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Electrical and Computer Engineering

We are pleased with your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in Electrical and Computer Engineering.  It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

Supporting Documents: Below is an itemized list of supporting documents needed to complete your application that are not included online. If you are an international applicant, all documents must be in both English and original language, if applicable:

  • Transcripts - Uploading your unofficial transcripts to the electronic application will speed the processing of the application.  However, you must also send two copies of official transcripts from the Registrar in a sealed envelope (both original language and English translation).   Your application will not be reviewed until we receive hard copies of your transcripts.  A Provisional Certificate from your Registrar must give the expected month/year of graduation, if you have not yet graduated and received your diploma.
  • GRE Test - official scores from ETS only, no photocopies
  • English Proficiency - for degree-seeking whose native language is not English, official scores from ETS only, no photocopies. We also accept IELTS scores in place of TOEFL - please send the official score sheet.
  • Statement of Purpose and Resume - may be submitted online with your application. If you are unable to submit electronically, you may send hardcopies.
  • Three letters of recommendation, online preferred

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

  Fall Spring Summer
All Applicants December 15 (priority consideration for financial support). Only a limited number of admissions will be granted to applicants whose application is completed after January 5

May 1 (final deadline for receipt of completed applications; considered for admission only; no financial support)
September 15
(for completed applications)
Summer session is only available to applicants admitted for fall who wish to start research early through an agreement with their professor


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.)
Web Sites of Interest
Name: Deb Bowman
Admissions Representative
Phone: (765) 494-3392 
E-mail: ecegrad@ecn.purdue.edu
Graduate Office
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University
465 Northwestern Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2035
USA

 

Completing the application:

  • Letters of Recommendation should be submitted online. If your recommenders are unable to submit electronically, you must download the recommendation form  and complete the top portion before giving to your recommender(s) to include with their letter.
  • Bachelor's level students are normally considered for admission into the Master's program; however, bachelor's level students with exceptionally strong undergraduate records may apply for and be considered for direct admission into the Ph.D. degree program.
  • 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.

Purdue Graduate School International Applicant Requirements

  • 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
  • Or New IELTS

Electrical and Computer Engineering International Applicant Requirements

  • Besides satisfying the Graduate School minimum scores, the ECE requirement for the TOEFL Writing Score 22 for admission. However, ECE will make an exception to the required TOEFL Writing score of 22 for exceptional PhD applicants with financial support, and consider them for conditional admission.
  • Please note – to be considered for a teaching assistantship you must submit the IBT TOEFL Speaking score of 23.

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
       3.25 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Required
      - average scores of successful applicants are:
    • Verbal:   533
    • Quantitative: 780
    • Analytical Writing: 4.0
      • New Format average scores:
        • Verbal:  154
        • Quantitative:  164
        • Analytical Writing:  4.0 

Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
       
    3.25 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion: 
       
    Required, with a grade point average of 3.3 or equivalent, or superior performance in a bachelor's program
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Required
      
    - average scores of successful applicants are:
    • Verbal:   533
    • Quantitative: 780
    • Analytical Writing: 4.0 
      • New Format average scores:
        • Verbal:  154
        • Quantitative:  164
        • Analytical Writing:  4.0