Online MSCE - Frequently Asked Questions

What degree would I earn with the Online program?

  • You would earn a Master of Science in Civil Engineering. It is the same degree awarded to our on-campus students.

Is there a minimum course registration required each semester?

  • You need to register for at least one credit to be considered an active student. If you do not enroll for more than two consecutive semesters, you will lose your student status and must reapply.

Are all courses available every term?

How long does it take to finish the program?

  • The program requires 30 credits. You may complete the MSCE program as a full time or part time student. A full-time student takes at least 8 semester credit hours every term and may be able to complete this program within 12 to 18 months. A part time student takes less than 8 semester credit hours every term (on average 3-6).  As a part-time student, you may complete the program within 2 to 4 years. The average time to complete the program is 3 years

Can I take time off during my program?

  • You may take a maximum of two consecutive semesters off. If you take more than two semesters, you will need to re-enroll in the program.

Are letters of recommendation from employers acceptable?

  • We suggest that you try to get at least one academic reference. If that is not possible, recommendations from employers will be accepted.

How are the online courses structured?

  • The courses will be offered asynchronously. We upload recordings of live lectures for you to view on your time. You will follow along weekly to complete your assignments, projects, and/or exams. Exams may require a proctor (virtual or in-person depending on the faculty).

Are scholarships or funding offered for Online MSCE students?

  • Scholarships and funding are not available through Purdue, this program is a course-based self-funded master's program. US Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible for Federal Financial Aid. All federal financial aid benefits and restrictions apply to enrolled MS Civil Engineering students. Federal aid enrollment requirements apply.  You can reach the Purdue Division of Financial Aid with questions at: Military, veterans, and military-connects students can visit our Veterans Success center at

Is there prerequisite coursework required for this program?

  • Math Prerequisites: To be admitted, students must have completed 3 total semesters of calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations. Representative coursework that a Purdue undergraduate engineering student would take include (each of these are 16-week courses): - MA261, Multivariate Calculus - MA262, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations. While most graduate level courses do not have specific prerequisites other than the math courses described above, it will be helpful to have foundational knowledge in the following: Statics, Dynamics, and Fluid Mechanics.

Are there career services or resources after graduation?

What is the transfer credit policy?

  • The Purdue University College of Engineering allows up to 6 credit hours of graduate coursework to be transferred into the Master of Science in Civil Engineering program. The credits are eligible to be transferred if they meet the following requirements: have not been used towards another degree and you achieved a B or better in the course. Transfer credit is evaluated by a committee within CE as part of the plan of study process.