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FAQ

Available Programs

 

Financial Information and Funding

 

Testing Requirements

 

Admission

 

How to Apply

Letters of Recommendation

International Students

 

Registration

 

Life at Purdue

Available Programs

What graduate programs are available?

Purdue offers over 70 departmental and interdisciplinary graduate programs for you to choose from, including degree, non degree, and certificate programs. Each program offers research or study areas, which provide a total of over 600 options. A list of programs may be found on the Degree and Academic Programs Web page.

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Financial Information and Funding

Is financial support available?

Yes. Approximately 70% of Purdue's graduate students receive funding by or through the University. Most financial support is in the form of graduate teaching or graduate research assistantships and fellowships.

What is an assistantship?

Graduate assistantships typically involve approximately 20 hours of work per week for a professor. In return, you receive remission of most fees and a monthly stipend (i.e., salary). If you work all year on a 12 month appointment, you also receive paid time off. Medical insurance is also offered, if you hold an assistantship of at least half-time (i.e., 20 hours per week).

Assistantships are generally awarded by your program of interest or a specific professor. However, you may also be able to secure an assistantship outside of your academic department.

What is a fellowship?

Fellowships are different than  undergraduate scholarships because provide a living stipend that is intended to support the graduate student. Competitions for fellowships are conducted by the University, national foundations, and companies to provide support for either new or graduating masters and PhD students. Most fellowships require that the awardee conducts research under the mentorship of a faculty member and fulfils their program requirements. . Fellowship award amounts and coverage of tuition, fees, insurance, and stipend vary depending on the award stipulations.

Prospective graduate students should check with their academic department or program and the Graduate School’s list of outside fellowships (https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/funding/types-of-funding/fellowships/Outside-Fellowships.html) for a list of current fellowship opportunities.. Purdue offers internal fellowships to prospective graduate students with consideration given based off of the student’s application to their graduate program. For more information, visit the Graduate School's Funding Web page and your program of interest's Web page.

Is tuition covered by an assistantship or fellowship?

Assistantship benefits generally include fee remission, although there is a small graduate staff fee. Fellowships may or may not include tuition scholarships. Awardees should check with the Fellowship Office (https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/funding/contact.html) if they have questions regarding the tuition coverage of their fellowship.

How do I apply for an assistantship or fellowship?

Teaching and research assistantships are generally offered by your program of interest. Some programs may require a separate application, while others consider you when you complete the application for admission. To be considered for assistantships offered by the academic program to which you are applying for admission, visit that program's Web page or contact the program to determine the appropriate application process.

Typically, when you apply for admission, a program will consider you for available fellowships; however, some fellowships may require the completion of an application in addition to the application for admission. To be considered for fellowships offered by the Graduate School, you must be admitted to Purdue. The Funding Web page provides information regarding specific Graduate School fellowships.

I am an out-of-state student. How much is out-of-state tuition?

Because the majority of Purdue's graduate students receive funding, such as a fellowship scholarship or an assistantship waiver, most students do not have to pay out-of-state tuition. Estimate your tuition using the Bursar's Office Tuition Calculator.

How do I qualify for in-state tuition?

Please consult the Office of the Registrar's Web site for information on qualifying for in-state tuition.

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Testing Requirements

What is the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) required for admission?

Each academic department sets its own admission requirements; therefore, some departments have a minimum GPA requirement and others do not. The Graduate School requires all students to possess a minimum of a 3.0/4.0 GPA (A=4.0) in order to be admitted without conditions. To determine if your program of interest has a GPA requirement above the Graduate School's minimum requirement, visit the Graduate Program Requirements Web page.

Is the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), GRE Subject Matter Test, or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) required?

Some departments require testing. A complete list of admission requirements for your program of interest is on the Graduate Program Requirements Web page.

What is the minimum GRE or GMAT score that is required for admission?

The Graduate School does not have a minimum requirement for the GRE or GMAT. The selection process considers all components of the application package, including application information, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, academic record (i.e., transcripts, diploma), test scores, resume/curriculum vitae (CV), and other information a graduate program requires.

Is an English proficiency examination required?

International 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 for Purdue University Graduate School admission. For minimum score requirements, please visit the Graduate Program Requirements Web page.

Are TOEFL or IELTS scores that are more than two years old accepted by Purdue for Graduate Admission?

TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for only two years (at the time the recommendation for admission is received at the Graduate School).

Will you accept photocopies of TOEFL or IELTS scores?

We do not accept photocopies of TOEFL or IELTS score reports.

I am an international student currently studying in the United States. Do I still have to take an English proficiency examination?

The Graduate School routinely waives the English proficiency examination for applicants who have received a baccalaureate, graduate, or professional degree from a U.S. institution within the past 24 months (at the time the recommendation for admission is received at the Graduate School.) Applicants who qualify for a waiver of the English proficiency examination should bring this to the attention of the program to which they are applying.  Some programs may still require you to submit proof of English proficiency.

If I received a degree within the past 24 months from a school where English is the primary language of instruction, do I need to submit proof of English proficiency? 

If the instruction is in one of the recognized countries, then the Graduate School will routinely waive the English proficiency.  Note: If you have not done so already, request that ETS send your scores electronically to the Graduate School using the appropriate code for the campus to which you are applying.

Are students from Puerto Rico required to take the TOEFL?

No.  Citizens of Puerto Rico are U.S. Citizens and do not need to provide proof of English proficiency.

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Admission

What is the application deadline?

Each graduate program determines its application deadline, so deadlines vary. Please refer to the Graduate Program Requirements Web page to determine the deadline for your program of interest.

In general, it is suggested that you apply early in your senior year of college. Applying early has its advantages: more funding opportunities are typically available and more spaces may be available for admission, particularly in competitive programs.

Do you accept applications for spring or summer admission?

Some programs accept applications for spring or summer admission. Please refer to the Graduate Program Requirements Web page to determine if your program of interest accepts applications for the spring or summer term.

Are three-year degrees acceptable?

The Graduate School welcomes applications from Bologna bachelor's degree recipients. Bologna bachelor's degrees are conferred in European countries listed on the following website.

What is the selectivity (i.e., the percentage of applicants that are admitted) for a certain program, college, or school?

This figure varies from year to year and by program. Typically, the selectivity across all programs is approximately 30%.

How competitive am I for admission?

It is difficult to predict how likely you are to be admitted to Purdue's West Lafayette campus. Many factors impact admission decisions, such as the qualifications of other applicants, the number of new students that can be accommodated, and the number of professors that share your research and scholarly interests. All components of the application package, including the application, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, academic record (i.e., transcripts), test scores, resume/curriculum vitae (CV), and other items required by the graduate program are considered.

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How to Apply

How do I apply?

All applicants, except those applying to Purdue graduate programs at the Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus, must complete the Graduate School's online application Graduate School's online application and pay the non-refundable application fee of $60 (U.S. dollars) for domestic applicants and $75 (U.S. dollars) for international applicants. Detailed instructions and requirements are available on the application and on the Graduate Program Requirements Web page. Please apply directly to IUPUI if you are interested in Purdue graduate programs at the Indianapolis campus.

Can I apply to two or more graduate programs separately?

Yes. If you are interested in applying to two or more graduate programs separately, you will be required to create a new application and pay an application fee for each application submitted. If you apply to graduate programs separately, you will have the opportunity to customize your supporting documentation (for example, statement of purpose, recommendations, resume, and fellowship essay) for each program.

I am a non degree applicant. Am I required to upload a Statement of Purpose and list recommendation providers during the application process??

No. If you are a non degree applicant, you are not required to upload a Statement of Purpose or provide names of recommendation providers. Some programs do like to read your statement of purpose to get to know you better, so this is an optional part of the application. You will not be assessed an application fee if you are applying as a non degree student. (Graduate Certificate applicants are assessed an application fee.)

How do I pay my application fee?

After submitting your application, you will be directed to an application payment portal. Either click the link for payment by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) or follow the link for payment through Western Union.

Your application will not be processed until your nonrefundable application fee has been paid. Our application fee is $60 (U.S. dollars) for domestic applicants and $75 (U.S. dollars) for international applicants.

Why must I authorize the Graduate School, at the end of the electronic application, to share my educational records with World Education Services?

In rare instances, the Graduate School consults with World Education Services to understand or verify your transcripts, diplomas, or other application materials.  The Graduate School pays for this evaluation.  To learn more about World Education Services, see http://www.wes.org/.

Do I need to send documents supporting my application?

If you are a degree-seeking applicant, the Graduate School's online application will require you to upload a statement of purpose, resume/CV (if required by the graduate program), and the names of your recommendation providers. You will also need to upload a transcript from every institution of higher education which you have attended. Official transcripts will need to be provided if you are admitted and choose to enroll at Purdue. Please read more about transcripts.  An unofficial transcript printed from your current/previous institution(s) student system is not an acceptable document.

Can my official transcripts be returned?

If you are admitted and choose to enroll at Purdue University, you will need to submit official transcripts before you can register for your second session. Once you submit official transcripts to Purdue University, they become property of the University and will not be returned. We recognize, in very rare instances, that students may have access to only one transcript (or an extremely limited number of transcripts) or other academic credentials. In this instance, you may submit a written request (at the time you submit your transcripts) to preserve your original documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions. 

Can I update my statement of purpose after it is submitted?

Once you have submitted your application, you do not have the ability to return to your application to upload a new statement of purpose. If you are interested in submitting a new statement, please contact the graduate program to which you are applying.

Can I update my online application after it is submitted?

You may submit your application only once. You will not be able to make changes to your application information using the online application system after submission. However, you will be able to upload additional transcripts or documents requested from your graduate program through your application status portal under Upload Materials as a Miscellaneous Supporting Document.

I have already applied for admission. Now what do I do?

If a completed application has been submitted (i.e., you have completed and submitted the Graduate School's application, uploaded transcripts, paid the application fee, and submitted letters of recommendation, test scores, and any other items required by the program), no additional action is required. Your application status is available through the Graduate School's online application system

How do I check the status of my submitted application?

You may check the status of your submitted application by visiting the Graduate School's online application system. The graduate program to which you applied updates your application status. If you have additional questions regarding your application status, please contact your program of interest.

Has the graduate program to which I applied received documents supporting my application?

The graduate program to which you applied should receive all of your supporting documentation for your Graduate School application. If you have questions, please contact the graduate program for information about your supporting documents. For a detailed list of graduate program requirements and contact information, please visit the Graduate Program Requirements Web pages.

Has the graduate program to which I applied received my GRE or TOEFL scores?

You may be able to check receipt of supporting materials, such as test scores, through the Graduate School's online application system.  Otherwise, the graduate program to which you applied can verify the receipt of test scores. Please contact the graduate program to verify the receipt of your test scores. For a detailed list of graduate program requirements and contact information, please visit the Graduate Program Requirements Web pages.

How do I accept or decline my offer of admission?

Please refer to instructions found on the Accepting Admission website

Can I apply and delay my enrollment, if I decide to begin my studies later?

You can defer your start date for up to one year. If you want to enroll more than one year later, you must reapply and pay another application fee.

Who should I contact for information about the application process?

For detailed application instructions and graduate program requirements please visit the Graduate Program Requirements Web page. If you have questions regarding your specific graduate program, please contact your program of interest.

Do I need to submit a Diversity Essay with my application?

Many graduate programs use the diversity essay as one criterion when determining recommendations for fellowships/funding. The diversity essay should be 500 words or less responding to the following statement:

Describe your leadership, work experience, service experience, or other significant involvement with racial, ethnic, socio-economic, or educational communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education, and how these experiences would promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence.

The Purdue University Doctoral Fellowship, David M. Knox Fellowship, or George Washington Carver Fellowship, requires the submission of the diversity essay. Potential recipients of these fellowships are students who have received a degree from an accredited U.S. high school (include name of U.S. High School, City, State, and Zip code in your essay) and demonstrate superior academic achievements and abilities.

If you have additional questions about the submission of a diversity essay, please contact the graduate program to which you are applying.

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Letters of Recommendation

Can I add or remove recommendation providers before my application is submitted?

If a recommendation provider has not yet submitted the recommendation, you have the ability to return to your application and edit your recommendation provider list.  To edit your recommendation provider list, click on the recommendations page link on the left menu of your application.  You can add a new recommendation provider, however if you need to exclude a recommendation provider please contact gradinfo@purdue.edu.

Can I add or remove recommendation providers after my application is submitted?

If a recommendation provider has not yet submitted the recommendation, you have the ability to return to your application status portal and edit your recommendation provider list.  To edit your recommendation provider list, click on the recommendations page link on your application status portal.  You can add a new recommendation provider, however if you need to exclude a recommendation provider please contact gradinfo@purdue.edu.

Should I waive my right to examine my letters of recommendation?

If you waive your right to examine your recommendation, you forfeit your right to request a copy of your recommendation letter.  If you do not waive your right, you have the ability to request a copy of your recommendation letter.  Some recommendation providers may be reluctant to submit a recommendation on your behalf if you do not waive your right to view the letter.

Can I change my response to waive my right to examine my letters of recommendation?

No, you do not have the ability to edit your waiver response.  However, if your recommendation provider has not yet submitted the recommendation, you have the ability to return to your application status portal and add a new recommendation with the correct response.  To edit your recommendation provider list, click on the recommendations page link on your application status portal.  To exclude a recommendation provider with the incorrect waiver response, please contact gradinfo@purdue.edu.

How do I resend a request for a letter of recommendation to my recommendation provider?

The email notification to your recommendation provider is sent immediately after you enter his/her name into the application

If you are interested in re-sending an email notification to your online recommendation provider, you can return to your application status page by logging into https://gradapply.purdue.edu/apply/. Under your application checklist, click the link to re-visit the Recommendations Page. Click "Edit", and then click "Send Reminder".

Your recommendation provider may have filters set on his/her email account that may not allow the email to come through correctly. If you believe this is the case, your provider can email our Technical Support team at gradinfo@purdue.edu.

Can I update the email address for my recommendation provider?

If your recommendations are not yet submitted, you have the ability to return to your application status portal and edit your recommendation provider list.  To edit your recommendation provider list, click on the recommendations page link on your application status portal.  You will need to add a new recommendation provider with the correct email address.  To exclude the recommendation with the incorrect email address, please contact gradinfo@purdue.edu.

Do my letters of recommendations need to be submitted prior to the application deadline?

Application requirements vary by graduate program.  You will need to follow-up directly with the graduate program to which you are applying to determine the acceptable timing of submission of your recommendations.   A complete list of graduate contacts can be found at https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/prospective/gradrequirements/index.cfm

Can my recommendation provider submit a hard-copy letter of recommendation?

The online application only accepts online recommendations.  You will need to follow-up directly with the graduate program to which you are applying to determine the acceptable method of submission of your recommendations.  If paper recommendations are accepted, please send the following recommendation form (PDF) to your recommendation provider.

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International Students

Am I considered an international student?

If you are not a permanent resident or citizen of the United States, you are classified as an international student.

Is financial support available to international students?

Although specific fellowship, assistantship, and other award eligibility may vary, funding is generally available for both domestic and international students. More than 70% of Purdue's full-time international graduate students receive some funding by or through the University.

How much is the international student fee?

International students pay a $80 fee each semester to help fund the unique services the University offers to international students, such as immigration regulation advising, cultural/educational programming, SEVIS reporting (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System), and compliance with the United States' government.

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Registration

How can I take graduate-level courses at Purdue, without enrolling in a degree program?

You can apply as a non degree graduate student.

How do I get an advisor?

You will be assigned an advisor upon admission to the Graduate School.

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Life at Purdue

What housing is available for graduate students?

There are a variety of affordable housing options available both on campus and off-campus. Visit our Graduate Student Housing Web page for more information.

How do I schedule a campus visit?

Contact your program of interest to inquire about visitation opportunities. If you are unable to attend a formal visitation event, the program may schedule an individual visit for you.

Where is Purdue located?

Purdue University's first and largest campus is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. West Lafayette and its neighboring city, Lafayette, are often referred to as Greater Lafayette. Both cities boast a competitive cost of living that is below the national average, giving graduate students more purchasing power. For more information on Greater Lafayette, visit the Community Information Web page.

What is the climate like?

Indiana enjoys four distinct seasons each year: winter, spring, summer, and fall. January is typically the coldest month of the year with normal daily maximum temperatures ranging from 31 to 38F. July is the warmest month with daily maximums averaging 80 to 83F. Average annual precipitation ranges from 37-47 inches. For more Indiana climate information, visit the National Climate Data Center.

You can also learn more about the current weather in West Lafayette or visit the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

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