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Application FAQ

  1. Does the department have a separate application from the University?
    • No. The application submitted via the "Apply Yourself" on-line application system is the only application that is needed.
  2. Do I need to take the Psych subject test of the GRE?
    • No. Our Department does not require the Psych subject test. We do require the three general sections of the GRE (Verbal, Writing, and Quantitative).
  3. What is the deadline for having my file completed?
    • December 3, 2013 (for Fall 2014 enrollment)
  4. What is the deadline for taking the GRE test?
    • You must take the GRE test no later than October 15 to ensure that your scores are received by the December 3 application deadline.
  5. What is Purdue's institution code and the Psych department code for the GRE?
    • Purdue's institution code is 1631.
    • Psychological Sciences' general psychology code is 2016.
  6. How much is the application fee and where do I send it?
    • The application fee is $60.00 for domestic applicants and $75 for international applicants and should be submitted on-line with the application
  7. Can I get the application fee waived?
    • Application fee waivers are only considered for applicants applying through a specific recruitment program that specifies a waiver of the application fee.
  8. What should I select for the "Enrollment Objective" on the on-line application?
    • Since we do not offer a terminal Master's program you will choose "Doctoral Degree" as your enrollment objective status.
  9. Do I need to apply to be considered for one of the fellowships offered through the Graduate School?
    • If you would like to be considered for the Purdue Doctoral Fellowship, please complete the Fellowship Essay located in the on-line application. You must have graduated from a U.S. high school to be considered for this fellowship. Aside from the Purdue Doctoral Fellowship, no essay or other additional documentation is needed to be considered for any remaining Purdue Fellowships. If admitted, you will automatically be considered for any other Purdue fellowships for which you qualify.
  10. Is there a minimum GRE score requirement?
    • No.
  11. How do my recommenders access the on-line recommendation form?
    • Once you complete the recommendation section of your application, your recommenders will automatically be sent an E-mail notice asking for their recommendation, and directing them to the on-line recommendation form.
  12. Do I need to indicate the name(s) of the Professor(s) with whom I would like to work on my application?
    • YES, it is very important that you identify the professor(s) with whom you would like to work. You may list more than one professor, but it is important to list at least one. Since applicants are admitted to work with a specific faculty member as major professor, applications that do not specify one or more professors may not receive full consideration.
  13. Must I wait until I submit my on-line application before having my transcripts and GRE scores sent?
    • No. Please have your transcripts and GRE scores sent to the department as soon as possible. Once your application is received the department will combine the items.
  14. Do I need to apply for assistantship funding?
    • No. If admitted, you will automatically be considered for assistantship funding which will be offered simultaneously with your offer of admission.
  15. Where are my transcripts to be sent, and how many copies are needed?
    • One official/original transcript from ALL Colleges and Universities attended are to be sent to the Department of Psychological Sciences at:

      Department of Psychological Sciences
      Graduate Office
      701 Third Street
      West Lafayette, IN 47907-2004