Graduate Admissions

Whether you are considering your undergraduate major or embarking on post-graduate study, we encourage you to consider joining the materials science and engineering community at Johns Hopkins University.

Our department emphasizes close interaction between students and faculty, often in collaboration with researchers from other departments, centers, universities, and industrial and national laboratories. We invite you to explore our website to meet our faculty and explore research opportunities.

Visit the Johns Hopkins University Graduate Programs website for answers to frequently asked questions about applying as a full-time graduate student. Contact us by phone or email if you have any additional questions about the application process.

  • Those interested in applying to the Master’s, PhD, or Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s program must visit the Whiting School of Engineering’s Graduate Admissions webpage at:

    The deadlines to apply for admission to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering are:

    • October 15, 2020, for the Spring 2021 semester
    • December 15, 2020 (for full consideration) for the Fall 2021 semester.

    For a complete overview of the application process for a full-time graduate program, visit the webpage for Graduate Admissions and Enrollment.

    A complete graduate application consists of:

    • Completed online application (which includes the Statement of Purpose)
    • Unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended (if admitted, you will be required to submit your official final documents directly to the Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Office)
    • Two letters of recommendation (preferably from faculty members acquainted with you and your academic work)
    • Official GRE (general test) scores (no minimum requirement) – For more information on GRE Accommodations, please visit
      • Use the following GRE codes when requesting to have scores sent to Johns Hopkins University:
        • GRE Code: 4655
      • ETS requires a department code, while JHU does not. Select the appropriate document code for the program you are applying to, or ‘Other’ or ‘General Engineering’ if the program is not available.
    • Demonstrated proficiency in English (required for all students whose native language is not English) through either one of the following options

    All application documents must be provided in English (either the original or a translation of the original documents). If you are unable to secure translations in English, we recommend that you contact World Education Services.

    For more information, please visit:

  • The Institute for NanoBioTechnology has two special graduate education programs available to PhD candidates in Materials Science and Engineering:

    • NBMed (Interdisciplinary Graduate Training Program in Nanotechnology for Biology and Medicine)
    • NanoBio IGERT (Physical and Biomolecular Foundations for Designing Nanoprobes for Biology)

    The IGERT in Modeling Complex Systems provides training in scientific approaches to coupling multi-physics models at different scales and can lead to a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering.

    Students interested in the IGERT programs should apply directly to the PhD program in Materials Science and Engineering and mention their interest in the IGERT programs in their application.

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