Program Structure

The core of the Doctor of Engineering program is students’ selection of and dedication to a project that directly applies to their current company or agency.


Students choose a real-world project arising from an engineering challenge in their current place of employment. This project remains the focus of their work throughout the program, ultimately leading to the development of a final portfolio that can include items such as prototypes, plans, patent applications, computer simulations, and user manuals.

Personal Supervisory Committee

Students collaborate with their advisors throughout the program. Each student has a three-person personal supervisory committee consisting of:

  • Primary advisor from the Whiting School of Engineering
  • Co-advisor from their company or agency
  • One additional professor from Johns Hopkins University who serves as an added, occasional resource

This system allows students to access resources and professional advice from experts representing multiple disciplines and backgrounds.

Semiannual DEng Conferences

Students participate in Johns Hopkins University’s semiannual DEng conferences that are held at the Homewood Campus in Baltimore twice a year (January and June). Students meet with their advisors, take oral exams, and participate in networking, professional development, and social events during these conferences.

Online Courses

As needed, students may take online courses that enhance their learning.

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