Frequently Asked Questions

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In this section, you can find the answers to several frequently asked questions we have received from prospective students. If you don't see your specific question(s) answered below or in the links to the right, please feel free to contact us or send us an email at proed@purdue.edu.
 

General


Is it possible to go on to PhD work with one of your online degrees?

You should check with whatever program you wish to get your PhD in.
 

Is the MS/MSE program ABET accredited?

We are fully accredited and very well ranked nationally and internationally for our engineering (undergrad and graduate level) degree programs.  The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) is a professional accrediting organization that accredits programs, not institutions.  ABET accredits postsecondary degree-granting programs housed within regionally accredited institutions.  Purdue is also accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) since 1913.

The engineering master’s degrees available through distance learning result in the same diploma as students completing the degree on-campus.  The teaching faculty, admissions requirements, curriculum, homework, and exams are all the same.

Further information on our ranking and accreditation is available at https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/Academics/Accreditation/, and the one on National Rankings, https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/AboutUs/FactsFigures/Rankings

Here are a few additional pieces of information from the ABET website: ABET accredits postsecondary degree-granting programs housed within regionally accredited institutions.  ABET accredits programs only, not degrees, departments, colleges, or institutions.

 

What is your average class size?

Classes don't have physical limit since it's a distance program. The average class size is 24. There are TA's to support every class, as well as professors who specifically designate office hours for online students.