To be considered for admission into the MSE program, applicants ideally should have graduated from an approved, accredited engineering program with a Bachelor of Science degree in their selected area of specialization. Graduates with Bachelor of Science degrees from approved programs in closely related areas will be considered for admission. Formal admission to the MSE program requires a Bachelor of Science degree and departmental approval, as well as:
Students admitted to the program will be granted either unconditional admission or conditional admission. Unconditional admission is granted to a student whose undergraduate grade point average meets or exceeds 3.0 (B equivalent) on a 4.0 scale. An applicant with an undergraduate grade point average less than 3.0/4.0 may be granted conditional admission. The student is required to maintain a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or better for the first 12 credits of graduate work. In some cases, an applicant may be advised or required to complete additional courses to fill deficiencies in academic background.
Admission for temporary (post-baccalaureate) studies can be granted to a qualified student who wants to take engineering courses for career development or to work toward a degree. However, such an admission does not in any way imply that later admission will be granted for regular status to work towards a degree, and all course prerequisites must be satisfied.
Applicants for whom English is not the native language must present evidence of their proficiency in English by presenting a minimum TOEFL s core of 550 or equivalent.
Currently the program has four areas of specialization:
To earn the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) degree, students must complete 30 credit hours. The courses in each area of specialization are divided into four categories:
The required engineering courses (12 credit hours) provide students with a solid, yet broad foundation in the fundamentals of their selected area of specialization. These specific courses (see below) were selected to meet the needs of students and local industry, with the strengths and abilities of the IPFW engineering faculty in mind. Each of the required engineering courses will be offered at the Fort Wayne campus at least once every two years. Students will also have the option to take some of these courses offered at the West Lafayette campus via video.
Choose 4 out of the following set of courses
Choose 4 out of the following set of courses
There are two mechanical engineering tracks.
The mathematics/statistics/computer science electives provide the students with the opportunity to sharpen their analytical skills and obtain useful tools to apply to future work within their selected area of specialization. Many of these graduate courses are already offered on the IPFW campus, and students will also have the opportunity to take some of these courses via video.
The engineering electives offer the student a chance to develop depth in his/her area of specialization and to explore new technologies of interest. Students will have the option of taking engineering elective courses on campus or via distance-learning.
The last category of courses, the general electives, give the student flexibility to tailor the program to meet his or her specific needs. For example, a student wishing to eventually move into a management position might opt for courses in Business or Organizational Leadership and Supervision, while another student might decide to perform research in areas such as robotics, controls, signal processing, tribology, or heat transfer and produce a thesis.
Note also that students from one area of specialization might chose to take required courses from another area of specialization to satisfy the elective requirements, e.g. computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering students might take courses in Systems Engineering to satisfy their engineering elective and general elective requirements.
For more information, see the MSE Program Guidelines.
Both thesis and non-thesis options 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.
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.
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.
Yes, you will need to request an official transcript from Purdue. They can be obtained free of charge from Purdue University Office of the Registrar
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