- Statement of Purpose
- No specific formatting requirements, most are two pages in length with a readable font.
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
- Transcripts. Unofficial transcripts can be used for your application. Official transcripts will be required once you are admitted.
- GRE Scores – Required for the MSE application. Not required for the PhD application.
- TOEFL/IELTS scores – Required for international students unless your native language is English, you have graduated with a degree from a university in most English-speaking countries, or your school’s sole/primary language of instruction, writing, and testing is English. Please read more information about a English Proficiency waiver.
- Our institution code for GRE scores is 4655 and our code for TOEFL scores is C559.
- $25 Application Fee
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Further Graduate Admission Information
We will accept graduate applications beginning in mid-August each year.
- PhD applications are only accepted for fall admissions.
- The application submission deadline is December 20 at 11:59 p.m. EDT (UTC-5).
We strongly encourage, though it is not required, that all application items be submitted by the application deadline. This includes:
- Your statement of purpose
- Three letters of recommendation
- GRE scores
- For international applicants: TOEFL/IELTS scores (unless your native language is English or you have graduated with a degree from a University in most English-speaking countries, which exempts you from submitting the score).
- Our institution code for GRE scores is 4655 and our code for TOEFL scores is C559.
Our Department has several Areas in Interest you can select on your application.
- Artificial Intelligence and Data Science
- Language and Speech Processing
- Photonics and Optoelectronics
- Computer Engineering and Microelectronics
- Image Processing and Analysis
- Control Systems
- Sustainable Energy
The primary requirement for admission to our graduate program is excelling in an undergraduate program. The class of graduate students we admit each year is a carefully selected group of individuals who will benefit from close and frequent interactions with faculty while pursuing their research.
To help you evaluate your chances of admission and for receiving financial aid, we provide some information about our expectations for the qualifications of a successful applicant.
An offer of admission into our graduate programs means we believe a student has the potential to successfully complete all requirements for the degree they seek. Admissions are based on the following major factors:
- Previous course background
- Grades received
- Letters of recommendation
- GRE scores (for MSE applicants)
- TOEFL scores (for international non-native English applicants only).
The following is the profile of a typical successful applicant:
- Grade point average of at least 3.7.
- GRE scores of:
- 540 (156 on revised test) or above on the verbal reasoning part
- 770 (161 on revised test) or above on the quantitative reasoning part
- 5.0 or above on the analytical writing part
- A TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test) or 600 (paper-based test) and IELTS Academic Band Score equal to 7
We provide the above profiles to indicate our standards for admission. However, they are not rigid requirements and should only be used as guidelines. We may admit an applicant even if some of these guidelines are not satisfied, provided that additional strengths in other areas of the application are present. Moreover, we may not offer admission to an applicant that does meet these guidelines.
We define our semester periods as:
- Spring: late-January through mid-May
- Fall: late-August through mid-December
I HAVE A BACHELOR’S DEGREE. CAN I APPLY TO THE PHD PROGRAM OR MUST I APPLY FOR A MASTER’S DEGREE FIRST?
Applicants who want to earn a PhD, whether or not they have a master’s degree, are encouraged to apply directly to the PhD program. Our PhD students who don’t have a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering can earn the master’s degree on the way to their PhD.
DOES AN APPLICANT HAVE TO CHOOSE AN ADVISOR BEFORE THE APPLICATION IS REVIEWED?
No, but applicants are welcome to state which faculty members with whom they would like to work.
PhD students are typically identified/recruited by faculty before and during the application review process. Visit our faculty webpage to see which member’s research interests and areas of expertise align with your own. When you complete your application, you will have an opportunity to list faculty that you would like to work with.
If you’re able to identify a specific faculty member and would like to reach out to gauge their interest in your work, we highly encourage you to do so. Before doing this it’s useful to review our information pertaining to the admissions criteria and the overall application process. The first aid is our ECE graduate admissions page and the WSE graduate admissions page.
WILL THE DEPARTMENT WAIVE THE $25 APPLICATION FEE?
WILL THE DEPARTMENT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS AFTER THE APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE?
IF I APPLY FOR THE PhD PROGRAM BUT AM NOT ADMITTED, WILL MY APPLICATION BE CONSIDERED FOR ADMISSION TO THE MASTER’S PROGRAM?
Yes. All PhD applicants who are not admitted to the PhD program will be considered for admission to the master’s program. No separate application is necessary. Those who are eligible for master’s admission will be notified of this and offered admission if they are interested in the master’s program.
THE UNIVERSITY STRONGLY RECOMMENDS A “PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIAL EVALUATION” FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS. DOES THE DEPARTMENT REQUIRE IT? HOW WILL IT INFLUENCE MY APPLICATION WHETHER OR NOT I GET ONE?
The ECE department follows the university’s strong preference that international applicants obtain a professional credential evaluation.
The department cannot predict the chances of an applicant’s admission based solely on their choice to submit a professional credential evaluation.
ARE BOTH A STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND A PERSONAL STATEMENT REQUIRED?
No. The department requires only a Statement of Purpose.
WHEN ARE APPLICANTS WAIVED FROM HAVING TO SUBMIT A TOEFL/IELTS SCORE?
When an applicant’s native language is English or an applicant meets the University’s TOEFL/IELTS requirement waiver policy.
IF I AM ELIGIBLE FOR A TOEFL/IELTS SCORE WAIVER, HOW WILL THE WAIVER BE NOTED ON MY APPLICATION?
The Office of Graduate Admissions will note the waiver. If you do not see the waiver within 14 days of submitting your application:
- Contact the graduate admissions office directly. Do not contact the ECE department, as we can only refer you to graduate admissions.
WHO MUST SUBMIT GRE SCORES?
All applicants to the MSE program must submit GRE scores unless you are a JHU alumni or currently enrolled in a JHU degree program. Applicants to the PhD program are not required to submit GRE scores.
ARE GRE SUBJECT TEST SCORES REQUIRED?
No. Only the regular GRE is required.
WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM SCORE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADE POINT AVERAGES (GPA), THE GRE, AND TOEFL/IELTS?
- There are no minimum score requirements for an application to be considered.
- The university prefers a minimum TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS score of 7.0, but it is not a requirement.
WHAT ARE THE AVERAGE GRADE POINT AVERAGES, GRE SCORES, AND TOEFL/IELTS SCORES FOR APPLICANTS?
We do not calculate average scores of applicants, nor do we release information about applicants’ scores and GPAs. An average score would have no bearing on an individual applicant’s qualifications or chances of admission.
I WAS UNHAPPY WITH MY GRE, TOEFL, OR IELTS SCORE. MAY I RETAKE THE TEST AND HAVE THE NEW SCORE SUBMITTED?
- Yes, the graduate admissions office will automatically connect the new score to your application once the ETS submits it.
- It is recommended that the new score arrive before the application submission deadline, though we will accept it after the deadline.
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES THAT I WILL BE ADMITTED BASED ON MY GPA OR GRE, TOEFL, OR IELTS SCORES? I AM CONCERNED THAT MY SCORES OR GPA ARE TOO LOW.
We cannot predict the chances of admission for an applicant based solely on one’s GPA or GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS score. To determine an applicant’s chances for admission, a complete application is necessary, which includes:
- Transcripts and exam scores
- A statement of purpose
- Three recommendation letters
I ARRANGED TO HAVE MY GRE AND/OR TOEFL SCORES SUBMITTED BUT MY APPLICATION STATES THAT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN RECEIVED. WHAT DO I DO?
- Upon submission of an application, the Graduate Admissions office will match GRE, TOEFL, and IELTS scores to the application and acknowledge receipt.
- This is not an automated process but requires a staff member to manually connect scores to applications. It will take time, and patience is appreciated.
- An application will not be negatively affected if the scores are not immediately connected to it. The scores will eventually be acknowledged.
I SUBMITTED MY TRANSCRIPT BUT IT HAS NOT BEEN ACKNOWLEDGED IN THE APPLICATION AS RECEIVED. WHAT DO I DO?
Please contact the Graduate Admissions office directly. They can help determine if it was received and connect it to your application.
HOW MANY APPLICANTS DO YOU PLAN TO ADMIT?
There is no predetermined number, as it will vary from year-to-year.
WHAT IS THE ACCEPTANCE RATE FOR APPLICATIONS?
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.
ARE CONDITIONAL ADMISSIONS AVAILABLE?
No, conditional admissions are not offered. Admission is determined using an applicant’s complete application and the compatibility of research and academic interests.
CAN APPLICANTS VISIT THE DEPARTMENT BEFORE ADMISSION?
Applicants and potential students are welcome to visit the department on their own and at their own cost. Pre-arranging the visits is strongly recommended. Walk-in visitors will likely not be able to be be accommodated.
To arrange a visit, please contact ECE Grad with the following information:
- Your resume or CV
- Your Statement of Purpose
- Which degree(s) you would like to earn – masters, Ph.D., or both
- Which Electrical and Computer Engineering professors and labs you would like to visit
- When you would like to visit
- Any other information that you would like our professors to know before your visit
- Any questions that you have
IS THERE FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR THE SEMESTER TO WHICH I WILL APPLY?
For PhD Students:
WSE PhD students are fully funded (tuition, health insurance and stipend) for the duration of their PhD program while they are in a full time, resident status.
For Master’s Students:
Will be expected to cover their own tuition and health insurance.
If after viewing the web pages and links above you cannot find an answer to your question, you can request additional information:
- Contact the Graduate Admissions office about the application process, submitting an application, technical issues on the application, and sending and verifying receipt of supplemental materials.
Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative
The Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI) is an endowed fellowship program at Johns Hopkins for PhD students in STEM fields. It provides full tuition, stipend, and benefits while also providing targeted mentoring, networking, community, and professional development opportunities. Students who have attended a historically black college and university (HBCU) or other minority serving institution (MSI) for undergraduate study are eligible to apply. To be considered for the VTSI, all application and supplementary materials must be received by December 1, 2021.
Spring 2021 Virtual Live Q&A
Learn more about our department’s graduate programs by watching a Q&A from the Spring of 2021 that was hosted by Mark Foster, an ECE associate professor.