Consumer Science

Supported Degree Objectives

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Science (MS)

Required Supporting Documents

  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation Letters
    • Three letters: One must be a professional affiliation and two must be academic affiliation. Must be on official letterhead.
  • Statement of Purpose
    • PhD applicants should be clear about the research they want to undertake and professor(s) they would be interested in receiving mentorship from.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT (Optional. Strongly encouraged for departmental assistantship consideration)
  • Diversity Essay
  • Resume

English Proficiency Requirements

Master's Degree Program Requirements

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)
  • 6 months to 1 year work experience

Doctoral Degree Program Requirements

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)
  • Master's degree required
  • Minimum of 1 year work experience, instructor/trainer roles preferred

Application Deadlines

  • Program Fall Spring Summer
    Doctorate January 15 No Entry No Entry
    Masters March 5 September 20 No Entry

Program Contact Information

  • Department Consumer Science
    Name Dr. Jonathon Day, Director
    Phone 765-496-2084
    Web Program Website
    Address Consumer Science
    Purdue University
    900 Mitch Daniels Blvd.
    MRRT Hall, Room 206D
    West Lafayette, IN 47907

Additional Information

  • Early application is encouraged. Program capacity is limited and it is recommended that students apply early to maximize opportunity for program consideration.
  • PhD Applications: While it’s not required to secure admissions, you should make contact with appropriate faculty members well in advance of submitting an application. This enables you to better understand the emphasis of our programs, expectations of particular faculty, whether a faculty member is taking on new students, and what you would be spending your time doing if admitted. This also enables you to specify your preferred faculty advisor(s) and write an appropriately targeted personal statement in your application. Applications that are not tailored in this way are generally not successful. Please click here for a listing of the graduate faculty advisors in each of our Research Areas.
  • English Proficiency is the Grad School's minimums, but applicants looking for assistantships are encourage to take one of the proficiency tests and score higher than the minimum.
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