IGP Admissions Models

The following are the main interdisciplinary organizational models.

Admit and Confer Degree

The first model admits students to specific programs and confers degrees much like a department, but has no departmental structure. These programs are housed in the College of Liberal Arts. The three programs that participate in this model are American StudiesComparative Literature, and Linguistics. The Admit and Confer Degree model admits students and confers degrees much like a department but has no departmental structure. 

Admit and Graduate From Department

The second model admits students to the program directly, but the students eventually graduate from the department of the major professor. Degrees at Purdue are awarded only by programs which are approved by the Indiana Commission on Higher Education.  These include:

Administered as Concentration

The third model may review and recommend admission, but students must be admitted by a department first. Students have a concentration added to their transcript upon completing the requirements set by the program. They may or may not be required to complete the requirements of their home department in addition to the IGP requirements.  These include:

Admit to Independent Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Applications to the Independent Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (I-IGP) should be submitted through the Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs and will be considered by the I-IGP Admissions Committee under the direction of the Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School. Students must be admitted by a department before consideration by the I-IGP Admissions Committee.

Gerontology Program Dual Title

The Gerontology Program has a “dual title degree” program in which students complete requirements for one program and additional requirements for the Gerontology Program. Both programs appear on the transcript. 


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