Degree-seeking applicants are those who seek a doctoral, master's, or educational specialist degree.
Certificate Program applicants are those who hold a baccalaureate or advanced degree who wish to complete prespecified courses to attain a graduate-level, academic credit certificate in a specific area will be admitted to the certificate program classification. Students in this classification are subject to the same restrictions as non degree students if they are subsequently admitted for degree study.
Reentry applicants are those who previously have been enrolled as graduate students at Purdue University who have not enrolled for at least three (3) consecutive sessions. Summer school counts as a session.
Non degree applicants are those who wish to attend graduate school for professional and personal enrichment without seeking an additional degree.
Non degree applicants may apply for one (l) of the following classifications:
- Non Degree: those who wish to pursue graduate study without advanced degree objectives. Non Degree admission is not a form of probationary admission to a degree program. Non degree registration in courses outside the admitting department may require the permission of the department offering the course. A maximum of twelve (12) credit hours earned in appropriate courses taken in non degree status, may, with departmental approval, be applied to an advanced degree program at Purdue, should the non degree student later be admitted to an advanced degree program. Non degree students may also be international students who, with the financial sponsorship of their governments, employers, or higher education institution seek to meet objectives not appropriate for an advanced degree.
- Teacher License: holders of a baccalaureate or advanced degree who wish to work toward an advanced teacher license without working toward an advanced degree. Teacher license students who are subsequently admitted for degree study are subject to the same restrictions as are non degree students.