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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 within the online application. 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.

Sponsored Students:  Select Summer 2016 on the admissions application for your mandatory start in the Business English Bootcamp program.

Application Deadlines 

Please visit our Applications Deadlines page for a complete deadline schedule.

A description of application materials is as follows:

Completed online application. 

  • All sections of the Purdue Graduate School 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.
  • Documents stamped with ‘True Copy’ will not be accepted, which will potentially delay admission consideration.
  • If you were educated outside the United States, and the native language of the country where you were educated is not English, you must upload both a certified official transcript in the original language of instruction and a certified official English translation. You must also upload a certified official copy of your diploma/degree certificate in the original language of instruction and a certified official English translation.

Uploading Transcripts

  • Beginning with Spring 2016 entry, all applicants must upload to the online application transcript(s) and/or academic document(s) for every institution of higher education attended. If a transcript and diploma/degree certificate is not in English, an English translation (certified by the college or university which issued it) must be uploaded.
  • 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.
  • If personal identifying information such as a student identification number or social security number appear on the document, REMOVE THIS INFORMATION from your electronic version of your document or mark out the information in black ink before scanning your document.
  • Degree-Seeking Applicants:  Upload a transcript for every institution of higher education attended, including evidence of a baccalaureate degree awarded, into the online application. If you are currently studying for a baccalaureate degree, you will later be required to submit a document that verifies the awarding of that degree.
  • Non-Degree Applicants: If you are applying for non-degree classification, you must upload evidence of a baccalaureate degree which could include a transcript, a copy of the diploma or a degree certificate verifying the degree.  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 Purdue MBA and MS Programs.

All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficialThe Purdue University Graduate School reserves the right to require official transcripts and/or academic documents at any time during the admissions process.

Official Transcripts

  • You will need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records only at the request of the graduate program or in the event of a favorable admission decision and you choose to enroll. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. Official documents should be submitted to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Purdue University
Young Hall, Room 170
155 S. Grant St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114

  • Transcripts and/or English translations must be mailed directly from a Registrar’s office to the Office of Graduate Admissions. (You can choose to send the transcripts yourself, but the transcripts must be in an envelope sealed by the Registrar).
  • The Office of Graduate Admissions 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. The transcript must be sent to GRADADM@purdue.edu
  • **Transcripts will not be returned.

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. 

  • 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.

Official Test Scores

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required for the MS(A) Program.  Click Here for special GMAT Waiver Information for Purdue University students (only) applying to the MS (Accounting) program.

The GMAT is the preferred method of testing for the MBA & MS Programs.  It is designed to evaluate an applicant’s ability to be successful in an MBA Program.  However, the Admission Committee will consider the GRE in lieu of the GMAT if an applicant has already taken the GRE exam.  The GMAT is also preferred in scholarship and graduate assistantship consideration.

We recommend applicants plan to take the GMAT at least two weeks prior to your application deadline. Official test score reports should be sent to the specific program you have applied to at Purdue University, and must be received by the deadline to which you are applying.  Admission decisions are not finalized until official scores are received.  (Visit www.mba.com for complete information regarding the test.)

The name of the program you are applying to is the 'code' required for reporting your GMAT score.  Reference the following:

 ◦Master of Business Administration, Full-Time

 ◦MBA for STEM Professionals

 ◦Master of Business Administration, Weekend

 ◦MS in Human Resource Management

 ◦MS (Finance)

 ◦MS (Accounting)

 ◦MS (Business Analytics and Information Management)

 ◦MS (Global Supply Chain Management)

 ◦MS (Marketing)

Please note: applicants to the Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM), MS Business Analytics and Information Management (MSBAIM) and MS (Finance) may also substitute the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for the GMAT.

 Helpful Hints for taking the GMAT

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).

Visiting Campus 

Purdue University requires you to email us your full name, date of birth, email address and date of visit two weeks in advance of your trip to West Lafayette.  Email your information to: Mary Schultz