MSE Requirements

Master of Science in Engineering (requiring an essay) Checklist:

Click here to download the 2017-2018 MSE Degree Requirements Checklist
Click here to download the 2016-2017 MSE Degree Requirements Checklist
  • The student must complete six graduate level, i.e. 600 and above, courses approved by the student’s research advisor and the Director of the Master’s Program. The student and research advisor select these courses to design a curriculum appropriate for the student’s research interest and educational goals.
  • These six courses cannot include seminars, independent study, graduate research or special studies. They should be at least 3 credit hours per course. Students are allowed to substitute any combination of 1-2 credit hour courses (not to include seminars, independent study, graduate research, or special studies) for one of their 3 credit hour courses.
  • At least four of the six courses must be in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department (540.xxx or 545.xxx). Exceptions to this rule must be approved by the Director of the Master’s Program. A course from a department other than ChemBE may be allowed to count as one of the four courses only if the course has significant Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering content, is 3 credit hours (or the student intends to use their one allowable substitution on a set of courses that add to three credit hours), and is consistent with the student’s research interests or educational goals.
  • Of the four ChemBE courses, 3 must be the MSE core courses:
    • Thermodynamics in Practice (Offered in the Fall)
    • Kinetics and Reactor Design (Offered in the Spring)
    • Transport and Numerical Tools (Offered in the Spring)
  • Of the (up to) 2 non-ChemBE courses, students may chose with their advisor from among the many graduate courses offered through Johns Hopkins from technical or non-technical areas.
  • Students are allowed to count 400-level courses towards their MSE degree if (1) the course is not offered at the 600-level and (2) if the department offering the course considers it to be a graduate-level course in their program. Courses offered at both the 400- and 600-level must be taken at the 600-level to fulfill MSE course requirements. All ChemBE coursework must be taken at the 600-level.
  • The student must also enroll in at least one semester of graduate seminars (540.600/601) throughout his or her tenure.
  • Students must have a B average in coursework to complete this degree.
  • No D grade in ChemBE courses can be counted toward the requirements. In a given semester a D, F or 2 C grades result in probation. Once in probation an additional C grade will result in termination from the program. A student will remain on academic probation until the courses with the D or F grades have been re-taken for a higher grade or (if no D or F grades were present) the student attains a B average in their coursework.
  • Students must remain in good research standing with their research advisor. Failure to do so will result in probation and transfer to the coursework MSE program.
  • The student must write an essay based on original research and literature review and present his or her results at an open seminar attended by the faculty and students. The essay must be approved by the departmental graduate committee, which consists of the graduate research advisor and at least one more faculty member from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. More details on the essay are provided below.
  • In a semester where the student is pursuing research (regardless of other academic coursework), the student must maintain fulltime registration.
  • Completion of EN500.601, which entails the following:
    1. During the first six weeks of the semester, take the course titled “Intermediate Research Laboratory Safety” on myLearning.
    1. BEFORE the end of the sixth week of the semester, register for EN500.601. The student MUST have completed the myLearning course and had EN990.600 placed on his/her resume in order to do this, and the link between myLearning and SIS can take as long as a day to update. Note that it is not possible for the Registrar to register students for EN500.601 after the sixth week of classes.
  • Many departments consider 400 and above to be graduate level courses. Please obtain verification and approval to take the course before registering.

 

Master of Science in Engineering (coursework only) Checklist:

Click here to download the 2017-2018 MSE Degree Requirements Checklist
Click here to download the 2016-2017 M.S.E. Degree Requirements Checklist
  • The student must complete ten graduate level, i.e. 600 and above, courses approved by the Director of the Master’s program. These courses must be worth 3 credit hours per course. The student and the academic advisor select these courses to design a curriculum appropriate for the student’s interest and educational goals.
  • These ten courses cannot include seminars, independent study, graduate research or special studies.
  • At least six of the ten courses must be in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department (540.6xx and 545.6xx). Exceptions to this rule must be approved by the Director of the Master’s Program. A course from a department other than ChemBE may be allowed to count as one of the six courses only if the course has significant Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering content and is consistent with the student’s educational goals and is 3 credit hours. Students are allowed to substitute any combination of 1-2 credit hour courses (not to include seminars, independent study, graduate research, or special studies) for one of their 3 credit hour courses.
  • Of the six ChemBE courses, 3 must be the core courses:
    • Thermodynamics in Practice (Offered in the Fall)
    • Kinetics and Reactor Design (Offered in the Spring)
    • Transport and Numerical Tools (Offered in the Spring)
  • Of the (up to) 4 non-ChemBE courses, it is recommended that students take 2 technical and 2 non-technical courses to be chosen in cooperation with their advisor.
  • Students are allowed to count 400-level courses towards their MSE degree if (1) the course is not offered at the 600-level and (2) if the department offering the course considers it to be a graduate-level course in their program. Courses offered at both the 400- and 600-level must be taken at the 600-level to fulfill MSE course requirements. All ChemBE coursework must be taken at the 600-level.
  • The student must also enroll in at least one semester of graduate seminars (540.600/601) throughout his or her tenure in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Students must have a B average in coursework to complete this degree.
  • No D grade in ChemBE courses can be counted toward the requirements. In a given semester a D, F or 2 C grades result in probation. Once in probation an additional C grade will result in termination from the program. A student will remain on academic probation until the courses with the D or F grades have been re-taken for a higher grade or (if no D or F grades were present) the student attains a B average in their coursework.

 

INBT Co-Op

To broaden the practical training for Master of Science and Engineering students in the Whiting School of Engineering, The Institute for Nanobiotechnology (INBT) is partnering with several companies including MedImmune and Becton Dickinson in offering a Co-Op opportunity to incoming master’s students in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering.  
 
Applicants will be interviewed and evaluated by the INBT program committee members and, if accepted, will be matched with a corporate sponsor. The company will have the right to accept or reject individual candidates.  
 
Each accepted student will be assigned a faculty advisor and a research advisor/mentor at the sponsoring company. We expect the company to develop a list of goals and development objectives for the student. During the Co-Op period, students will meet with the INBT academic advisor every 6 weeks for progress updates. 
 
At the end of the Co-Op internship, the student will complete an essay and submit it for approval. In lieu of a Master’s essay, a journal publication could be submitted, describing the student’s original research conducted during the Co-Op internship, that has been published (or accepted for publication) in an archival, peer-reviewed technical journal. The student must be the primary author of the article. The student’s transcript will then reflect a Master of Science in Engineering with Essay.
For more information, please visit the INBT page.
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