For the school year that begins next fall, Johns
Hopkins undergraduate students and alumni
pursuing an engineering master's degree at Johns Hopkins
will receive a 50 percent tuition grant.
Under the new Dean's Fellowship program, the tuition break
will be available to full-time students who
have just completed a four-year undergraduate program at
Johns Hopkins and to alumni from the
university's Homewood campus.
The regular full-time master's degree tuition for the
2009-2010 school year is $39,150, so the
fee reduction represents a significant savings. Among those
who will receive this discount are
students enrolled in Johns Hopkins' combined
bachelor's/master's degree programs, which are typically
completed in five years. The tuition break would apply to
the fifth year of study.
"We have excellent engineering undergraduates here at
Johns Hopkins, and we'd like to
encourage them to stay here and get their master's as
well," said Nick Jones, the Benjamin T. Rome
Dean of the Whiting
School of Engineering. "We also want our students and
alumni to be successful in
their professional careers, and a master's degree can give
them an important competitive edge in a
challenging job market. With the tuition discount, we're
trying to make it easier for those who are
already part of the Johns Hopkins family to obtain these
The reduced tuition also will be available to Johns
Hopkins students who earn an undergraduate
degree in a nonengineering major, such as physics or
chemistry, and who are then accepted into an
engineering master's program. Alumni who earned their
undergraduate degree at the university's
Homewood campus also would receive the discount if they opt
to return to school and are accepted in
a full-time engineering master's degree program.
Edward Scheinerman, the school's vice dean for
education, said that this discount could be
particularly attractive to Johns Hopkins students and
alumni who want additional education during a
difficult economic period. "This tuition cut is timely," he
said, "but our intention is to keep it in place
even after the economy rebounds."
The university currently has about 260 full-time
engineering master's degree students enrolled
in 13 programs: Applied Mathematics and Statistics,
Bioengineering Innovation and Design, Biomedical
Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil
Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and
Computer Engineering, Engineering Management, Financial
Mathematics, Geography and Environmental
Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical
Engineering, and Security Informatics.
In general, these programs are aimed at students who
plan to enter the workforce immediately
after completing their master's studies. These programs
usually can be completed in one or two years.
(If a second or third year of study is required, the
half-price tuition for eligible students will remain
Other full-time engineering graduate students who
enter a doctoral program often acquire a
master's degree while proceeding through these studies. But
different tuition arrangements apply in
doctoral programs, and such students would not be covered
by the Dean's Fellowship program.
The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences has a similar
tuition policy for the fifth year of study
in its combined bachelor's/master's degree programs in
neuroscience, molecular and cellular biology,
physics, classics and German.