Part-time Students

At WPI we understand how busy you are with life outside of school and we want to help you find that perfect balance.

To accommodate students who work full time, most graduate classes are scheduled either in the late afternoon or evening, allowing you to continue to work while experiencing the same academic opportunities as our full-time students. You’ll take the same classes, with the same world-renowned faculty; you’ll have the same access to our state-of-the-art research facilities, and to all the same campus resources and services we offer our full-time students.

As a part-time student already working in the real word, you bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with your fellow students, making you a valuable addition to our campus community.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long will it take to earn my degree?

The average master's degree is composed of 30-49 credit hours. Most part-time students complete their degrees within three years.

Can I take classes without applying to a degree program?

Casual course takers with an earned bachelor's degree may take one or two courses without applying to a degree or certificate program; that is, as a don-degree or non-matriculating student. Students not yet admitted to a certificate program must be admitted before completion of their second course in order for those courses to count toward the certificate program. Students not yet admitted to a degree program may take a maximum of four courses and receive letter grades in most departments. For specific departmental requirements, please check individual department websites. Once these maximums are reached, additional course registrations will be changed to pass/fail status and may not be used for degree credit. Registration for graduate courses as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to a WPI graduate program.

Are part-time students eligible for student loans?

Part-time students are eligible to apply for student loans as long as the student is taking at least two classes during the term.

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