Admissions Process and Admission Criteria


The Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Johns Hopkins University welcomes your interest in its graduate programs.


Fall Deadline

The deadline for a fall application is December 15 at 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5) for receipt of ALL application materials.


Spring Deadline

The deadline for a spring application is September 15 at 11:59PM Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4). for receipt of ALL application materials.

Spring applications are not accepted for the Financial Mathematics Master’s Program.


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.
  • Arrange for scores on the GRE General and GRE Advanced Test in Mathematics (or in your undergraduate major) 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.

In response to the test accessibility issues caused by COVID-19, the Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) has decided to make the GRE exam optional for the 2021 admissions cycle. This only applies to graduate applications for  the following start terms: Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021. For those applicants that have GRE scores ready, we will accept them. Please note, there will be no admissions advantage in submitting GRE scores. Likewise, there will be no disadvantage to any applicant for not submitting GRE scores. Our programs engage in holistic admissions review, and we expect many competitive applications will not include GRE scores this year.

  • 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].


Recent Admissions Statistics

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.


Recent Admissions Statistics

  • For Spring and Fall 2021 admission, WSE Graduate Admissions will accept the following test scores as fulfillment of the English Proficiency requirement:



    • ETS is offering at home testing for the TOEFL iBT. However, it is currently not available in Mainland China. ETS has launched the TOEFL ITP Plus, a testing solution exclusively for Mainland China featuring the TOEFL ITP test and a video speaking interview from Vericant. During this period, this TOEFL ITP Plus version of the test will be administered in China as a paper-pencil test in official ATA-operated test centers under ETS-mandated protocols, procedures and proctors to provide security comparable to that of the TOEFL iBT test. Registration opened on May 15, 2020, and will be available until TOEFL iBT testing resumes in Mainland China.


    IELTS and IELTS Indicator

    • IELTS has launched IELTS Indicator, an online English language test for students not able to attend an IELTS test center. IELTS Indicator will assess a student’s English language skills in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking in a timed, online test. The Indicator test will be available in selected locations where it is not currently possible to deliver in-person IELTS testing.


    iTEP via the J-Check Platform

    • iTEP, the International Test of English Proficiency, currently offers a special internet-based version of their test for J-1 scholars that is not dependent on a physical location or proctoring. Temporarily, iTEP has agreed to permit JHU prospective F-1 students to take this special version of their test. We’ve received confirmation that the iTEP will continue to be offered via the J-Check platform to incoming students through the end of 2020. Typically, the iTEP is taken in person like the TOEFL but the J-Check platform allows it to be taken online. J-Check was created for J-1 students and scholars as a method for fulfilling the Department of State’s English Proficiency requirement but they are now letting F-1 students use the platform because of the lack of in-person testing options. iTEP includes a TOEFL equivalency for department and faculty reference.


  • 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. Directions are on the website – Admitted students have until the end of their first semester at JHU to submit their official transcript with degree conferral.


    We prefer 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 on a case by case basis.


    Graduate Academic Affairs
    Engineering Graduate Admissions
    Wyman Park Building, 3rd Floor West
    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.

  • 1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

    • Applicants admitted Fall 2020 have the option to defer to Spring 2021 or Fall 2021.  If you previously deferred to Spring 2021 and would like to now defer to Fall 2021, please update your previously submitted deferral request and resend it to your academic staff contact If you cannot locate your deferral form, you can download a new one here.
    • If you were admitted Spring 2021, you have the option to defer to Fall 2021.  Please complete the Degree Agreement form and return it to the appropriate academic staff contact person.


    Academic Staff Contacts

    Kristin Bechtel
    Financial Mathematics MSE, Data Science MSE
    Lisa Wetzelberger
  • 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


Recent Admissions Statistics



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