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Purdue defines distance learning as structured learning process by which a student is physically removed from both the instructor and the instructional setting associated with the campus, but has the opportunity to interact with the instructor or other students in educational activities. At Purdue, learners participate in degree programs, individual courses, and noncredit programs through distance learning.

Degrees offered by distance learning allow working professionals to pursue an advanced degree while continuing in their careers. Thousands of students take advantage of distance learning to broaden their educational horizons or to keep on pace to graduate. Because of Purdue’s participation in the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education (IPSE), Purdue students can earn Purdue credit by taking equivalent distance learning courses from other Indiana institutions or by taking Purdue-originated distance learning courses. 

    Courses Enrollments Graduates
Distance Learning Programs are delivered entirely through distance learning technology and do not require traditional classroom work or campus residency. Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology 156 1,757 7

Master of Science in Engineering
   Degrees in aeronautics/astronautics, electrical/
   computer, industrial, mechanical, and interdisciplinary

55 844 46
Doctor of Pharmacy
   Offered in US and United Arab Emirates
29 186 24

"Blended" Distance Learning Programs are enabled by distance learning but involve some traditional classroom instruction on campus or elsewhere. Master of Business Administration
   Traditional executive MBA and international concentration
51 1,292 58
Master of Science in Technology 29 534 43
MS in Technology--Building Construction Management concentration 11 142 9
Master of Science in Agricultural Economics
   Articulates with IU's Kelley School of Business MBA
7 147 18
Cohort Doctoral Program in Educational Studies--Educational Administration concentration 22 215 6
Total distance learning degree program participation 360 5,118 211

Students' Participation in Distance Learning Courses Purdue-originated courses 114 2,505 n/a
Courses offered by other institutions 512 5,087 n/a
Total IPSE participation 626 7,592 n/a

Purdue Participation in Distance Learning Degree-related 360 5,118 211
IPSE-related 626 7,592 n/a
Other distance learning credit courses 18 471 n/a
Noncredit distance learning 202 17,768 n/a
Total participation in distance learning 1,206 30,949 211

Source: Office for Continuing Education and Conferences