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Languages and Cultures

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 Languages and Cultures. 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:

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

Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen December 12 No Entry No Entry
International December 12 No Entry No Entry


Contact Information Mailing Address
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Name: Graduate Studies Office
Phone: (765) 494-3841
E-mail: slcgraduate@purdue.edu
Graduate Study Programs
Department of Languages and Cultures
Purdue University
640 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2039
USA

Completing the application: Original transcripts are required in addition to an English translation. Include a copy of your certified diploma and its certified English translation. Download to the Graduate School application two writing samples, one in English and one in the language (French, German, Japanese, or Spanish) in which you wish to pursue a graduate degree. Your writing samples may be either critical essays and/or term papers which you wrote in partial fulfillment of an undergraduate course. The speaking sample should demonstrate both your spoken English and the language in which you are fluent to teach. The digital MP3 may give autobiographical information, describe your reasons for seeking a graduate degree, or be a brief commentary about a favorite work of fiction or a significant current event.  Do not read from a prepared script. Use spontaneous speech please.

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:
    3.5 or equivalent in the language, linguistics or literature and a 3.0 average in the overall undergraduate program.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Minimum Score: 600 (160 revised GRE test) verbal desirable
  • Academic Preparation Background in the proposed area of study

Additional 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

Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.5 or equivalent in the language, linguistics or literature and a 3.0 average in the overall undergraduate program.
  • Master's Degree Completion:
    Required, in a pertinent discipline from another credited graduate school and whose likelihood of achieving success in pursuit of their PhD studies is verified by their references.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Minimum Score: 600 (160 revised GRE test) verbal desirable
  • Spanish Linguistics requires a completed thesis.

Additional International Applicant Requirements:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Not required
  • 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

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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