Apply for Non-Degree: Course Only

Purdue University 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.  

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. 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. 

Non-degree Admission Criteria and Deadlines 


All required admissions criteria are due by the following deadlines: 

Term Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring December 1
Summer May 1

Refer to the Academic Calendar for semester start dates.  

Admission Criteria 

Look over the How to Apply Graduate School webpage for additional details.  

1. Online Application  

  • Apply using the following campus and program information:  
    • Campus: Purdue West Lafayette  
    • Major: Interdisciplinary Engineering  
    • Degree Objective: Non-degree  
    • Course Delivery: Distance (online or off-campus location)  

2. Academic Statement of Purpose

3. Personal History Statement

4. Proof of Bachelor's Degree  

  • Provide a copy of an official transcript or a copy of the original diploma to 

5. Resume

  • 1–2 pages in length.
  • Please separate academic and professional experiences.