Apr 21, 2018  
2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin 
2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Engineering (M.S.E.)

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Purdue University
Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.)

Department of Engineering
College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science
Donald W. Mueller Jr., Chair
260-481-6362 ~ ipfw.edu/etcs
Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building 327

The Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) is designed to meet the needs of students and motivated professionals seeking to deepen their knowledge of the principles and practice of engineering. The program allows students to tailor their plans of study to take advantage of courses in computer science, mathematics, business, and management positioning them for advancement into senior engineering and/or engineering management positions. The program offers four areas of specialization:

  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

Most course are offered in the evening to meet the needs of both full-time students and working adults.


Applicants are expected to hold baccalaureate degrees from an approved, accredited engineering program. Graduates with Bachelor of Science degrees in the physical sciences, computer science, mathematics or technology will also be considered for admission.

Applicants for the M.S.E. program should have achieved an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or have other academic indices indicating the potential for superior performance.

Candidates to the M.S.E. program are required to have completed an undergraduate engineering mathematics and physics sequence. The minimum math requirement consists of three semesters of calculus and analytical geometry, plus courses in linear algebra and differential equations. The physics prerequisite is at least two semesters of calculus-based physics. Candidates should have also completed appropriate undergraduate engineering course work needed to be successful in graduate-level courses within their area of specialization.

These requirements are in addition to the standard admission requirements of the Purdue Graduate School.

Transfer Credits

No more than 12 credit hours can be transferred to IPFW from the following:

  • Credits earned at another university;
  • Credits earned as undergraduate excess;
  • Credits earned as a post-baccalaureate student;
  • Credits earned for a graduate certificate.

Teaching Assistantships

A limited number of graduate teaching assistantships are available to qualified students. Teaching assistantships usually include a stipend and substantial fee remission. Teaching assistants typically teach one or two undergraduate courses. Check with the program director for availability. 

Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete 30 credits of course work to earn an M.S.E.  Course requirements are flexible allowing students to tailor their program to specific career goals. The students must complete a plan of study during their first semester to document their intended curriculum.

Engineering Core Courses (12 credits)

Twelve credits of course work are required in the chosen area of specialization.

Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Engineering Electives (6 credits)

Student must take six credits of engineering courses that are consistent with their educational objectives.

Math, Statistics or Computer Science Electives (6 credits)

Students are required to take six credits of course work in mathematics, statistics or computer science that are consistent with their educational objectives. (Some statistics courses are not appropriate for some of the specialization areas. Please check with your advisor before enrolling in a statistics course.)  

General Graduate Electives (6 credits)

Choose six credits of graduate courses in consultation with your advisor. Appropriate areas for course work include engineering, physics, math, computer science, business and organization, leadership and supervision.

Thesis Option (6-9 credits)

A student can opt to replace 6-9 elective credits with thesis research. To take advantage of this options the student must prepare a thesis proposal and gain departmental approval prior to signing up for thesis credits.

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