Visit Explore Engineering Degrees to find your program of interest. Application deadlines and requirements vary by degree program. All application materials are due at the time of submission, and Engineering Graduate Admissions will not accept updated or replacement materials via email.
Visit Engineering for Professionals for information and requirements to our part-time/online master’s degrees and certificate programs offered in the Whiting School of Engineering.
Johns Hopkins University requires graduate students to have adequate English proficiency for their course of study. Graduate students must be able to read, speak, and write English fluently upon their arrival at the university. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit proof of their proficiency in English (either through successful completion of a recognized proficiency test or the receipt of a waiver) before they can be offered admissions and before a visa certificate can be issued.
Note: Even if an applicant receives a waiver from the Whiting School, it does not necessarily mean they will pass an English proficiency verification in a visa interview.
Accepted English Proficiency Tests for Admission
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Results should be sent directly to the Whiting School of Engineering Graduate Admissions Office by ETS using our TOEFL institution code (C559). Scores are valid for 2 years from your test date. Information about the TOEFL can be found at the TOEFL website.
- Johns Hopkins prefers a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), and 100 (internet-based) on the TOEFL.
- TOEFL Institution Code: C559.
No department or program code is needed to send scores. If ETS requires a department code to send scores, please use the department you are applying to or the general code if the department is not available.
We will continue to accept the following alternative exams for all applications submitted in AY 2021-2022:
- TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition: ETS is offering at home testing for the TOEFL iBT in selected locations where it is not currently possible to deliver in-person testing.
- TOEFL ITP Plus for China Solution: The TOEFL ITP Plus is a testing solution exclusively for Mainland China featuring the TOEFL ITP test and a video speaking interview. It will be available until TOEFL iBT testing resumes in Mainland China.
The TOEFL Essentials exam is not an accepted English Proficiency test for admission, and we are not accepting TOEFL Essentials scores at this time.
- TOEFL Essentials Test: The TOEFL Essentials test has been designed to be distinctly different from the TOEFL iBT® test, so both tests will complement each other in your portfolio of accepted English-proficiency tests.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination is offered jointly by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), The British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia. Applicants should contact the test center where they took the test directly and request that test scores be sent electronically to the Whiting School of Engineering Graduate Admissions Office using the IELTS Global Recognition System. Scores are valid for 2 years from your test date. Information about the IELTS can be found at the IELTS website.
- Johns Hopkins prefers an IELTS Academic Band Score equal to 7.
- IELTS Institution Name: Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering, Country: USA.
We will continue to accept the following alternative exam for all applications submitted in AY 2021-2022:
- IELTS Indicator: IELTS Indicator is an online English language test for students not able to attend an IELTS test center examination.
During the 2021-2022 academic year, we will continue to accept the following exam due to COVID-related accessibility issues:
- iTEP via the J-Check Platform: iTEP, the International Test of English Proficiency, currently offers a special internet-based version of their test that is not dependent on a physical location or proctoring. Temporarily, iTEP has agreed to permit Johns Hopkins University prospective F-1 students to take this special version of their test. Test results are emailed to JHU within 24 hours. Students will also receive a copy of their test results via email. The availability of this exam has been extended through the end of 2021 and can be used for applications in all AY 2022 start terms.
We will not accept official or unofficial scores from the following:
Official vs. Unofficial Test Scores
Official test scores are required for admission into our graduate degree programs. Official or Verified test scores are sent directly from the test vendor (ETS/TOEFL or IELTS) and populate to your application. Self-Reported test scores are provided by the applicant in the application or by sending the Test Report Form via email.
It takes approximately 10 business days for official scores to populate on an application after being sent from the vendor (ETS/TOEFL or IELTS). Programs will begin application reviews with self-reported test scores in your application while awaiting arrival of your official scores.
Both TOEFL and IELTS test scores are valid for 2 years from the test date. Once scores have expired with the vendor, you are no longer able to send official or verified test scores. Even if the application deadline is after the expiration of your scores, as long as you send your official scores and they are received in the application folio before the expiration date, they are considered verified/official for this application.
English Proficiency Test Waiver
Some conditions may apply for a waiver of the English Language Proficiency requirement. Read our full policy:
Instructions to Apply for the Waiver
If you qualify for the waiver, you must apply directly in the application. The English Proficiency requirement is based on country of citizenship. If you are applying as a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, regardless of your country of origin, you will not see this option available in your application as you are not required to provide English Proficiency. If you are applying as an International Student, this section is dependent on the citizenship field being completed in the “Personal Information” section.
On the “English Language Proficiency” section, select “YES” you are applying for the waiver, and then select the applicable reason from the dropdown menu:
- Country of Citizenship: you hold citizenship in a country where the official language is English
- Country of Degree: you completed or will complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a country where the official language is English
- Language of Instruction: you completed or will complete a degree at an institution where the official language of instruction is English, but which resides in a non-English speaking country
If you are applying for the waiver based on eligibility #3 (sole language of instruction, writing, and testing is in English at institution), you must provide documentation from the institution(s) confirming the language of instruction. Upload this material after selecting this option from the dropdown menu. An unofficial copy of your transcript or a letter from your school/institution which states the language of instruction is sufficient documentation.
Transcripts and Translations
For all foreign academic work, we strongly recommend that you submit a professional credential evaluation from World Education Services (WES). Credential evaluations allow the departments to better assess your academic records during application review. These evaluations are only recommended and not required for application review. If you choose to submit a credential evaluation, we suggest the WES ICAP course by course evaluation report. The Whiting School will accept WES evaluations submitted electronically from WES directly to our application system. These evaluations do not replace the transcript, and you are still required to upload unofficial transcripts as instructed.
The Office of Engineering Graduate Admissions requires literal, certified translations for all documents issued in a language other than English.
All translations submitted with your application must be literal (not an interpretation or a paraphrasing) and complete versions of the original records. Plain translations, notarized translations, and/or translations done by someone other than a certified translator are not acceptable. Evaluations performed by agencies such as WES will not be used in place of certified translations. All translations should be on a translator’s letterhead.
If translations are not officially provided by your university, the Whiting School will accept translations from the following:
- ATA certified translators
- Translation agencies
- Court-appointed translators
- The Consulate
Official copies of translations are not required for application review purposes. Applicants can submit copies of the certified translation, as long as the translation meets the requirements listed above. If admitted and choose to enroll, students will then be required to submit official translations sent directly from the translator/agency. Please see the Submitting Final Documents page for more information.
Visa and I-20 Questions
All inquiries regarding Visa and I-20 status can be directed to our Office of International Services (OIS). Read the OIS COVID-19 Immigration FAQ for important and updated information. If you still have questions, contact OIS directly by email: [email protected].