Our PhD program in Civil and Systems Engineering aims to inspire the leaders of tomorrow to take on the challenge of creating and sustaining the built environment that underpins our society. Focal research areas in the department include structural engineering, structural mechanics, probabilistic methods, hazards management, and systems engineering.
The small size of the department fosters a collegial, close-knit relationship between the students, staff, and faculty, while our partnerships with the Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, Environmental Health and Engineering, Emergency Medicine, Public Health, and other John Hopkins groups provide a wide range of opportunities that surpasses those of much larger programs.
Students graduate from the program with a sense of the responsibility that the civil engineering profession accepts for applying the principles of engineering sciences for the betterment of the built environment and society. Its graduates have an appreciation of professional ethics and the value of service to their profession and society through participation in technical activities, and in community, state and national organizations.
Both undergraduates and masters students are encouraged to apply to the PhD program in Civil and Systems Engineering. Once you’ve been accepted to the program, you can pursue an area of interest in Systems, Structures, Mechanics of Materials. You don’t need a civil engineering degree to apply, students from all technical backgrounds are welcome.
All PhD students are fully funded with tuition, stipend, and benefits (including healthcare) for the entire duration of the program!
Program Requirements and Timeline
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