PLEASE NOTE: The Purdue University Graduate School is transitioning to a new online application system. If you start an online application now, it must be submitted by June 14, 2015. The online application system will be unavailable from June 14 to July 1. If you do not meet the June 14 deadline, please wait until July 1 to start your online application.
Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below:
|U.S. residents and
other applicants in the U.S.
|August 15th||December 15th||May 15th|
|Applicants outside the U.S.||May 15th||September 15th||Not Accepted|
Applicants transmit this application directly to the Graduate School. The electronic application can be found on the graduate school website.
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. Applicants should request an official report of scores sent directly to Purdue University Calumet by the Educational Testing Service, our school code is #001638 for all standardized tests. Scores more than 24 months old are not accepted.
For more information about the general GRE test including testing centers, registration and fee listings, visit the ETS GRE website.
Applicants may waive the GRE requirement if one or more of the following criteria are met:
1. Applicant has received a B.S. in Biology degree from any campus of Purdue University with 3.25 or above GPA in biology courses and all courses.
2. Applicant is expecting a B.S in Biology degree from any campus of Purdue University within a semester with 3.25 or above GPA in biology courses and all courses.
3. Applicant has completed at least two biology graduate level courses (min 6 credits or courses with grades) as a non-degree student at Purdue Calumet with 3.25 or above GPA.
4. Applicant is a PUC biology major who is applying for 4+1 Duel degree program.
Letters of Recommendation:
Three letters of recommendation must be submitted either online or using the GS-3 Recommendation Form (PDF). Recommendations from faculty or those who are familiar with the applicant’s academic background are desirable.
Additional required documents for international students:
A true and attested copy of the applicant’s diploma or a Provisional Certificate and letter from a university indicating when the diploma will be issued.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)/International English Language System (IELTS) Score:
International non-native speakers of English must submit TOEFL scores. Applicants must achieve a TOEFL score of 550 or higher on the paper- based test, 213 or higher on the computer-based tested, or 77 or higher on the Internet- based test, to be considered for admission to a degree program. In addition, applicants who take the TOEFL iBT must achieve the following minimum test scores, in addition to the overall required score: reading, 19; listening, 14; speaking, 18, and writing, 18.
As an alternative to the TOEFL, the Graduate School accepts IELTS (Academic Module) scores of 6.5 or higher. (Non-native speakers of English who are U.S. citizens or who hold permanent visas are not required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores.) The scores must be documented by an official report from Educational Testing Service or IELTS and must be no more than 24 months old at the time the application credentials are reviewed by the Graduate School. Official score reports should be sent directly to Purdue University standardized tests. For more information on the TOEFL test, including testing centers, fees and registration information, visit theETS TOEFL website.
For applicants who do not meet the minimum required scores on the TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English, Purdue University Calumet offers an English Language Program to acquire proficiency in English: more information on this program can be found at http://webs.purduecal.edu/elp/.
For further information, please contact:
Charlette A Routh
Assistant to Biological Sciences Graduate Program
phone: (219) 989-2404
fax: (219) 989-2130