Application FAQ

  1. Does the department have a separate application from the University?
    • No. The application submitted via the Graduate School's on-line application system is the only application that is needed.
  2. Does the department accept applications for Spring or Summer admission?
    • No. We only accept applications for Fall admission.
  3. Do I need to take the Psych subject test of the GRE?
    • No. Our Department does not require the Psych subject test. We do require the three general sections of the GRE (Verbal, Writing, and Quantitative).
  4. Do I neeed to take the GRE General Test?
    • Yes, all applicants are required to take the GRE general test.
  5. What is the deadline for having my file completed?
    • December 1, 2017 (for Fall 2018 enrollment)
  6. What is the deadline for taking the GRE test?
    • You must take the GRE test no later than October 15 to ensure that your scores are received by the December 1 application deadline.
  7. What is Purdue's institution code and the Psych department code for the GRE and TOEFL?
    • Purdue's institution code is 1631.
    • Psychological Sciences' general psychology code is 2016.
  8. Is there a minimum GRE score requirement?
    • No.
  9. If my GRE or TOEFL scores were sent to Purdue's institution code (1631), but not to the department code, will the program still receive my scores?
    • Yes, as long as your scores are sent to Purdue's institution code (1631), we will receive them.
  10. Under what conditions may I be considered for a waiver of the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement?
    • The Graduate School will routinely waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE for applicants who have received a baccalaureate degree or graduate or professional degree, within 24 months of the expected date of enrollment, from a school where English is the primary language of instruction in a country/location where English is the native language.
  11. How much is the application fee and where do I send it?
    • The application fee is $60.00 for domestic applicants and $75 for international applicants and should be submitted on-line with the application
  12. Can I get the application fee waived?
    • Application fee waivers are only considered for applicants applying through a specific recruitment program that specifies a waiver of the application fee.
  13. What should I select for the "Enrollment Objective" on the on-line application?
    • Since we do not offer a terminal Master's program you will choose "Doctoral Degree" as your enrollment objective status.
  14. Do I need to apply to be considered for one of the fellowships offered through the Graduate School?
    • If you would like to be considered for the Purdue Doctoral (Diversity) Fellowship, please complete the Diversity Essay located in the on-line application. Please note that to be eligible for this fellowship, you must have graduated from a U.S. high school. Aside from the Purdue Doctoral Fellowship, no essay or other additional documentation is needed to be considered for any remaining Purdue Fellowships. If admitted, you will automatically be considered for any other Purdue fellowships for which you qualify.
  15. Must I complete the Diversity Essay in order to be considered for admisson?
    • No, you need only complete the Diversity Essay if you wish to be considerd for a diversity fellowship.  Otherwise, you need not complete the essay.
  16. How do my recommenders access the on-line recommendation form?
    • Once you complete the recommendation section of your application, your recommenders will automatically be sent an E-mail notice asking for their recommendation, and directing them to the on-line recommendation form.
  17. Do I need to indicate the name(s) of the Professor(s) with whom I would like to work on my application?
    • YES, it is very important that you identify the professor(s) with whom you would like to work. You may list more than one professor, but it is important to list at least one. Since applicants are admitted to work with a specific faculty member as major professor, applications that do not specify one or more professors may not receive full consideration.
  18. Do I need to apply for assistantship funding?
    • No. If admitted, you will automatically be considered for assistantship funding which will be offered simultaneously with your offer of admission.
  19. What type of transcripts are accepted and how are they to be submitted?
    • An "official" version of transcripts, from ALL institutions attended, must be uploaded into your online application (preferred), or mailed to the Graduate Office in the Department of Psychological Sciences at: Graduate Office, Department of Psychological Sciences, 701 Third Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2081. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution.  Do NOT have your transcripts sent to our Graduate School. 
  20. Do you offer distance or part-time progams?
    • No, our programs are strictly full-time and in-residence at the West Lafayette campus.

IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS THAT ARE NOT ANSWERED HERE, PLEASE CONTACT NANCY O'BRIEN, GRADUATE PROGRAM COORDINATOR, IN THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES AT: PHONE: (765) 494-6067 or E-MAIL:nobrien@purdue.edu

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