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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 American Studies.  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.

Foreign Language and/or Research Methods:  The Program does not require doctoral students to show proficiency in a foreign language or a specific research method. However, in a world defined by increasing international, cross-national, multinational, and transnational exchanges, the competency and eventual mastery of languages beyond one’s native language is an invaluable asset.  Our Program aims to produce scholars whose work is intellectually meaningful, socially valuable, and culturally significant.  What this means is that students and their committees are responsible for determining the languages and methods necessary to successfully complete a dissertation.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application or mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying, as directed below. Click the links below for details. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the requirements sections of this page:

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

 

Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen January 1 No Entry No Entry
International January 1 No Entry No Entry

 

Contact Information Mailing Address Web Sites of Interest
Name: Brandi Plantenga           
Phone: (765) 494-7161 
E-mail: bplante@purdue.edu
American Studies Program
Purdue University
100 North University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
USA

 

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): 
       Required -- no minimum score has been set 
  • Writing Sample: 
       An academic paper written in English, consisting of at least 2,500 words

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
       
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
       
    Required -- no minimum score set
  • Writing Sample: 
       An academic paper written in English, consisting of at least 2,500 words  
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
       Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550, 627 desired
       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
  • Special Note:
       Please provide the following: A substantial and specific statement
       of background, training, purpose and specific objectives, and at
       least one scholarly writing sample 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): 
       
    Required -- no minimum score set
  • Writing Sample: 
       An academic paper written in English, consisting of at least 2,500 words  

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): 
       
    Required -- no minimum score set
  • Writing Sample: 
       An academic paper written in English, consisting of at least 2,500 words  
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
       Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550, 627 desired
       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
  • Special Note:
       Please provide the following: A substantial and specific statement
       of background, training, purpose and specific objectives, and at
       least one scholarly writing sample in English.

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.

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