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Applying to the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Ph.D. program (PULSe):

Applications to PULSe should be submitted through the Graduate School and will be considered by the PULSe Admissions Committee, which consists of representatives from all PULSe Training Groups. When applying, please note that entry into PULSe is for the fall semester only.

Deadline: January 15th

Application must include:

  • Electronic Application
    (After clicking on the Electronic Application link above, click on Application for Admission. Then, create an account to begin applying to PULSe. Be sure to choose Life Science Interdisciplinary Program as the primary program of interest.)
  • PULSe Application Supplement (found within the electronic application)
  • Statement of purpose
    (In this 300-500 word essay, you may wish to discuss your professional plans, any special circumstances applicable to your background, your research experience, abilities, awards, achievements, and/or scholarly publications. Also, please be sure to specify the PULSe Training Groups that interest you.)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (a letter from your research adviser is strongly recommended as the research experience is of particular importance in showcasing your strengths in the field)
  • Official transcripts (Electronic transcripts from accredited U.S. colleges or universities are accepted but must be sent directly to gradadm@purdue.edu to verify the authenticity of the documents.  At this time, only electronic transcripts from accredited U.S. institutions will be accepted.) 
  • GRE General Test results.
  • 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 more information on TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE click here.
  • Select international applicants will be interviewed.
  • International degree-seeking applicants are required to submit a copy of their earned degrees in both English and their native language.
  • C.V. or resumé recommended, but not required.

Additional information:

  • Official test scores (GRE, TOEFL, and IELTS) must be sent to institution code 1631; no department code is necessary. Photocopied test scores are NOT accepted.
  • While publications are not a requirement for admission to PULSe, if you have publications, be sure to provide a full citation for each one.

Materials other than the electronic application should be sent to:

Purdue University
Young Hall, Room B-40
155 South Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114

To check the status of your application:

To receive full consideration, applications should be received by January 15. Applications will be reviewed beginning in December. A number of qualified applicants will be invited to campus to learn more about the program.