The Robotics MSE program recognizes that due to COVID-19, and the restrictions necessary to combat the illness, that the Spring 2021 has been an unusual semester, and students have faced unique struggles. Because of this, the leadership of the program has decided to allow students, at the discretion of faculty instructors, to switch up to 2 courses to the Pass/Fail grading system. Ordinarily, courses that fulfill either the 10 courses of the Course Option or 8 courses of the Essay Option must be taken for a letter grade; in the Spring 2021 semester ONLY, up to 2 courses can be taken for P/F, and if a grade of “P” is obtained, then the course will count as part of the degree requirements. A grade of P denotes an equivalent letter grade of C- or above. Please note that if you obtain an “F” in a course, you will be put on Academic Probation.
Switching to P/F is at the discretion of the faculty instructor for the course, and they are within their rights to refuse the request. To request the change, please email the professor before the beginning of final exams. No grade can be switched to P/F after the semester is over.
At this time, this policy is ONLY for Spring 2021, and it is expected that the grading policy will revert to the regular policy as outlined in the advising manual for Fall 2021. If this changes, we will both email you and post the new policy on the website: https://lcsr.jhu.edu/robotics-mse-academic-resources/
Students generally elect to take the Course Option. In some cases, with the approval of a research advisor, the Essay Option may be used to fulfill the MSE Robotics degree requirements. In the standard Course Option, ten (10) courses must be taken as articulated herein. For the Essay Option, eight (8) courses must be taken, not including any research courses, and research must be performed leading to a formal MSE Essay. Degree Track requirements are the same for both the Course and Essay Options. Please see the advising manual for more details.
The final version of the master’s essay must be submitted, with the cover page signed by the student’s advisor, to the LCSR Administrative Office and EDT (Electronic Theses and Dissertation staff) by the essay completion date.
For Spring 2021, this date is May 7, 2021.
A student may choose to fulfill the Robotics MSE degree requirements with the Internship Option, which requires having secured an internship of at least three months and no more than six months, approval and oversight of a research advisor, and a submitted report at the conclusion of the internship. In the standard Course Option, ten (10) courses must be taken. For the Internship Option, eight (8) courses must be taken, and research must be performed through an external internship, leading to an Internship Report. Alternatively, a journal publication or a conference paper could be submitted, describing the student’s original research conducted during the internship. This paper must have been accepted for publication or published in an archival, peer-reviewed technical journal or accepted for presentation at a peer-reviewed technical conference. The student must be the primary author of the article. Degree Track requirements are the same for all degree options.
JHU Research Advisor Requirements: The research advisor should be a member of the Robotics faculty, as listed in the Robotics Advising Manual. In some unusual cases, exceptions can be made, in which case the research advisor must be a JHU professor holding an appointment in the Whiting School of Engineering. All research advisors for all Robotics MSE internships must be approved in advance by the Robotics MSE Graduate Director.
The final version of the internship report (or journal article) must be submitted, with the cover page signed by the student’s research advisor and internship supervisor, to the Robotics Academic staff by the completion date. See Alison Morrow for deadline information. In cases where the report must be confidential, then both the internship supervisor and the research advisor must read and approve the full report, and a non-confidential summary must be approved and submitted to the Robotics Academic Staff by the essay deadline for graduation.
For Spring 2021, the date of submission is TBD.
*Internship Option is pending final review by the WSE Graduate Committee