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Our office has organized a detailed list of FAQs for you. Please refer to the menu below to receive the best information for your specific program of interest and status.

General Questions about Engineering Management

Q: What will be listed on my diploma?
A: "Master of Science in Engineering" Awarded by Purdue University, West Lafayette.

Q: What will appear on my transcript?
A: The major is "Interdisciplinary Engineering" with a concentration in one of the following areas depending on your program:

  • Engineering Management with Professional Practice
  • Engineering Management
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics Management with Professional Practice
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics with Management
  • Mechanical Engineering and Management with Professional Practice
  • Mechanical Engineering and Management
  • Engineering Management and Leadership

Q: If I focus in a specific discipline for my engineering classes, can I receive the degree of Master of Science in that engineering discipline?
A: No. The degree awarded is Master of Science in Engineering. However if a specialized concentration has been created for your discipline (currently AAE and ME) then that information will be printed on your transcript.


Academic Planning Questions

Q: How do I choose my engineering courses?
A: The flexibility of the interdisciplinary degree allows you to mix and match courses from the different disciplines as approved by your academic advisory committee. Some discipline specific concentrations may have more prescribed course requirements.  You may take classes for which you have met the pre-requisites, or have sufficient professional background.

Q: Can I start in the Spring if I expect to graduate in the Fall?
A: Yes. Please contact our office to discuss further.

Q: Can I use excess undergraduate courses toward the degree?
A: 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 advisory committee.

Q: Who will be on my academic advisory committee?
A: Most students will have an assigned committee made up of 1-3 engineering faculty members. However, if you have a concentration in a specific department, your committee may vary.

Q: If I need to sit out a semester, will I have to re-apply?
A: No. You only lose eligibility if you go 3 consecutive semesters without registering (including summer). However, your co-op assignment and plan of study may be impacted.

Q: Can I take business courses while on co-op assignment instead of engineering? (2 year programs with Professional Practice only)
A: It is possible. However, this must be pre-approved for special circumstances. Please contact our office to discuss further.

Q: Do you offer online engineering courses in all disciplines? (2 year programs with Professional Practice only)
A: Currently, no. Engineering disciplines represented include AAE, BME, ECE, IE and ME. There are also select courses in CE and some courses offered through the College of Science in CS, Math and Statistics. Courses in additional engineering disciplines may be added in the future.

Q: What if I don't get hired for a co-op assignment? (2 year programs with Professional Practice only)
A: 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.


Questions on Costs

Q: Are scholarships available?
A: There is currently no scholarship support 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 similar to an RA or TA position.  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.

Q: Will there be a co-op fee? (2 year programs with Professional Practice only)
A: Yes. The co-op fee is $400.00 per semester. This is built into the estimated total cost of the program.

Q: Is there a difference in fees for on-campus and online courses?
A: Yes.  On-campus courses are charged by credit hour until you reach full time status.  Distance courses are charged by course.


Questions about the Application Process

Q: Do all recommenders need to be from academia?
A: 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.

Q: What do you consider to be a strong GRE score?
A: The GRE is required for both the 1-year and 2-year on campus programs. All sections of the GRE are given consideration, including Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. While GRE scores are an important factor in the application review, all components of an application are considered during the admission decision process.

Q: Once my application is complete, how long does it take to process?
A: Depending on the program, the time to decision can fluctuate but will normally take between 4-5 weeks for a decision to be rendered. 

Q: When are the application deadlines?


Fall (August)

Spring (January)


On Campus

First Round: January 11

Second Round: March 15

Final Round: June 1

First Round: October 1

Second Round: November 1

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