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Master’s Program

The master’s degree program prepares students to pursue a variety of careers in research, industry, consulting, government, and more. Many of our students also continue their education through PhD or MD/PhD programs. Students are provided theoretical instruction in the traditional engineering disciplines, given exposure to specialized biomedical engineering topics, and have the opportunity to participate in research. Our program offers two paths to degree completion: course-based (one year) and thesis-based (one year of coursework plus a second year of research leading to a thesis submission).

Medical students, residents, and clinical trainees are eligible for the AI in Medicine focus area. GRE scores are not required for these candidates. Because medical trainees come from diverse educational backgrounds, the AI in Medicine curriculum provides the flexibility required to meet individualized needs.

MSE Candidate Attributes

To be considered for admission, students should hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a basic science discipline. Other exceptional students may be considered for admission, but if admitted, may be required to take a number of courses to overcome deficiencies in their curriculum. Regardless of the specific degree, the applicant should have completed a balanced program in college-level physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology; previous programming experience is also beneficial.

With each applicant, the admissions committee considers the undergraduate academic record, letters of recommendation, results of Graduate Record Examinations (required), and overall motivation of the individual to pursue graduate studies. The average GPA of admitted students is typically 3.7 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and research experience is an asset for selection into the thesis-track option (which takes place after a student is admitted to and enrolls in the program). All interested students are encouraged to apply.

Financial Assistance

Information on tuition, financial aid options, and living expenses are available here. Incoming students are encouraged to seek student employment opportunities to offset the cost of attendance through Student Employment Services. BME-specific TA positions, if available, are announced throughout the year to incoming and current students.

Students who opt for the second year of research may receive funding through PI support. Students are encouraged to find labs with available funding. Potential support can include additional tuition support, health insurance coverage, and stipend. Funding is never guaranteed and is fully dependent on students finding labs that are able to provide financial support. Partial tuition remission may be available for current/former Johns Hopkins students.

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