Graduate Admissions

We are looking for New Graduate Students!

The Johns Hopkins Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering’s PhD admissions deadline is
December 15, 2020 
The Department’s MSE admissions deadline has been extended to  May 31, 2021


For 2021 Applicants Only – GRE Accommodations Due to COVID-19

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.

Ready to apply?

The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate program at Hopkins is known for its national leadership in biomolecular research, supported by collaborations with the top-tier ranked Johns Hopkins medical institutions and the top-ranked Biomedical Engineering department.

We have added six new faculty in the past year and our leadership role now extends to significant efforts in both computer simulation and machine learning, and in nanoscience.

This is a great place for interdisciplinary research, with many collaborative programs with scientists and engineers, the Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology, the Applied Physics Laboratory, and nearby government laboratories, such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology.

Our collaborative partners provide students with the opportunity to conduct research and learn in an extraordinary array of state-of-the-art laboratories and supercomputer-class computational facilities.

We are dedicated to fostering an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming environment for faculty, staff, and students (see our Values Statement)

Come experience the advantages of a city with a relaxed feel and a warm welcoming campus community.

Click on the tabs to learn more about the application process.
To be admitted to graduate study in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, students must submit credentials sufficient to convince the faculty that they have a good chance of completing the requirements for a graduate degree within a reasonable time frame. Admissions decisions are made upon review of complete applications. This includes a statement of purpose, official transcript, three letters of recommendation, and GRE scores. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS score of 7.0 is required for applicants whose native language is not English.

Read the “How to Apply” section for more information on the application steps and procedures.
  • Begin the online application by creating an account.

    PLEASE NOTE: United States Social Security Numbers are included as part of student tuition information for U.S. taxes (IRS Form 1098-T) and are used for enrollment verification through the National Student Clearinghouse. If you have a valid social security number it is to your advantage to use it, though it is not required. After the first day of classes, any change to your Government ID requires presentation of your Social Security Card to the Registrar’s Office.

  • You will need to upload unofficial transcripts from each college or university you have attended to your application.
    • When you list your recommenders’ email addresses in Apply Yourself, the system will send them all the necessary instructions to submit their letters of recommendation.
    • We are able to accept recommendation letters using the Interfolio system. Please use [email protected] to have the letters sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Once the Office of Graduate Admissions and Enrollment receives the letter it will be added to your application. Please allow 14 business days processing time; do not mail letters of recommendation to our office. For Interfolio instructions and FAQs, please click here.
    • Three letters of recommendation are required and should be submitted before the application deadline in order for your application to be fully considered.
  • Applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose through the online application. The uploaded file cannot exceed 500KB in size. The document must also adhere to 1″ (inch) margins, typically not exceeding three pages.
  • Applicants are required to request recent GRE scores from ETS and submit them to Johns Hopkins before the application deadline. In order for your application to be reviewed, you must include the university’s institution code in your request to ETS. Johns Hopkins University Schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering’s institution code is 5332. Applicants do not need to select a department code.
  • A TOEFL score of 100 is required for international applicants from non-English speaking countries. Please click here for more information.

    NOTE: Professional credential evaluation is not required prior to an admissions decision provided that the applicant submits transcripts in English. However, if you are admitted please be advised that you will need to provide professional credential evaluation. The TOEFL score can be waived if the applicant has received, or expects to receive, a B.S. or M.S. degree from an English-speaking country before starting a graduate program at Johns Hopkins.

  • A non-refundable fee of $75.00 is required. Payment may be made online via Visa, Mastercard, or Discover.

    The application fee may be waived for applicants with documented (must be uploaded within the application) registration/participation in one of the following programs: GEM, Department Request, SACNAS, MMUF, POSSE, JHU Grad Student, McNair, ABRCMS, Vietnam Education Foundation, IRT, Graduate Horizons, Chocktaw/Chickasaw Scholarship Advisement Program, Baltimore Scholars Program, Leadership Alliance, UMBC Meyerhoff Program, LSAMP, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, Project 1000, MARC and University of Puerto Rico Students. To request a waiver based on financial hardship please select the option on the application and upload one of the following: FAFSA SAR Report, a letter from a college/university financial aid office, unemployment verification. Do not send tax returns. All documents will be reviewed and verified for satisfactory evidence. If the uploaded document is not accepted you will be contacted to resubmit or to pay the application fee. For further information please contact the Whiting School’s Graduate Admissions team.


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