Why Engineering Education
at Purdue?

The School of Engineering Education (ENE) seeks high-achieving, research-oriented students for admission into the doctoral program. Successful applicants have most, if not all, of these characteristics:

The most important criterion for selecting a graduate program is how well your research and professional interests match those of a particular department and university. 
  • Excellent academic performance and a deep sense of curiosity 
  • An ability to articulate how a PhD in ENE will facilitate achievement of career goals
  • Demonstrated aptitude for research
  • Interest in engineering education research
  • Knowledge of the field of engineering education research and its community members
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership and initiative beyond coursework
  • Demonstrated evidence of the ability to complete independent research
  • Demonstrated aptitude for teaching and interest in student learning

What are some reasons to study engineering education at Purdue?

  • National reputation of our faculty, graduate students, and doctoral program as agents of change. The American Society of Engineering Education, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Science Foundation, and others have recognized the School of Engineering Education (ENE)'s leadership, honored our scholarship, and/or funded our diverse and eclectic research portfolio.
  • State of the Art Research Laboratory designed specifically for undertaking engineering education research. This 17,000 sq. ft. facility, opened in spring 2015, features a secure data analysis suite, a series of smart suites for data analysis, an observation suite plus interview and focus group rooms for data gathering, simulation class rooms focused on pre-college engineering, exhibition space and various collaboration and meeting rooms.      
  • Living laboratories centered on our various educational programs for conducting your research. These include ENE's First-Year Engineering Program, our Multidisciplinary Engineering Program, our Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning (INSPIRE), and the Engineering Projects in Community Service program (EPICS).
  • Flexible program to accommodate your personal interests, background, and career aspirations. Our program draws from many disciplines, and we actively seek students across a range of academic interests and life experiences.
  • ENE seminar series. Learn what your colleagues at Purdue and beyond are doing to define and further engineering education research—and add your own contributions to the mix. Weekly presentations foster community-building and provide opportunities for professional development.
  • Culture of innovation. In ENE, we share a palpable sense of mission for bettering engineering education and shaping the future of this developing discipline. That means we're out in front—on campus, regionally, and nationally—devising new approaches to education and research.
  • Collaborative, inclusive environment. ENE attracts faculty and students from across the country and around the world into a welcoming and supportive community. Our international graduate students have come from Brazil, China, Colombia, Italy, Jamaica, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey, just to name a few.
  • 900+ student organizations and a host of administrative resources at Purdue for fostering your social, cultural, academic, and professional growth.

Student Testimonials:  Explore what our students say about the program.

For more information

  • Use this online form to request more information about graduate study in the School of Engineering Education.
  • Visit us. The School of Engineering Education is located in the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Suite 1300.
  • Call the Engineering Education Graduate Programs Office at (765) 494-3331 or email us at enegrad@purdue.edu.