Graduate Program Admissions

How to Apply

We are pleased that you are interested in our graduate program. This page contains important information that will guide you through the mechanics of applying to our program and make you a more competitive applicant. You are encouraged to carefully review all of the information and links before proceeding with the application process. Also, you are encouraged to maintain contact with our Graduate Coordinator, who is well acquainted with department and Graduate School policies, maintains all application files, and works closely with students as they progress through our graduate program.

To develop the most competitive application that you can, please consider the following:

Contact Appropriate Faculty Members

You should make contact with appropriate faculty members well in advance of submitting an application. This enables you to better understand the emphasis of our programs, expectations of particular faculty, whether a faculty member is taking on new students, and what you would be spending your time doing if admitted. This also enables you to specify your preferred faculty advisor(s) and write an appropriately targeted personal statement in your application. Applications that are not tailored in this way are generally not successful. 

All PhD applicants must visit in person or through Skype with graduate faculty before being considered for admission.

Application deadline for Doctorate program is January 5th for Fall start.

Application deadline for Masters progream is February 5th for Fall start.

PhD Applicants

We begin reviewing applications in early January for fall admission. This is when the bulk of graduate admissions and funding decisions are made. Therefore, if you are applying for full-time study your application is due no later than January 5. With rare exceptions, applications for fall admission to full-time graduate study are not considered after March 5th.

MS Applicants

We begin reviewing applications in early February for fall admission. This is when the bulk of graduate admissions and funding decisions are made. Therefore, if you are applying for full-time study your application is due no later no later than February 5. With rare exception, applications for fall admission to full-time graduate study are not considered after April 30.

Please understand that meeting these guidelines does not guarantee admission to our graduate program.

GPA Guidelines

We have minimum GPA guidelines for admission. Specifically, we require 3.0 for MPH/MS and 3.25 for PhD.

Please understand that meeting these guidelines does not guarantee admission to our graduate program.

GRE/GMAT Guidelines

GRE scores are also required for all applicants. While no cutoff scores have been established, students with low GRE scores are rarely competitive.

The GMAT (Total score 580 or greater; Verbal score 31 or greater) may be substituted for the GRE.

Please understand that meeting these guidelines does not guarantee admission to our graduate program.

Admission to the program is a competitive process that involves consideration of your entire application. The fit of your interests to our program and faculty expertise, and faculty members' ability to take on new graduate students are all key factors in the admission decision process.

International Applicants (TOEFL/IELTS)

For international applicants, our TOEFL score requirement is 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 77 (internet based).

Our minimum requirements are:

Reading                  19

Listening                 16

Speaking                22

Writing                    18

Total Score             77

An IELTS score of 6.5 or higher is also acceptable.

 

TOEFL and IELTS scores must not be more than 24 months old at the time of enrollment in our graduate program.

The graduate school routinely waives the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if you received a university degree within the last 24 months from an institution within a country where English is the native language and the primary language of instruction is English.

Required Supporting Documents

Domestic (US) Students:

  1. Copies of your academic transcripts
  2. GRE scores
  3. Three letters of recommendation (ideally from prior faculty that can attest to your readiness/ability to successfully complete the requirements of a graduate degree)
  4. a statement of purpose
  5. a completed form and a $60 application fee.

International Students:

  1. Copies of your academic transcripts
  2. GRE scores
  3. Three letters of recommendation (ideally from prior faculty that can attest to your readiness/ability to successfully complete the requirements of a graduate degree)
  4. a statement of purpose
  5. a completed form and a $75 fee.
  6. TOEFL score and provide transcripts in both the native language and a certified English translation

Details about requesting transcripts, letters of recommendation, and information about the goal statement are available on the Graduate School application site.

All items must be submitted for us to proceed with an admission decision.

Note that while submitting copies of your transcripts is acceptable for us to review your application, official copies of your transcripts will be required if you are accepted for admission to our graduate program.

Funding

Funding is available on a competitive basis through the Graduate School at Purdue and through graduate assistantships in the Consumer Science Department.

More information about funding opportunities available through the Purdue Graduate School.

Proactive communication with us and attention to detail will help you put forward the most competitive application that you can. If you have a question that is not answered on this website, please do not hesitate to contact our Graduate Coordinator, who will typically respond to your inquiry within 24 hours.

 

Send application materials to:

Graduate Coordinator

Consumer Science

Purdue University

812 State Street

West Lafayette, IN 47907

Phone: (765) 494-8317

Fax: (765) 494-0869

Consumer Science, 812 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-8317

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