M.S. Degree Programs Application Procedures and Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below:

Applicant Fall Spring Summer
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


Documents Required for Admissions

Electronic application:

Applicants transmit this application directly to the Graduate School.  The electronic application can be found on the graduate school website at: http://webs.purduecal.edu/gradschool/degree-seeking-admissions/

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.

Letters of Recommendation:

Three letters of recommendation must be submitted either online or using forms downloaded from website.  Recommendations from faculty or those who are familiar with the applicant’s academic background are desirable.

Additional required documents for international students:

a)   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.

b)  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 the ETS TOEFL website.


Contact Information:

For further information, please contact:

W. T. Evert Ting, Ph.D.
Professor & Interim Head
M.S. Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Biological Sciences
Purdue University Calumet
Email: ting@purduecal.edu
Phone: 219-989-2490
Webpage: http://webs.purduecal.edu/biology/faculty-and-staff/w-t-evert-ting-phd/