Applying to Purdue

Application Deadline
We will begin to consider applications December 1. Applications will not be considered until they are complete.

We begin considering applications for each fall on December 1st of the previous year.  Applications will not be considered until they are complete. Those applications completed on or before December 1st will be considered in the initial group of admissions decisions. Applicants are encouraged to submit application materials before December 1st.

We occasionally admit graduate students to start spring semester. Students who seek teaching assistantships, however, usually begin in the fall and complete the school's teacher training program during their first semester. Only students with substantial prior teaching experience would be admitted with a teaching assistantship in the spring.

Overview of Application Requirements

Both the School of Communication and the Graduate School have a number of documents required for a complete application.

The School requires:

  1. Statement of Purpose

  2. GRE Scores

  3. TOEFL Scores (International Applicants)

  4. Three Letters of Recommendation

  5. Sample of Scholarly Writing

  6. Additional Supporting Materials (at the applicant's discretion)

The Graduate School requires:

  1. Official Transcripts

  2. Purdue University Graduate School Application

  3. Application Fee

  4. TOEFL Scores (International Students)

Details of School Requirements

  1. Statement of Purpose
    Submit a statement of approximately 300-500 words concerning your purpose for 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 irregularities or special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on your special abilities, awards, achievements, scholarly publications, and/or professional history.

  2. GRE Scores
    Have ETS forward GRE scores (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing). Students are encouraged to take the GRE as early as possible so consideration of application is not delayed unnecessarily. GRE scores are valid for five (5) years only. Please arrange through Educational Testing Service (ETS) to have scores sent to Purdue University Graduate School for the database. Institution Code 1631. 

  3. TOEFL Scores (International Applicants)
    Forward TOEFL scores to the Graduate School.  To be considered for admission into the graduate program, non-native, English-speaking applicants must achieve a TOEFL score of 27 Speaking, 19 Reading, 14 Listening, 18 Writing, and 77 Overall.  The score must be documented by an official report from ETS and must be no more than two years old at the time the application credentials are reviewed in the Graduate School.

    IELTS with a score of 8 or higher will be accepted by the school. Only official TOEFL scores received directly from ETS are acceptable.

    All TOEFL scores should be sent to us from ETS as follows: Institution code 1631.

    TOEFL is required of all applicants from non-English speaking countries.  Even if a previous degree was earned in the U.S. the TOEFL is still required.

  4. Three Letters of Recommendation
    Letters of recommendation should be solicited from individuals qualified to judge the student's academic merit and potential. The Graduate School provides an electronic means of recommendation submission as well as an optional form for paper submission.

  5. Sample of Scholarly Writing
    For master's students, this could be your best paper at the undergraduate level; for doctoral students, this could be your thesis.

  6. Additional Supporting Materials
    Additional supporting materials (such as other test scores or supporting written materials) at the applicant's initiative.

Details of Graduate School Requirements

  1. Purdue University Graduate School Application
    Please complete an online graduate school application. The statement of purpose may be used both for the University graduate submission, as well as for the School of Communication. 

  2. Transcripts
    Official transcripts should reflect receipt of undergraduate degree (or master's degree if applying for doctoral program). International applicants should submit official, original-language transcripts and certified English translation transcripts. All international applicants must submit a photocopy of all of their degree diploma's.

  3. Application Fee
    Currently the application fee is Domestic $60 and International $75, and can be paid online by credit card payment only. 

  4. TOEFL Scores (International Applicants)
    Forward TOEFL scores to the Graduate School. To be considered for admission into the graduate program, non-native, English-speaking applicants must achieve a TOEFL score of 27 Speaking, 19 Reading, 14 Listening, 18 Writing, and 77 Overall. The score must be documented by an official report from ETS and must be no more than two years old at the time the application credentials are reviewed in the Graduate School.

  IELTS with a score of 8 or higher will be accepted by the school. Only official TOEFL scores received directly from ETS are acceptable.
 
  All TOEFL scores should be sent to us from ETS as follows: Institution Code 1631.

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