Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering G. W. C. Whiting School of Engineering Johns Hopkins University

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering G. W. C. Whiting School of Engineering Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Professional Graduate Programs in ECE at a Leading University

John Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, Maryland, is one of the nation's top universities. Since 1979, John 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 4-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 John Hopkins University is home to 4 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 3 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.

Location & Contact

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

G. W. C. Whiting School of Engineering
Johns Hopkins University

3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-2699
United States

Dr. Ralph Etienne-Cummings


Phone: 410-516-7031
Fax: 410-516-5566

Ms. Debbie Race

Academic Program Administrator

Phone: 410-516-4808
Fax: 410-516-5566

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Computer Engineering Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 26
    • Doctoral Degrees 6
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • 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
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


26% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 357
    • Accepted 95
    • Acceptance Rate 26
    • Enrolled 31
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 15th December 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, transcripts, and 3 letters of recommendation, statement of purpose
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, transcripts, and 3 letters of recommendation, statement of purpose
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsDecember 15
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students149
    • Female Percentage20%
    • Male Percentage80%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students149
    • Part-time Percentage4%
    • Full-time Percentage96%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American14%
    • White / Caucasian67%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown8%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty28
    • Full-time Percentage68%
    • Part-time Percentage32%
    • Female Percentage14%
    • Male Percentage86%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchComputer engineering, systems and control, language and speech processing, photonics and optoelectronics, signal and image processing
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$2,578,000