Applications to the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Ph.D. program (PULSe) should be submitted through the Graduate School and will be considered by the PULSe Admissions Committee, which consists of representatives from all PULSe Training Groups. Please note that entry into PULSe is for the fall semester only.


Completed applications must be received by December 1; however, applications will be reviewed beginning in November. A number of qualified applicants living in the United States will be invited to campus to learn more about the program.

Application Must Include

  • Electronic Application
    • Next, click on Application for Admission and select Create an Account to begin applying to PULSe. Be sure to choose Life Science Interdisciplinary Program as the primary program of interest.
  • PULSe Application Supplement
    • Found within the electronic application.
  • Statement of Purpose
    • In this essay, you may wish to discuss your professional plans, any special circumstances applicable to your background, your research experience, abilities, awards, achievements, and/or scholarly publications. The statement of purpose should contain no more than 500 words.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • A letter from your research adviser is strongly recommended as the research experience is of particular importance in showcasing your strengths in the field.
  • Transcripts from every institution of higher education attended must be included with your electronic application. If personal identifying information such as a student identification number or social security number appear on the document, REMOVE THIS INFORMATION from your electronic version of your document or mark out the information in black ink before scanning your document. If you are admitted and choose to enroll, you must submit official transcripts and/or academic documents directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. There are some tips for uploading your transcripts into the Education Background section of your application.
  • Diversity statement required with electronic application. See application for details.
  • International degree-seeking applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE) scores. Additional information is provided by The Graduate School regarding TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE.
  • Select applicants will be interviewed.
  • International degree-seeking applicants are required to submit a copy of their earned degrees in both English and their native language.
  • C.V. or resumeé recommended, but not required.

Additional Information

  • Official test scores (TOEFL, and IELTS) must be sent to institution code 1631; no department code is necessary. Photocopied test scores are NOT accepted.
  • While publications are not a requirement for admission to PULSe, if you have publications, be sure to provide a full citation for each one.
  • PULSe is a Life Sciences graduate program. Thus, we expect that successful applicants have the necessary background in mathematics, biology, and chemistry including organic chemistry and ideally biochemistry. Certain Training Groups such as Biomolecular Structure and Biophysics and Integrative Neuroscience also suggest that students have a background in basic physics. Exceptions may be made, however, for students who are changing fields, for example, when moving from computer science or engineering into the life sciences. Use your personal statement to explain your reasons for wanting to do interdisciplinary life science research and provide details of your experiences.

Supplemental Materials

Materials other than the electronic application should be sent to:

Purdue University
Young Hall, Room B-40
155 South Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114


To check the status of your application visit the Graduate School admissions site and click on Application for Admission.  Please note that you will be required to provide your user pin and password.

Reminder, to receive full consideration, completed applications must be received by December 1

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

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