MSE Admissions

MSE Program Prerequisites

Math and Physics Proficiency Prerequisites

Proficiency in undergraduate mathematics and physics is expected for all MSE students in the robotics program. This will include the following:

  • Multivariable integral and differential calculus
  • Linear algebra
  • Ordinary differential equations
  • Physics – undergraduate calculus-based mechanics, electricity, and magnetism.
  • Probability and statistics

This proficiency will be assumed in the prerequisites for the core courses.

Computing Proficiency Prerequisites

Proficiency in computer programming is expected for all MSE students in the robotics program. This will include the following:

  • Basic numerical methods using existing programming environments.
  • The ability to write well-structured and documented programs in a standard programming language such as C++, Java, or MATLAB.

Whiting School of Engineering Requirements

All graduate applicants new to JHU (not combined bachelor’s/master’s, dual degrees, etc.):

  • Are required to have completed a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent prior to starting a graduate program in the WSE;
  • Must submit GRE scores taken in the past 5 years (*Note special COVID-19 exception for the 2021 admissions cycle)
  • Must meet English Proficiency requirements (as relevant);
  • Must submit at least 3 letters of recommendation;
  • Must submit transcripts from all prior educational institutions (unofficially in application, official once accepted)

For 2021 Applicants Only: GRE Accommodations Due to COVID-19

In response to the test accessibility issues caused by COVID-19, the Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) has decided to make the GRE exam optional for the 2021 admissions cycle. This only applies to graduate applications for  the following start terms: Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021. For those applicants that have GRE scores ready, we will accept them. Please note, there will be no admissions advantage in submitting GRE scores. Likewise, there will be no disadvantage to any applicant for not submitting GRE scores. Our programs engage in holistic admissions review, and we expect many competitive applications will not include GRE scores this year.

Admissions Process

The application for Fall 2021 is open now.

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Application Deadline – The application deadline is December 15, 2020 for matriculation in Fall 2021.

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Application Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or math. (Or demonstrated knowledge or accomplishment in these fields)
  • Graduate Application
  • Statement of Purpose (no more than one page) – in your statement of purpose please consider the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in doing an MSE in Robotics? No need to over-think this: it is fine if it is as simple as wanting to get a job in this field!
    • What do you hope to learn during the Robotics MSE?
    • What do you want to do after you graduate, and how do you see the MSE degree from JHU as assisting in that goal?
  • Transcript
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Please use institution code: 4655. Current JHU students may request that this requirement be waived. Such requests will be judged on a case-by-case basis. *For 2021 Applicants, please see GRE Accommodation note above*
  • IELTS or TOEFL for international applicants. Please note: while the Robotics program accepts both the TOEFL and the IELTS tests, we strongly prefer the IELTS. For applications submitted in Fall 2020, we understand that there are limited testing sites available in much of the world. For more information on testing, other options, and additional information about the language requirement, please visit the Admissions website
  • Three letters of reference
  • $75.00 Application fee
  • For non-USA academic work, JHU Graduate Admissions and the Robotics MSE program strongly recommends you submit a professional evaluation from one of the recommended resources (more information here). This evaluation is not required, but inclusion of a professional transcript evaluation greatly increases understanding of your academic accomplishments.

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Johns Hopkins University is deeply committed to the dignity and equality of all persons—inclusive of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and veteran status. Like the university, Robotics values diversity, and welcomes applications from all.

More information on diversity here.

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