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What is required for application to ESE?

Please read the ESE Graduate School Application page.

Where should I send my application materials?

Please read the ESE Graduate School Application page.

How do I check the status of my application?

Once your electronic application is completed online, you can check the status of your application at www.gradschool.purdue.edu/Admissions. On this site, click "Application for Admission." Note that you will be required to provide your user pin and password.

Do I need an engineering background to enter ESE?

No. The ESE Program accepts students from a variety of undergraduate majors, including the natural sciences and engineering as well as the humanities, social sciences, and economics. We encourage true cross-disciplinary learning and engagement.

How do I find a major professor to work with?

You should identify potential faculty you want to work with early on in the process of applying to ESE. Make direct contact with these faculty through email and phone calls, as well as listing them on your graduate application. Students primarily receive assistantships through their major advisor (faculty). You can use the faculty website to locate potential faculty. The ESE program is campus wide at Purdue and can potentially work with many different faculty and departments. Co-major advisors from two departments are encouraged.

What if I don't meet the application requirements?

If a student's GPA or GRE scores fall slightly below our requirements, we do take into consideration that student's previous research and/or work experience in admission decisions.

What if I fall short of ESE course pre-requisites?

We encourage diverse student backgrounds to apply to ESE. For instance, if you are a social science or policy oriented student, you may not have completed calculus. On the other hand, if you are an engineering student, you may not have had a college level economics course. If a pre-requisite course is your only deficiency, you will be allowed to take the course(s) your first semester at Purdue. If you have the opportunity to take the pre-requisite course(s) at your current institution before you apply, this will enhance your admission competitiveness.

Do I choose my co-major advisor after starting the ESE program?

Yes. You will have a major advisor when you start your program. By your second semester you should choose a co-major professor from a different department than your major professor to serve on your graduate committee, along with one to two additional committee members.