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To Apply: Our application process is electronic, and you should submit all materials through the on-line application. Any test scores such as TOEFL and GRE should be submitted to the Purdue University Graduate School. If you are recommended by our department for admission to the Graduate School, you will be required to provide official paper documents of your transcripts and, in some cases, your diploma. Failure to produce the required official paper documents after you are recommended to be admitted will result in a withdrawal of our recommendation for admission.

  • Submit an online application through the Graduate School www.gradschool.purdue.edu and pay the application fee.
  • Transcripts- Upload unofficial transcripts into your on-line application for review purposes as long as they are copies of official transcripts. International Students: You must provide an English translation of your transcripts, and you must upload the translated transcripts into your on-line application for review purposes. You must also include a copy of the original language transcripts as well. If you are recommended to be admitted to the Graduate School, official transcripts will be required of all prospective students (domestic and international). In order to streamline the application process we encourage you to submit official transcripts at the time of application.
  • GRE Test - The GRE score is not required but you may request that ETS send official copies of the scores to the Graduate School. The Purdue West Lafayette ETS campus code is 1631.
  • English Proficiency- If you are an international applicant, take the TOFEL (or equivalent) and request that ETS send official copies of the scores to the Graduate School. Please see below for information.
  • Three Recommendation letters- Ask your three recommenders to submit their recommendations electronically. Directions are in the on-line application.
  • Statement of Purpose- Please upload this document into your electronic application.
  • Diversity Essay (optional)
  • Resume (optional)
  • After you have applied, log in to your application periodically to check on the status of your application. We will update your application status through the application process.

Additional Information for International Applicants:

  • Both original language transcripts and English translations are required. Please upload them into your on-line application.
  • No financial statements should be mailed to the Chemistry Grad Office. If you are accepted to Purdue University and you are an international applicant, the International Students and Scholars office will send you the correct forms to be filled out upon acceptance.

Application Deadlines:  Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below. 


Fall Spring Summer
US Citizen January 15 Special Cases Only Not Applicable
International January 1 Special Cases Only Not Applicable


Contact Information Send Supporting Documents To:
(In order to expedite the processing of your application, we ask that you submit all supporting documents in one large envelope.)
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Name: Dr. Robert E. Wild
Phone: (765) 494-5200 
E-mail: wild@purdue.edu
Graduate Admissions
Department of Chemistry
Purdue University
560 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2084

Current master's students wishing to move to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will not be required to submit a new application.

Doctoral or Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 
    Required -- no minimum score set

International Applicant Requirements: 

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent (B average) required
  • Master's Degree Completion:
    International students that are enrolled in a graduate-level degree-seeking program in the United States must complete a Master's degree at the United Sates institution in which they are enrolled before they can be considered for admission to the Chemistry Department at Purdue University.
  • Students enrolled in programs out-side of the United States must complete the equivalent of a United States Bachelors Degree prior to matriculation.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
       Not required
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
       Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
       Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
       With the following minimum section requirements:
        Reading: 19
        Listening: 14
        Speaking: 18
        Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
        An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
        An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers: 
    Not required, but recommended

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.