How to Apply?

Applicants for the nanobiotechnology graduate training program must:

  • Be accepted as a PhD student in a degree-granting department at Johns Hopkins University
  • Be enrolled in a science or engineering department
The following departments have approved three of the nanobiotechnology courses to count towards the elective requirements for their PhD:
Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics

There are two ways that a student can be admitted into the certificate program:

(1) while accepting an offer into a PhD-granting department or

(2) during their first and/or second year in a PhD program

Students applying to the Nanobiotechnology certificate program should be a PhD student in one of the above listed departments, however, applicants will be considered from all relevant science and engineering departments.

Applications are forwarded to the Institute for NanoBioTechnology to be reviewed. Potential applicants are interviewed once they are accepted into a PhD program and have applied for the certificate program. Admission is based on academic performance, research experience and research interests.


Prospective students should:
1. Submit a completed JHU Graduate Application, listing C.A.S. in Nanobiotechnology as the major.

2. Forward or have department forward the following documents to the Director of Academic Programs: Camille Mathis at

  • Official Transcript
  • Official GRE or MCAT scores
  • Two letters of recommendations
  • Statement of purpose