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Apply for Non-Degree: Course Only

Purdue Online, College of Engineering offers a non-degree option that helps students prepare for graduate-level courses, explore graduate study, or develop new skills. If you wish to take a graduate-level engineering 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 academic credit for courses as an online graduate student in the College of Engineering. 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 and accept enrollment. Applications are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. A complete application for Non-Degree admission includes:

  • A submitted electronic application to The Graduate School
    • Campus: Select "West Lafayette (Main Campus)"
    • Proposed Graduate Major: Select "Interdisciplinary Engineering"
    • Degree Objective: Select "Non Degree"
  • Statement of Purpose (max 150 words) 
    • Briefly describe why you are pursuing non-degree status (e.g., exploring, credit transfer to another institution, demonstrating success at the graduate level, needing a specific course for professional development, etc.) 
    • If known, specify the course(s) you would like to take. A list of available courses can be found on this website. 
  • Proof of a bachelor's degree by either a copy of an official transcript or a copy of the original diploma

Application Deadlines

Term Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring December 1
Summer May 1

We cannot guarantee that applications submitted after the deadlines will be reviewed for the intended semester. Students that submit a completed application after the deadline may need to be considered for a future semester.  

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.

Courses non-degree seeking students in Interdisciplinary Engineering can take are limited to the list of online engineering courses available.

Non-degree seeking students also receive the support of a student services team who can help them throughout their journey in the Interdisciplinary Engineering program.