Purdue University is Indiana’s land grant university and has five campuses throughout the state as well as strong online Master’s degree programs in several disciplines in 12 schools and colleges. The university was founded in 1869 with a $150,000 gift from Lafayette businessman and philanthropist John Purdue. Purdue University’s primary physical campus is in West Lafayette. With more than 70 graduate programs, Purdue University is a highly respected school and offers at least 19 of those graduate programs online. An example of the respect the school commands can be seen in the common nickname for its School of Aeronautics and Astronautics as the “Cradle of Astronauts.” Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk the moon, was a graduate of that program within the College of Engineering. U.S. News and World Report ranks Purdue University at number 60 among all national universities and number 36 among Best Colleges for Veterans.

Purdue University Accreditation Details

Purdue University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Beyond regional accreditation, several Purdue University schools and colleges have more specific accreditation by leading accreditation bodies. Master’s programs’ accreditations include:

  • The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • The Krannert School of Management is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and has been for some time. Additionally, the school is only the third business school within the United States to achieve accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EQUIS).
  • All Purdue nursing programs at baccalaureate, Master’s and doctoral levels are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Purdue University offers online programs in all of these areas of study.

Purdue University Application Requirements

Purdue University provides extensive and detailed application information under each Master’s degree programs it offers online. Application requirements for online study are identical to those for on-campus study. Requirements can differ among programs, but those specified for the Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics (MSAAE) program is representative. Purdue University prefers online application but can accommodate applications submitted by standard mail. In either case, requirements include:

  • Sufficient Grade Point Average: The minimum acceptable undergraduate GPA for admission into the Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics (MSAAE) program is 3.25. Specific GPA can vary between graduate programs but 3.25 is representative.
  • Transcripts: These must be official transcripts from every institution of higher education that the applicant has attended. In the case that the applicant cannot personally supply the transcripts – such as when a former school requires that it mail official transcripts rather than give them to the student – Purdue provides a physical mailing address and will add the transcripts to the applicant’s electronic file.
  • GRE scores: Not all programs require Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. If applying to one that does, then the applicant needs to direct GRE administration to forward the scores to Purdue.
  • English proficiency: International students seeking any degree at Purdue University must demonstrate English proficiency in the form of formal scores from Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE). Scores from any one is fine; Purdue University does not require scores from multiple English proficiency tests.
  • Recommendation letters: Every applicant is required to supply three letters of recommendation for admission into a Purdue graduate program. The Graduate School prefers receipt electronically in .pdf format.
  • Statement of Purpose: Each applicant to the Purdue University Graduate School is required to submit an essay of 300 – 500 words presenting personal purposes for pursuing the applicant’s chosen Master’s program. Applicants should include their reasons for choosing Purdue, possible research interests, professional plans and future career goals.
  • Résumé: Each applicant must include a current résumé describing work history, personal qualifications and educational history and background. The applicant should include any awards received either in academia or through work.

Applications must be completed by January 1 for the fall semester for full consideration for financial aid. Those seeking to begin a graduate program in the spring semester must have their completed applications submitted by September 15. There is no option for summer entry.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Purdue University’s online programs are among the most affordable in the country. As example, Affordable Colleges Online ranks the value of Purdue’s online MS in Economics as the second best value in the country. Purdue University does not provide total cost information for online graduate studies because of individual students’ varied situations and total tuition is based on the number of credit hours and classes each student takes per term. Most begin with a single class in their first term. For Fall 2017, tuition and fees for a 3-credit course is $3,416 for Indiana residents and $3,774 for all others.

On average, however, students graduating in 2014 and 2015 completed their graduate programs in 2.5 years and at an average cost of under $40,000. Financial aid is available in the form of private and Federal student loans. Other options include Stafford loans, educational benefits for Veterans and graduate PLUS loans.

Online Degrees Available

Purdue University has a broad array of Master’s programs available online. Interestingly, all are Master of Science degrees with no Master of Arts degrees offered fully online. The university offers dual degrees in Engineering and Science combined with an MBA degree – MSE-MBA and MS-MBA – but does not offer a standard MBA degree online. Some of the other disciplines in which Purdue offers a Master of Science degree online include Aeronautics and Astronautics, Aviation and Aerospace Management, Construction Management, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, Education in Learning Design and Technology, Education in Special Education, Electrical Computer Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Industrial Engineering, Information Technology Project Management, Information Technology Business Analysis, Mechanical Engineering and Technology, Leadership, and Innovations with Specialization in Biometrics.

Purdue offers a broad range of Master’s programs online. As is the case with most other universities throughout the country, on-campus enrollment at Purdue University has declined in the past several years but online enrollment continues to increase.