More on I-O at Purdue

Program Information

  • The Purdue PhD program is research oriented and we are most interested in students who desire to pursue an academic career after graduation.
  • We are committed to strong training through coursework. Required courses are relatively few and students usually finish all their course work by the end of their third year. Students are however encouraged to take courses or other seminars that align with their research interests.
  • Students are admitted to work with a particular faculty member with whom they share research interests.  This faculty member serves as the student’s major professor and will work quite closely with the student. As a student grows in knowledge and expertise, they are encouraged to collaborate with different faculty to develop their own unique stream/blend of research.
  • We typically have a small student-to-faculty ratio to ensure that students are mentored for success. We believe in enabling each student to reach their potential and we are fully committed to ensure students thrive in our program.
  • The Purdue I-O program has access to a breadth of intellectual resources. We are housed in a strong psychology department and the I-O faculty frequently collaborate with faculty in the social, cognitive, and clinical areas. Further, we have close ties to the Krannert School of Management. We collaborate on research projects and often hold joint seminars and colloquia.

Program Admissions & Funding

  • Admissions process is highly competitive. We typically receive upwards of 100 applications and admit only a few students.
  • GRE scores: We look for high score in both verbal and quantitative ability. Graduate students should also have strong analytic writing scores as research writing is highly valued.
  • GPA: Admitted students usually have GPAs between 3.5 and 4.0 although sometimes the overall GPA is lower due to change in major or other circumstances. The average undergraduate GPA of our current students is 3.64.
  • Past research experience: We are particularly interested in students who have undergraduate or post-undergraduate research experience. We also consider students who have an MA/MS degree in I-O psychology or an allied field favorably.
  • Alignment of interests: We look closely at the statement of interest to see if there is good alignment of research interests between students and faculty members. Interested students are encouraged to contact faculty members with whom they are interested in working.
  • Funding: All graduate students are admitted with funding. An admitted student will typically work as a graduate teaching assistant (TA) for 20 hours per week during the academic year. A TA will receive a nine month stipend and tuition waiver. Additionally, students may receive funding during summers if they obtain a TA position or if they are employed as a research assistant (RA). All graduate students will have guaranteed funding for five years provided they are making good progress toward their PhD. Several other sources of funding are available throughout a student's program, including:

    - Research assistantships
    - Quantitative training funds
    - Tiffin and Lawshe awards and fellowships that support thesis and dissertation research
    - Andrews/Ross Fellowships for new students
    - Funds from the Purdue Research Foundation
    - Teaching assistant and graduate instructor awards
    - Conference travel support
    - Doctoral consortia support

About Purdue University

  • Purdue is a Big Ten research university. The campus is vibrant and intellectually diverse. There are nearly 40,000 students enrolled at Purdue University with a large number of international students. The Purdue international student population was recently ranked 2nd in public institutions with over 8,000 international students.
  • Purdue is located in West Lafayette, Indiana, a safe city with a low cost of living. This is beneficial to graduate students who will be able to save money during graduate school. The campus is within walking distance of the Wabash riverfront area, which joins West Lafayette and Lafayette and is the location of many outside festivals. The Lafayette-West Lafayette area offers a number of restaurants, bars, shopping, and cultural activities, and has a combined population of nearly 100,000 residents. For more on the area, see
  • West Lafayette is located about one hour from Indianapolis and about two hours from Chicago. The closest international airports are the Indianapolis International Airport and O'Hare International Airport (in Chicago).

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