Why should I choose Purdue?

The curriculum is designed to provide management techniques in the various subject material, providing you with the tools to function and lead at a higher level. Purdue is a tier-one research university; as you complete your research, you can "steer" it in the direction toward your goals. It will increase your knowledge in that particular area, and your discipline in completing a doctoral-level degree program as well as your research and dissertation will reveal to future (and current) employers of your expertise and dedication in that area.


Is this degree accredited?

The graduate programs within the Purdue University system are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. Programs have specific accreditations in their particular fields of study


How are the courses delivered?

As a Purdue graduate student you will be taking classes in an online environment. Instructors provide the material, lectures, tests and assignments that may be accessed at any time. Your lectures are not time restricted, meaning you don't need to be logged in to preview your course material at a specific time.

All of your course activities, assignments, and exams must be completed by their respective due dates, and you will need to view course lectures regularly.  The typical length of our courses are 16-weeks each spring and fall semesters; summer session course length may vary


What computer requirements are needed to take an online course?
Only internet access is needed. Any additional special software needed is provided to you once you are a Purdue student. These include Minitab, Matlab, Adobe Products, etc. Additional resources are also available.


What is the difference between the Online DTech degree and a PhD?

The majority of Ph.D.s are earned as a means of contributing original research findings to an academic community, field of study, or professional discipline. With a Ph.D. you generate new theory.
Although the D.Tech. is also research-based, it emphasizes reviewing existing bodies of knowledge and proposing questions for the purpose of solving a problem and application to a real-world setting. With the DTech degree you begin with a place of practice rather than a theory statement.  Please contact us if you have additional questions about how the DTech is a preferred advanced degree for working/career professionals.


How do I search for a faculty member to serve as my major professor?

You are welcome to search the Purdue Polytechnic web page (search by department based on your interest, then click on ‘directory’ for faculty information) for faculty that may align with your interests and goals.  If you find faculty of interest, you may contact them in advance or during the admissions process.  The application provides a section for applicants to list faculty who meet their interests – however this is not required.

If you are not certain about this process, our staff can assist in this process if your application if recommended for admission.


How will I be graded?
Students are graded based on their performance in class. The courses we offer online will have various methods for grading depending on the specific requirements for a given class. Students can expect to experience any combination of homework, graded exam, final project, group work or graded reports. Purdue Grading Scale‚Äč


How many hours per week should I expect to dedicate to a course?
Plan to spend 8-11 hours per week of study time for each 3 credit-hour course. However, some courses won’t require as much of your time, and others may require more.


How long will it take me to obtain a doctorate degree?
You can complete the doctorate degree in 3-7 years. How quickly you complete your degree depends on you, we have no “set time limits” on your online studies. We will be glad to advise and keep you on track to meet your goals.


Do students in the program work full-time? How manageable is it to juggle family, career, and education?
This program is designed for the full-time working professional student. The majority of students enrolled in the program are full-time employees and full-time students. We realize that professional students juggle many responsibilities. Our program allows students flexibility in registering for courses. Currently, we have students attending full-time; students taking a mixture of one or two courses; and students that fluctuate between full-time and part-time depending on their schedules.



Is the GRE or GMAT required?
No, the GRE or GMAT are not required. The Admission Committee reviews all other admission materials submitted to determine an admission decision. Please review the admission requirements before submitting your application. 


Can I transfer any credits into the degree?

Credits submitted for transfer must meet the following requirements of the Graduate School transfer policy:

  • Consistent with the current curriculum
  • Completed with grades B or better
  • From an accredited institution
  • Research credits cannot be transferred; only course credits can be transferred

The D. Tech. Advisory committee evaluates all graduate transfer credits. To have courses evaluated for transfer, we will need an official transcript, the course name/number, and the course description. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 30 credits of course work. For those students awarded a MS degree from Purdue University are eligible for a 30 credit-hour blanket transfer.


What if I don’t have a GPA of 3.0 in my Master's of Science, should I still apply?
Yes, we ask that you let us know so we can determine the best course of action. We understand that you’ve built a successful career as a professional and there may have been special circumstances that affected your GPA. The Admissions Committee may suggest you be admitted conditionally- and we will explain any additional requirements you may need to meet. Your Statement of Purpose Essay is a great place to address any special circumstances surrounding your Baccalaureate GPA and/or Master's GPA, such as how you plan to convert these experiences into success as a graduate student.


What should be included in my Statement of Purpose?
The statement of purpose should be 300-500 words concerning your purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study, your reasons for wanting to study at Purdue, and your research interests, professional plans, and career goals. You also may explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on your scholarly publications, awards, achievements, abilities, and/or professional history.


Who should my Letter of Recommendations come from?
The best letters you can secure are those from a current/past Employer, co-workers/colleagues, tutors and other mentors. Never ask family members or close friends.


What are the admission term application deadlines?
We have preferred deadlines for each term. We will work with you past the preferred deadline, but we only ask you keep us updated with your status. Contact Us

  • Fall - July 1st 
  • Spring Semester - November 1st
  • Summer - No Entry


What happens after I apply?
The admission process starts when all admission requirements have been met. The process may take up to 1-2 weeks, depending on how many applicants are applying.

  • Step 1 - Screening: confirming all minimum admission requirements are successfully met
  • Step 2 - First Pass: first round of reviews with our department (includes a phone interview)
  • Step 3 - Second Pass: remaining department faculty member determines and shares recommendation status to the Graduate School
  • Step 4 - Final Recommendation: Graduate School reviews admission materials and determines admission status
  • Step 5 - Decision: admission of recommendation determined and shared with the applicant

We will also be with you every step of the way. 


Additional Information

Are there any available scholarships for the Doctor of Technology?
The Polytechnic Institute does not offer any scholarships for the online D. Tech. There are a number of financial assistance options to help defray the costs of enrolling in a graduate professional program. These include Stafford loans, graduate PLUS loans, military programs, and loans from private lenders. Through myPurdue, you can monitor your financial aid funding and make sure the proper payments are made in a timely fashion.


Do you assist with job placement?
We work with the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) for any career related services.


What academic resources are available to online students?
The same academic resources are available to both the online and on-campus Purdue students.