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Applications & Admissions

All applicants to our Ph.D. program must apply on-line by filling out the Graduate School application forms at http://www.gradschool.purdue.edu/admissions. There are no additional forms for financial support. There is a $60 application fee for domestic applicants and a $75 application fee for international applicants.

Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Graduate School, you should have:

(1) a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;

(2) a strong scholastic record;

(3) high scores on the Aptitude Test Sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);

(4) an overall score of 77 or higher on the Internet-based version, (TOEFL iBT), plus Written:18, Listening: 14, Speaking: 18 and reading: 19 or an IELTS score of 7.0 or higher. {non-native English speakers only}.

NOTE: The Graduate School will routinely waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement 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.

Students enter the graduate program in the Fall semester only. To be given consideration for Fall 2017 admission and financial aid, the completed application (i.e., the application, letters of recommendation, transcripts, scores, statement) must be received no later than December 1, 2016.

Supplemental Instructions for Completing Graduate School On-Line Application

The application should note the following:

'DEPARTMENT,' This question asks applicants to indicate the specific subject area in which they wish to major within the Department of Psychological Sciences. The indicated program of interest is extremely important because faculty associated with the graduate program area will make all recommendations regarding student admission and graduate appointments.

In general, faculty from other areas will not see your application except in unusual circumstances. To assist students in making this determination, we provide a description of the fields of psychology in which the department offers graduate programs.

'Degree or Enrollment Objective,' Applicants should indicate their ultimate degree objective by marking "Doctoral."

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required and MUST be submitted via the on-line application program. Two of the letters should come from persons qualified to evaluate the student's scholarly potential. If possible, the third should be submitted by someone qualified to describe and evaluate the student's work experience. Once you complete the recommendation portion of the application, your recommenders will automatically be sent an E-mail request for the letter of recommendation which will direct them to the recommendation form template.

Transcripts (for the application)

You must upload to the online application transcript(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. For tips about uploading your transcripts into the online application click here.

All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial.

Official Transcripts (if you are admitted and choose to enroll)

You will need to provide official hard-copy or electronic transcripts from all insitutions attended if you are admitted and choose to enroll. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution.

Transcripts and/or English translations must be mailed directly from a Registrar’s office to the Office of Graduate Admissions. (You can choose to send the transcripts yourself, but the transcripts must be in an envelope sealed by the Registrar).

The Office of Graduate Admissions also accepts electronic transcripts from accredited U.S. colleges and universities sent via eSCRIP-SAFE, Docufide, Parchment Exchange or directly from the accredited U.S. college and university. Under a new pilot program, effective August 1, 2014, the Office of Graduate Admissions will also accept electronic transcripts from colleges and universities in India via TrueCopy Credentials or Parchment Exchange. The transcript must be sent to gradadm@purdue.edu. The Office of Graduate Admission does not accept electronic transcripts from international colleges or universities except for those noted in the pilot program above. Transcripts will not be returned.


When the applicant's file is complete, it will be reviewed by the faculty of the appropriate area. If a fellowship is involved, the applicant is notified by March 15. Final action on all applications is completed by April 1.