Industry-Oriented Master's Program Admissions Requirements

Please ensure you meet all minimum requirements BEFORE you apply to our program.

  • GRE:

No min requirement. Avg. admittee: 166 in Quantitative, 152 in Verbal, 3.6 in Analytical

  • TOEFL: (Required for international students by Purdue University Graduate School)

iBT overall minimum score of 80 (iBT individual minimums: Writing = 18, Speaking = 18, Listening = 14, Reading = 19)
IELTS minimum score = 6.5 (IELTS individual minimums: Reading = 6.5, Listening = 6.0, Speaking = 6.0, Writing = 5.5)

TOEFL waivers will only be granted to the following:

International students who have received a degree from a U.S. institution within 24 months, prior to applying.
International students who have received a BS or higher degree within 24 months, prior to applying, from a university/college whose primary language of instruction is English in a country where English is the official language

  • TOEFL: (Required for international students by the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Besides satisfying the Graduate School minimum scores, the ECE requirement for the TOEFL Writing Score is 22 for admission.

  • GPA:

US applicants have an average GPA of 3.60 or higher. Typically, a 3.25/4.00 grade point average (GPA) is considered a minimum requirement for admission into the ECE graduate program.

International applicants are typically in the top 5% of their graduating class, or higher.

  • Average admissions rate for MSECE program: 15%

No EE Degree?

Although we do not require applicants to this program to have an undergraduate degree in electrical or electrical and computer engineering, students will need a strong technical background in certain engineering subjects. Our applicants typically have the following credentials:

  • Undergraduate physics, chemistry, and mathematics (three semesters of calculus plus differential equations and linear algebra)
  • Experience in programming at or above the undergraduate level.
  • Electrical engineering fundamentals:
    • Linear Circuit Analysis
    • Electronic Circuit Analysis and Design
    • Digital Logic Design
    • Signals And Systems
  • Electrical engineering electives such as:
    • Probabilistic Methods In Electrical And Computer Engineering
    • Feedback System Analysis And Design
    • Electric and Magnetic Fields
    • Semiconductor Devices
    • Data Structures
    • Electromechanical Motion Devices

Software Skills Needed

Applicants to the program should have good software and programming skills. In particular, knowledge of C programming is an essential requirement. Prior experience with Python and UNIX shell scripting is a plus, although not required. Students enrolled in the program will have several options for strengthening their software skills through coding bootcamps and short workshops offered during the year.