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 the Professional Masters
- Academic Planning Questions
- Questions on Costs
- Questions about the Application Process
General Questions about the Professional Masters
Q: Is this a new degree at Purdue?
A No. The degree has been offered through Engineering Professional Education since the 1970's. Over 280 MSE degrees have been awarded in the last 5 years. What is new, is the combination of technical, business and professional practice offered as a concentration on the degree.
Q: What will be listed on my diploma?
A "Master of Science in Engineering". Awarded by Purdue, West Lafayette.
Q: What will appear on my transcript?
A The major is "Interdisciplinary Engineering" and the major concentration is "Engineering Management and Professional Practice". Participation in professional practice will also be notated separately on the transcript.
Q: If I focus in ME for my engineering classes, can I receive the degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering?
A No. The degree awarded is Master of Science in Engineering.
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. There are no core course requirements. You may take classes for which you have the pre-requisites.
Q: What business courses will I take?
A Students entering Fall 2012 will take Accounting for Managers and Marketing Management. Upon returning to campus Spring 2014 you will take Operations Management and either Strategic Management or 2 electives. See http://masters.krannert.purdue.edu/programs/mba/mba-curriculum/.
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, have a grade of B or better, and be approved by your advisory committee.
Q: Who will be on my academic advisory committee?
A Students entering Fall 2012 will have an assigned committee made up of 3 engineering faculty members.
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? (ENMP 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? (ENMP 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? (ENMP Only)
A The Office of Professional Practice (OPP) will be involved in the admissions review process to ensure candidates selected for the program will have co-op opportunities. We cannot guarantee a match with a specific company. Upon admission, students will begin working with OPP to create a list of potential companies for interviews.
Questions on Costs
Q: Are scholarships available?
A There is currently no scholarship support through Engineering Professional Education. You may 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? (ENMP Only)
A Yes. The co-op fee for 2012-13 is $914.10. This is built into the estimated total cost of the program.
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.