Johns Hopkins University Review

Johns Hopkins University offers three solid degree programs with flexible study options to help you prepare for specialized careers.

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The Good

Good mix of degree programs

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is home to three excellent online graduate degree programs in the information technology and computer science fields, including two technical degrees and a professional management degree. As a student in the graduate computer science program, you’ll study the theory of information systems and learn how to design and implement them. In the cybersecurity program, you’ll learn how to secure information systems and networks from outside attack. The cybersecurity program gives you the option to specialize in network security, software system security, or security analysis. Finally, if you are a professional engineer or scientist who wants to transition into a management role, the JHU graduate technical management program provides you with the comprehensive training you need to lead technical teams in your organization.

Very flexible computer science degree

JHU’s online graduate computer science degree program offers you eight different areas of emphasis to choose from, allowing you to develop highly specialized skills for the job market. Specialization options include data communications and networking, cloud computing, software engineering, human-computer interaction, bioinformatics, and database systems, among others. Each of these areas maintains a careful focus on information systems theory, while helping you build the skills to design and implement new systems and solve real-world problems. This program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in computer science or a closely related subject. Professional scientists and engineers who have taken certain computer science prerequisites, including computer programming and computer data structures, are also eligible for this program.

Strong student engagement and technology rankings

In U.S. News & World Report’s recent survey of online graduate information technology programs, Johns Hopkins University stands out as one of the nation’s top programs when it comes to student engagement and technology resources. As a JHU student, you’ll enjoy a rich course delivery system that makes it easy to access lectures, utilize interactive learning tools specialized for your courses, and communicate with your instructors and classmates. JHU instructors and course assistants provide regular feedback and communication to help and motivate you every step of the way. Coursework includes collaborative assignments and projects to help you develop teamwork and problem-solving skills. You also enjoy full online access to general student services, from academic advising support to electronic library resources and databases.

Decent student retention rates

In recent years, Johns Hopkins University has reported solid first-year student retention rates in the mid- to high-seventies. First-year student retention rates are a good indication of a university’s ability to engage and motivate students in their studies. Student retention rates are especially important for online programs, many of which have trouble with high dropout rates, especially when compared to quality traditional schools. Although JHU does not rank among the very best online programs in terms of student retention, they are not far behind the leaders. This likely has a lot to do with JHU’s strong student engagement efforts.

The Bad

Above-average tuition costs

Johns Hopkins charges about $1,110 per credit for its online graduate degree programs, placing it among the more expensive options in the market. While there are some programs that charge in excess of $1,300 and even more than $1,600 per credit, you can also find a handful of top-quality programs that charge less than $800 per credit. For example, Pennsylvania State University-World Campus offers degrees in technology management and information security for $761 per credit, programs that are very comparable to the JHU degrees in the same subjects. That said, the JHU computer science program is pretty unique in its flexibility and concentration options, and you would be hard-pressed to find a program of similar quality at a cheaper price.

Strict prerequisite requirements

Two of the three degree options offered by Johns Hopkins University have substantial prerequisite requirements. To be eligible for the technical management program, you must have a bachelor’s degree in an acceptable science or engineering field and you must have at least two years of full-time professional work experience in the same field. Requirements for the computer science program include one year of calculus coursework, one mathematics course beyond calculus, and a slate of foundational computer science courses, including computer programming and data structures. The JHU cybersecurity program does not have any course or work experience requirements.

The Details

General Information

  • Academic Year Founded: 2007-2008
  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $75
  • Location: MD
  • Number of Graduate Info Tech Programs: 3
  • Region: Northeast
  • School Type: Private
  • Term Schedule: Other

Tuition Rates (Per Credit)

  • In-State: $1,110
  • Out-of-State: $1,110


  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity
  • Master of Science in Information Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering


  • Cybersecurity
  • Computer Science
  • Information Systems Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

Class Profile

  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Average Student Age: 29
  • Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.38
  • Avg. GRE Analytical Writing: N/A
  • Avg. GRE Quantitative: N/A
  • Avg. GRE Verbal: N/A
  • Gender Ratio: 16% female, 84% male
  • Maximum Class Size: 20
  • Total Enrollment: 849


  • Average Online Teaching Experience: 4 years
  • Full-Time Instructional Faculty: 0
  • Part-Time Instructional Faculty: 26

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2009): 78%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2010): 77%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2011): 73%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2013): 74%
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2009-2010): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2010-2011): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2011-2012): 37%
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2012-2013): 32%

U.S. News Rankings

  • Admissions Selectivity Rank: 7
  • Admissions Selectivity Score: 61/100
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Rank: 24
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Score: 45/100
  • Student Engagement Rank: 12
  • Student Engagement Score: 69/100
  • Student Services and Technology Rank: 16
  • Student Services and Technology Score: 46/100

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