How Online Learning Works

Our Rankings

We are consistently ranked among the best in the country for our programs in Engineering.  In addition to our top ranked Engineering programs, Purdue University is a "Best Buy" offering a strong ROI for our students and affordable tuition.  In 2016 our online graduate programs ranked #5 overall according to U.S. News and World Report. 

Flexible Academic Options

Our online graduate program options are specifically designed for working engineers, offering flexible plans of study with a format that allows you to study where you are.  We offer both thesis and non-thesis degree options.  While all graduate courses are online, you'll earn the same degree as on-campus students.

About the timing of your classes

As an online engineering graduate student you will be taking asynchronous classes in the online environment. Instructors provide the material, lectures, tests and assignments that can be accessed at any time. Your lectures are not time restricted, meaning you don't need to be logged in to preview your course material at a specific time. Typically our courses are available for download and viewing two hours after the "live" lecture has been captured.

About the Courses

Courses are delivered asynchronously via streaming video over the Internet to students around the globe shortly after they are taught live in a classroom on campus. Our classes use the same faculty who teach in our on campus programs, and for the larger course sections additional teaching assistants will provide further resources for the students.  Courses are delivered via webcast and in select cases CD, DVD or videotape may be available. You will need to view course lectures regularly to keep current with homework assignments, quizzes, and exams. Professors post assignments, hold telephone and e-mail office hours for discussion, and communicate about course requirements. 

How Fast You Can Finish Your Degree

Most Purdue students complete a master's degree in three-plus years by taking one course per semester and occasionally taking a course during the summer term. However, if you're highly motivated you may take two courses a semester and complete the master's degree in well under three years. How quickly you complete our degree program depends on you, we have no set time limits on your online studies.

Learn More About Our Programs

  • Engineering Master's Degrees - This is a list of our online master's degree options. Consistently ranked in the top ten programs by U.S. News and World Report, our online master's in engineering offers you Purdue prestige with the flexibility working professionals need to complete their studies. 
  • Our On-Campus Programs - These on-campus graduate programs are specifically designed for individuals preparing for a career in industry and are open to graduates from any engineering discipline and select science/math majors.
  • Professional Development Courses - These non-credit courses are a way for working professionals to become certified in a certain specialty area, fulfill requirements, or stay at the forefront of emerging trends. This includes courses in project management and Lean Six Sigma, among others.
  • Our Complete Course List - We offer one of the largest and most diverse online course menus available for graduate engineering. We want students to have access to a wide variety of disciplines to build diversity and depth of skill in a given topic area with more advanced course options.


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