M.S.E. Requirements

Effective Fall, 2017

Masters students are required to complete 8 courses, a graduate seminar, and an externship in order to obtain their degree. However, these requirements can be satisfied in a few different options. As you see, there is some flexibility and we encourage students to find the solution that works best for them.

Course-Only M.S.E. Requirements

The most common path for JHU Civil Engineering M.S.E. graduates is to complete the degree through coursework alone. The M.S.E. degree requirements are as follows:

  • 8 courses, 7 of which must be technical.
  • All courses must be completed at the 600-level or above.
  • 4 of the 8 courses must be from Civil Engineering (EN.560.XXX or EN.565.XXX).
  • No more than one course with a grade lower than a B- may be counted toward the course requirements.  No course with a grade lower than a C- may be counted toward the degree requirements.
  • Transfer credits are not permitted.
  • Enrollment in Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar (Fall – EN.560.691, Spring – EN.560.692) is required for two semesters.
  • Completion of Academic Ethics course EN.500.603.
  • Completion of Responsible Conduct of Research course (if required) AS.360.624 or AS.360.625.
  • Academic advisors, in consultation with the faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering, will determine whether the 8 courses leading to this degree are appropriate and if they have been completed satisfactorily.
  • Students must comply with all requirements stipulated by the Whiting School of Engineering Academic Policies and Procedures as outlined at https://engineering.jhu.edu/graduate-studies/academic-policies-procedures-graduate/.

Note:  Seminars, Academic Ethics (EN.500.603) and Responsible Conduct of Research course (AS.360.624/625) do not count towards minimum course requirements.

It is expected that the degree will be completed in one year with the student enrolling in 4 courses per semester, although in select cases students may require a third semester of study.

 

M.S.E. with Thesis Requirements

The M.S.E. with thesis option is primarily intended for students interested in pursuing a PhD.  The requirements are as follows:

  • 7 courses (6 of which must be technical).
  • Enroll in a two-semester research sequence with research advisor.
  • All courses must be completed at the 600-level or above.
  • 4 of the 7 courses must be from Civil Engineering (EN.560.XXX or EN.565.XXX).
  • No more than one course with a grade lower than a B- may be counted toward the course requirements.  No course with a grade lower than a C- may be counted toward the degree requirements.
  • Transfer credits are not permitted.
  • Enrollment in Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar (Fall – EN.560.691, Spring – EN.560.692) is required for two semesters.
  • Completion of Academic Ethics course EN.500.603.
  • Completion of Responsible Conduct of Research Course (required) AS.360.624 or AS.360.625.
  • The student must write a final essay that is approved by the research advisor and one additional reader who will typically be a full-time Johns Hopkins Civil Engineering faculty member. Any external reader must be approved by the Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering.
  • The student must present their research in a public forum attended by two members of the WSE faculty or other faculty approved by the Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering.
  • Academic advisors, in consultation with the faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering, will determine whether the courses leading to this degree are appropriate and if they have been completed satisfactorily.
  • Students must comply with all requirements stipulated by the Whiting School of Engineering Academic Policies and Procedures as outlined at https://engineering.jhu.edu/graduate-studies/academic-policies-procedures-graduate/.

The M.S.E. with thesis program is expect to be completed in 3-4 semesters with the student enrolled in 2-3 courses per semester in addition to research. Summer research is typical but not necessary and is left to the discretion of the student and advisor.

Note:  Seminars, Academic Ethics (EN.500.603) and Responsible Conduct of Research course (AS.360.624/625) do not count towards minimum course requirements.

 

Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program

All Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s students must meet the requirements stipulated above for the respective M.S.E. program (course-only or thesis program) with the following exception:

  • The Department of Civil Engineering will accept one course from JHU undergraduate studies at the 400-level or above toward the course requirements listed above.

Note:  Seminars, Academic Ethics (EN.500.603) and Responsible Conduct of Research course (AS.360.624/625) do not count towards minimum course requirements.

 

Instructions to Apply to the BS/MSE Program – click HERE

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