Online MSCE - Frequently Asked Questions

What degree would I earn with the Online program?

  • You would earn a Master of Science in Civil Engineering.

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 would have to reapply.

Are all courses available every term?

How long does it take to finish the program?

  • The program requires 30 credits. You can finish it in as little as a year if you take a full-load of courses each semester (3 or 4 classes). However, most students will take about three years to complete all the required credits.

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 so that you would be able to access the materials at a time that is convenient to you.

Are scholarships or funding offered for Online MSCE students?

  • Scholarships and funding are not available, 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:

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 students 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.

May I complete this program on as a part-time student?

  • 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. A part time student takes less than 8 semester credit hours every term. As a full time student, you may be able to complete this program within 12 to 18 months. As a part time student, you may be able to complete the program within 2 to 4 years. If you need to take time off, you may take a maximum of two consecutive semesters. 

Are there career services or resources after graduation?

Can students transfer graduate credit from a prior institution?

  • 6 credit hours of graduate coursework may be transferred, however the credits may not have been used toward another degree. Transfer credit is evaluated by a committee within CE as part of the plan of study process.

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. Two Graduate-level courses scored B or better can be transferred to count as technical electives. These credits may not have been used toward another degree.