ESE Admissions

Who Should Apply?

The ESE Program accepts students from a variety of undergraduate majors and Masters programs, including the natural sciences and engineering and from the humanities and social sciences.

At a minimum, you can join our prospective student list by completing the request for information form with the graduate school click here and under "program of interest" choose "Ecological Sciences & Engineering - Interdisciplinary"

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How to Apply

Applications for the ESE Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (ESE-IGP) should be submitted electronically through the Graduate School prior to December 15 for Fall semester admission. Each application will be considered by the Admissions Committee, which consists of representatives from all ESE participating departments. Applications received after December 15 may not receive the same attention or timely evaluation, and may miss funding opportunities. Typically applicants are not considered for mid-year admission (Spring semester); however, rare exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis.

Electronic Application

After clicking on the Electronic Application link above, click on Apply Now. Then, create an account to begin applying to Interdisciplinary Ecological Sciences & Engineering. Be sure to choose Interdisciplinary Ecological Sciences and Engineering as the primary program of interest and then choose your degree option.

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Statement of Purpose

Please indicate if you are pursuing a masters non-thesis, masters thesis, or PhD degree.

In this 300-500 word essay, you may wish to discuss your professional plans, any special circumstances applicable to your background, your research experience, abilities, awards, achievements, and/or scholarly publications. Also, please be sure to specify the areas of ecology, environmental science or engineering, and the type of project that interest you.

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Diversity Essay

You are strongly encouraged to submit a diversity essay to be considered for certain fellowships (Knox and Carver). Anyone that has graduated from a U.S. High School is eligible for consideration for these diversity fellowships. Diversity is much more than ethnicity or gender, and includes background, experiences, and other unique aspects.

All documents are to be submitted electronically in your Application.

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Other Required Documents - Please submit/upload the following:

Please submit/upload the following:

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. Please upload these electronically to your application.
  • Transcripts: All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial. 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. An unofficial transcript printed from your current/previous institution(s) student system is not an acceptable document.  For tips about uploading your transcripts into the online application click here
  • GRE General Test results; sent to Purdue institution code 1631
  • International degree-seeking applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. Official test scores (GRE, TOEFL, and IELTS) must be sent to institution code 1631; no department code is necessary. Photocopied test scores are NOT accepted. For more information on TOEFL and IELTS, click here.
  • C.V. or resume recommended, but not required.

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Additional Instructions:

    • Transcripts: You will need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records at the request of the graduate program or 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. Please do not mail a copy unless requested to do so by the ESE-IGP Grad Office.
    • GRE: Must be supplied through ETS website. Please do not mail a copy unless requested to do so by the ESE-IGP Grad Office.
    • TOEFL: Must be supplied through ETS website. Please do not mail a copy unless requested to do so by the ESE-IGP Grad Office.
    • Recommendation Letters: Please request these be supplied through the electronic application website prior to December 15. If your recommenders cannot submit electronically then please have them emailed to the ESE-IGP Grad Office.
    • Resume: If you choose to provide a resume, please supply this through the electronic application website. 
    • If you wish to be considered for research or teaching assistantship or university fellowships you should apply by December 15.
    • International applicants must upload to their application a completion of degree certificate for each BS and MS received electronically. 
  • Communications: We strive to keep the program's carbon footprint low by nearly eliminating printed materials and postage mailings. With this in mind, we communicate via email and phone, and through the information on our web site.

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