All Whiting School of Engineering graduate students will register for courses with credits. Some things to know:
Credits on research courses can vary, generally from 3-10 credits for master’s research and 3-20 credits for Ph.D. research courses. Occasionally, the number of credits may have to be changed during the semester either to maintain a required full-time status when another course is to be dropped or changed. Also, credits may be changed to reflect the true amount of work being performed in a current research course.
Once a student registers for a research course, the selected number of credits cannot be changed directly in SIS, but it can be changed by either of these options:
If the change in credits will result in enrollment below full-time status (at least nine credits), students must first obtain permission to switch to part-time status. Visit the “Course Registration – Credits, Full-Time, Part-Time, Residency” bar on this page for eligibility and information on how to make the request.
The M.S.E. degree may be a final degree or it may be earned en route to the Ph.D. Either way, the requirements remain the same, and the advisor’s approval is required. Students who complete the M.S.E. degree are not automatically admitted to the Ph.D. program.
Section 3.3 describes Departmental Qualifying Examinations (DQEs)
Section 3.4 describes Graduate Board Oral examinations (GBOs)
Section 3.5 describes Dissertation Defenses
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The University offers research laboratory safety training, which is now a requirement for all Mechanical Engineering graduate students.
The training is offered in the following modes:
All new Mechanical Engineering graduate students should complete the online learning modules within the first two weeks of their first enrolled semester.
The online modules are currently available at My.JHU.edu -> My Learning. Search for “Laboratory Safety Assessment Part 1…,” “Laboratory Safety Assessment Part 2…,” and so on.
Once all eight courses are completed, an internal SIS acknowledgment with a “course number” EN.990.600 will be entered on students’ records, which will allow students to enroll in EN.500.601 (but EN.990.600 will not appear on a student’s transcript nor on a student’s course registration in SIS).
Advisors may encourage or require Mechanical Engineering graduate students to take EN.500.601 Research Laboratory Safety.
The Research Laboratory Safety course work is a separate activity from the Responsible Conduct of Research, which is also required for anyone conducting research, whether it is for PhD research or master’s degree research for either the course EN.530.600 MSE Graduate Research or for the master’s essay.
Section 2.3 of both the Master’s and PhD Academic Advising manuals linked in the “Advising Manuals” section of this page provides details.
Visit the “Preparing for Graduation” page to prepare for graduation for a master’s or Ph.D. degree!