Materials Science and Engineering

The Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals Materials Science and Engineering program gives working engineers the tools they need to develop and improve the materials that impact everyday life.

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Degrees & Pathways

Focus Areas/Tracks


The curriculum in the Materials Science and Engineering program at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals takes a close look at the connections between materials' structure and performance, how particular properties can be achieved through state-of-the-art processing, and how newly engineered materials can be used in modern technologies. After studying with instructors working at the top of their fields, students are prepared to tackle today’s most pressing questions in nanotechnology, electrochemistry, biomaterials, and more.

Upon completing the degree program, students will:

  1. Understand the basic concepts related to the structure of engineering materials.
  2. Understand the basic thermodynamics and kinetics of engineering materials.
  3. Apply the structure, thermodynamics, and kinetics of materials to the characterization of material properties and to the design of engineering materials.


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 a mathematics sequence through differential equations and courses in general physics and chemistry.
  • This program is best suited to applicants who have received undergraduate degrees in engineering or science.
  • 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

  • A total of ten courses must be completed within five years.
  • The curriculum consists of two core courses and eight electives (at least one at the 600-level or higher).
  • Courses offered through the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the full-time program ( may count as electives.
  • Students interested in taking the Materials Science and Engineering Project (515.730/731) must get prior approval from the departmental chair.
  • Only one grade of C may count toward the master's degree.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.
  • Nanotechnology Concentration:
    • The curriculum consists of four core courses and six electives (at least one at the 600-level or higher). Courses offered through the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the full-time program ( may count as electives.
    • Concentrations are noted on the student's transcript.


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


The focus areas offered represent related groups of courses that are relevant for students with interests in the selected areas. The focus areas are presented as an aid to students in planning their course schedules 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.

Program News

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.

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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...

Top Instructors Receive 2016 Faculty Awards
April 5, 2016

During a faculty meeting held at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory on March 16, we honored twelve Johns Hopkins Engineering instructors for their dedication and innovation in the classroom.

Balancing teaching with their own careers, our instructors work tirelessly to provide an educational experience that is both challenging and highly relevant for today's students.