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Online Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering

Discover Multiple Engineering Disciplines in Our Program

The 100% online Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering (MSE/MS) degree empowers you to tailor your educational experience to your individual or professional goals and current marketplace demands by taking an interdisciplinary approach to the engineering curriculum. Set yourself apart from the competition by joining a unique and flexible engineering program that is consistently ranked in the top three best online programs by U.S. News and World Report.  

Why earn your Interdisciplinary Master’s in Engineering?   

Employers are increasingly seeking engineers who have interdisciplinary skillsets. Technological advancements and developments in engineering methods and processes have made the problems that engineers are tasked with solving more complex -- and interdisciplinary skills have never been more important. Distinguish yourself from the competition and meet marketplace demands by earning a degree from Purdue’s most flexible and customizable engineering program. You’ll have access to hundreds of engineering courses taught by Purdue’s expert faculty and you can choose from 12+ sub-disciplines in emerging technical fields. 

The flexibility of our online Interdisciplinary Master's degree enables you to create a customized  plan to learn from multiple disciplines. Every plan varies based on your interest, time, and course load. 

After you begin your studies at Purdue, an academic advisor will provide you with tools to map out a plan of study and help you define a concentration tailored to align with your specific goals. Your academic advisor will also help you identify a faculty advisor.

Base Interdisciplinary Engineering Degree Requirements

This degree requires 30 credit hours total with at least 18 hours of Purdue graduate engineering courses. A maximum of 12 credit hours can be taken in specific non-engineering courses such as math, science, and statistics and/or transfer courses (subject to review).  

The  degree awarded is either the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) or the Master of Science (MS) depending upon your undergraduate degree; the major is Interdisciplinary Engineering.

MSE/MS Degree Requirements 30 Credits
Purdue Engineering Graduate Courses 18 Credit Hours
Elective Courses  (i.e. Math, Science, Statistics, and/or approved transfer courses) 12 Credit Hours

Available Engineering Concentrations

You can add one optional engineering discipline, also called a concentration. Concentrations can help narrow your focus and are driven by emerging technical fields in order to give students an immersive interdisciplinary experience.  Each concentration is packaged within the Interdisciplinary MSE/MS degree and follows unique requirements met within the overall base degree requirements. A concentration shows up on your transcript, not your diploma.  

Detailed concentration information including a program overview and curriculum requirements can be found by reviewing the individual concentrations listed. 

Aeronautics and Astronautics Biomedical Engineering
Computational Engineering

Engineering Management and Leadership - Ranked as #1 in Best Online Engineering Management Programs, by U.S. News and World Report, 2022

Electrical and Computer Engineering Industrial Engineering
Integrated Vehicle Systems Engineering Nuclear Engineering
Materials Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Quality Engineering Systems Engineering

Job Outlook for Interdisciplinary Engineers

Regardless of where you are in your career, an Interdisciplinary Master’s in Engineering will open opportunities for professional advancement and increase your earning potential. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering occupations are projected to grow 6% from 2020 to 2030, with 140,000 new jobs expected. Most of the projected growth will be in areas such as infrastructure, renewable energy, oil and gas extraction, and robotics. Entry-level engineers reported a median annual wage two times as high as all other occupations. 

Interdisciplinary Master’s of Engineering Alumni

​Purdue  University's online graduate engineering students have access to the highest quality of education at the highest proven value. For professional engineers, that is an opportunity to maximize your professional growth while at the same time keeping your current career on track. 

Learn more about what Purdue’s program can do for you by reading these testimonials from our current and past students.