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 the White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. It is important to recognize that although satisfaction with 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.


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 Required Application Materials

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:

The admission committee is looking for transcripts with a GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent. Prospective Ph.D. students shall need a transcript that shows a Master's Degree completion. You can upload offical copies directly to the application portal. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. If transcripts are not in English, an English translation will need to accompany the transcript.

You must provide physcial copies of the official transcripts and/or academic records if you are admitted and choose to enroll.  Official documents should be submitted to:

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


Due to Covid-19 constraints, GRE/GMAT is optional. The admissions committee values these tests and highly recommends applicants take and send their scores as part of their application package for a holistic review.

We encourage inclusion of 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. 

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


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

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

TOEFL Essentials (minimum) | Writing 8, Speaking 8, Listening 8, Reading 8 | Total 8 | 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 recommendation: 2 from Academia, 1 from an Employer/Industry.

When you create an online application to the Purdue Graduate School, you will be asked to input the names and emails of your recommender. 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. If there is not an affiliated email, please be sure to inform the individual writing your letter that they must be on business letterhead to assure they are valid. Once the online recommendation is submitted the graduate program to which you applied will have access to view your online recommendation.


  • Current Resume

HTM's Application Review Committee is looking for a minimum of one year of 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.


The application portal will ask for a diversity letter. In this document you should describe your leadership, work experience, service experience, or other significant involvement with racial, ethnic, socio-economic, or educational communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education, and how these experiences would promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence. You should feel free to discuss your own personal experiences in the essay.


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.

$60 application fee for Domestic Students

$75 application fee for International Students


For information or assistance with any of the above-required application materials, visit the How To Apply to Purdue Graduate School website.

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Each applicant's transcript will be evaluated individually with regard to competencies. All applicants 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 an 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.

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

Reapplication Procedure

Students who left the program prior to completion are welcome to discuss with the program their reapplication. 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 2022 March 5, 2022
January - Spring 2022 September 20, 2021
Doctoral August - Fall 2022

January 15, 2022

  • HTM Graduate program does not have a non-degree track. If this 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 online program 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.

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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 upon admissions, 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. 




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