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Graduate Admissions

Application Procedure

Students should send the following information to:

*Please see below under Application Deadlines.

Purdue Graduate School

  • Online application
  • $60 application fee for Domestic Students
  • $75 application fee for International Students

School of HTM

  • Cover letter - along with a current resume
  • one year work experience in a related area or two completed internships  (internships must total anywhere between 4-6 months)
  • Statement of purpose should be 300-500 words. A statement of purpose is regarded as a very important part of the application. Applicants are advised to carefully describe the reasons for seeking to study at the graduate level and to describe desired areas of program emphasis. This statement is of great assistance to the Graduate Admissions Committee. It is also helpful in arranging faculty support and appropriate coursework immediately upon entrance to the program.
  • Two original and official copies of all College/University transcripts in English from all institutions of higher learning (and in the original language if other than English) must be mailed in. We will NOT accept unofficial transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded through the online application system for review purposes. You must provide official transcripts and/or academic records at the time of application. The Graduate School also accepts electronic transcripts from accredited U.S. colleges/universities sent via eSCRIP-SAFE, Docufide, or directly from the accredited U.S. college and university. If the transcript is sent direclty from the accredited U.S. college/university it must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions at  gradadm@purdue.edu.
  • Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) report of scores taken within the last 5 years. Applicants may submit results from either the GRE or GMAT, but most students use the GRE. The Purdue University code number is 1631. The department code is 1RZ-NJ-46 (for GMAT).
  • On-line recommendations: Three letters of recommendation using the Purdue recommendation form, one must be a Professional affiliation and other two must be Academic affiliation.  Or mail-ins: All additional Letters of Recommendations must be on a  business letterhead.  Applicants:  Please be sure to inform people writing your letter of recommendation that they must be on a business letterhead in order to assure they are valid.
  • In addition, international students are required to submit TOEFL scores. International degree-seeking applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for Purdue University Graduate School admission. (The Graduate School will routinely waive the TOEFL/IELTS  for applicants who have received a baccalaureate degree or graduate  or professional degree, within the 24 months, from a school where English is the primary language of instruction in a country/location where English is the native language). The Graduate School accepts all valid TOEFL scores, including those earned through the paper-based test, computer-based test, and (beginning September 24, 2005) Internet-based test. The minimum paper-based test score required for admission is 550. The Graduate School's minimum computer-based test score required for admission is 213. The minimum Internet-based test scores required for admission are the following: Writing 18, Speaking 18, Listening 14, Reading 19, Total 77. Note that in addition to required minimum scores for writing, speaking, listening, and reading, the Graduate School also requires a minimum overall score that is higher than the minimums for the four area tests combined. Applicants must meet or exceed each of the five scores (listed above) for admission to the Graduate School. Purdue University's code for the TOEFL application is 1631. Purdue University Calumet's code for the TOEFL application is 1638. Or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.5 is required for admission.
  •  A four year Bachelor's Degree is required, but welcome applications from Bologna Bachelor's Degree Recipients.
  • **Preference will be given to HTM or related work experience applicants that meet the requirements.

For information or assistance with any of the above required application materials, visit the Purdue Graduate School Admissions.

Application Deadlines

Program Planned Program Start Application Materials Due
January September 20
August March 5
Doctoral August November 30


Apply Now

If you submitted an application prior to June 15th and are still awaiting an admission decision, you may Ayrielle Espinosa for status updates:

Ayrielle Davis-Espinosa, Graduate Secretary
E-mail: aespinosa@purdue.edu
Phone: (765) 494-9811

Students should hear regarding their possible acceptance into the HTM graduate programs within one month of the deadline dates for the application materials to be sent to the department.

Admission Standards

Successful applicants generally have the following minimum standards for admission to graduate programs:
  • Four Year Baccalaureate degree (or four-year program equivalent) from an accredited college or university for entry into the MS program, and a master's degree from an accredited college or university for entry into the PhD program.
  • Equivalent of a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Combined (new) verbal  and quantitative score of 290 or higher (each: minimum of 145) or combined (previous) verbal and quantitative score of 1000 or higher (each minimum of 500) on GRE (Graduate Record Examination)
  • Or a 550 score on the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test).

In addition, students are competitively evaluated for acceptance based on their complete application materials. Criteria will include previous academic performance, a well written statement of purpose, previous work/professional experiences, quality of the letters of recommendation, and GRE/GMAT scores, as well as the ability to integrate the student's proposed research area with the HTM faculty research areas.

Prerequisite Competencies

Each applicant's transcript will be evaluated individually with regard to competencies. All graduate students are recommended to have completed coursework in the areas listed below, although it is recognized that individual plans of study developed in conjunction with a student's research interests may not require all areas listed below. If a student does not have adequate background for their area of study, they may be asked to take a prerequisite course(s).

  • Statistics
  • Accounting
  • Quantity Food Production
  • Business Law
  • Marketing
  • Food Service or Hotel Management
  • Operations Analysis
  • Economics

Information for MS Applicants

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 6 credit hours of completed graduate work may be transferred from another university and applied to a master's degree program. Such an allowance is at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee and confirmed by the student's graduate committee.

Undergraduate Excess Credit

Credits earned in dual-level courses prior to completing an undergraduate degree may be included in a graduate plan of study at the discretion of the graduate committee, if appropriate grades were achieved and if the courses were certified in excess of baccalaureate degree requirements.

Information for PhD Applicants

For people choosing an academic or a research-based career, the choice of a doctoral program is a very individualized decision. The program you choose should clearly prepare you for the type of institution, agency, or corporation you desire as a future employee.

At Purdue University's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, the goal is to prepare scholars who will be employed by world recognized research universities, policy-level government agencies worldwide, and internationally active corporations. Scholars are assisted in developing skills and perspectives that will assist them in meeting the highest standards for university tenure/promotion or agency/corporate promotion. The program recognizes the full range of skills needed for significant contribution in the complex fields of hospitality and tourism management.

Students in Purdue's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management are provided the opportunity and guidance to fully benefit from a variety of activities and support services. We encourage you to determine the program features important to you, and then to investigate the quality features offered by each school of interest.

Security of Information

The security of personal information is important to the University. Once admitted, a student has the right to request the University assign a randomized number for all student records. This will reduce the risk of U.S. Social Security numbers or international student numbers being used improperly by unauthorized persons.