Civil and Mechanical Engineering

      What are the admission requirements for the MSE program?

      Applicants to the M.S.E. program ideally should have graduated from an approved, accredited engineering program with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, or closely related area, with a GPA of 3.0.

      Graduates with Bachelor of Science degrees from programs in the physical sciences, computer science, mathematics or technology will be considered for admission.  Formal admission to the M.S.E. program requires a Bachelor of Science degree as well as:

      • Completion of the engineering mathematics sequence which includes calculus, multivariate calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations
      • Completion of at least two semesters of calculus-based physics
      • Completion of all undergraduate engineering courses that are the prerequisites to the graduate courses on the student's plan of study

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

      What are the areas of specialization?

      Currently the program has one area of specialization:

      • mechanical engineering

      What are the degree requirements?

      The requirements for the MSE-Mechanical concentration are:

      Two additional 500-level engineering courses from the recommended list below:

      Two thesis research courses (ENGR 69800) or two approved graduate-level elective courses

      • Students interested in a more technical track can take additional online courses in a wide-variety of engineering topics via Purdue WL.
      • Students interested in leadership and management can take courses such as OLS 51000 Foundations of Behavior and Leadership in Organizations, or OLS 53000 System Change and Organization Development.
      • Two 500-level or higher math (or closely related) approved courses

      For more information, see the MSE Program Guidelines.

      Do I have to write a thesis?

      Both thesis and non-thesis options are available.

      What types of financial support are available?

      Students in the program will be eligible for all forms of financial aid available to other IPFW students. In addition, a number of graduate assistantships are available to full-time students. Funding for research assistantships come from grants. 

      What are the special features of this program?

      The curriculum in this program is extremely flexible. Students will be able to tailor the program to meet their needs by blending distance-learning courses offered by IPFW and the Purdue Graduate School, as well as approved courses offered by the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Computer Science, and the division of Organizational Leadership and Supervision (OLS).

      The development of an engineering graduate program at IPFW will benefit the long-term growth of the northeastern Indiana community by enhancing its attractiveness to additional high technology corporations that rely on knowledge and innovation.

      The availability of graduate courses in Systems Engineering is unique in Indiana. Students in all areas of specialization will have the opportunity to take courses in Systems Engineering. Engineers with this type of education are in high demand in northeastern Indiana and nationwide.

      Can I begin taking classes now?

      Prospective students will be allow to transfer a maximum of 12 credits of approved graduate coursework into the program. Any transfer coursework will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

      How can I simplify the process of getting my Purdue transcripts transmitted to the IPFW Graduate admissions office?

      Use Purdue University Office of the Registrar.

      Where should I mail my transcript and letters of reference?

      Have all this information sent to:

      Ms. Susan Humphrey
      Graduate Admissions Office
      Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
      Kettler Hall 258
      2101 East Coliseum Boulevard
      Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499