Graduate Studies

Graduate students listen to a lecture by guest speaker Gerald Fuller as part of the department's Fall Seminar Series.

Guest speaker Gerald Fuller presents to graduate students as part of the department’s Fall Seminar Series.

Important: Currently, all Whiting School of Engineering graduate students will register for courses with credits. For more information about this change, visit the Homewood Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs website.

Our department offers three degree options for students wishing to pursue graduate study in Materials Science and Engineering:

  • Master of Materials Science and Engineering (MMSE): Offered through the Engineering for Professionals program, the MMSE is a terminal master’s degree of 10 courses and typically pursued by students on a part-time basis. Students may enroll in evening classes offered off campus (such as at the Dorsey Center in Elkridge, MD, or the Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD), as well as in daytime courses on the Homewood Campus.
  • Master of Science in Engineering (MSE): The MSE degree is a traditional full-time master’s degree program, although it can also be completed on a part-time basis. Courses are offered on the Homewood Campus.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Usually pursued by students interested in careers in research or academia, the PhD is the highest degree offered in our discipline. Both full-time and part-time PhD options are available. Students entering the PhD program without a master’s degree typically fulfill the MSE requirements along the way to completing their PhD degree requirements.

The graduate curriculum is designed to provide students with breadth in the fundamentals of materials science and engineering, as well as depth in their chosen area of study. Additional details, including complete descriptions of program requirements, may be found in the course catalog.

Application Instructions

To apply to either our MSE program or PhD program, please follow the instructions on our applications page for graduate admissions.

Visit the Johns Hopkins University Graduate Programs website for answers to frequently asked questions about applying as a full-time graduate student.


resources for newly enrolled students:

DMSE Orientation Fall 2020 FINAL

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