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.


Admissions Process

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Application Deadline – The application deadline is June 1, 2020 for matriculation in Spring 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). Current JHU students may request that this requirement be waived. Such requests will be judged on a case-by-case basis.*
  • 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.
  • Three letters of reference
  • $75.00 Application fee
  • For non-USA academic work, JHU Graduate Admissions strongly recommends you submit a professional evaluation from one of the recommended resources (more information here).


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Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering

3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-2608

Laboratory for Computational Sensing + Robotics