Part-time Students

If you are planning to attend graduate school part-time, you’re not alone—more than fifty percent of the WPI graduate community is made up of part-time students. At WPI we understand that you have many obligations outside of school, and we want to help you find that balance.

Most of our graduate classes are held in the late afternoon or evening to accommodate students who work full time, and many of our programs offer flexible plans of study designed to meet your needs and interests. You’ll get the same classes, with the same world-renowned faculty, and you’ll have the same access to our state-of-the-art research facilities and resources as full-time students. We also appreciate the value that you bring to the WPI community from work and life experience.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long will it take to earn my degree? 

The average master's degree is composed of 33 credit hours (eleven semester-length courses). 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 they are taking at least two classes during the semester.

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