Statement of purpose:
- Submit a statement of 300-500 words concerning the applicant’s purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study, reasons for wanting to study at Purdue, and professional plans, career goals, and research interests. Applicants may also explain any special circumstances applicable to their background and elaborate on their abilities, awards, achievements, scholarly publications, and/or professional history.
- Submit two official transcripts from all universities listed on the application. The Department will not accept a 3 year international baccalaureate degree.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
- Applicants are required to submit GRE scores from their general GRE test including: verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing sections.
- Test applications are available from Educational Testing Services (ETS) and should be submitted to the students to ETS before the examination.
The Graduate School accepts valid TOEFL scores earned through the paper-based test and Internet-based test. Institutional TOEFL scores (ITP) are not accepted. The minimum paper-based test score required for admission is 550. The minimum Internet-based test scores required for admission are the following:
- Writing 18
- Speaking 18
- Listening 14
- Reading 19
- Total 77
A Master’s thesis is a document authored by a student, describing results of original research and asserting a position which that student is willing to defend. Joint or collaborative research endeavors are not prohibited; however, in such situations, unique aspects of the broad problem are to be explored by each individual, and the thesis written and presented to the final Examining Committee is to be a personal document describing the student’s creative effort and contribution.
All theses must be prepared according to both departmental format requirements and University format requirements, as describe in A Manual for the Preparation of Graduate Theses (PDF). University format requirements include:
- paper requirement
- font size and quality
- page numbering
- title page
The University format requirements are examined by the staff in the Thesis/Dissertation Office, Room 170, Young Hall, at the time the thesis is deposited.
Departmental format requirements cover such matters as how figures are prepared and numbered; style of references; placement of notes; headings; chapter headings, etc. A first draft of the thesis should be in the hands of the major professor at least six weeks before the end of the session in which conferral of the degree is expected.