Graduate Admissions

Application Procedure for Residential Programs

Thank you for your interest in our top-ranked graduate programs. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, please familiarize yourself with the minimum requirements for admission to the graduate residential programs in Purdue's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. 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.

The information on this page contains content on what is needed for the residential programs. If your goal is to apply to our online master's please click here to be redirected and find contact information to an application coach that can guide you through the online master's application procedure on required documentation.

Purdue Graduate School

  • Electronic application (Slate)
  • $60 application fee for Domestic Students OR $75 application fee for International Students

Supporting Documents Required

Supporting Documents: These are documents that are required to support a successful application. Supporting documents should be uploaded to the electronic application or mailed directly to the graduate program. See the sections below for details. Supporting documents include the following unless specific instructions are noted in the requirements sections of this page:

You must upload to the online application transcript(s) and/or academic document(s) for every institution of higher education you attended regardless of whether or not a degree was received.

If a degree was received then it must be printed on the transcripts.  If no degree conferral is printed on the transcripts then a copy of the original diploma (degree certificate) is needed. If the documents are not in English, you must upload an English translation certified by the college or university which issued it. The uploaded transcript and/or academic document must be from the official version of the document. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. An unofficial transcript printed from your current/previous institution(s) student system is not an acceptable document. We do not accept WES evaluations of transcripts. For tips about uploading your transcripts into the online application click here.

GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent is required. Prospective Ph.D. students shall need a transcript that shows a Master's Degree completion.

You must provide official transcripts and/or academic records at the request of the graduate program or if you are admitted and choose to enroll. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. Official documents should be submitted to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Purdue University Graduate School
155 South Grant Street, YONG 170
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Transcripts and/or English translations must be mailed directly from a Registrar’s office to the Office of Graduate Admissions. (You can choose to send the transcripts yourself, but the transcripts must be in an envelope sealed by the Registrar).


Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) OR GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) report of scores taken within the last 5 years. Applicants may submit results from either the GRE or GMAT, but most students use the GRE. HTM does not permit GRE or GMAT waivers but we do put into consideration an applicant's past academic and professional experience when reviewing GRE or GMAT scores. 

GRE (minimum)  | verbal and quantitative score of 290 or higher (each: minimum of 145) | code 1631. For information and test dates visit

GMAT (minimum) | total score of 550 (verbal and quantitative sections) | code 1RZ-NJ-46. For more information visit

Low income Purdue students that filed a FAFSA for the current academic year and plan to take the GRE can apply for a certificate that will waive half the exam fee. Only one certificate may be issued to each eligible student. 

Purdue Undergraduate GRE Fee Waiver Request Information


International applicants whose native language is not English are required to provide proof of English proficiency for admission to all degree graduate programs.

TOEFL (minimum) | Writing 18, Speaking 18, Listening 14, Reading 19 | Total 80 | code 1631. For further information, visit

IELTS (minimum) | Writing 6, Speaking 6, Listening 6, Reading 6.5 | Overall brand score of 6.5. For more information, visit


HTM requires three letters of recommendations: 2 from Academia, 1 from an Employer/Industry. 

When you create an online application to the Purdue Graduate School, once you click “Send to Recommender,” your recommendation providers will receive an email with instructions on submitting their recommendation online. The Purdue University Graduate School strongly encourages you to provide an email address affiliated with an academic institution, professional organization, or employer. Once the online recommendation is submitted the graduate program to which you applied will have access to view your online recommendation.

Applicants:  Please be sure to inform the individuals writing your letter of recommendation that they must be on a business letterhead in order to assure they are valid.


A statement of approximately 500 words is encouraged concerning your interest in undertaking or continuing graduate study, your reasons for wanting to study at Purdue, and your professional plans, career goals, and research interests. You also may explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on your special abilities, awards, achievements, scholarly publications, and/or professional history.


  • Current Resume.

HTM's Application Review Committee are looking for a minimum of one year work experience in a related area or two completed internships (internships must total 6 months or more).

Assistantships that HTM offers are typically determined based on past work experiences and career goals outlined in the resume. Preference will be given to admitted applicants with related work experience that meet the needs of HTM.


For information or assistance with any of the above-required application materials, visit the Purdue Graduate School Admissions.

Reapplication Procedure

Students who have been denied admission or whose application was incomplete may reapply for future semesters by completing a new, complete, Graduate School application.

Please Note: 

  • Previous admissions do not guarantee future entrance into the HTM graduate programs.
  • Additionally, because admissions is highly competitive, previously denied applicants who do not make substantive changes in their application are unlikely to be accepted if reapplying for admissions.

Application Deadlines

application deadlines
Degree Planned Program Start Application Materials Due
August - Fall 2020 March 5, 2020
January - Spring 2020 September 20, 2019
Doctoral August - Fall 2020

January 15, 2020

  • HTM Graduate program does not have a non-degree track. If this track is what you are interested in then please email to see what Purdue offers in regards to postgraduate courses or certification programs.
  • HTM Graduate program does not accept applications for our residential programs during the Summer terms. If you are interested in summer admissions for the online program, please visit our website to be redirected to a graduate coordinator that can assist.
  • Choosing the wrong degree or term on your electronic application may result in a denial response from the Graduate School and the application fee that cannot be reimbursed.

Deferment of Admission Enrollment Date

Students who have been admitted into the School of HTM may request to defer their enrollment semester according to the following procedures:

  • Students may request to defer for one term or one year, but may only defer once per application (additional times beyond the first request will not be considered).
  • Send a letter or e-mail to the Graduate Coordinator explaining why you need to defer your admissions.
  • If you have been offered funding, your funding may not be guaranteed with your deferral.

Approval Process: 

  • The Graduate Coordinator will review your request and your file.
  • Upon review, your request to defer will then be forwarded to the Graduate School for official approval.
  • If granted deferment, you will receive a letter from the Graduate School. 

 Prerequisite Competencies

Each applicant's transcript will be evaluated individually with regard to competencies. All graduate students are recommended to have completed coursework in the areas listed below, although it is recognized that individual plans of study developed in conjunction with a student's research interests may not require all areas listed. If a student does not have adequate background for their area of study, they may be asked to take a prerequisite course(s) as a condition of their acceptance into the program.

  • Statistics
  • Accounting
  • Quantity Food Production
  • Business Law
  • Marketing
  • Food Service or Hotel Management
  • Operations Analysis
  • Economics

Additional Information for MS Applicants

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 6 credit hours of completed graduate work may be transferred from another university and applied to a master's degree program. Such an allowance is at the discretion of the Application Review Committee and confirmed by the student's Graduate Committee.

Undergraduate Excess Credit

Credits earned in dual-level courses prior to completing an undergraduate degree may be included in a graduate plan of study at the discretion of the Graduate Committee if appropriate grades were achieved and if the courses were certified in excess of baccalaureate degree requirements.

Additional Information for Ph.D. Applicants

For people choosing an academic or a research-based career, the choice of a doctoral program is a very individualized decision. The program you choose should clearly prepare you for the type of institution, agency, or corporation you desire as a future employee.

At Purdue University's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, the goal is to prepare scholars who will be employed by world recognized research universities, policy-level government agencies worldwide, and internationally active corporations. Scholars are assisted in developing skills and perspectives that will assist them in meeting the highest standards for university tenure/promotion or agency/corporate promotion. The program recognizes the full range of skills needed for significant contribution in the complex fields of hospitality and tourism management.

Students in HTM are provided the opportunity and guidance to fully benefit from a variety of activities and support services. We encourage you to determine the program features that are important to you, and then to investigate the quality features offered by each school of interest.

Security of Information

The security of personal information is important to the University. Once admitted, a student shall be given an University assigned, a randomized number for all student records. This will reduce the risk of U.S. Social Security numbers or international student numbers being used improperly by unauthorized persons.



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