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MS Global Supply Chain Management - Application Materials

I. Completed online application

All sections of the Purdue Graduate School online application must be completed in order for the application to be submitted.

i. Statement of Purpose + Required essay on Integrity + Optional essay

You are required to submit the Statement of Purpose, along with the required essay on Integrity within the online application. For ease of review, please include the essay question itself above the text of your answer.

    • 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 the 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 on 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.

*The Diversity Fellowship Applicant Essay is not required for admission consideration to our programs. You are welcome 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 the Krannert Master Programs admission process.

ii. Two Recommendations

Recommendations will only be accepted through the online application (no paper recommendations will be accepted). 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 graduate study are not acceptable. No more than two recommendations are needed. We require that recommenders submit the recommendations online (instructions to do so are provided within the online application). Please note that we will not receive your application until at least two registered recommenders have submitted recommendations through the online application.

iii. Transcript Scans

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.

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

iv. Non-refundable application fee

$60 (US Dollars) for domestic students or $75 (US Dollars) for international students must be paid online by credit card.

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II. 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 
  • **Transcripts will not be returned.

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III. Official GMAT/GRE Test Scores

The GMAT is the preferred method of testing for the MS Global Supply Chain Management Program.  It is designed to evaluate an applicant’s ability to be successful in a graduate business 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 for complete information regarding the test.)
The name of the program you are applying to is the 'code' required for reporting your GMAT score: MS (Global Supply Chain Management)

Note: Please do not submit your application until test scores are provided. It is recommended that you submit only the scores you intend to have reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

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IV. Official Language Test Scores (international students only)

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit one Language Assessment Test for admission: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Purdue University Office of Graduate Admissions will discontinue the acceptance of Pearson Test of English (PTE) scores. This will take effect for all applicants of graduate programs beginning with Spring 2019 semester and beyond.

  • We accept all valid forms of TOEFL, 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 about the test, visit www.toefl.orgTOEFL scores must be reported to Purdue University’s Graduate School using institution code 1631.
  • For International English Language Testing System (IELTS), an overall minimum band score of 7.5 is required, with 7.0 required for each section. For more information about the test, visit
  • For Pearson Test of English (PTE), an overall  score of 70 is required for admission. For more information about the test, visit
  • 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 Purdue University Graduate School.

International applicants may be considered for an English language assessment test waiver only if they 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.

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).

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V. Online (KIRA) Video Essay

After submitting your application, you must also complete the required online (KIRA) Video Essay.  Your application will not be reviewd without the Video Essay. This will give you the opportunity to participate in multiple video essay questions. The questions vary for each program and are developed to assess core competencies that align to your specific program. The video essays are used byt the Admissions Committee to identify specific business school competencies that we believe are key to building a diverse and strong cohort. Specifically we look for: Motivation, Adaptability, Engagement, Leadership Potential, Communication and Self-Awareness.

At Kranner, like many other business schools, we find these are some of the key competencies that highly qualified candidates share. Additionally, the video essays give us the opportunity to get to know each candidate a little better and gain insight that simply is not provided on a written application. Prior to submitting your essays please reflect on your experiences in school, work and life events that have shaped you and make you uniquely qualified for the program. Please talk to your recruiter or Program Manager prior to submitting your essays if you would like some guidance on how best to prepare.

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