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Graduate Admissions

Application Procedure

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 Hospitality and Tourism Management. 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.

Purdue Graduate School

  • Online application (Slate)
  • $60 application fee for Domestic Students OR $75 application fee for International Students

Supporting Documents Required

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
  •  A four year Bachelor's Degree is required, but welcome applications from Bologna Bachelor's Degree Recipients. Prospective Ph.D. students shall need a transcript that shows a Master's Degree completion. GPA 3.0 or equivalent is required.

    Beginning with Spring 2016 entry, you must upload to the online application transcript(s) and/or academic document(s) for every institution of higher education you attended. If a transcript is not in English, you must upload an English translation certified by the college or university which issued it.

    The uploaded transcript and/or academic document must be from the official version of the document. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial. 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. Official documents should be submitted to:

    Office of Graduate Admissions
    Purdue University Graduate School
    155 South Grant Street, YONG 170
    West Lafayette, IN 47907


  • GRE Test OR GMAT Test
  • 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.

    GRE minimum requirements: 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). Purdue University West Lafayette's code for the GRE application is 1631. For information and test dates visit www.gre.org.

    Purdue Undergraduate GRE Fee Waiver Request Information

    GMAT minimum requirements: A total score of 550 (verbal and quantitative sections). HTM's code for the GMAT application is 1RZ-NJ-46. For more information visit www.mba.com.

    Helpful Hint: Make sure your name on the application and on the test match exactly for it to easily transfer from the database to your applciation.


  • English Proficiency (requirement for International Students)
  • International degree-seeking applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic scores for Purdue University Graduate School admission.

    The Graduate School accepts valid TOEFL scores earned through the paper-based test and Internet-based test. The minimum paper-based test score required for admission is 550. The minimum Internet-based test scores required for admission are the following:

    • Writing 18
    • Speaking 18
    • Listening 14
    • Reading 19
    • Total 77

    Purdue University West Lafayette's code for the TOEFL application is 1631. Only official TOEFL scores received directly from Educational Testing Service are acceptable. For further information, visit www.toefl.org.

    The Graduate School also accepts valid* International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. An overall band score of 6.5 is required for admission. For more information, visit www.ielts.org.

    The Graduate School also accepts valid* the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic scores. An overall score of 58 is required for admission. For more information, visit http://www.pearsonpte.com.

    To be valid for admission, English proficiency test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE) must be no more than two years old at the time the recommendation for admission is received at the Graduate School.

    Exceptions for English Proficiency testing:

    The Graduate School will routinely waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE for applicants who have received a baccalaureate degree or graduate or professional degree, within the last 24 months, from a school where English is the primary language of instruction in a country/location where English is the native language. Some graduate programs may still require a test of English proficiency for admission; please confirm with your department whether they will also grant this waiver.

    Helpful Hint: Purdue University requires that any graduate student whose first language is not English should demonstrate adequate oral English proficiency before being assigned duties involving the direct instruction of undergraduate students.

    Test Scores needed to meet the requirements for a Teaching Assistantship are:

    • TOEFL – Speaking 27
    • IELTS – Speaking 8
    • PTE – Speaking 76

    For those graduate students whose first language is not English but did not have to take an English proficiency test, had it waived, or took the test and did not meet these requirements and are offered a TA position upon enrollment with HTM must register to take Purdue’s Oral English Proficiency Test (OEPT).


  • Recommendation letters 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.

    Please email Ayrielle Davis-Espinosa, Graduate Secretary, about where to send mail-ins.

    E-mail: aespinosa@purdue.edu


  • Statement of Purpose
  • 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


  • Cover Letter & Current Resume.

    HTM Application Committee are looking for one year work experience in a related area or two completed internships (internships must total anywhere between 4-6 months).

    Preference will be given to HTM or related work experience applicants that meet the requirements. Assistantships that HTM offers are typically determined based on past work experiences and career goals outlined in these documents.


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

Application Deadlines

Degree Planned Program Start Application Materials Due
August - Fall 2016 March 5, 2016
January - Spring 2017 September 20, 2016
Doctoral August - Fall 2017 November 30, 2016

HTM Graduate program does not have a non-degree track. If this track is what you are insterested in then please email gradinfo@purdue.edu to see how you can apply.

HTM Graduate program does not accept applications during the Summer terms.

Choosing the wrong degree or term on your online application may result in a denial response from the Graduate School and the application fee that cannot be reimbursed.

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) as a condition of their acceptance into the program.

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

Additional 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.

Additional 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.