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How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in graduate studies at Purdue University.

Applying to the Graduate School at Purdue is easy!  The following checklist will assist you in completing your Graduate School application and preparing your documents supporting your application.

 Review the Graduate Program Requirements Web page for information regarding your graduate program requirements including application deadlines, admission requirements, and contact information.

 Create an application account to start your Graduate School application.

 You will be emailed a temporary PIN to log into the Graduate School Application.  (Be sure to check your junk mail folder if you do not see the email.) Log in using your birthdate and this temporary PIN.  Once logged in, you will be prompted to create a password.  Use this password along with your email address in subsequent logins. Review the GoldAnswers Web page if you require technical assistance while completing your application.  Include Graduate School Application in your search.

 If you are applying as a degree-seeking applicant, upload a transcript for every institution of higher education attended.  If personal identifying information such as a student identification number or social security number appear on the document, REMOVE THIS INFORMATION from your electronic version of your document or mark out the information in black ink before scanning your document. If requested by the graduate program or if you are admitted and choose to enroll, you must submit official transcripts and/or academic documents directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. For tips about uploading your transcripts into the Education Background section of your application click here

 If you are applying as a Graduate Certificate or Non degree applicant, you must provide evidence of a baccalaureate degree. This may be a transcript, a copy of the diploma, or a letter from the college or university verifying the degree. Teacher License applicants must upload a transcript from the college or university where your baccalaureate degree was received.

 Many graduate programs require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). If you have not done so already, request that ETS send your scores electronically to the Graduate School using the appropriate code for the campus to which you are applying.

 International degree-seeking applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency. The Graduate School accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic scores for admission. Some graduate programs may have higher score requirements than the Graduate School's minimum score requirements. The Graduate School will routinely waive the English proficiency requirement for applicants who have received a degree within the past 24 months from a school where English is the primary language of instruction in one of the recognized English speaking countries. Note: If you have not done so already, request that ETS send your scores electronically to the Graduate School using the appropriate code for the campus to which you are applying.

 Unless otherwise noted on the Graduate Program Requirements Web page, three letters of recommendation are required for degree-seeking applicants. Online recommendation providers will receive an email notification with instructions for accessing the recommendation system during the application process once you enter their names in the application.

Submit any additional documents required to support your application to the graduate program to which you are applying.

You may check the status of your submitted application by logging into your online application account. The graduate program to which you applied updates your application status. If you have additional questions regarding your application status, you should contact the graduate program directly.

Pay the nonrefundable application fee by credit card.  The Graduate School Application fee is $60 (U.S. dollars) for domestic applicants and $75 (U.S. dollars) for international applicants.  If you are a non degree applicant at one of the Purdue University campuses, you will not be charged an application fee.  However, if you are applying to a Graduate Certificate program at one of the Purdue University campuses, you will be charged an application fee.

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