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Youth Development and Agricultural Education

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 Youth Development and Agricultural Education. 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: Additional documents are required to support the application. Two official transcripts should be mailed directly from a registrar's office to the program of application. Transcripts will not be returned. Other supporting documents should be filed electronically with the Youth Development and Agricultural Education program. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the "Completing the Application" section of this

  • Transcripts - Youth Development and Agricultural Education will accept unofficial transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded through the online application system for review purposes.  You will only need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records at the request of Youth Development and Agricultural Education or if you are recommended for admission.
  • GRE Test - required of all degree-seeking students
  • English Proficiency
  • Recommendation letters
  • Resume/CV

Statement of Purpose:

A statement of purpose is required for all degree-seeking applicants. Please submit a statement of approximately 500 words concerning your purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study, your reasons for wanting to study at Purdue, and your professional plans, career goals, and research interests. You also may explain any irregularities or special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on your special abilities, awards, achievements, scholarly publications, and/or professional history.

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

Spring 2015 Summer 2015 Fall 2015 2015 Fellowship Consideration
U.S. Citizen* October 15, 2014 March 15, 2015 March 15, 2015 December 15, 2014
International** August 1, 2014 January 1, 2015 March 1, 2015 December 15, 2014

Applications are reviewed by the review committee starting two months prior to listed deadlines for accelerated consideration.

*Earlier application increases opportunity for external funding.

**International students take additional time for processing so their deadlines must be set earlier.

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.)
Websites of Interest

Phone: (765) 494-8439
E-mail: grad@ydae.purdue.edu

YDAE Graduate Office
Purdue University
615 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053

Completing the application

  • Signify on your application under “subject area” if you would like to pursue Agricultural Extension Education, Agricultural and Science Communication or Life Science Education.
  • If you are interested in working with a particular faculty member, please signify on the application.
  • Current master’s students wishing to move to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will be required to submit a new application.

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0+
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required of all degree seeking students; scores above the 50th percentile preferred .

Additional International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required: scores above the 50th percentile preferred .
  • 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.

Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements

Domestic Applicants

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required for unconditional admission
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required, scores above the 50th percentile preferred.

International Applicants

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required for unconditional admission
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required, scores above the 50th percentile preferred.
  • 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 for Non-Native English Speakers
    Required, with a minimum score of 5

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.