Class Registration Guide

You should register for classes as soon as you are able, since many classes fill up quickly.


Course registration closes for Spring 2021: January 25, 2021

Planning on graduating May 2021?  Candidate Registration Deadline is January 22, 2021, so please submit your candidate registration form 23 to the ME Grad Office, by January 19, 2021.

Other deadlines: Registrar's Office has deadlines for adding/dropping classes, and the Graduate School also has a deadline calendar.


Registration Process

1. Schedule of Classes - find course numbers & CRNs

Log in to myPurdue and click on "View the schedule of classes" to locate course numbers and CRN #s. Check if you need signature and/or approval for course overrides for courses outside of ME.  Make sure you register in an on-campus course, which if “Lecture” is listed as course type, indicates that it is an on-campus lecture course.  Do not register in any course marked “distance learning” as you will be dropped out of the section when reviewed and at that time the on-campus section may be full.

2. Meet With Your Major Professor

Set up a meeting with your major professor to determine your course schedule and then enter your registration through myPurdueYOU and your major professor are responsible for following your Plan of Study, area exam conditions (PhD), etc.

3. PIN Number

Log in to the Engineering PIN System to retrieve your PIN number. You must have a Plan of Study in the process of approval to access your PIN. Do not try to access your PIN from within myPurdue as you will receive an error message to meet with your advisor. If this is not your first semester, and you don't have a Plan of Study (POS) in process of approval or approved, your PIN number will not be available.  POS should be submitted before the end of your first semester in the graduate program.

4. Independent Study Courses - requires a Form VT

Meet with your major professor to determine course title, fill out and email the Form VT to the ME Graduate Office at The ME Grad Office will get department head signature and will submit to when completed.

5. Funded Students

If you are being funded by a research or teaching assistantship or a fellowship, you are required to register for at least 8 credit hours of coursework and/or research in spring/fall semesters (6 credit hours in the summer).

If your assistantship status is changing, notify the Engineering Employment Center,, as soon as you know. (Please make sure to include your PUID in the email.)

6. Thesis Research (new procedure for Spring '21)

If you are a PhD, D-PhD, or MS thesis option student you are required to enroll in thesis research every semester.  You can find your professor’s research CRN in the Schedule of Classes in myPurdue.  Starting Spring 2021, you will register for research by using the scheduling assistant within myPurdue.  Please watch video on how to do the new procedure:  This is a 2-step process, so make sure to do both steps!  You first have to register for research using the scheduling assistant; please make sure to add a note as to who the professor is that you will be working with, as the professor will need to approve before the advisor can approve.  Once your research registration posts to your schedule, you’ll see that it registered you for “0” credits.  You’ll then need to go back into the system and modify the number of credits to the correct number you need to register.  (Make sure that between your research credits and coursework credits, you don’t exceed the maximum for the semester.  Funded students need to be registered full-time.)  Check your schedule to confirm that you are registered for the research, with the correct number of credits, with the correct professor, once everything posts. (Form 23’s are no longer used to register for research, as of spring 2021.)

You are charged for research credits just like lecture credits.  You can use the tuition calculator to determine cost, since it depends on how many credit hours you need to register.

7. Final Check

Double-check your class list in myPurdue, under "Concise Student Schedule", once your course registration and research registration has posted.

Course Selection Advice for New Graduate Students

Selecting your graduate courses involves your personal career goals, the requirements of your major professor, and the ME and Graduate School requirements. Research assistants will select their courses in close collaboration with their major professor based on research needs. Non-thesis MS students, however, will select their courses primarily on their own career goals. This document is intended primarily to assist new MS students who are not research assistants, but provides information useful for all ME graduate students.

Summary of ME Course Requirements

  • MS non-thesis: 30 credit hours (usually 10 courses) that include 6 hours of applied math.
  • MS thesis: 21 credit hours (usually 7 courses) that include 6 hours of applied math plus at least 9 hours of ME 69800 MS thesis research. Funded students must register for ME 69800 MS research each semester.
  • PhD: 21 credit hours that include 9 hours of applied math. Purdue MS applied math courses count. Students must register for ME 69900 PhD research each semester.
  • Direct PhD: 36 credit hours that include 9 hours of applied math. Students must register for ME 69900 PhD research each semester.

Note: graduate level courses at Purdue are numbered 50000 and 60000. Courses numbered 40000 or below are undergraduate level and will not be allowed on the Purdue ME plans of study.

The Plan of Study

You can begin developing your Plan of Study after the first week of classes. The Plan of Study is a formal document required by the Purdue Graduate School that identifies your advisory committee, degree objective and your courses. It will be entered electronically.

ME requires that all courses on your Plan of Study must be “technical and quantitative in content.” They can be from schools outside of ME, e.g., from other Schools of Engineering, the School of Science and Math Department. When in doubt, check with your major professor (temporary advisor) and then with the ME Graduate Office.

Advice on Selecting Courses

Using the myPurdue Course Catalog, prepare a list of all courses of interest to you. Select the appropriate semesters to ‘look forward’ to the next semester, and ‘look backward’ to previous semesters to get a more complete picture of all courses offered for the whole year. Read the course descriptions carefully and take note of which semester(s) the course is offered. Organize this list into a semester-by-semester table, carefully noting the semesters (Spring, Summer, Fall) when courses are offered.

Very few graduate courses are offered during the summer. This is particularly true of ME, where typically none are offered in the summer. However, a number of Math (MA) courses are offered in the summer. Factor this into your planning.

You do not have to take the applied math courses first. The ME requirement for 2 or 3 applied math courses does not mean they must be taken in any particular semester. It may be advantageous to wait to take a math course, perhaps to give you options for summer courses.

If you want to do a thesis and are interested in a professor’s research (do your homework), and have not already formed a relationship with that professor, schedule a course(s) taught by this professor as early as possible. Typically, graduate courses taught by professors are related to their research. This will give you a chance to work with the professor, for the professor to get to know you, and to prepare you for research with that professor if the opportunity arises. This also will be an opportunity to discuss your graduate program with the professor and seek advice on future courses.

ME Graduate Office
585 Purdue Mall (Room 1003)
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 494-5730