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About MSEM

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• Top engineering, science and math graduates from all over the globe – from Australia to India, Canada to California – choose to pursue the MSEM degree at JHU’s prestigious Whiting School of Engineering.

• Between first and second semesters, our students explore business cultures at home and abroad through our Immersion Experience.

• This year students are consulting for start-up clients in Portugal, Israel, Denmark and Baltimore.


• MSEM is a small cohort – based program designed to create strong networks for life. Do you see yourself starting a company or a social enterprise? Creating new technology? Working in Silicon Valley or a top consulting firm? Our faculty and alums put their contacts to work, developing opportunities for you to build the career you want.

• Our flexible, customizable program centers on a combination of your technical concentration and your management courses, positioning you to innovate technically while building your professional acumen. See the expanding list of our interdisciplinary technical concentrations under Program Structure and Requirements.


• You intend to be a leader who shapes the future. All of our resources are focused on preparing you to achieve that goal. Your management courses stress leadership, teamwork, ethics and innovation in a real world context.

• Our mentored internship program encourages you to reflect on your work experience in real time and guides you to improved performance.

• Your Immersion Experience takes you into the start-up environment, positioning you for the challenges of entrepreneurship and commercial translation, no matter what field you choose.

The STEM OPT extension is a 24-month period of temporary training that directly relates to an F-1 student’s program of study in an approved STEM field. On May 10, 2016, this extension effectively replaced the previous 17-month STEM OPT extension. If you are currently participating in a 17-month STEM OPT extension, please refer to the STEM OPT Transition Plan Overview for more information about the rules that apply to you.
STEM OPT Extension Qualifications
To qualify for a 24-month STEM OPT extension, an F-1 student participating in an initial period of regular post-completion OPT must:
Have a degree in an eligible STEM field from a Student and Exchange Visitor Program-certified school that is accredited when the student submits their STEM OPT extension application to USCIS.
Pursue their STEM OPT extension through an employer that is enrolled in USCIS’s E-Verify employment eligibility verification program.
Select a STEM OPT employer that provides the student with formal training and learning objectives.
Work a minimum of 20 hours per week per employer.
For more information about STEM OPT extension eligibility requirements, please visit our eligibility pages for students and school officials. For more information about applying for STEM OPT, please visit the USCIS website.

Careers & Job Opportunities
MSEM students are recruited by and have found employment at organizations including 3M, Accenture, Amazon, Amgen, Applications Online, LLC, Axiomtek, Bank of America, Bloomberg, Boston Scientific, CapitalOne, CitiBank, Clark Construction, Cummins, Deloitte, DoD, Exxon, Fawn Industries, Goldman Sachs, Human BioServices, IBM, McKinsey, NAVAIR, Pizza Hut, PWC, T. Rowe Price, Tishman Construction, Videology, and WalletHub. Several graduates have formed their own start-ups and are pursuing those ventures.

The median starting salary is $75,000; the highest salary reported was $105,000 with a $10,000 bonus and the lowest was $67,000 with a 15% stock option.


Our mentored internship program encourages you to reflect on your work experience in real time and guides you to improved performance. While students are responsible for finding their own positions, Dr. Bill Smedick, our MSEM Internship Director, and JHU Career Services can help with your search. Most students take this 3 credit course during the summer between the second and third semesters, although incoming students who have arranged for an internship during the summer prior to enrollment may take the course prior to first semester. While the program does not require the internship course, we strongly encourage it. Previous MSEM students interned with The Bahri Group, EDis, JHU School of Medicine, McKinsey, Siemens, SVS Venture Club, Transamerica and Under Armour, for example.

Requirements: The internship must be approved by the Dr. Smedick and must be at least 8 weeks in duration although longer is acceptable. The course includes regularly scheduled meetings with the Internship Director, usually by phone or skype, a class presentation and a final report related to the internship experience. For more information, please contact Dr. Smedick: [email protected]

Erik von Heijne, MSEM 2013
“Perhaps the most valuable aspect of the MSEM program is the combination of a top-flight education in business topics with the flexibility to choose from a wide range of technical concentrations.
The heavy focus on effective communication and business-style writing gives graduates of the MSEM program a huge advantage in the workplace, where the ability to convey complicated subject matter in a simple and efficient manner continues to be a highly valued skillset. The flexibility in choosing technical electives offers students the ability to gear their educations towards a wide variety of future careers, and allowed me to gain the technical skills that I use every day as a quantitative analyst. Finally, the keystone project of creating and pitching a full business plan gives students a high-level appreciation of the business process that adds valuable perspective, whether at a start-up or a multinational corporation. I can confidently say that completing the MSEM program was crucial in obtaining my current position performing data analysis and simulation at a top-tier financial firm.”

Faraz Khalik, MSEM 2010
“I was part of the inaugural MSEM class of 2010 and learned a lot from the professors and coursework. Coming from an engineering background, it was helpful to learn interviewing skills, resume reviews, business tactics and strategy, and overall management skills. The program also helped me improve my writing skills and gave me a different perspective on what to expect in the real-world. The professors are very approachable, and will give their input with any job applications or advice in general. Upon graduation, I received an offer from Deloitte Consulting and have been working there since.”

Max Weider, MSEM 2012
“MSEM helped me a lot in my job. I was able to get a promotion in under 2 years and got a lateral move to a Systems Engineering Requirements Manager position. I interact with customers, upper level management, principal/chief engineers, and systems engineers on a daily basis now. I am also responsible for creating new process and training when it comes to proper systems engineering requirements and architecture work. The information and skills I learned at MSEM was crucial in getting me to this point in my career and at such an accelerated rate.”


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