Graduate Admissions Information

Thank you for your interest in the graduate programs offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. We offer the following two programs:

Please browse through our website. It contains information about our faculty, their research interests, academic course offerings, and schedules.

Applicants must enter the graduate program in the fall semester in order to receive the full benefits of our academic curriculum and to maximize opportunities for financial aid. We do not offer spring admission.

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  • The application process is handled through the university’s online graduate student application. There you will find instructions for applying for graduate degree programs for both foreign and domestic students. Any questions you have may be addressed to Debbie Race.

    Johns Hopkins University graduate admissions website

  • The primary requirement for admission into our graduate program is excellence 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 in pursuing their research. We strongly encourage prospective graduate students to visit our department and speak with faculty in their intended research area while their application for admission to our graduate program is pending.

    To help you evaluate your chances of admission and financial aid, we provide some information about our expectations for the qualifications of a successful applicant.

    An offer of admission into our graduate programs implies that the student has a clear potential to successfully complete all requirements for the degree sought. Admissions and financial aid decisions are based on the following major factors: previous course background, grades received, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores (for international non-native English applicants only).

    We do not require an MSE degree for applying to our PhD program. We strongly recommend that students whose objective is to obtain a PhD degree apply directly to our PhD program. Applying to our MSE program severely limits the type and amount of financial aid that may be available.

    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

    The following is the profile of a typical applicant we may offer admission to with full financial aid:

    • Grade point average of at least 3.8.
    • GRE scores of:
      • 600 (160 on revised test) or above on the verbal reasoning part
      • 780 (163 on revised test) or above on the quantitative reasoning part
      • 5.5 or above on the analytical writing part
    • A TOEFL score of at least 620 (paper-based test) and IELTS Academic Band Score equal to 7

    We provide the previous profiles to indicate our standards for admission. However, they are not rigid requirements, and should be used only 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.

  • Graduate Admissions: Financial Support

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 

    It is the policy of our department to support as many doctoral students as possible through a combination of:

    • ECE Graduate Fellowships
    • Research Assistantships
    • Course Assistantships
    • Tuition Fellowships
    • WSE Fellowships

    Exceptionally qualified graduate students receive financial aid in the form of an ECE Graduate Fellowship. This type of support typically provides a full tuition fellowship and a stipend for the first two semesters of study and allows the student to exclusively focus on his/her studies without any other obligations. Students beyond the second semester of study are usually supported as research assistants. However, if that is not possible, our department, to the extent that it can, will continue to support the student. It has been our experience that this is necessary only in rare circumstances. A doctoral student may also receive financial support during the summer months (June-August) of the first year of study. Students interested in getting supported during that period must make appropriate arrangements by contacting individual faculty.

    The main duty of a graduate student supported by a Research Assistantship is to participate and engage in research activities under the supervision of a faculty sponsor. This type of support is given to well-qualified graduate students under the discretion of individual faculty members of our department. A typical Research Assistantship lasts for the remaining duration of the doctoral study and provides a yearly stipend as well as a full tuition fellowship.

    Selected graduate students may also receive support by means of a Course Assistantship. The purpose of this type of support is to give an opportunity to graduate students to experience various departmental teaching activities as an integral part of their doctoral program. A graduate student supported by this form of financial aid will be asked to perform several of the following duties:

    • Attend lectures.
    • Lead section meetings.
    • Supervise students in laboratory sessions.
    • Grade lab reports, homework papers, and exams.
    • Record homework grades.
    • Hold office hours to answer questions from students.
    • Meet or communicate with lecturer weekly.
    • Proctor exams.
    • Write handouts and problem solutions.
    • Suggest exam problems.
    • Conduct extra help/review sessions before exams.

    In addition, our department may grant Tuition Fellowships to selected students, to help these students cover tuition expenses.

    A number of endowed fellowships, which provide supplemental financial aid to incoming and current full-time, engineering graduate students, are provided by The Whiting School of Engineering.  For more information about these fellowships, please go to

    Our faculty periodically reviews graduate students. Decisions for continued financial support are based on performance.

    We strongly recommend exceptionally qualified doctoral students, who are U.S. citizens, to apply for graduate fellowships granted by governmental or private programs, such as:

    Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)

    It is not the policy of our department to offer full financial aid to graduate students who are enrolled only for the purpose of obtaining an MSE degree.

  • The deadline for consideration for Fall 2018 admission to the Master’s and PhD program has been extended to December 22, 2017.

    Our institution code is (5332) for both the GRE and TOEFL exams. Our department code for TOEFL is (66) and for GRE is (1203).

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