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Available Programs

What graduate programs are available?

Purdue offers over 70 departmental and interdisciplinary graduate programs for you to choose from, including degree, non degree, and certificate programs. Each program offers research or study areas, which provide a total of over 600 options. A list of programs may be found on the Degree and Academic Programs Web page.

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Financial Information and Funding

Is financial support available?

Yes. Approximately 70% of Purdue's graduate students receive funding by or through the University. Most financial support is in the form of graduate teaching or graduate research assistantships and fellowships.

What is an assistantship?

Graduate assistantships typically involve approximately 20 hours of work per week for a professor. In return, you receive remission of most fees and a monthly stipend (i.e., salary). If you work all year on a 12 month appointment, you also receive paid time off. Medical insurance is also offered, if you hold an assistantship of at least half-time (i.e., 20 hours per week).

Assistantships are generally awarded by your program of interest or a specific professor. However, you may also be able to secure an assistantship outside of your academic department.

What is a fellowship?

Fellowships are similar to undergraduate scholarships. They are typically awarded by a competition and generally do not require work in return for the award. Fellowships provide tuition scholarships and stipends, along with a supplement for purchasing medical insurance.

Fellowships may be obtained from your academic department or program, the Graduate School, or an outside entity, such as a government agency or philanthropic foundation. A program will typically consider you for available fellowships when you apply for admission; however, some fellowships may require the completion of a separate application. For more information, visit the Graduate School's Funding Web page and your program of interest's Web page.

Is tuition covered by an assistantship or fellowship?

Assistantship benefits generally include fee remission, although there is a small graduate staff fee. Fellowships generally include tuition scholarships. Tuition waivers and scholarships are in addition to the monthly stipend and other benefits.

How do I apply for an assistantship or fellowship?

Teaching and research assistantships are generally offered by your program of interest. Some programs may require a separate application, while others consider you when you complete the application for admission. To be considered for assistantships offered by the academic program to which you are applying for admission, visit that program's Web page or contact the program to determine the appropriate application process.

Departments other than the one in which you are enrolled may also offer assistantships. These opportunities are posted as they arise in the Funding Database.

Typically when you apply for admission, a program will consider you for available fellowships; however, some fellowships may require the completion of an application in addition to the application for admission. To be considered for fellowships offered by the Graduate School, you must be admitted to Purdue. The Funding Web page provides information regarding specific Graduate School fellowships.

I am an out-of-state student. How much is out-of-state tuition?

Because the majority of Purdue's graduate students receive funding, such as a fellowship scholarship or an assistantship waiver, most students do not have to pay out-of-state tuition. Estimate your tuition using the Bursar's Office Tuition Calculator.

How do I qualify for in-state tuition?

Please consult the Office of the Registrar's Web site for information on qualifying for in-state tuition.

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Testing Requirements

What is the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) required for admission?

Each academic department sets its own admission requirements; therefore, some departments have a minimum GPA requirement and others do not. The Graduate School requires all students to possess a minimum of a 3.0/4.0 GPA (A=4.0) in order to be admitted without conditions. To determine if your program of interest has a GPA requirement above the Graduate School's minimum requirement, visit the Graduate Program Requirements Web page.

Is the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), GRE Subject Matter Test, or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) required?

Some departments require testing. A complete list of admission requirements for your program of interest is on the Graduate Program Requirements Web page.

What is the minimum GRE or GMAT score that is required for admission?

The Graduate School does not have a minimum requirement for the GRE or GMAT. The selection process considers all components of the application package, including application information, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, academic record (i.e., transcripts, diploma), test scores, resume/curriculum vitae (CV), and other information a graduate program requires.

Is an English proficiency examination required??

International degree-seeking applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE) scores for Purdue University Graduate School admission.

Are TOEFL, IELTS, PTE scores that are more than two years old accepted by Purdue for Graduate Admission?

TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE scores are valid for only two years (at the time the recommendation for admission is received at the Graduate School.)

Will you accept photocopies of TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores that are more than two years old?

We do not accept photocopies of TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score reports.

I am an international student currently studying in the United States. Do I still have to take an English proficiency examination?

The Graduate School routinely waives the English proficiency examination for applicants who have received a baccalaureate, graduate, or professional degree from a U.S. institution within the past 24 months (at the time the recommendation for admission is received at the Graduate School.) Applicants who qualify for a waiver of the English proficiency examination should bring this to the attention of the program to which they are applying.

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Admission

What is the application deadline?

Each graduate program determines its application deadline, so deadlines vary. Please refer to the Graduate Program Requirements Web page to determine the deadline for your program of interest.

In general, it is suggested that you apply early in your senior year of college. Applying early has its advantages: more funding opportunities are typically available and more spaces may be available for admission, particularly in competitive programs.

Do you accept applications for spring or summer admission?

Some programs accept applications for spring or summer admission. Please refer to the Graduate Program Requirements Web page to determine if your program of interest accepts applications for the spring or summer term.

Are three-year degrees acceptable?

The Graduate School welcomes applications from Bologna bachelor's degree recipients. Bologna bachelor's degrees are conferred in European countries listed on the following Web site.

What is the selectivity (i.e., the percentage of applicants that are admitted) for a certain program, college, or school?

This figure varies from year to year and by program. Typically, the selectivity across all programs is approximately 30%.

How competitive am I for admission?

It is difficult to predict how likely you are to be admitted to Purdue's West Lafayette campus. Many factors impact admission decisions, such as the qualifications of other applicants, the number of new students that can be accommodated, and the number of professors that share your research and scholarly interests. All components of the application package, including the application, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, academic record (i.e., transcripts), test scores, resume/curriculum vitae (CV), and other items required by the graduate program are considered.

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How to Apply

How do I apply?

All applicants, except those applying to Purdue graduate programs at the Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus, must complete the Graduate School's online application Graduate School's online application and pay the non-refundable application fee of $60 (U.S. dollars) for domestic applicants and $75 (U.S. dollars) for international applicants. Detailed instructions and requirements are available on the application and on the Graduate Program Requirements Web page. Please apply directly to IUPUI if you are interested in Purdue graduate programs at the Indianapolis campus.

Can I apply to two or more graduate programs separately?

Yes. If you are interested in applying to two or more graduate programs separately, you will be required to create a new application and pay an application fee for each application submitted. If you apply to graduate programs separately, you will have the opportunity to customize your supporting documentation (for example, statement of purpose, recommendations, resume, and fellowship essay) for each program.

I am a non degree applicant. Am I required to upload a Statement of Purpose and list recommendation providers during the application process??

No. If you are a non degree applicant, you are not required to upload a Statement of Purpose or provide names of recommendation providers. After you complete the Education Background section of your application, proceed to the Acknowledgments section to submit your application. You will not be assessed an application fee if you are applying as a non degree student (Graduate Certificate applicants are assessed an application fee).

How do I pay my application fee?

You must pay your application fee online with your credit card. Visa and MasterCard cards are accepted and processed using a secured online payment system. Your application will not be processed until your nonrefundable application fee has been paid. Our application fee is $60 (U.S. dollars) for domestic applicants and $75 (U.S. dollars) for international applicants.

Why must I authorize the Graduate School, at the end of the electronic application, to share my educational records with World Education Services?

In rare instances, the Graduate School consults with World Education Services to understand or verify your transcripts, diplomas, or other application materials.  The Graduate School pays for this evaluation.  To learn more about World Education Services, see http://www.wes.org/.

What is an official transcript??

An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. If requested by the graduate program or if you are recommended for admission, you must submit official transcripts and/or academic documents directly to the graduate program to which you are applying. Transcripts and/or English translations should be mailed directly from a registrar’s office to the program of application. You can choose to send the transcript to the program yourself, but the transcripts must be in an envelope sealed by the registrar. Transcripts will not be returned.

What is an unofficial transcript??

Unofficial transcripts are all transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system. Your unofficial transcript may be uploaded into the Education Background section of your application. Some programs may accept unofficial transcripts for review purposes, but may request official transcripts at any point in the admissions process.

Can I upload unofficial transcripts into my online application??

Yes, you have the option to upload transcripts and/or academic documents in the Education Background section of the online application from each institution attended. If requested by the graduate program or if you are recommended for admission, you must submit official transcripts and/or academic documents directly to the graduate program to which you are applying. For tips about uploading your transcripts into the Education Background section of your application click here.

NOTE: Not all graduate programs will accept unofficial transcripts for review purposes. Some graduate programs require official transcripts and/or academic documents at the time of application review. Please visit the Graduate Program Requirements Web pages to determine if your program of interest will accept unofficial documents for review purposes.

When must I submit my official transcripts if I uploaded them into my online application??

Not all graduate programs will accept unofficial transcripts for review purposes. Some graduate programs require official transcripts and/or academic documents at the time of application review. Please visit the Graduate Program Requirements Web pages to determine if your program of interest will accept unofficial documents for review purposes. You must submit official transcripts and/or academic documents if requested by the graduate program or if you are recommended for admission. Send your transcripts and/or academic documents directly to the graduate program to which you are applying.

Where do I send my documents supporting my application?

If you are a degree-seeking applicant, the Graduate School's online application will require you to upload a statement of purpose, resume/CV (if required by the graduate program), and the names of your recommendation providers. You have the option to upload unofficial transcripts and/or academic documents in the Education Background section of the online application from each institution attended. If requested by the graduate program or if you are recommended for admission, you must submit official transcripts and/or academic documents directly to the graduate program to which you are applying. If official transcripts are required, they should be mailed directly from a registrar’s office to the program of application (you can choose to send the transcript to the program yourself, but the transcripts must be in an envelope sealed by the registrar). Graduate Admissions also accepts electronic transcripts from accredited U.S. colleges and universities sent via eSCRIP-SAFE, Docufide, or directly from the accredited U.S. college and university. If the transcript is sent directly from the accredited U.S. college/university it must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions at gradadm@purdue.edu. Graduate Admissions does not accept electronic transcripts from international colleges or universities. Transcripts will not be returned.

For mailing address information, please visit the Graduate Program Requirements Web pages.

Can my official transcripts be returned?

Once you submit official transcripts to Purdue University, they become property of the University and will not be returned. We recognize, in very rare instances, that students may have access to only one transcript (or an extremely limited number of transcripts) or other academic credentials. In this instance, you may submit a request (at the time you apply) to preserve your original documents to the graduate program. Requests forwarded to the Graduate School will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For contact information, please visit Graduate Program Requirements Web pages

Can I update my online application after it is submitted?

You may submit your application only once. You will not be able to make changes to your application information using the online application system after submission. The application should be submitted and all required materials should arrive by the appropriate deadline. For deadline information, please visit the Graduate Program Requirements Web pages.

Can I add or remove recommendation providers after my application is submitted?

Once your application is submitted, you do not have the ability to return and make revisions to your recommendation provider list.

You do have the ability to have a hard copy recommendation letter sent to the program to which you are applying. For recommenders wishing to complete a paper recommendation, please send the following recommendation form (PDF).

I have already applied for admission. Now what do I do?

If a completed application has been submitted (i.e., you have completed and submitted the Graduate School's application, paid the application fee, and submitted letters of recommendation, transcripts, test scores, and any other items required by the program), no additional action is required. Your application status is available through the Graduate School's online application system.

How do I check the status of my submitted application?

You may check the status of your submitted application by visiting the Graduate School's online application system. The graduate program to which you applied updates your application status. If you have additional questions regarding your application status, please contact your program of interest.

Has the graduate program to which I applied received documents supporting my application??

The graduate program to which you applied should receive all of your supporting documentation for your Graduate School application, including official transcripts. If you have questions, please contact the graduate program for information about your supporting documents. For a detailed list of graduate program requirements and contact information, please visit the Graduate Program Requirements Web pages.

Has the graduate program to which I applied received my GRE or TOEFL scores?

The graduate program to which you applied should receive all of your supporting documentation for your Graduate School application.  If you have questions, please contact the graduate program for information about your supporting documents. For a detailed list of graduate program requirements and contact information, please visit the Graduate Program Requirements Web pages.

How do I accept or decline my offer of admission?

Inform the graduate program of your decision to attend/not attend Purdue University and complete the Graduate School's online enrollment form.

Can I apply and delay my enrollment, if I decide to begin my studies later?

You can defer your start date for up to one year. If you want to enroll more than one year later, you must reapply and pay another application fee.

Who should I contact for information about the application process?

For detailed application instructions and graduate program requirements please visit the Graduate Program Requirements Web page. If you have questions regarding your specific graduate program, please contact your program of interest.

If you have any additional questions please email gradinfo@purdue.edu

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International Students

Am I considered an international student?

If you are not a permanent resident or citizen of the United States, you are classified as an international student.

Is financial support available to international students?

Although specific fellowship, assistantship, and other award eligibility may vary, funding is generally available for both domestic and international students. More than 70% of Purdue's full-time international graduate students receive some funding by or through the University.

How much is the international student fee?

International students pay a $60 fee each semester to help fund the unique services the University offers to international students, such as immigration regulation advising, cultural/educational programming, SEVIS reporting (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System), and compliance with the United States' government.

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Registration

How can I take graduate-level courses at Purdue, without enrolling in a degree program?

You can apply as a non degree graduate student.

How do I get an advisor?

You will be assigned an advisor upon admission to the Graduate School.

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Life at Purdue

What housing is available for graduate students?

There are a variety of affordable housing options available both on campus and off-campus. Visit our Graduate Student Housing Web page for more information.

How do I schedule a campus visit?

Contact your program of interest to inquire about visitation opportunities. If you are unable to attend a formal visitation event, the program may schedule an individual visit for you.

Where is Purdue located?

Purdue University's first and largest campus is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. West Lafayette and its neighboring city, Lafayette, are often referred to as Greater Lafayette. Both cities boast a competitive cost of living that is below the national average, giving graduate students more purchasing power. For more information on Greater Lafayette, visit the Community Information Web page.

What is the climate like?

Indiana enjoys four distinct seasons each year: winter, spring, summer, and fall. January is typically the coldest month of the year with normal daily maximum temperatures ranging from 31 to 38F. July is the warmest month with daily maximums averaging 80 to 83F. Average annual precipitation ranges from 37-47 inches. For more Indiana climate information, visit the National Climate Data Center.

You can also learn more about the current weather in West Lafayette or visit the National Weather Service in Indianapolis..

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