Graduate Admissions

The graduate programs in technology each have specific admissions requirements. Please review the requirements for the program in which you are interested.

Unconditional Admission

  • Unconditional admission will be based on the following criteria and documentation:
  • Successful candidates for graduate admission include promising applicants who (1) have earned baccalaureate degrees from colleges or universities of recognized standing, (2) have completed studies equivalent to those required of Purdue University baccalaureate recipients, and (3) have earned a B or better average in their undergraduate major.
  • Appropriate experience as documented in a resume.
  • A goal statement from the applicant commensurate with the program proposal and faculty strengths.
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references.
  • Online Application – Purdue University Graduate School Electronic Application

Students who do not meet the requirements for unconditional admission may be considered for conditional admission.

Conditional Admission

The GRE is not required for the MS Technology degree, but may be considered for those applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA for unconditional admission.

International Students

There are additional requirements for international students. International students are encouraged to work through International Student Services.

International applicants must submit:

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references.
  • Two (2) official true and attested copies of academic transcripts from all universities listed on your application, with true and attested English translations.
    • One will need to be uploaded to your application and the other forwarded to the Graduate Studies Office. In most cases, the Graduate School will not accept a 3-year baccalaureate degree. The Graduate School will also require your original diploma or grant of degree, and a true and attested English translation of your diploma or grant of degree.
  • TOEFL scores: Official copy of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum required score. For the TOEFL, the minimum required score is 550 paper, 213 computer-based, or 80 Internet based.
    • In addition to the overall required score, applicants must also meet the following required minimum scores: reading, 19; listening , 14; speaking, 18; writing, 18.For IELTS, the minimum overall band score requirement is 6.5.
    • In addition to the overall band score requirement, applicants must also meet the following required minimum scores: reading – 6.5; listening – 6.0; speaking – 6.0; and writing – 5.5.The TOEFL and IELTS scores must be no more than 24 months old at the time the application credentials are reviewed.
    • Our school code for all standardized tests is #001638

Recommendation Letters

Three (3) letters of recommendation from academic or professional references.  The application will request the names and email addresses of those from whom you are requesting a recommendation.  The application will forward a recommendation form to them automatically, and the completed form will be submitted directly back into the application.

All documentation should be uploaded directly to the application.

All official English Proficiency test scores and official transcripts should be sent directly to:

Graduate Studies Office
2200 169th Street, Lawshe 242
Hammond, IN  46323

Unconditional Admissions

Unconditional admission will be based on the following criteria and documentation:

  • Successful candidates for graduate admission include promising applicants who
    • have earned baccalaureate degrees from colleges or universities of recognized standing,
    • have completed studies equivalent to those required of Purdue University baccalaureate recipients, and
    • have earned a B or better average in their undergraduate major.
  • Appropriate experience as documented in a resume.
  • A goal statement from the applicant commensurate with the program proposal and faculty strengths.
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references.
  • Online Application – Purdue University Graduate School Electronic Application found here.

Students who do not meet the requirements for unconditional admission may be considered for conditional admission.

Conditional Admissions

Conditional students must submit:

The GRE is not required for the MS Technology degree, but may be considered for those applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA for unconditional admission.

Recommendation Letters

Three (3) letters of recommendation from academic or professional references.   A form can be found here.

Submit transcripts and admissions materials directly to:

Mohammad A. Zahraee, Interim Dean
techgrad@pnw.edu
219-989-2464 or 855-608-4600, Extension 2464 (Toll Free)
Office: Anderson, Room 230

Mailing Address:
College of Technology
Purdue University Northwest
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323-2094

Students must fulfill the admission requirements of the Graduate School of Purdue University and have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in any Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related areas.

If necessary, students may be required to make-up deficiencies.

Prerequisite Course Work or Degrees

  • One Semester Object-Oriented Programming (Sophomore level or above),
  • One Semester Statistics/Probability (Sophomore level or above)
  • Two Semesters Calculus (Differential and Integral) or one Semester discrete mathematics or numerical methods (Sophomore level or above)

Purdue Graduate School Requirements

Admission into the master’s program in MSV will be based on the standard policies and procedures of the Purdue University Graduate School which include the following:

Grade Point Average

Successful candidates for graduate admission include applicants who have earned baccalaureate degrees in any Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related areas from colleges or universities of recognized standing and have earned a grade point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

English Language Proficiency

The language of instruction at Purdue University Northwest is English. Therefore, proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English is vital to academic success.

International applicants, whose native language is not English, must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) available online, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), before being considered for admission.

The following TOEFL scores are required for admission:

  • 550 or higher on the paper-based examination;
  • or 77 or higher on the internet-based examination.

Applicants who take the Internet-based examination (TOEFL iBT) must achieve the following minimum test scores, in addition to the overall required score:

  • Writing, 18;
  • Reading, 19;
  • Listening, 14;
  • Speaking, 18.

TOEFL scores must be no more than 24 months old at the time the application credentials are reviewed in the Graduate School.

Applicants who take the IELTS must earn a band score of 6.5 or higher on the Academic Module. The IELTS score must be no more than 24 months old at the time the application credentials are reviewed in the Graduate School. The Graduate School also accepts the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic scores. An overall score of 58 is required for admission. See link above for English proficiency requirements.

Application Documentation

Before a candidate will be considered for admission, an application for admission must be completed and received by in the program office.

Additional Requirements

The following elements are also required for your application:

Statement of Purpose

Should be 300-500 words; any statement of purpose, which exceeds the 500-word limit, will be returned for revision. The statement describes the candidate’s purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study, the reasons for wanting to study at Purdue University Northwest, and the candidate’s professional plans, career goals, and research interests.

The candidate may also explain any irregularities or special circumstances applicable to their background and elaborate on their special abilities, awards, achievements, scholarly publications, and/or professional history.

Resume

Description of the candidate’s education, work history, significant skills and experiences as well as accomplishments.

Letters of Recommendation

Recommendations must come from three persons who can attest to the candidate’s academic ability and scholarly potential – this does not include family, friends, ministers, etc. If the admissions committee determines that any of the three recommendations received are unacceptable, additional recommendations may be requested.

Transcripts

Official original transcripts from each college or university the candidate has completed course work are required before an application can be processed.

Optionally

The candidate may provide a sample of work that demonstrates writing proficiency and/or other important accomplishment that evidences their skills.