General Admissions Requirements


Admissions OverviewHere you will find general admissions requirements for Purdue, as well as program specific admissions information. International students should check the International Students page to see what additional information is required.

All applicants to graduate-level programs must supply the following:

      •   A telephone interview with an Admissions Advisor
      •   A completed application form
      •   A $60 application fee ($75 international)
      •   Official transcripts from all universities attended
      •   A 300- to 500-word personal statement that outlines your personal and professional goals
      •   Three professional letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your abilities
      •   Resume 

Additional requirements vary by program, please reference the program specific information below for additional requirements:     

Requirements for Admission to the M.S. Ed. in Learning Design and Technology
In addition to the requirements noted above, applicants should provide scores from a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that are less than five years old. Purdue University’s code for the GRE application is 1631. In some instances, the GRE may not be required or the applicant may qualify for a waiver under the following conditions. 

•   Applicant already possesses an advanced degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and
    graduated with a cumulative grade point average that is a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
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Applicant’s undergraduate cumulative grade point average is a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale

Note: All waivers must be approved by the department and are reviewed on a case by case basis. Meeting the above conditions does not guarantee waiver approval. Please contact an admissions counselor to discuss your specific admissions requirements.

International Students
International applicants must provide the following information during the application process, in addition to the materials outlined above.

Students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic. Applicants taking the TOEFL must have an overall score of at least 77 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), iBT version, with minimum subscale scores of 18 for speaking, 18 for writing, 19 for reading, and 14 for listening. Note that during the transition to the TOEFL iBT, the University will still accept a score of at least 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) on older versions of the TOEFL.  For IELTS you must have a minimum score of 6.5 to be considered for admission; for PTE Academic the minimum score is 58.

Admission to the master’s in Learning Design and Technology program is based upon the above criteria, as well as individual experience and the applicant’s “fit” with the program.

All application materials should be sent to:
Purdue University Online Programs Processing Center
1415 W. 22nd Street, Suite 500
Oak Brook, IL 60523

 Requirements for Admission to the M.S. in Communication & Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication
In addition to the requirements noted for general admissions, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

International Students
International applicants must provide the following information during the application process, in addition to the materials outlined above.

Admission to the communication program is based upon the above criteria, as well as individual experience and the applicant’s “fit” with the program.

All application materials should be sent to:
Purdue University Online Programs Processing Center
1415 W. 22nd Street, Suite 500
Oak Brook, IL 60523

To learn more about the admissions requirements and application process, call 877-497-5851 to speak to an admissions advisor or to request more information.