Johns Hopkins Gazette | April 27, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 27, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 32
WSE Announces Full-Time Master's Degree Tuition Grants for JHU Students and Alums

By Phil Sneiderman

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 degrees."

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 in effect.)

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.


Related Web sites

Whiting School of Engineering
Information for WSE graduate students


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