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Electrical and Computer Engineering

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 Electrical and Computer Engineering.  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. 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:

  • Transcripts - Copy of original transcript needs to be uploaded.
  • GRE Test - official scores from ETS only (department code not required), no photocopies
  • English Proficiency - for degree-seeking whose native language is not English, official scores from ETS only (department code not required), no photocopies. We also accept IELTS scores in place of TOEFL - please send the official score sheet.  Please check the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's TOEFL requirements.
  • Statement of Purpose and Resume - may be submitted online with your application. 
  • Three letters of recommendation, online required.

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

  Fall Spring Summer
All Applicants December 15 (priority consideration for financial support). Only a limited number of admissions will be granted to applicants whose application is completed after December 15.

May 1 (final deadline for receipt of completed applications; considered for admission only; no financial support)
May 1 
(for completed applications)
Summer session is only available to applicants admitted for fall who wish to start research early through an agreement with their professor

Contact Information Mailing Address
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Name: Deb Bowman
Admissions Representative
Phone: (765) 494-3392 
Graduate Office
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University
465 Northwestern Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2035


Completing the application:

  • Letters of Recommendation should be submitted online. If your recommenders are unable to submit electronically, you must download the recommendation form  and complete the top portion before giving to your recommender(s) to include with their letter.
  • Bachelor's level students are normally considered for admission into the Master's program; however, bachelor's level students with exceptionally strong undergraduate records may apply for and be considered for direct admission into the Ph.D. degree program.
  • 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.

Purdue Graduate School International Applicant Requirements

  • 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
  • Or New IELTS

Electrical and Computer Engineering International Applicant Requirements

  • Besides satisfying the Graduate School minimum scores, the ECE requirement for the TOEFL Writing Score 22 for admission. However, ECE will make an exception to the required TOEFL Writing score of 22 for exceptional PhD applicants with financial support, and consider them for departmental conditions.
  • Please note – to be considered for a teaching assistantship you must submit the IBT TOEFL Speaking score of 23.

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
       3.25 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Required
      - average scores of successful applicants are:
    • Verbal:   154
    • Quantitative: 166
    • Analytical Writing: 4.0 

Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
    3.25 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion: 
    Required, with a grade point average of 3.3 or equivalent, or superior performance in a bachelor's program
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Required
    - average scores of successful applicants are:
    • Verbal:   154
    • Quantitative: 166
    • Analytical Writing: 4.0  

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