Degree-Seeking Admissions


Graduate StudentsDegree-seeking students are those who seek to study for a master’s degree.

Applicants for graduate degrees must APPLY ONLINE for graduate study at Purdue Calumet. Students are asked to submit their application four months before (definitely no later than one month) prior to the semester of desired admission.

Applicants are first evaluated by a departmental committee at Purdue Calumet. If advanced for admission, the application is submitted to the Graduate School for final processing and approval.

The basic requirements for Degree-Seeking Admission to the Graduate School are:

  1. A bachelors degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Graduation index of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale (individual departments may set higher indexes).
  3. Academic ability for graduate work.  
  4. Specific departments may have additional requirements; please contact the department directly for details.

In addition to the online application, the student must complete and submit the following items to the specific department to which they are applying:


    • 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. Some programs may require a specific format.


  • Two official transcripts from any previous college and university work completed. Please use Graduate School Form 5 Request for Official Transcript.

    You must submit an official transcript for every institution or higher education attended. If a transcript is not in English, you must provide an official English translation certified by the college or university. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original the seal of the issuing institution. Transcripts and/or English translations should be mailed directly from a registrar’s office to the program of application. You can also choose to send the transcript to the program yourself along with your other application materials, but the transcript must be in an envelope sealed by the registrar. Transcripts cannot be returned. 

    The Graduate Studies Office at PUC accepts electronic transcripts from institutions of higher education in the United States.  If you are submitting transcripts as part of your application package to a graduate program on this campus, please request that the Registrar of your institution direct the electronic transcripts to the Graduate Studies Office. The Registrar of your institution (undergraduate and graduate, if any) should direct the electronic transcripts to the Graduate School for Ms. Peggy Greer, Coordinator of Admissions and Records, at  The Coordinator will direct the transcript information to the program listed on your application. The Graduate Studies Office also accepts electronic transcripts through e-script safe.

    The Graduate Studies office also accepts electronic transcripts through


  • Electronic transcripts from applicants for degrees/course work earned outside the United States are not currently accepted. 


  •  Additional evidence of academic performance and/or other documents as required by the department.  


  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and/ or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) may be required by the department or school.  Please contact the department to which you are applying for information.  

International degree-seeking applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English scores for Purdue University Calumet Graduate School admission. Please visit the International Students page to learn more about applying as an International Degree-Seeking applicant.  



Success in graduate study requires high quality academic performance.  Only grades of A, B, or C fulfill Graduate School requirements.  A student must maintain a 3.0 GPA (or B average), during graduate coursework in order to graduate.

A student must maintain a 3.0 GPA (or B) during graduate coursework to graduate.



Plan of Study

Graduate students must submit an electronic Plan of Study to the Graduate School one semester prior to the semester in which they plan to graduate. The Plan of Study must be approved by their academic advisor before submission to the Graduate School.  The student and the advisory committee for the department develop the Plan of Study together.  The Plan of Study outlines the student’s courses and credit hours.  The student is responsible for completing and submitting the Plan of Study to the Graduate School. To view instructions on how to submit the Plan of Study, please click on the following link:

Plan of Study Instructions (PDF) 

Graduate Plan of Study Slide Instructions (PDF)



Graduating on time is very important to most students.  Therefore, a student must be aware of the rules and the deadlines set forth by the university and the academic department.  For Graduate School deadlines, please refer to the Graduate School Calendar for a list of dates, or the Academic Calendar.  Please contact your specific department for additional deadlines.