Graduation Requirements

Plan of Study

The plan of study shall be appropriate to the needs of the student in the chosen field as determined by the student and the student’s advisory committee. It shall include all courses that the student is expected to complete.

The plan of study consists of a ‘Primary Area’ and a ‘Related Area or Areas.’ The courses in the Primary Area should be closely related. Courses in the Related Area or Areas are less closely related while still contributing to the objectives of the plan of study. Frequently courses in mathematics will be included in the plan of study, but courses may be selected from any academic area listed below. A total of 30 hours is required, at least 18 of which must be in engineering subjects. In general, all courses will be graduate level (500 or 600 numbers).

It is recommended that graduate students meet with their graduate advisor during the first semester to discuss their plan of study. The electronic Plan of Study with advisor approval is submitted to the department at the end of the first semester. The plan will then be completed in the semester prior to graduation with advisor and committee members signatures. Failure to submit the Plan of Study on time will postpone the graduation date.

12-Hour Credit Limit

Maximum 12 hours of pre-admission graduate courses (with grades of ‘B’ or better) may be applied to a Master’s degree.

Faculty Advisory Committee

Each prospective degree candidate shall have an advisory committee consisting of a minimum of three members. The committee assists the student in preparing a plan of study, advises the student, and, if the student elects the thesis program, advises the student regarding research. The student, with the approval of the department head, shall select a major professor who will be the chairman of the student’s advisory committee and, where applicable, be in charge of the research. The major professor and the student shall agree upon and choose other professors in the committee to represent the related area or areas.

Grade Standards

To be in good standing, a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 over the courses on the plan of study. A student not in good standing at the end of any semester will be placed on academic probation. A student whose cumulative grade point average remains below 3.0 at the end of the succeeding semester in which courses were completed may not be permitted to continue in the graduate program.

A final grade point average of at least 3.0/4.0 on all Purdue courses on the approved plan of study.

While grades of A, B, and C may be accepted in fulfilling Graduate School requirements on any plan of study, a student’s advisory committee may require better performance than C in specific courses.

Current graduation deadlines

Please note that pregraduation forms for Electrical and Computer Engineering and Interdisciplinary Engineering programs should be submitted to Potter 121. 

Graduation Forms

Interdisciplinary Engineering Graduate Program

Non-thesis Option:

  • At least 18 credits of primary graduate-level engineering courses
  • At most 12 credits of graduate-level courses in engineering, math, computer science, physics, chemistry, and biology , and management with advisor approval
  • Maximum of one independent study allowed as a related course in Plan of Study (effective Spring 2013)
  • Maximum of one management course allowed

Thesis Option:

  • 21 credits plus 9 thesis credit hours
  • Six of thesis hours are considered as part of primary courses
  • Maximum of one independent study allowed as a related course in Plan of Study

An entering graduate student may be allowed to take an Independent Study (3 credits), titled Project in … in his/her first semester before he/she can register for thesis. This is done at the discretion of the student’s intended thesis advisor. The credits for the Independent Study (one course) will count toward the required seven (7) courses if the student is later allowed to proceed with thesis research; if the student continues with non-thesis option, then the credits will be part of the 30 credits required for graduation.

If a student is already working on thesis research and wants to do Independent Study (3 credits), the Independent Study must be in an area different from the student’s thesis research area and the student’s advisory committee and thesis advisor must approve the intended Independent Study before the student can register for it.

List of courses not acceptable as Primary Engineering Courses (PDF 7KB)

Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Program

Non-thesis Option:

  • At least 18 credits of ECE primary graduate-level engineering courses
  • At most 12 credits of graduate-level courses in engineering, math, computer science, physics, chemistry, and biology with advisor approval
  • Maximum of one independent study allowed as a related course in Plan of Study (effective Spring 2013)

Thesis Option:

  • 21 credits plus 9 thesis credit hours
  • Six of thesis hours are considered as part of primary courses
  • Maximum of one independent study allowed as a related course in Plan of Study

Courses not acceptable as Primary Courses

(but may be used as related courses):

  • ECE 51600/ME 51600 Advanced Engineering Project Management
  • ECE 51400/ME 54300 Advanced Engineering Economics
  • ECE 50300/ME 597 Numerical Methods in Engineering
  • ECE 52501/ME 53200 Statistical Concepts in Engineering
  • ECE 52701/ME 53400  System Engineering
  • ECE 51801/ME 51500 Quality Control

List of ECE Specialized Areas (PDF 90KB)