Back to Results
Johns Hopkins University

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Baltimore, MD


Interested in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering? Admissions officers are waiting to hear from you!

Get More Info
Johns Hopkins University


Professional Graduate Programs in ECE at a Leading University

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, Maryland, is one of the nation's top universities. Since 1979, Johns Hopkins has won more federal research and development funding than any other institution of higher education in the country. Thirty-six Nobel prize winners have taught or graduated from JHU.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is a hub of innovation in the field. For example, faculty members have recently contributed to the development of spinal neuroprosthesis devices to control artificial limbs, smart surgical tools, new brain imaging techniques, and tactile interfaces that could aid blind computer users.

The department offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree program and a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) degree program.

A Broad Array of Research Areas

Doctoral and master's degree students study and research a broad spectrum of fields within electrical and computer engineering. The department's areas of strength include computational and biomorphic systems, computational systems biology and bioinformatics, computer engineering, control systems, image processing and analysis, integrated circuits and microsystems, language and speech processing, photonics and optoelectronics, and signal processing.

The department receives funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. military, and other government and non-government institutions.

Research Opportunities with Accomplished Faculty

Graduate students in the ECE department conduct research with accomplished faculty members in many areas of electrical and computer engineering. Professor Peter Chin recently received a four-year grant from the NSF to develop geometric machine learning algorithms for threat detection. Professor Chin has also been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for his work on the application of computational topology and game theory to develop mathematical models of network security.

Professor Mark Foster received the NSF CAREER Award for his work with nonlinear and ultrafast optics. Professor Foster is also the recipient of the Young Investigator Research Award from the U.S. Navy. The award funds research into the transmission of high-speed analog signals over optical fibers.

Professor Hynek Hermansky has twice received the International Speech Communication Association Medal for Scientific Achievement for his work in language and speech processing.

Professor Jin Kang was made a Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics for his achievement in fiberoptics-based micro-surgical instrumentation. His research is funded through an NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant.

Professor Amy Foster, a photonics and laser expert, received the Young Faculty Award from DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, for her work on the 3-dimensional integration of CMOS-compatible nonlinear photonic circuits.

Top Research Centers and State-of-the-Art Facilities

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Johns Hopkins University is home to four leading research centers.

The Center for Language and Speech Processing is recognized as one of the most influential research centers in its field and is funded by the NSF, DARPA, and the Department of Defense. It conducts interdisciplinary research into acoustic processing, big data, automatic speech recognition, cognitive modeling, information extraction, computational linguistics, machine translation, machine learning, and text analysis.

The Center for Imaging Science, established by the Army Research Office, spearheads theoretical advances in statistics and mathematics, information theory, and traditional signal and system processing.

The Institute for Multiscale Modeling of Biological Interactions partners with the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Delaware to train the next generation of computational biologists. It is one of only three centers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of its "Genomes-to-Life" program.

The Laboratory for Computation Sensing and Robotics is home to high tech laboratories such as the LIMBS Lab, the Computer Integrated Interventional System Lab, the Robot and Protein Kinematics Lab, the Computation Interaction and Robotics Lab, and the Computer Integrated Surgery Lab. It is a locus of innovative robotics research.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 20
Doctoral Degrees 13

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Thesis Optional
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Thesis Required
Qualifying and oral exams, seminar


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline December 18th December 18th No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Master's Degree Requirements Transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, statement of purpose
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test
Doctoral Degree Requirements Transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, statement of purpose

Tuition & Fees

Calculator icon

Financial Support

Application deadlines for financial awards December 15
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 0%
Black or African American 4.03%
White or Caucasian 20%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2.68%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1.34%
Unknown 0.67%


Male (80%)
Female (19%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 23
Part-time - 4
Male (22)
Female (5)


Focus of faculty research: Microsystems, neuromorphics and brain-machines interface; acoustics, speech and language processing; photonics, biophotonics and optoelectronics; signal processing and imaging science and technology; networks, controls and systems
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:

Location & Contact

Address 3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD  21218
United States
Contact Dr. Ralph Etienne-Cummings
Phone: 410-516-7031
Fax: 410-516-5566