ME Grad Student Registration Guide - Fall 2020

March 23, 2020
Grad student registration opens
August 24, 2020
Course registration closes
Planning on graduating in December 2020?
Candidate Registration Deadline: September 18, 2020
  • Watch for an email regarding the Candidate Meeting
  • To declare candidacy, you are required to fill out a Form 23, have your major professor sign it, return it to the ME Grad Office.
  • MS non-thesis students will NOT be allowed to register for "Exam or Degree Only"

Please schedule an appointment with Sheri or Cathy for help with:

  • Creating a plan of study
  • Course registration
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  • Candidacy / Graduation

Click here to make an appointment with the ME Grad Office!

Attention Distance Learning Students

If you are a new or returning student to Purdue, the Purdue Online Learning web page section for "Registration" provides step-by-step instructions. The registration process confirms your intention to enroll for the Fall 2020 semester and is also used to set up an exam proctor.


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.

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 myPurdue. YOU 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.

If you don't have a Plan of Study in process of approval, your PIN number will not be available.

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 Once it is completed with your signature, instructor’s signature and your advisor’s signature, email Form VT to ME Grad Office for department head signature. ME Grad Office 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 12 credit hours of coursework and/or research.

If your assistantship status is changing, notify the Engineering Employment Center, Wang Hall (Rm 4008), (Please make sure to include your PUID in the email.)

6. Thesis Research - requires a Form 23

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.  Fill out Form 23 and submit directly to the registrar’s office, The form MUST be signed by both you and your major professor. Print-outs of your Plan of Study & current registration must be submitted with the Form 23 to your major professor.  (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 it is entered.

ME Graduate Office
585 Purdue Mall (Room 1005)
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 494-5730