Frequently Asked Questions
Our office has organized a detailed list of FAQs for you as listed below.
1. Does the program require work experience?
The program does NOT require work experience. Approximately half of our students join with full-time work experience and the other half join directly from a bachelor program.
2. Do you only accept students with undergraduate engineering degrees?
While the majority of our students have undergraduate engineering degrees, we do accept students with STEM-related backgrounds including, but not limited to, Computer Science, Physics, and Mathematics.
A list of all program requirements can be found in our Class Profile.
1. What will be listed on my diploma?
"Master of Science in Engineering" awarded by Purdue University, West Lafayette (main campus)
2. What will appear on my transcript?
The major is “Engineering Management” with a concentration in one of the following areas depending on your program:
i. Engineering Management and Professional Practice (2-year)
ii. Engineering Management (1-year accelerated)
3. If I focus in a specific discipline for my engineering classes, can I receive the degree Master of Science in that engineering discipline?
No. The degree awarded is Master of Science in Engineering.
4. Is the Master of Engineering Management program offered exclusively as a residential, on-campus program?
Yes. The program is intended as a full-time, on-campus, residential program at Purdue University's flagship campus in West Lafayette, Indiana. Students may complete one or two courses online if they choose, usually during semesters while completing an industry Co-Op experience.
1. Who is the GRE requirement waived for?
The GRE requirement is waived for Purdue students and alumni. The GRE is also optional for students and graduates of U.S. institutions.
2. What is a competitive GRE score?
All sections of the GRE are given consideration, including Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Our program’s typical average GRE quantitative score is 164 and the typical average verbal score is 153. While GRE scores are an important factor in the application review, all components of an application are considered during the admission decision process.
3. Can I use GMAT scores instead of GRE scores?
No. Currently, GMAT scores are not accepted for applications.
4. Can I receive a waiver for the English proficiency scores?
Possibly. Purdue’s Graduate School has specific policies in place pertaining to English proficiency waivers.
5. Do I need to complete the video essay?
No. We do not include the video essay in our application reviews.
6. Do I need to list faculty with whom I want to work on my application?
No, it is not necessary for you to complete this portion of the application. This portion of the application is intended for research-oriented programs that usually include a thesis. As our program is industry focused and non-thesis, you can skip this section of the application.
7. Can my Statement of Purpose (SOP) essay be longer than 500 words?
We recommend that applicants adhere to an approximate 500 word-limit for their statement of purpose, but slightly longer statements (1-2 pages) are permitted. Applicants should submit as succinct a statement as possible, while accurately conveying why their profile is a strong fit for the Master of Engineering Management program and how the program will help them grow their profile for their future career goals.
8. Are application fee waivers available for domestic students?
Yes. Application fees are waived for U.S. citizens and are automatically processed in the application system.
9. Are application fee waivers available for international students?
The MEM program does not directly provide application fee waivers for international students. However, Purdue provides application fee waivers to advance diversity, recognize outstanding undergraduate achievement, and engage prospective students in recruitment events where Purdue is affiliated. Application fee waivers are available for individuals who have participated in specific programs designated by Purdue's Graduate School. You can find the list here.
10. Once my application is complete, how long does it take to process?
Applications submitted for the first and second round of Fall reviews will typically learn the admission decision in 7-8 weeks following the deadline. Applicants will be notified via email, at which point they can log into their application account to view the result.
11. When are the application deadlines?
Round 1: January 15
Round 2: March 15
Round 3: June 1
Round 1: September 15
Round 2: October 15
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12. Do all recommendations need to be from academia?
No. Aim for a set of letters from individuals who can describe your range of skills. Ideally, letters should cover your academic and scholastic skills, extracurricular activities, and applied experiences. They should hold a positive view of you and be able to describe your potential for academic and professional work.
1. How do I choose my engineering courses?
The flexibility of the interdisciplinary degree allows you to mix and match courses from the different disciplines as approved by your program’s academic advisor. You may take classes for which you have met the prerequisites, or have sufficient professional background.
2. Can I start in the Spring if I expect to graduate in the Fall?
Yes. Please contact our office to discuss further.
3. Can I apply excess courses from my Purdue undergraduate degree to the MEM degree?
Yes, under certain conditions. Courses must have been taken for graduate credit (500-600 level), have a grade of B or better, and be approved by your academic advisor.
4. What if I don't get hired for a co-op assignment? (2 year programs with Professional Practice only)
The Office of Professional Practice (OPP) and the Engineering Management master's program will be involved in the admissions review process to ensure candidates selected for the program will be strong candidates for Co-Op opportunities. We cannot guarantee a placement, but we partner with you every step of the way to help ensure your success.
In the event that a student is not able to obtain an offer for the required Co-Op duration of 6-12 months, the student is able to transition to the 1-year program that does not include the Co-Op requirement. The student is still able to earn the M.S.E. degree (including OPT benefits for international students).
1. Are scholarships available?
Scholarship support is not typically offered for the Engineering Management master's program. However, students in the 2-year program will have a paid internship/Co-Op to help offset the cost. Students in the 1-year program will have completed their Master’s in just one year and be able to move into the job force quickly to start earning a professional salary. You may also pursue independent scholarships and/or contact the Purdue Division of Financial Aid for information on loan programs.
2. Is there a difference in fees for on-campus and online courses?
Yes. On-campus courses are charged by credit hour until you reach full time status. Distance courses are charged by course.
3. How do I apply for TA, RA, GA positions?
Students are not eligible for teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or graduate assistantships. However, there is potential for Resident Assistant positions.
4. Can I work an on-campus, part-time job right away?
Purdue MEM students are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week in hourly paid positions on Purdue’s campus. Students work in a variety of roles, including IT consultants, graders, tutors, lab assistants, library assistants, PMU positions, and more. You can generate supplemental income to cover living expenses while building your resume with highly-sought employability skills. In U.S. business culture, students who work during their undergraduate and graduate programs are respected for their work ethic and time management skills.