Admissions Models

The following are the main Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) organizational models for admissions.

Admit and Confer Degree

The first model admits students to a specific program and confers the degree much like a department, but is not structured like a department. These programs are housed in the College of Liberal Arts. The three programs that participate in this model are American StudiesComparative Literature, and Linguistics 

Admitted to Program and Graduate from Associated Department

The second model are concentrations that admit students to the program directly, but the students eventually graduate from the associated graduate department of the major professor. Degrees at Purdue are awarded only by programs which are approved by the Indiana Commission on Higher Education, which does not include these concentrations.  Programs which admit students directly, but then have students graduate from the associated graduate department include:

Administered as Concentration

The third model may review and recommend admission, but students must be already admitted by a department. 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 concentrations include:


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.