The Graduate School Advance to a Higher Degree

American Studies

Supported Degree Objectives


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master's Degree
  • Non Degree

Required Supporting Documents


  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation Letters
    • The program prefers applicants to solicit recommendation letters from individuals who can comment on the applicant's academic training and potential.
  • Statement of Purpose
    • The statement of purpose (usually one to three pages) should describe your interest in studying American Studies at Purdue. Because interdisciplinary is central to our program's research, teaching, and scholarship, please discuss how interdisciplinary shapes or influences your previous, current, and proposed work. Please indicate the areas of interest that connect to your proposed graduate work, the faculty in the program that you envision supporting this work, and how this line of research connects to your professional plans and career goals.
  • Writing Sample
    • An academic paper written in English, consisting of at least 2,500 words
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • English Proficiency (Non-native English speaking international applicants: choose a test below)
    • TOEFL: Internet-Based Test (IBT): Minimum Overall Required Score: 80
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 19
        • Listening: 14
        • Speaking: 18
        • Writing: 18
    • TOEFL: Paper-Delivered Test: Minimum Overall Required Score: No minimum
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 19
        • Listening: 14
        • Writing: 18
    • IELTS (Academic Module): Minimum Overall Required Score: 6.5
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 6.5
        • Listening: 6.0
        • Speaking: 6.0
        • Writing: 5.5

Master's Degree Program Requirements


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)

Doctoral Degree Program Requirements


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)
  • Master's Degree Completion

Application Deadlines


  • Fall Spring Summer
    January 1 No Entry No Entry

Program Contact Information


  • Name Brandi Plantenga
    Phone 765-496-9629
    Email bplante@purdue.edu
    Web Program Website
    Address American Studies Program
    Purdue University
    100 North University Street
    West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
    USA

Additional Information


  • Current master's students wishing to move to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will not be required to submit a new application.

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