Graduate Studies

The Johns Hopkins Department of Mechanical Engineering offers full-time graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels. Students can pursue programs that lead to a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) degree, or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

The Whiting School of Engineering also offers an Engineering For Professionals (Part-Time) Master’s Degree through our Engineering for Professionals programs.

Graduate Program info

Our Master’s Degrees

Master of Science in Engineering – “All-Course” Option

Earn a master’s degree in as little as three semesters as you explore and learn graduate-level mechanical engineering knowledge in areas as diverse as biomechanics, fluid mechanics and thermal processes, mechanics of materials, and robotics.  You can specialize in one area or diversify your studies.

Master of Science in Engineering – “Essay” Option

Embark in research as you achieve the goal of writing an essay (sometimes known as a “thesis”) worthy of publication while gaining advanced level of knowledge in coursework related to your research topics. Most students complete the program in four semesters. A master’s degree will allow you to launch your engineering career with advancement opportunities usually not afforded to those without the advanced knowledge that this degree provides.

Students writing essays can conduct on-campus research with a faculty member or work  in a cooperative educational environment, also known as “co-op.”

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Our PhD Degree

The challenge of earning a PhD degree offers the opportunity to synthesize sophisticated knowledge gleaned from basic and advanced graduate coursework while conducting a multi-year research program that creates new knowledge and advances a specialized field culminating in the writing and publication of a dissertation. Many of our graduates go on to academic careers as research or tenure-track professors, while many others will secure advanced positions in industrial and research institution careers. Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 5.13.57 PM 


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