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Advance online with the Whiting School of Engineering

“We need to bring learning to people instead of people to learning.” – Elliot Masie, EdTech Expert

The Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) at Johns Hopkins University is designed for industry pioneers. Drawing on the principles of maths, science and creativity, WSE offers a transformative engineering education, producing some of the most highly-qualified, intellectually-driven graduates in the world.

WSE has a vision to supply an “outstanding engineering education that is innovative, rigorous, and relevant, and that prepares its graduates to be 21st century leaders”. By blending first-rate teaching practice with a passion for exploration, this school consistently advances the engineering knowledge frontier.

Ranked within the Top 15 Engineering Schools in the US, this institution is making its mark on both national and global league tables. Here, students are guided and inspired by ground-breaking faculty, excelling through a range of subject boundaries and independent research.

The school boasts more than 20 respected research centers and institutes, on top of hi-tech labs and facilities within nine specialized departments. Both faculty and students collaborate with peers from the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Medicine, and Public Health, as well as academic and research institutions in all corners of the globe.

“As engineers, we play a critical role in the world,” says Ed Schlesinger, Dean of WSE. “Engineering, after all, is about using science to solve problems.

“Finding workable solutions to the complex global challenges we face, from climate change and rising health care costs to our cities’ crumbling infrastructure, requires bringing to bear the collective expertise and points of view of engineers…Real solutions cannot and will not come from only one direction or perspective.”

But this school understands international education is not always a viable option for prospective students. There’s no way to ensure diversity in outlook or insight if education is not open and accessible for all, regardless of aspects such as gender or socioeconomic background. WSE strives to combat this through the provision of cutting-edge tools for a learning journey that’s delivered online.

WSE has held online courses since 2001, presenting a unique academic experience that’s both practical and rigorous. Since then, the school has implemented a host of online graduate programs, with 18 out of 20 part-time options being completed entirely online. From Computational Mathematics to Civil Engineering, Cyber Security to Engineering Management, Data Science to Space Systems Engineering and beyond, WSE’s online part-time portfolio is comprehensive and industry primed.

But can an online student in China, California or Quebec take a lab class from home, and still leave as empowered as they would if they’d received the more traditional classroom experience? Brian Jennison, chair of the part-time Electrical and Computer Engineering program, says the answer is undoubtedly a “yes”.

“We have two methods of bringing a hardware laboratory experience to our online students,” he explains. One of these methods involves mailing hardware development boards directly to participating students. In the other, students take charge of leading-edge equipment located on-campus through a web browser, allowing them to measure data and perform analysis remotely.

The school has also launched an online option for its Applied Biomedical Engineering program. “The online program is identical to the face-to-face program, from the modern courses it offers, to the expert Johns Hopkins instructors,” says Eileen Haase, MS ’86, PhD ’91, chair of the online course. “We’ve simply added another way for our students to complete their degrees,” she adds.

To achieve the Master of Science in this discipline, students must complete 10 program modules within a five-year period – either online, in class, or through a mixture of both. Whether you select the digital or campus option, you’ll be required to complete the program’s practice and innovation residency course. This school’s online courses stand among the world’s most revered, with its online, part-time programs in computer science, cybersecurity, data science and information systems landing Number 5 in US News and World Report’s most recent rankings.

Click here to view a full list of the school’s online engineering programs.

“As I offered my welcome to our undergraduates on the start of their exciting journeys,” Dean Schlesinger concludes, “I wanted to remind them not only to take advantage of this institution’s amazing breadth and depth of resources, world-class researchers, and caring and engaged professors but also to engage with their classmates, whose varied perspectives, experiences, and points of view will be a required resource in tackling all the complex challenges that will come their way.”

If you’re eager for more, now’s a great time to register for an upcoming online information session in either May or June. Here, you’ll interact with the program chair as well as current students, learning all about your respective course of study, its curriculum, and admission requirements.

To sign up for more information about the online and graduate part-time programs at Johns Hopkins Engineering, please click here.

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