Deadlines & Instructions

Students enter the graduate program in the Fall semester only. To be given consideration for Fall 2023 admission and financial aid, the completed application (i.e., the application, letters of recommendation, transcripts, test scores, statement) must be received no later than December 1, 2022.

The necessary application forms are available on-line on the Graduate School web page at:


  • Undergraduate cumulative grade point average: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) {no minimum score requirement}

Non-Native English speakers must take one of the following exams and receive the minimum scores indicated:

  • TOEFL IBT: Minimum score requirement: Written: 18, Speaking: 18, Listening: 14, Reading: 19. The minimum overall score required: 80.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Minimum score required: 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Minimum overall score required: 58.

English proficiency tests much be less than two years old at the time of admission.  

The Graduate School will routinely waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE for applicants who have received a baccalaureate degree or graduate or professional degree, within the last 36 months, from a school where English is the primary language of instruction in a country/location where English is the native language.

The following materials MUST be included with the on-line application:

  • Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose should be up to two single-spaced pages concerning your purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study, your reasons for wanting to study at Purdue, and your research interests, professional plans, and career goals. You may also explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on your scholarly publications, awards, achievements, abilities, and/or professional history. (Please note that while the application recommends 300-500 words for the statement, it may be up to two single-spaced pages). 
  • Transcripts: Applicants must obtain OFFICIAL transcripts from ALL institutions attended and upload them to the online application. For more information and instructions on uploading unofficial transcripts, please click here.
  • Curriculum Vita/Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Diversity Essay
  • $60 application fee for domestic applicants, and $75 application fee for international applicants
Please note that international applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit both native language transcripts and English translation. In addition, if you are an international applicant and have been awarded the Bachelor's degree, you must submit a copy of your diploma or certificate showing that the degree has been awarded.

The following items are to be sent directly by ETS to the department:

  • GRE scores (have official scores sent directly from ETS to Institutional code: R1631, Department code: 2016).

{NOTE: Required for Clinical Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Mathematical and Computational Psychology programs, is Optional for our Cognitive Psychology program; and is not required for our Neuroscience and Behavior and Social Psychology programs}

  • TOEFL Scores (have official scores sent directly from ETS to Institution code: R1631, Department Code: 08).

Please read our Application Frequently Asked Questions. For help contact:

Nancy O'Brien
Graduate Office
Department of Psychological Sciences
Purdue University, 701 Third Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2004


Phone: (765) 494-6067
FAX: (765) 496-1264

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