For information pertaining to applications to the part-time/online master’s degree and certificate programs offered through the Whiting School’s Engineering for Professionals program, visit Engineering for Professionals Admissions Information for International Students.


Credential Evaluation

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. The Whiting School will accept WES evaluations submitted electronically from WES directly to our application system. These evaluations do not replace the transcript, you are still required to upload these documents as instructed.


English Proficiency

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.



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. Applicant 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.

If you have self-reported test scores in your application, our programs will use those in the application review until official scores arrive. It takes approximately 10 business days for scores to populate on your application after sending to JHU.


Updates in lieu of COVID-19 Test Center Closures (AY 2020-21)

During the 2020-2021 academic year, we will accept the following exams due to COVID-related accessibility issues:

  • 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.
  • IELTS Indicator: IELTS Indicator is an online English language test for students not able to attend an IELTS test center.
  • 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.


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. On the “Supporting Materials” section, under the “Official Test Scores/Official English Language Testing Scores” header, select the appropriate reason from the dropdown menu. This section is dependent on the citizenship field being completed in the “Personal Information” section; if are applying as a US Citizen, regardless of your country of origin, you will not see this option available in your application.

If you are applying for the waiver based on eligibility #3 (sole language of instruction, writing, and testing is in English at institution), applicants must provide documentation from the institution(s) confirming the language of instruction. Upload this material after selecting this item from the dropdown menu.