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International Application Requirements

International Students

At the Krannert School of Management, we attribute much of the strength of our program to the diversity and global perspectives our students bring to the classroom.

We have chosen to highlight the following application components to emphasize areas of the Purdue application that require slightly different action for international students. If you are a Permanent Resident, non-U.S. Citizen, please provide a copy of your alien registration/green card number. Permanent residents who do not provide a copy of an alien registration number will be reclassified as an international student for admission consideration and fees.

As a reminder, applications will not be reviewed until all required materials have been received. This includes submission of a non-refundable application fee of $60 (U.S. dollars) for domestic applicants and $75 (U.S. dollars) for international applicants, payable online by credit card. Non-degree applicants can only apply to the MBA program, and will not be charged an application fee. All documents must be received by the deadline to which you are applying.  Documents are non-returnable.  If you are not offered admission, the Krannert School of Management may retain your documents for up to one year.

Please note: Because the MS(F) program begins in June, applications will not be considered for admission from MS(F) applicants outside the United States who graduate after December 2014. If graduating after December 2014, we welcome you to consider applying the following year. (See requirements on MS(F) home page)

Students who are planning to attend the Business English Bootcamp program must select Summer 2015 on their admissions application.

  • Application Round 1 (Early Round)
    September 1 – November 15. To apply, please access our application here.
  • Application Round 2 (Priority Round)
    November 16 – January 15
  • Application Round 3
    (Final International Round)

    January 16 – March 1
  • Application Round 4 (Final Domestic Round)
    March 2 – April 1, or until classes are full.
    To find out whether classes are full, please contact the Purdue MBA and MS Programs Admissions Office.

A description of application materials is as follows:

Completed online application. 

  • All sections of the Krannert online application must be completed in order for the application to be submitted.  Please note: The Diversity Fellowship Applicant Essay is not required for admission consideration to our programs. You are welcomed to complete the Diversity Fellowship Essay should you feel you meet the criteria for the Fellowship award. This Fellowship is awarded through the Purdue University Graduate School independently from your Krannert Master Programs admission process.

Essay Questions

  • One essay question must be completed within the online application. For ease of review, please include the essay question itself above the text of your question response. You are required to complete and submit the Statement of Purpose, along with ONE required essay (there is an optional essay).
      • Statement of Purpose (500 words max): Please submit a statement introducing yourself to the admissions committee. Some topics you may wish to discuss include:
        a. Brief academic and professional background
        b. Reason for seeking an MBA or Master’s degree at Purdue
        c. Desired career path after graduation
        d. Your thoughts on giving back as a student and as an alumnus
      • Required Essay: Integrity (500 words max): What does integrity mean to you? How does integrity relate to building communities of trust in academic, personal and professional settings? What expectation should Purdue have towards its students with regards to academic integrity? What consequences should students who do not uphold these standards face?
      • Optional Essay: (250 words max): If you feel there are any parts of your application that require additional explanation, or if there is any additional information you wish to share with the admissions committee, please use this optional essay as an opportunity to do so.

Two Recommendations

      • We prefer that recommenders be employers who are able to render an opinion on the basis of close, current, and sustained observation. We strongly urge (but do not require) that one recommendation be from your direct supervisor. Recommendations from friends, family members, acquaintances, and other sources unable to evaluate professional or academic qualifications for MBA study are not acceptable. No more than two recommendations are needed. We require your recommenders to submit the recommendations online, no paper recommendations will be accepted (instructions to do so are provided within the online application). Please note that we will not receive your application until your recommendations have been submitted.

Academic Transcripts and Applicant Eligibility

      • Any individual who is not a permanent resident or citizen of the United States is classified as an international applicant. In order to be considered for admission to the Krannert School of Management, international applicants must hold a bachelor degree or its equivalent from an accredited college in the U.S. or abroad. This requires 16 years of education in a University setting, which must be the equivalent of a four year U.S. Bachelor’s degree.
      • Correspondence courses do not meet this requirement. Transcripts must indicate “grades earned” for all courses taken. Please note that a summary of semester totals alone does not meet this requirement. Photocopies of transcripts are not acceptable unless certified (attested) by the official Registrar of the university attended (NOT INDIVIDUAL COLLEGE). Documents stamped with ‘True Copy’ DO NOT MEET THIS REQUIREMENT and will not be accepted, which will potentially delay admission consideration.   If your college or university uses a 3rd party company (ie. Transcripts Network) as a platform to deliver your transcript, Purdue University will only accept the transcript as official if you use their e-transcript option (please send to gradadm@purdue.edu) to send your transcript. If you are unable to utilize the e-transcript feature you must go directly to your college or university’s registrar office to request an official sealed copy of your transcript to mail directly to our office.
      • If you were educated outside the United States, and the native language of the country where you were educated is not English, you must send both a certified official transcript in the original language of instruction and a certified official English translation. You must also provide a certified official copy of your diploma/degree certificate in the original language of instruction and a certified official English translation.
      • Official documents must arrive in a sealed and signed university envelope.

Applicants should have their transcript documents sent directly to the Purdue MBA and MS Programs Admissions Office, Rawls Hall, Room 2020, 100 S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2076.

Documents are non-returnable.  If you are not offereed admission, the Krannert School of Management may retain your documents for up to one year.

Official Language Test Scores

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit one Language Assessment Test for admission to the Purdue University Graduate School. Students can choose from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE) scores.  IELTS official paper test reports must be mailed to the Purdue MBA and MS Programs Admissions Office.

      • The Graduate School accepts all valid forms of TOEFL testing, including those earned through the paper based-test (minimum score of 600), computer based-test (minimum score of 260), and Internet-based test (minimum score of Writing 20, Speaking 22, Listening 18, Reading 22, and Total bandwidth 93). For the Internet-based test, all 5 minimum scores must be satisfied. Only official TOEFL scores received directly from Educational Testing Service are acceptable. For further information, visit www.toefl.org. TOEFL scores must be reported to Purdue University’s Graduate School. Please use institution code 1631.
      • The Graduate School accepts International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. An overall band score of 7.5 is required for admission, with 7.0 required per each section. For more information, visit www.ielts.org.
      • The Graduate School also accepts the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic scores. An overall score of 70 is required for admission. For more information, visit http://www.pearsonpte.com.
      • All scores must be documented by an official report from the Educational Testing Service, IELTS, or PTE and must be no more than 24 months old at the time the application credentials are reviewed by the Graduate School.
      • As an international student, you may be considered for an English language assessment test waiver only if you have obtained a baccalaureate degree, graduate or professional degree within the past 24 months from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction, in a country where English is the native language.  In order to meet this requirement, receipt of degree must fall within the 24 month period when your documents are under review by the Krannert School of Management and Purdue University Graduate School.  Test scores expire on the first day of the month in which they were taken.

Offical Test Scores

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required for admission consideration for Krannert’s MBA Program. We recommend applicants plan to take the GMAT at least two weeks prior to your application deadline. Official test scores must be received before admission decisions are finalized. Visit www.mba.com for complete information regarding the test.  Though the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) can be considered for the MBA program, the GMAT is preferred as it is a test specifically designed to evaluate a person’s ability to be successful in business school. The GMAT is also preferred in scholarship and graduate assistantship consideration.

Please Reference the Following Codes For Test Scores:

    • Master of Business Administration, Full-Time
    • MBA for STEM Professionals
    • Master of Business Administraton, Weekend
    • MS in Human Resource Management
    • MS (Finance)
    • MS (Accounting)
    • MS (Global Entrepreneurship Program)
    • MS (Global Supply Chain Management)

Please note: applicants to the Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM) and MS (Finance) may also substitute the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for the GMAT.  Click Here for special GMAT Waiver Information for Purdue University students applying to the MS (Accounting) program only.

Supplementary Information for International Students


The Krannert School of Management does not require proof of financial capability until after a student has been admitted. We ask that you not include it when submitting your application. Upon an offer of admission, students will work with the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) to demonstrate eligibility for a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019).