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What's the difference between the Center for Professional Studies M.S. degree and a traditional graduate degree?
Just the format. Center for Professional Studies M.S. degree programs consist of the same Purdue courses and are taught by the same faculty as traditional on-campus programs.


What happens after I apply? How long will it take to know if I'm admitted?
The admission process starts after you submit your application and all the required forms (transcript, recommendations, statement of purpose, etc.). The first step is a phone or in-person interview to review your application and the program. Next, we'll walk your application material through for approval with your scholastic department and the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. We'll notify you when this step is complete. Then, we'll submit your material to the Graduate School for approval. The Graduate School will notify you of your acceptance in an email and ask for a reply that you plan on attending the program. Your reply completes the admission process.


Why do I have to accept the Graduate School admission?
Your acceptance triggers the internal processes that will get you a Purdue ID and set you up on the various Purdue systems.


What if I don't have a 3.0 GPA in my undergrad degree?
Let us know. We understand that you've built a successful career as a professional and there may have been special circumstances that affected your GPA. After our discussion, we may recommend that you apply for admission. If you're accepted, it will be conditionally-and we can explain any additional requirements you may need to meet.


If you drop hours or withdraw from the program, you’ll receive a pro-rated refund of fees:

Prior to the first day of classes - 100%
During the first two weeks of classes - 80%
During the third and fourth weeks of classes - 60%
During the fifth and sixth weeks of classes - 40%