Professional Master's Program FAQs
General Program Questions
What is the difference between the Professional Master’s Program and a traditional M.S. Program?
The programs differ in two primary ways. First, a traditional chemical engineering M.S. program prepares students to perform research and complete a thesis-based M.S. degree. The Davidson School of Chemical Engineering does not have a thesis-based M.S. program. Instead, applicants are admitted directly to the Ph.D. program. The Ph.D. admission process is highly competitive and evaluates an applicant’s potential do thesis research and complete a Ph.D degree.
The Professional Master’s Program (PMP) is a terminal M.S. program and confers a non-thesis M.S. degree. The PMP admission process evaluates an applicant on their ability to complete the rigorous M.S. curriculum, not their potential to do thesis research. This program targets recent STEM graduates and professionals who want to further their education in a specialized field and advance their careers in industry and government. All applicants who apply for the M.S. program will only be considered for admission to the PMP. If you wish to complete thesis research, you should apply directly to the Ph.D. program.
Second, the Professional M.S. Program requires students enrolled in the program to complete three (3) management-based courses in order to prepare them to be future leaders in the chemical process industry. This balance of advanced technical and management training better prepares graduates of the program such that they can rise up the managerial ranks faster in industrial settings.
What kind of degree do PMP graduates receive?
The School confers only one M.S. degree, the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MSCHE) degree. All PMP and M.S. graduates receive this degree.
I do not have a degree in Chemical Engineering. Can I still apply for this program?
Yes. We consider applicants with a B.S. (or equivalent) from areas such as chemistry, materials science, biomedical engineering, or related disciplines. Additionally, students who have M.S. degrees in related (e.g., chemistry) fields, but NOT in chemical engineering, are encouraged to apply. A special plan of study will be tailored for these students to help them grasp core chemical engineering concepts. This extends the duration of the PMP to be 16 months rather than 12 months for students who enter with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering.
May I apply for financial aid?
Direct financial support from the ChE Professional Master's Program is not available. However, students can contact the Division of Financial Aid (DFA) to discuss federal loan programs and other lending opportunities. Students interested in financial assistance should call the DFA at (765) 494-5050, or submit a question online through the DFA’s contact form
Am I eligible for a graduate assistantship?
Students enrolled in the Professional Master's Program in the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering are not allowed to accept research assistantships, teaching assistantships, project assistantships, or other University appointments that grant waivers of tuition and/or academic fees anywhere on campus. Accepting an assistantship or tuition waiver while enrolled in the program may lead to removal of the student from the program. Corporate tuition support is not included in these categories, nor are external funding sources.
Will I have to complete a thesis?
No. This is a non-thesis program, but you will be required to complete either an academic or industrial research project during the summer semester.
How does the summer research project work?
Each student will be matched with an academic or industrial sponsor (based on the preference of the student) to work on a six credit hour research project relevant to their concentration. The results will be presented in the form of a 20-page manuscript and an oral presentation to a panel of faculty and project managers at the end of the summer.
How long does it take to complete the PMP?
A student with a previous degree in chemical engineering who is enrolled in the program full-time can finish the PMP within 12 months (three semesters, including the summer).
A student without a previous degree in chemical engineering who is enrolled in the program full-time can finish the PMP within 16 months (4 semesters, including the summer).
All PMP students must complete the PMP degree within two calendar years of their start date.
Can I perform an internship during the PMP?
Yes. Students in the PMP are able to complete an internship, but they must first seek approval from the Director of the Professional M.S. Program to do so. Please note that completing an internship will delay your time to graduation.
Are international students eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation?
Yes. OPT is a benefit available to F-1 students to gain practical experience working off-campus in a job directly related to their major field of study. Graduates of the PMP are eligible for the standard 12-month OPT benefit, but they are also eligible for the 24-month STEM OPT extension. This results in a total eligibility of 36-months of OPT, pending the graduate meets the requirements for the benefit, as determined by International Students and Scholars. More information about OPT can be found on the ISS webpage
How much does the program cost?
The costs for the program follows the standard tuition for Purdue Engineering Graduate Students and are published on the Tuition and Fees page
of the Office of the Bursar. For Academic Year 2018-2019, residents pay approximately $13,895 for 12-months of study and approximately $19,435 for 16-months of study, while non-residents (including international students) pay approximately $37,398 for 12-months of study and approximately $52,357 for 16-months of study.
What are the application requirements?
All applicants to the PMP must satisfy the following requirements.
A minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (or equivalent).
Two letters of recommendation
GRE general test scores - no minimum scores are established, but average scores for students admitted for Fall 2017 are as follows:
Analytical Writing: 3.5
International applicants have the following additional requirements. They:
Must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores unless one of the following criteria are met:
English is your official, native language.
You have received a degree within the last 24 months from a school where English is the primary language of instruction in a country/location where English is the native language.
Must have TOEFL Scores that satisfy the below requirements:
Paper-Based Test (PBT):
Internet-Based Test (IBT)
Overall Score: 77 minimum
Reading: 19 minimum
Listening: 14 minimum
Speaking: 18 minimum
Writing: 18 minimum
What other supporting documents are required?
You must also upload a copy of your official transcripts* to your application, as well as a statement of purpose, and a resume.
*Official transcripts bear the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. An unofficial transcript printed from your current/previous institution(s) student system is not an acceptable document.
International applicants must also include original language copies and English language translations of their transcripts. You must also upload a copy of your degree or a provisional degree certificate, if you have completed your degree.
Do I need to submit a Diversity Essay?
No. Diversity essays are not required by any applicant to the PMP as they are not eligible for graduate assistantships.
When are the application deadlines?
Current application deadlines can be found here
How do I apply for this program?
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
You may contact the Chemical Engineering Graduate Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at +1 (765) 494-7343.
We appreciate your interest in the program.