Admission FAQs

How much weight is placed on the undergraduate GPA vs relative work experience?

Across all graduate programs at Purdue, there is a 3.0 minimum GPA requirement. We're mainly focused academic record. We take into account your application in its entirety, but you're applying to a graduate program and we really try to assess your learning abilities. Besides the cumulative GPA, we also look at individual course performances, how you progressed through your undergraduate program, etc.

My undergraduate GPA was below 3.0. Is there anything I can do to better my chances for admission?

It's an option to take a non-degree course to see if you would be a good fit for the program. There's no guarantee that you will get into the program by doing this, but it may help strengthen your application.

Do I need to take the GRE exam for admission into the program?

It depends on which program you're interested in. It's required for discipline specific program. It is also required for the dual MSE+MBA degree. It is not required for the Interdisciplinary Engineering (MSE/MS) degree.

I took some graduate courses. Can I use them toward my degree?

Transfer courses must be reviewed and each school has different standards for transferring courses. Credits are only eligible if they haven't previously been used towards earning a degree. Speak to the department you are applying to for specific information.

How many courses can I transfer in to my degree program?

It depends on which program you're interested in. Purdue accepts up to 12 transfer credits.

I missed the deadline to apply for the AAE degree, can I apply for the MSE and then transfer?

No. They're two different programs with two different sets of requirements. Contact the department to make sure you have actually missed a deadline. They may be able to work with you.

What are the deadlines for applying to the Interdisciplinary Engineering (MSE/MS) degree?

The fall application deadline is July 1, spring application deadline is November 1, and summer deadline is May 1.