Admissions Process and Criteria
The deadline for a fall application is December 15 at 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5) for receipt of ALL application materials.
The deadline for a spring application is September 15 at 11:59PM Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4). for receipt of ALL application materials.
To ensure timely consideration of your application, please complete the items in the following checklist at your earliest convenience.
- Complete the online application, including statement of purpose, supplementary information section, and non-refundable $75 application fee.
- GRE Test scores are not required from PhD degree applicants.
- GRE General Test scores are required from Master’s degree applicants. Arrange for scores on the GRE General Test to be sent to the department by the Educational Testing Service. The GRE code for applying to Full-Time Engineering graduate programs at The Johns Hopkins University is 4655. Applicants are encouraged to take the GRE as early as possible during the academic year preceding entrance. Please note that the GRE Advanced Test in Mathematics is recommended, but is not required. We do not accept the GMAT in lieu of GRE scores.
For 2022 Applicants Only – In response to the test accessibility issues caused by COVID-19, WSE will offer only those Master’s degree applicants impacted by COVID access issues a waiver of the required GRE for the 2022 admissions cycle. This applies to Master’s degree graduate applications for the following start terms: Spring 2022, Summer 2022, and Fall 2022. Learn more about how to: Request a GRE Waiver Due to COVID-19 Accessibility Issues
- If English is not your native language, arrange for TOEFL or IELTS Examination scores to be sent to the department by the testing organization. The TOEFL code for applying to Full-Time Engineering graduate programs at The Johns Hopkins University is C559. The IELTS course ID code for applying to programs at the Johns Hopkins University is 4610 or 110079. Applicants are encouraged to take the TOEFL/IELTS as early as possible during the academic year preceding entrance. If you think you may be eligible for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver, please review the information here.
- Under University guidelines, exceptions to the TOEFL- score criteria appearing in the admissions criteria will be granted only in extraordinary cases.
- Arrange for three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your abilities and achievements, especially relevant to graduate study in applied mathematics, to be submitted electronically through the online application.
- Arrange for unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and previous graduate study to be uploaded into your online application. Applicants who have attended non-US institutions are also strongly encouraged to submit a professional credential evaluation with the unofficial transcripts. If admitted, you will be required to submit your official final documents directly to Graduate Admissions.
The Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics provides tuition, health insurance, and stipend support to PhD students enrolled in our program. Limited partial financial support is available to some Master’s students. Applicants to one of our Master’s degree programs who are interested in applying for financial assistance from the department should:
United States citizens and permanent residents: File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), submitting it to Johns Hopkins University, code E00473.
All other applicants: Complete an International Student Financial Aid Application, which must be uploaded in the online application.
Detailed information about application requirements can be found on the WSE Graduate Admissions web site.
If you have further questions, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at [email protected].
Prospective students for our graduate programs must have completed a Bachelor’s level degree, ideally in Engineering, Mathematics, the Sciences, Finance* or Economics*. In addition, candidates should ideally have completed undergraduate-level courses in
- Calculus, through multivariable calculus
- Linear algebra
- Differential equations
- Probability and statistics
- Microeconomics and macroeconomics*
- Computer programming (e.g., in C++)
- At least two proof-writing courses
* Considered for applications for our MSE in Financial Mathematics
Admissions decisions are based on four major factors: Mathematical course background, grades (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, and recommendation letters.
If the applicant is not a native English speaker, a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (IBT)/ 250 (CBT)/ 600 (PBT), or a minimum IELTS band score of 7 is required.
Requirements Specific to the Data Science Master’s Program
- Prospective students for the Data Science Master’s program must have completed a Bachelor’s level degree, ideally in Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science or in the Sciences. In addition, candidates should have completed undergraduate-level courses in Calculus (through multivariable calculus), Linear algebra, Differential equations, Probability, Computer programming (e.g., in C++ or Python) at least, preferably complemented with a course in Statistics and at least one proof-writing course.
Frequently Asked Questions
For Spring and Fall 2022 admission, WSE Graduate Admissions will accept the following test scores as fulfillment of the English Proficiency requirement:
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:
Test scores through ETS can be sent to institution code 4655 for GRE only and code C559 for TOEFL only. You do not need to use a department code for either exam, but if ETS prompts you, select the option best available or ‘Other’ – any department code will reach your application. It takes approximately one week for verified scores to populate on your application after sending through ETS.
For both our in-person and remote graduate students, we are still requiring official transcripts to be sent to Graduate Admissions. Admitted students have until the end of their first semester at JHU to submit their official transcript with degree conferral.
The University prefers digital transcripts sent via email to [email protected]. Requesting a digital copy is (in most cases) available to applicants who have received their degree from a US institution. For those applicants where digital copies are not available/offered, we will accept either a mailed copy (sent in their fully sealed, institutional envelopes) or an email from the university’s registrar. Please be aware that any transcripts submitted by the student are considered unofficial – this includes an email from the student, or a mailed copy where the transcript is not in an institutional envelope. The Whiting School requires official copies sent directly from the institution.
We understand that with COVID, schools are closed and/or operating at a different capacity and students may experience some trouble or delay in requesting transcripts. However, at this time, we are not changing our current policy or timeline. If an applicant is not able to provide official transcripts by mail or email (as described above) due to the ever changing COVID climate, then we will absolutely work with them. Any extensions or alternate solutions will be discussed and provided by Graduate Admissions on a case by case basis.
Graduate Academic Affairs
Engineering Graduate Admissions
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3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Unfortunately, our application system does not integrate with Interfolio. When you provide your recommenders’ names and email addresses in your application, our Slate system will alert them. They will need to follow the instructions in the email to upload their letter of recommendation to your application.
You are welcome to submit a sample of your work, but this is optional for all master’s and PhD program applications in the Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department.
- Applicants with documented registration/participation in a listed program may apply for a fee waiver by selecting that option from the dropdown and uploading documentation.
- To request a fee waiver based on financial hardship, select that option from the dropdown and upload documentation. Examples include FAFSA SAR Report, a letter from a college/university financial aid office, unemployment verification, or other documentation/explanation of financial hardship. Tax returns are not accepted.
- You can also contact your program directly to request a fee waiver.
Application fee waivers must be requested directly in the application, and supporting documentation uploaded in the ‘Supporting Materials’ section, under the ‘Application Fee Waiver’ header. Answer ‘Yes’ to the question, and you will be provided with a submission field to provide your fee waiver documentation.
Our master’s programs are STEM approved. Below are the CIP codes.
Applied Mathematics and Statistics: 27.01.01
Financial Mathematics: 27.03.01
Data Science: 27.05.01
|Applied Mathematics and Statistics MSE||543||323|
|Financial Math MSE||595||221|
|Data Science MSE||599||227|
In some countries, a Bachelor’s degree program runs for 3 years. The department will accept applications from students who earned/will earn this type of Bachelor’s degree.
A proof-writing course is one that includes as a significant component requiring students to construct careful mathematical proofs.