School of Interdisciplinary Studies American StudiesCollege of Liberal Arts

Admissions Requirements

**American Studies will not be admitting new graduate students
for 2021-22 academic year. **

  1. Department: Application for admission and $60 (domestic)/$75 (international) application fee submitted directly to the Graduate School. 

    The Graduate School requires an electronic application. This electronic application can be accessed by going to

    Degree or Enrollment Objective: Indicate "Activism, Resistance, and Social Movement Studies," "Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies," "Design and Material Cultural Studies," "Gender, Sexuality, and Queer Studies," "New Media and Popular Cultural Studies," "Science, Technology, and Environment Studies," or "Transnational American Studies" as your area of interest. 

    If you will not have the Masters (or its equivalent) when you enter our graduate program, please select "Master's Degree" even if your eventual goal is the Ph.D. If you wish to take course work, but are not immediately interested in a degree program, select "Postbaccalaureate" on the form. If you apply for Postbaccalaureate status, you may eliminate items 4, 5 and 6 below.

  2. Statement of Purpose: In this statement be sure to describe your long range goals and your preparation and background in research and writing. You may wish to describe your prior work experience and cite any published works. (Approximately 500 words.) This document can be submitted with your on-line application. 

  3. Transcripts: You must upload to the online application transcripts and/or academic documents for every institution of higher education you attended.  If a transcript is not in English, you must upload an English translation certified by the college or university which it was issued.  This includes both the transcript and diploma. The uploaded transcripts 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.  All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial.  You will need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records at the request of the graduate program or if you are admitted and choose to enroll.  These materials must be sent to:Graduate Studies Office, American Studies Program, Purdue University, Beering Hall, Room 6180, 100 N University Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907

  4. TOEFL Scores: Required if your native language is not English. Minimum of 550 required of paper-based tests; 213 for computer-based tests; and the following for internet-based tests: writing - 18, speaking - 18; listening - 14; reading - 19; total - 77. A score of 27 or higher on the speaking section of the TOEFL ibt is required for teaching assistantship consideration. 

  5. Writing Sample: An academic paper written in English, consisting of at least 2,500 words (4-5 pages, no binding).  The sample can be uploaded to ApplyYourself with your application.

  6. Letters of Recommendation Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic ability. There is a form on the electronic application to submit reviewer names.  An email request will be sent to them directly.  Electronic copies may also be sent to

  7. Deadline: January 1. Applications for admission must be completed and in our office by January 1. 

Graduate Studies Office, American Studies Program, Purdue University, Beering Hall, Room 6180, 100 N University Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907.

We look forward to reviewing your completed application for admission to our program.

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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