2019-20 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 19, 2024  
2019-20 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Purdue Northwest offers approximately 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs of study in the following six academic Colleges:




Engineering and Sciences


Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences







Mission Vision Values


Purdue University Northwest, in the land grant tradition of learning, discovery, and engagement, provides high quality, innovative undergraduate and graduate education to student of northwest Indiana and beyond.  We create a welcoming environment that promotes critical inquiry through experiential learning, faculty scholarship, civic engagement, and community partnerships.


Purdue University Northwest will be the institution of choice in Northwest Indiana and beyond as the center for education, innovation, economic development and culture.


The students, faculty, staff, alumni and entire Purdue University Northwest community strive for:

  • Excellence in all we do;
  • A culture that supports growth and success for students, faculty, and staff;
  • A welcoming, collegial environment that fosters inclusion and celebrates diversity;
  • International perspectives and global engagement;
  • Partnerships throughout greater northwest Indiana;
  • Honesty and integrity, adhering to the highest ethical standards of personal and professional behavior;
  • And, Continuous pursuit of knowledge

Overarching Strategy and Goals

Purdue University Northwest distinguishes itself by offering high quality educational opportunities to its students.  It will accomplish this by emphasizing student success; achieving academic excellence; encouraging learning through engagement and discovery; promoting inclusivity and diversity; fostering community engagement and economic development; and providing quality infrastructure.

Strategic Goals

  1. Student Success – Focus on academic, personal, and career success so that students have the opportunity and ability to thrive during their experiences on campus and in their lives.
  2. Academic Excellence – The pursuit of academic excellence is the foundation of all we do at Purdue Northwest.  We are committed to cultivating a rich teaching-learning environment through the recruitment, retention, and development of a high-quality faculty, staff, and student body.  Equally, we are committed to providing distinctive and quality programs designed to address regional, national, and global needs.
  3. Learning through Engagement and Discovery – Promote creative activities, experiential learning, and research to give students a rich interdisciplinary learning environment that cultivates a lifetime of community involvement and leadership.
  4. Inclusivity and Diversity – Promote a university climate that is welcoming and diverse in which all individuals experience being a valued member of the community. Similarities and differences are accepted and respected.
  5. Community Engagement and Economic Development – Partnering with business and community organizations, Purdue University Northwest students, faculty, and staff members develop mutually beneficial opportunities that strengthen the university and enrich society.
  6. Quality Infrastructure – Ensure that physical infrastructure and technology resources support a rich academic learning experience and student life.


Purdue University Northwest is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411. Telephone: 312-263-0456; Toll Free 800-621-7440.  

View the HLC website here.

Discipline-based accreditors, with addresses, telephone numbers, and website URLs can be found here.

For further accreditation information, please visit the Accreditation and Assessment webpage here.

Transfer Single Articulation Pathways (TSAP)

In collaboration with state institutions in Indiana, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) has established this program so that students in selected majors may complete an associate’s degree at an Indiana community college and transfer into a related field at a four-year public university in Indiana where credits earned for the associate’s degree will apply toward the bachelor’s degree. To take advantage of this program at Purdue Northwest, students must meet established admission criteria for the respective major, some of which are highly competitive or not available to transfer students because of popularity and limited capacity. For more information view “Transfer Single Articulation Pathways” on the TransferIN webpage.

Click here for more information on Majors available through this program.