MSE Requirements

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (MSE) 540

 

Requirements for the MSE with essay (6 courses)

  • The student must complete six graduate (600-799) level courses approved by the student’s research advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies. The student and advisor select these courses to design a curriculum appropriate for the student’s research interest and educational goals.
  • These six courses cannot include seminars, independent study, graduate research or special studies.
  • At least four of the six courses must be in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department.  Exceptions to this rule must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.  A course from a department other than ChemBE may be allowed to count as one of the four ChemBE courses only if the course has significant Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering content and is consistent with the student’s research interests or educational goals.
  • Students are allowed to count 400-level courses towards their MSE degree if (1) the course is not offered at the 600-level, and (2) if the department offering the course considers it to be a graduate-level course in their program.  Courses offered at both the 400- and 600-level must be taken at the 600-level to fulfill MSE course requirements.
  • The student must also enroll in at least two semesters of graduate seminars (540.600/601) throughout his or her tenure in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Students must maintain a B average in coursework to complete this degree.
  • No C grade can be counted toward the requirements, and a D or F or 2 C grades results in probation. A second D or F or a third C will result in termination from the program.
  • The student must write an essay based on original research and literature review and present his or her results at an open seminar attended by the faculty and students. The essay must be approved by the departmental graduate committee, which consists of the graduate research advisor and at least one more faculty member from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  More details on the essay are provided below.

 

Requirements for the MSE without essay (10 courses)

  • The student must complete ten graduate (600-799) level courses approved by the student’s academic advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies. The student and the academic advisor select these courses to design a curriculum appropriate for the student’s interest and educational goals
  • These ten courses cannot include seminars, independent study, graduate research or special studies.
  • At least six of the ten courses must be in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department. Exceptions to this rule must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.  A course from a department other than ChemBE may be allowed to count as one of the six ChemBE courses only if the course has significant Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering content and is consistent with the student’s educational goals.
  • Students are allowed to count 400-level courses towards their MSE degree if (1) the course is not offered at the 600-level, and (2) if the department offering the course considers it to be a graduate-level course in their program.  Courses offered at both the 400- and 600-level must be taken at the 600-level to fulfill MSE course requirements.
  • The student must also enroll in at least two semesters of graduate seminars (540.600/601) throughout his or her tenure in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Students must maintain a B average in coursework to complete this degree.
  • No C grade can be counted toward the requirements, and a D or F or 2 C grades results in probation. A second D or F or a third C will result in termination from the program.

 

Recommended Courses

Completion of two of the four core course of the PhD program is recommended (but not required) for MSE students.   The four core PhD courses are:

 

540.630   Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics

540.652   Fundamentals of Biotransport Phenomena

540.602   Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology of Mammalian Systems

540.615   Interfacial Science with Applications to Nanoscale Systems

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