Purdue University—​West Lafayette

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Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Interdisciplinary Engineering (MS in Engineering, Master of Science) Electrical and Computer Engineering (MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Engineering Management and Leadership (MSE with concentration in Engineering Management and Leadership) Industrial Engineering (MS in Industrial Engineering)
Interdisciplinary Engineering/Business Administration (Dual MSE-MBA) Mechanical Engineering (MS in Mechanical Engineering)
Biomedical Engineering (MSE with concentration in Biomedical Engineering) Computer Science (MS in Computer Science)
Aeronautics and Astronautics (MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics)
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

Distance students are admitted under the same criteria and processes as their on-campus counterparts. They have the same classes, homework, and exams. Distance and on-campus students receive the same degrees and there is no differentiation on their official transcripts.

School type Public
Terms Semester

Program Offerings

Online master's in engineering degree programs 9
Concentrations offered
Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering Management
Bioengineering/Biomedical Industrial/Manufacturing
Computer Science Mechanical
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Other

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 104


Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 59 full-time; 0 part-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 100% full-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 55
Average experience teaching online courses 5 years
National Academy of Engineering members 2%
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 174 full-time; 35 part-time

Class Size

Average class size 24
Maximum class size 45

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Yes
Can earn degree entirely abroad Yes
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students Yes
Collaboration among online and campus-based students Encouraged but not mandatory
Students enroll as online students Yes, but can apply to switch course enrollment to campus-based
Credits earned online equal earned on-campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus All
Same curricula for online and campus students All


One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates


Graduation rates
Graduation rates
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate 2.5 years
Program target time to graduate 3.5 years
Required time to earn degree 5 years

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