The Civil Engineering Department at Hopkins offers Master’s of Science in Engineering (MSE) and PhD graduate programs. We offer a course-only master’s program and research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs.
Structural engineering/structural mechanics: e.g., computational mechanics, stochastic mechanics, structural stability, performance-based structural design, structural systems reliability, structural fire engineering, damage mechanics and fatigue modeling, finite element modeling, and topology optimization. Resilience of civil systems: community resilience assessment, probabilistic modeling, hazard assessment, natural disaster modeling, mechanics of extreme events/environments, and risk assessment and mitigation. Multi-scale modeling of materials, structures and systems.
The Bachelors/Master’s Program is a concurrent program designed for undergraduates currently enrolled at Johns Hopkins University. If you already have a Bachelors degree, you will need to apply to our graduate program. We offer a full-time Master’s of Science in Engineering (MSE) Program as well as the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program.
If you have submitted all your application materials, don’t be too concerned about the status indicating “incomplete”. The Graduate Admissions Office is processing thousands of applications and it takes time for them to update each application in the system.
Applicants should clearly indicate in their personal statement whether they are applying for the PhD or MSE program. MSE applicants who might be interested in pursuing a PhD degree should certainly indicate this interest in their personal statement. Students admitted as MSE candidates must apply again to be considered for the PhD program.
Yes. Students with undergraduate degrees in engineering, physics, math, or applied math are encouraged to apply. Liberal arts students, with a strong background in mathematics and sciences, are also welcome to apply. Details on what may be required to get you up to speed are best discussed on a case-by-case basis.
No. While the Civil Engineering Department is always looking for bright, highly motivated students, if you find a faculty member’s research particularly interesting it is best to indicate this on your application and in your personal statement. Direct emails to faculty and staff attempting to identify ‘openings’ is discouraged – faculty receive several such emails from international students every day and it is not possible for us to read them all.
We can resurrect your old application, but we strongly recommend you submit NEW letters of recommendation. Additionally, if any test scores have been updated, you will want to upload those scores. Please contact the department to confirm that we have previous application materials on file.
Review of applications by the Civil Engineering Admissions Committee begins after the application deadline has passed. Decisions are not likely to be made until February or March. You will be notified if you have been accepted, rejected, or waitlisted. Please do not contact the department to inquire about the status of your application. Due to the high volume of emails at this time of the year, it is not possible for us to read and respond to these inquiries.
The number of applications accepted varies from year to year and from program to program. The rate of application acceptance in previous years has no influence on the number of application acceptances in the current year as each application is considered on its own merits.
GRE scores are one of a number of factors taken into consideration when reviewing applications. These include (but not limited to) personal statement, transcripts, standardized test scores, and letters of recommendation. Although there is no minimum requirement, we recommend a minimum combined score of 317.
You can request an exemption from the TOEFL, but prior to the exemption being approved, the Graduate Admissions Committee will want to review your letters of recommendation and transcripts. If you would like to be exempted, please email the Civil Engineering Graduate Program at firstname.lastname@example.org to request this. Please note, that you must have already applied before we can review and approve your waiver request.
TOEFL and IELTS scores are one of a number of factors taken into consideration when reviewing applications. These include (but not limited to) personal statement, transcripts, standardized test scores, and letters of recommendation. Although there is no minimum requirement, the Whiting School of Engineering recommends a minimum of 100 for the IBT, 250 for the CBT, and 600 for the PBT, and a score of 7.0 for IELTS.
You can enter and upload unofficial copies of your GRE, TOEFL and IELTS scores when you apply. If your application is under serious consideration, or you have been admitted to the program, we may contact you to request that you provide official scores and documentation.
For all foreign academic work we strongly recommend that you submit a professional credential evaluation from one of our recommended resources: One Earth, WES, or ECE. Credential evaluations allow the departments to better assess your academic records. These evaluations do not replace the transcript, you are still required to upload these documents as instructed.
Teaching and research assistantships and fellowships are allocated based on available funding, department needs, and student merit. Admissions and funding decisions are made in early Spring, after the application period has closed. Funds are awarded on a competitive basis so we do not allocate them or know your chances until we have received all applications.
For the answers to MANY more questions, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Graduate Admissions & Enrollment Website.