same track, at least three courses must be at the 700-level, and at least one 700-level course must be in the chosen track.
  • Up to two electives may be selected from other programs. Electives from other programs require approval of the advisor. Transfer courses will be considered electives. Transfer courses must meet all general Johns Hopkins Engineering requirements for transfer, must be directly applicable to Information Systems Engineering, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Graduate students who are not pursuing a master's degree in Information Systems Engineering should consult with their advisor to determine which courses must be successfully completed before 600- or 700-level 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.

Graduate Certificate

Admission Requirements

  • You must meet the general admission requirements that pertain to all post-master's certificate candidates.
  • If you decide to pursue the full master’s degree, all courses will apply to the master’s degree provided they meet program requirements and fall within a five-year time limit. The student must declare their intention prior to the completing the certificate.
  • If you are an international student, you may have additional admission requirements.

Certificate Requirements

  • Five courses must be completed within three years.
  • The curriculum consists of four Information Systems Engineering courses, as listed in the Courses section below, and one elective.
  • Four of the five courses must be Information Systems Engineering courses, which include 635.xxx courses plus selected courses from the Computer Science (605.xxx), Cybersecurity (695.xxx), Systems Engineering (645.xxx), and Technical Management (595.xxx) programs.
  • Tracks are not applicable for students pursing certificates.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.

Post-Master's Certificate

Admission Requirements

Certificate Requirements

  • Six courses must be completed within three years.
  • The curriculum consists of five Information Systems Engineering courses, as listed in the Courses section below, and one elective.
  • Five of the six courses must be Information Systems Engineering courses, which include 635.xxx courses plus selected courses from the Computer Science (605.xxx), Cybersecurity (695.xxx), Systems Engineering (645.xxx), and Technical Management (595.xxx) programs.
  • At least two of these courses must be at the 700-level.
  • Tracks are not applicable for students pursing certificates.
  • 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.

PREREQUISITES

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

Students working toward a master's degree in Information Systems Engineering are required to take the following three foundation courses before taking any other courses.

One or more foundation courses can be waived by the student’s advisor if a student has received an A or B in equivalent graduate courses. In this case, the student may replace the waived foundation courses with the same number of other graduate courses and may take these courses after all remaining foundation course requirements have been satisfied.

COURSES BY TRACK

The tracks offered represent related groups of courses that are relevant for students with interests in the selected areas. Students are required to choose a track to follow and to take at least three courses from the selected track, including at least one 700-level course. The tracks are presented as an aid to students in planning their course selections and are only applicable to students seeking a master’s degree. They do not appear as official designations on a student’s transcript or diploma.

*This track requires Data Structures.

Advising

Please visit the Information Systems Engineering Advising Corner for more information.

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.