How to Apply


Applicants for graduate degrees must apply online for graduate study at Purdue Calumet. Applicants are first evaluated by a departmental committee at Purdue Calumet. If advanced for admission, the application is submitted to the Graduate School in West Lafayette for final processing and approval.

The basic requirements for admission to the English Graduate Program are:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Graduation index of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.
  3. A strong undergraduate major or minor in English or equivalent.
  4. Academic ability for graduate work.

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

  Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen (Degree Seeking) April 1 October 15 April 1
U.S. Citizen (Non Degree Seeking) April 1 October 15 April 1
International April 1 Sept. 1 April 1

Please note that while in the past the department has been flexible about the application process, it will enforce these deadlines from now on.

Application Process

Complete an online application by going to  This link provides additional information about all required materials:

  1. A $60.00 application fee  ($75 for international students) must be paid by credit card.  
  2. Three letters of recommendation. 
  3. Statement of Purpose. A statement of purpose is an essay of approximately 300-500 words explaining 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 may also explain any irregularities or special circumstances applicable to your background, and elaborate on your special abilities, awards, achievements, scholarly publications, and/or professional history.
  4. Your unofficial transcripts.  If you are admitted and you choose to enroll, you will need to provide official transcripts before you can enroll for your second semester.
  5. Other evidence of academic performance, such as a writing sample.
  6. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) , while not required by the department for admission, is recommended for those applying to the program.

An applicant is not officially admitted to the program until notification is received from the Graduate School at West Lafayette.