One official transcript from each of the colleges and universities you have attended as a registered student, regardless of the number of courses taken, is required. Management/Economics will accept unofficial transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded through the online application system for review purposes. You will only need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records at the request of Management/Economics department or if you are recommended for admission.
If your native language is not English, you must send both an official transcript in the language of instruction and a certified official English translation. If your degree is not shown as having been awarded directly on the transcript, then you must also provide a certified official copy of your diploma in the language of instruction and a certified official English translation.
All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial and are for review purposes only. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. If requested by the graduate program or if you are recommended for admission, you must submit official transcripts and/or academic documents directly to the graduate program to which you are applying.
Official transcripts and/or English translations must be mailed directly from a Registrar’s office to the program of application (you can choose to send the transcripts to the program yourself but the transcripts must be in an envelope sealed by the Registrar). The Office of Graduate Admissions also accepts official electronic transcripts from accredited U.S. colleges and universities sent via eSCRIP-SAFE, Docufide, Parchment Exchange or directly from the accredited U.S. college or university. The Office of Graduate Admissions will also accept official electronic transcripts from colleges and universities in India via TrueCopy Credentials or Parchment Exchange. These official transcripts must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Office of Graduate Admission does not accept electronic transcripts from international colleges or universities except for those noted in the pilot program above. Any transcripts submitted will become property of Purdue University and will not be returned.
Applicants re-applying to a graduate school program must provide updated unofficial transcripts to the online application if they have attended another college or university since their last application to the graduate school.
Resumé or CV
Submit your Resume online when completing your online application
Statement of Purpose
The statement of purpose should be 300-500 words concerning your purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study, your reasons for wanting to study at Purdue, and your research interests, professional plans, and career goals. You also may explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on your scholarly publications, awards, achievements, abilities, and/or professional history. Submit your Statement of Purpose online when completing your online application. If you wish to expand your Statement of Purpose somewhat, please keep your statement to no longer than 4 pages in length.
Strategic Management Applicants
In addition to a statement of purpose, strategic management applicants are required to complete an essay question. Please upload a PDF document on the online application system with your answer to the following:
A doctoral program classmate tells you that she is studying the effect of research and development (R&D) on the performance of firms, but she was surprised to find that her preliminary data analysis showed no significant correlation between them. She has asked for you to meet with her to help to understand this result. Before the meeting, you have decided to prepare a list of questions that you plan to ask her to help you diagnose what is happening in her study. What are the top ten most important questions that would appear on your list? For each of those ten questions, please provide a brief explanation (no more than three sentences long) about why you would ask that particular question.
Academic or Professional Recommendations
Two letters of recommendation are required. Your appraisers may submit online through your online application
Required Admissions Tests
Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required as follows:
- Economics applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examinations test (GRE).
- Management Ph.D. Programs require/prefer the GMAT. However, they may accept the GRE instead.
- OBHR candidates can take either the GRE or GMAT exam.
The GRE and GMAT exams are administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Applicants are advised to take the test no later than December or January before the August admission date. An "official" score report for the GRE or GMAT must be sent from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to Purdue University.
- GRE Institution Code for Purdue University: 1631
- GRE Department Codes for Purdue University:
- Economics: 1801 or 4301
- Management: 4299 or 4399
- OBHR: 4202 or 4206
- GMAT DI code for Management & OBHR Ph.D. Programs at Purdue University: 1187
- GMAT Program code is 1RZ-R6-03
The Test of English as a Foreign Language, or the TOEFL, must be taken by applicants whose native language is not English. The official score report for the TOEFL should be sent from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to Purdue University:
- TOEFL Institution Code for Purdue University: 1631
- TOEFL Department Code for Purdue University:02 or 84
Minimum TOEFL iBT Scores for admission are as follows:
- Writing: 18
- Speaking: 18
- Listening: 14
- Reading: 19
- Total: 77
Minimum PTE Academic Scores for admission are as follows:
- Overall :58
The Test of Written English (TWE) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE) are not a requirement for either admission or standard financial aid packages, including assistantships and fellowships. However, the TSE is required to be considered for awards that are based on teaching potential if an applicant's native language is not English.
Purdue University also accepts International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. An overall score of 6.5 is required for admission.
The GRE Information & Registration Bulletin can be obtained by writing or calling:
Graduate Record Examinations
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000
Telephone: (609) 771-7670
FAX: (609) 771-7906
Some test preparation materials can also be obtained free of charge on the website.
The GMAT Bulletin of Information and Registration Forms can be obtained by writing or calling:
Graduate Management Admission Test
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6103
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6103
Telephone: 1-800-GMAT-NOW (1-800-462-8669)
FAX: (609) 883-4349
You may also register on the website; this is probably the most efficient method.
In order to receive The TOEFL Bulletin of Information for TOEFL, TWE, and TSE contact:
Test of English as a Foreign Language
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6154
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6154
Telephone: (609) 771-7100
FAX: (609) 771-7500
It is probably most convenient to locate this information and register to take the exam on the website.
Information regarding the IELTS can be found by writing to or visiting:
100 E. Corson St., Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 9110
Phone: (626) 564-2954
Fax: (626) 564-2981
Information regarding the PTE/Academic can be found by visiting the following site: