How to Apply

Discover everything you need to know about applying to PNW graduate programs.

The Graduate Studies Office at PNW is a key resource for graduate information. We offer flexible programs to suit the needs of graduate students and their employers.

Traditional students and employed professionals can pursue focused courses and degrees designed for a wide variety of student ages, schedules and career paths, including those leading to doctoral study.

Please know that graduate admission is granted to a specific program. Each program can have its own unique deadline and admission requirements. Please make sure you contact your department/program for specific requirements and instructions.

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What’s Needed to Apply?

  • Application 
  • Transcripts (including the grading scale)
  • Test Scores (English proficiency)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • 3.0/4.0 GPA (certain programs may allow conditional admission for students with a GPA slightly lower than 3.0)
  • Resume
  • Supplemental Forms (if required by your program)
  • Application Fee ($60.00 Domestic/$75.00 International)
  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • Test Score (English Proficiency)

Basic Graduate School Application Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. Some programs have specific undergraduate degree requirements.
  • A copy of official undergraduate transcripts and any post baccalaureate work is required for admissions review in most programs. Official copies of your undergraduate transcripts and previous academic work will be required upon admission.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater based on a 4.0 scare for unconditional admission. Students whose GPA is somewhat less than 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission.
  • A statement of purpose from the applicant. Some programs require a specific format.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. Some programs may require an additional letter of recommendation.
  • Resume (see program requirements)
  • Copy of license (see program requirements)
  • Test Scores (GMAT, GRE, etc.) (see program requirements)
  • English Language Proficiency – we accept either a valid IELTS, TOEFL or successful completion of the English Language Program (ELP) at Purdue University Northwest.

See Specific Program Requirements

Application Deadlines

  • July 15 for fall admission
  • December 1 for spring admission
  • May 1 for summer admission

*Program application deadlines vary. Please be sure to check with your program of interest to determine its deadline.

  • May 15 for fall admission
  • October 15 for spring admission
  • March 15 for summer admission

*Program application deadlines vary. Please be sure to check with your program of interest to determine its deadline.

Application Guide

An applicant who, after being granted admission by the Graduate School, does not enroll for three or more consecutive academic sessions (including the summer session) must submit a new application and pay the application fee. Updated or additional admission information may be required. Conditions may be placed on admission.

Upon the recommendation of the department and on a case by case basis, special consideration will be given to students returning to continue their graduate studies after being called to active military service.

A student in non-degree status who wishes to be considered for admission to a degree seeking program must submit a new application, accompanied by the same materials required of other degree-seeking applicants.

A student wishing to pursue two degrees in two different departments simultaneously must submit an application for admission to each department.

The student must submit a Notice of Dual Graduate Program Status to the program department. Please use Dual Graduate Program Request, G.S. Form 18 (PDF).

You must submit a transcript for every institution of higher education attended. If a transcript is not in English, you must provide an English translation certified by the college or university which issued it.

Official Transcripts

You will need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records at the request of the graduate program or if you are admitted and choose to enroll. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution.

Official transcripts and/or English translations must be mailed directly from a Registrar’s office to the Office of Graduate Studies. You can choose to send the transcripts yourself, but the transcripts must be in an envelope sealed by the Registrar. Official documents should be submitted to:

Graduate Studies Office
Purdue University Northwest
Lawshe Hall, Room 242
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323

The Office of Graduate Studies also accepts electronic transcripts from accredited U.S. colleges and universities sent via eSCRIP-SAFE, Docufide, Parchment Exchange or directly from the accredited U.S. college and university. Under a new pilot program, effective August 1, 2014, the Office of Graduate Studies will also accept electronic transcripts from colleges and universities in India via TrueCopy Credentials or Parchment Exchange. The transcript must be sent to grad@pnw.edu The Office of Graduate Studies does not accept electronic transcripts from international colleges or universities except for those noted in the pilot program above. Transcripts will not be returned.

Degree-Seeking Applicants
If you are applying to a master’s, doctoral or educational specialist degree program, you must upload your transcript into the online application. Your transcripts must be from each college or university you have attended, including evidence of a baccalaureate degree awarded. If requested by the graduate program or if you are admitted and choose to enroll, you must submit official transcripts and/or academic documents directly to the Office of Graduate Studies.

If you are currently studying for a baccalaureate degree, you may be admitted conditionally for your first semester pending proof of completion of your undergraduate degree. You will be required to submit a final transcript indicating that the baccalaureate degree has been awarded prior to being able to register for your second semester of graduate work

Re-entry Applicants
If you are seeking re-entry to a degree program and you attended another college or university since you last attended graduate school at Purdue, you must upload a transcript of that study into the online application. If requested by the graduate program or if you are admitted and choose to enroll, you must submit official transcripts and/or academic documents directly to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Certificate Applicants
If you are applying for certificate classification, you must upload evidence of a baccalaureate degree. Some graduate certificate programs require additional documentation. Please refer to your program of interest web page for specific details.

Teacher License
If you are applying for the teacher license classification, you must upload a transcript from the college or university where your baccalaureate degree was awarded. If you are currently studying for a baccalaureate degree, you will later be required to submit a document that verifies the degree has been awarded.

Your transcript may be uploaded into the online application. If requested by the graduate program or if you are admitted and choose to enroll, you must submit official transcripts and/or academic documents directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Non-Degree Applicants
If you are applying for non-degree classification, you must upload evidence of a baccalaureate degree. This may be a transcript, a copy of the diploma, or a letter from the college or university verifying the degree.

The Purdue University Graduate School reserves the right to require official transcripts and/or academic documents at any time during the admissions process.

You must upload to the online application a copy of the transcript(s) and/or academic document(s) for every institution of higher education you attended. If a transcript is not in English, you must also upload an English translation certified by the college or university which issued it.

The uploaded transcript and/or academic document must be from the official version of the document. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. Click the following link for tips about uploading your transcripts into the online application.

All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial.

Depending upon your field of study, you may be required to take one or more standardized tests. Standardized tests are uniform in nature and are administered and scored in the same fashion for all students by organizations not affiliated with Purdue University.

Typically these tests are completed in your senior year before you begin applying for graduate study, but always be sure to check with the Purdue program to which you may apply in order to determine its specific requirements and deadlines.

Only test scores received in the Graduate Studies Office directly from the testing facility are considered official. Photocopies will not be considered.

Common standardized tests that may be required for admission include:

  • The GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) has a general test component, which is most often required for graduate admission. Some programs will also require the completion of a GRE Subject Test that focuses on a specific field of study. Although the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not a Graduate School requirement, many graduate programs require this test. Please check the Graduate Program Requirements Web page for this requirement. For information and test dates visit www.gre.org. Purdue University Northwest’s code for the GRE application is 1638.
  • The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is often required for individuals interested in management or other business-related programs.
  • The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) evaluate a person’s level of English proficiency for individuals whose native language is not English.

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) scores for Purdue University Graduate School admission.

See TOEFL and IELTS guidelines

Unless otherwise noted within the Graduate Program Requirements Web page, each degree-seeking applicant is expected to complete a statement of purpose.

A statement of purpose is an essay 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.

Unless otherwise noted within the Graduate Program Requirements Web page, three letters of recommendation are required for degree-seeking applicants. When you create an online application to the Purdue Graduate School, you will have the opportunity to enter the names of your recommendation providers. Once you click “Send to Recommender” your recommendation providers will receive an email with instructions on submitting their recommendation online.

The Purdue University Graduate School strongly encourages you to provide an email address affiliated with your recommenders’ academic institution, professional organization, or employer. Once the online recommendation is submitted, the graduate program to which you applied will have access to view your online recommendation.

For recommenders wishing to complete a paper recommendation, please send the following recommendation form Graduate School Form 3 Recommendation for Admission (PDF).

Not all programs use the default form above. Please consult the Graduate Program Requirements Web page for Hammond for recommendation letter requirements. If your program indicates that it uses a separate recommendation form, a link to that form will be provided by the graduate program.

After you submit your application, your application status page will indicate the payment due. Click the “Submit Payment” link to begin the payment process. (Your application may be submitted without payment, but it will not be processed until payment is made for degree-seeking and certificate students).

You must pay your application fee online with your credit card. Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards are accepted and processed using a secured online payment system. Your application will not be processed until your nonrefundable application fee has been paid. Our application fee is $60 (U.S. dollars) for domestic applications and $75 (U.S. dollars) for international applicants.

There is no fee for the non-degree application.

  1. Log in to the Graduate School’s online application system
  2. Under Status Update, click View Update to access your decision letter
  3. On page one of your letter, click the link “Click here to submit your response to the offer of admission.”
  4. Complete and submit the form.
  5. Your response will appear on your application status page.

Technical Support

If you need technical support, applicants should contact itap@purdue.edu for assistance.