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Human Development and Family Studies

Thank you for your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in Human Development and Family Studies.  It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application or mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying, as directed below. Click the links below for details. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the requirements sections of this page:

Application Deadlines:  Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below.


Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen January 4 Non Degree Only Open - Non Degree Only
International January 4 October 15 - Non Degree Only Open - Non Degree Only


Contact Information Mailing Address
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Name: Graduate Program Secretary
Phone: (765) 496-3816
Graduate Admissions
Hanley Hall, Room 238
Purdue University
1202 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2055


Students admitted to the graduate program are required to have completed an undergraduate or graduate statistics course and research methods course or the equivalent.  Applicants who do not meet this prerequisite but who are otherwise qualified for admission are required to complete remediation courses during their first year of study. The remedial course(s) may count toward degree requirement.  International students participate in a telephone interview.

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.

Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements

Students who enter our doctoral program with a master's degree from another university must submit evidence of having completed an empirical thesis. Students with a B.A. or B.S. degree and students who did not complete an empirical thesis as part of their master’s thesis degree program must complete an independent research project during the first two years.

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
  • Deadline for Applications:
    Fall Entry: PhD and Non-degree students. The deadline for all students is December 15. 
    Spring Entry: Non-degree students only.  The deadline for international students is October 15.
    Summer Entry: Non-degree students only. Open deadline.

Additional International Applicant Requirements: 

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
    3.0 or equivalent required 
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 600
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 100
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 22 
    Listening: 22 
    Speaking: 22 
    Writing: 22
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers:
     Minimum score of 4.0
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted

Effective for those seeking Spring 2019 admission and beyond:

Minimum Paper-Delivered Test - no overall score reported
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 19
Listening: 14
Writing: 18

IELTS (Academic Module):
Minimum overall score required: 6.5
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 6.5
Listening: 6.0
Speaking: 6.0
Writing: 5.5

Pearson Test of English (PTE):
No longer accepted

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.

Ernest C. Young Hall, Room 170 | 155  S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114 | 765-494-2600

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