Apply for a Graduate Certificate or Non-Degree Program

Apply for a Graduate Certificate

Admission to our graduate certificate programs is processed by the individual schools within which the programs are offered. To begin the application process, you'll need to complete the online Purdue University Graduate School application. As you're filling out the application, you'll see a section for Proposed Graduate Major. Select the certificate program you're interested in from the list. Online certificate options include:

  • Applied Heat Transfer
  • Applied Statistics
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Noise Control

Once you’ve made your selection, the application will default to the questions and information necessary to complete the application.

Admission to any of our graduate certificate programs requires a bachelor's degree in an appropriate field – such as engineering, science, mathematics, technolog – with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. When you apply to a graduate certificate program, you'll need to submit evidence of a bachelor's degree. This may be an official transcript, a copy of the diploma, or a letter from the college or university verifying the degree.

Please note that acceptance into a graduate certificate program does not assure admission to the Graduate School of Purdue University to pursue an advanced degree.


Apply for Course Only: Non-Degree

Purdue Engineering Professional Education (ProEd) offers a non-degree option that help students prepare for graduate level courses, explore graduate study, or develop new skills. If you wish to take a course without being formally admitted to an advanced degree program, you may do so under non-degree admission status. There is no fee to apply. Students in non-degree status will receive official Purdue credit for courses as a graduate student of the University. You must hold a bachelor's degree and have the necessary background for any courses you wish to take.

Application Process

Before you can enroll in a course, you must be admitted to the Purdue Graduate School. Applications are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. It is recommended that you submit an application no later than two-weeks before the start of the semester. A complete application package for Non-Degree admission includes the following:

  • A submitted electronic application
    • Campus: Select "West Lafayette (Main Campus)"
    • Proposed Graduate Major: Select "Interdisciplinary Engineering"
    • Degree Objective: Select "Non Degree"
  • Proof of a bachelor's degree by either a copy of an official transcript or a copy of the original diploma

Participation as a Non-Degree Student

Enrollment in courses as a non-degree student does not guarantee future admission to a degree program. If you are admitted later to an advanced degree or graduate certificate, a maximum of 12 credits taken in non-degree status may be applied. Check with the department of your intended degree program for their allowable pre-admission credits.