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

What if I have to miss one of the weekend sessions?
Missing a weekend is equal to missing a third of your classes in a normal semester-so do everything possible to attend. But if circumstances force an absence, contact your faculty members in advance and work with them to get the information and assignments you need.

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.


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Scholarship Program

Don't let financial issues keep you from advancing your education and your career. The Center for Professional Studies Scholarship Program may be able to help. The program:

  • Is available for Center for Professional Studies weekend degree programs
  • Provides financial assistance for underrepresented populations, based on financial need or merit
  • Offers financial support equivalent to 1/3 of the current weekend program rates per semester
  • Is available to a maximum of three participants at any given time
  • Requires participants to maintain a 3.0 or better GPA

Scholarship Application process

  • Email a letter of need (no more than 1,000 words) to by April 1. We'll send an acknowledgement upon receipt. We also encourage you to complete the online FAFSA financial aid form no later than April 1.
  • We'll coordinate a review of your materials and make a recommendation for participation to the Center for Professional Studies faculty advisor board, which will make the final decision.
  • You'll be notified of your scholarship status no later than May 1.
  • You must apply to the Purdue University Graduate School through traditional graduate application processes. Your application must be complete and application fee paid no later than June 1.
  • After you're accepted to the program, you'll receive a semester-by-semester invoice reflecting your scholarship credit. The remaining balance must be paid each semester per Purdue University guidelines to maintain your scholarship.


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%