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Food Science Interdisciplinary

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 Food Science.

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.

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

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the "Completing the Application" section of this page:

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

 

Fall Spring Summer
Domestic - U.S. Citizen & Residents within the US

July 15

November 15

April 15
International - outside the US

July 15

November 15 April 15

 

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: Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Phone: (765) 494-8256 or
           (800) 829-3319
E-mail: Graduate Admissions
gradadmissions@foodsci.purdue.edu
Interdisciplinary Food Science Graduate Program
Purdue University
745 Agriculture Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
USA

Completing the Application:

Codes for GRE:  Purdue code is 1631. The Food Science code  is 0107.
Codes for TOEFL:  Purdue code is 1631. The Food Science code is 31.

The application fee has to be remitted with the online application.

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.

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
       3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
       Minimum Score Required: (before 8/2011) Verbal 400, Quantitative 500, Analytical 4.0
    (after 8/2011) Verbal 146, Quantitative 144, Analytical 4.0
  • Resume and Purpose Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Two sets of official transcripts (photocopies will not be accepted)
  • One copy of B.S. diploma

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
       
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
       
    Minimum Score Required: (before 8/2011) Verbal 400, Quantitative 500, Analytical 4.0
    (after 8/2011) Verbal 146, Quantitative 144, Analytical 4.0
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
       
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 575
        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 8.0 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:
      
    Required -- minimum score of greater than or equal to 5.0. If iBT is taken, TWE is not required.
  • Resume and Purpose Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts (Photocopies or attested copies will not be accepted)
    • Two sets in the language of instruction and
    • Two sets translated in English
  • Two copies of B.S. diploma.   One set should be in the language of instruction and the other in English.

Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
       
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion:
       
    Required, with a grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
      
    Minimum Score Required: (before 8/2011) Verbal 400, Quantitative 500, Analytical 4.0
    (after 8/2011) Verbal 146, Quantitative 144, Analytical 4.0
  • Resume and Purpose Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Two sets of official transcripts from B.S. and M.S. programs (Photocopies will not be accepted)
  • One copy of B.S. and M.S. diploma

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
      
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion:
      
    Required, with a grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
      
    Minimum Score Required: (before 8/2011) Verbal 400, Quantitative 500, Analytical 4.0
    (after 8/2011) Verbal 146, Quantitative 144, Analytical 4.0
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
      
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 575
       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 8.0 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 for Non-Native English Speakers
       Required -- minimum score of greater than or equal to 5.0. If iBT is taken, TWE is not required. 
  • Resume and Purpose Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts (Photo copies or attested copies will not be accepted)
    • Two sets in the language of instruction (from both B.S. and M.S. degree) and
    • Two sets translated in English (from both B.S. and M.S. degree)
  • Two copies of B.S. and M.S.  diploma.    One copy should be in the language of instruction and the other in English

Direct Doctoral from Bachelor's Degree Program

Candidates interested in the Direct Doctoral from Bachelor’s Degree Program must obtain Food Science Graduate Committee approval.

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
      
    3.5 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
      
     Minimum Score Required: (before 8/2011) Verbal 550, Quantitative 650, Analytical 5.0
    (after 8/2011) Verbal 156, Quantitative 151, Analytical 5.0
  • Resume and Purpose Statement indicating direct Ph.D from Bachelor's Degree consideration
  • Three letters of recommendation indicating direct Ph.D from Bachelor's Degree consideration
  • Two sets of official transcripts (Photocopies will not be accepted)
  • One copy of B.S. diploma

International Applicant Requirements: 

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
      
    3.5 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
      
    Minimum Score Required: (before 8/2011) Verbal 550, Quantitative 650, Analytical 5.0
    (after 8/2011) Verbal 156, Quantitative 151, Analytical 5.0
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
       Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 575
       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 8.0 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: 
       
    Required -- minimum score of greater than or equal to 5.0. If iBT is taken, TWE is not required. 
  • Resume and Purpose Statement indicating direct Ph.D from Bachelor's Degree consideration
  • Three letters of recommendation indicating direct Ph.D from Bachelor's Degree consideration
  • Official transcripts (Photo copies or attested copies will not be accepted)
    • Two sets in the language of instruction and
    • Two sets translated in English
  • Two copies of B.S. diploma.    One copy should be in the language of instruction and the other in English.