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MS BAIM - 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

We require two recommendations, preferably from direct supervisors in academic and/or work settings. We strongly urge 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 Master's study are not acceptable. No more than two recommendations are needed. Only online recommendations will be accepted (instructions are provided within the online application). Your application will not be considered complete until your recommendations have been submitted.

iii. Transcript Scans

You must upload to the online application transcript(s) and/or academic document(s) scans for every institution of higher education you attended. If a transcript is not in English, you must also upload an English translation certified by the college or university which issued it. The uploaded transcript and/or academic document scan must be based on 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 the electronic version of your document or mark out the information in black ink before scanning your document.

iv. Evidence of a Baccalaureate Degree

You must also present evidence of your baccalaureate degree. This may be a copy of the diploma, or a letter from the college or university verifying the degree. Please upload a scan of this document in your online application. If you are currently studying for a baccalaureate degree, you will be required to submit this document once your degree is awarded.

v. 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

All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered UNOFFICIAL. 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.

The Office of Graduate Admissions 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 and university. The transcript must be sent to Purdue MBA and MS Programs does not accept electronic transcripts from international colleges or universities.

The Office of Graduate Admissions also accepts official paper transcripts. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution.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. Official documents should be submitted to:

Purdue MBA & MS Programs
Admissions Office
Rawls Hall, Suite 2020
100 S. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2076

Transcripts and English translations must be mailed directly from a Registrar’s office to the Purdue MBA & MS Programs. (You can choose to send the transcripts yourself, but the transcripts must be in an envelope sealed by the Registrar).

*The Purdue University Graduate School reserves the right to require official transcripts and/or academic documents at any time during the admissions process.
**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 MSBAIM Program. However, the Admission Committee will consider the GRE in lieu of the GMAT. 

We recommend applicants plan to take the exams at least two weeks prior to your application deadline. Official test score reports must be received by the deadline to which you are applying.

The name of the program you are applying to is the 'code' required for reporting your GMAT score. Please reference the 'MS (Business Analytics and Information Management)' when reporting your score. (Visit for complete information regarding the test.)

GRE scores must be reported  to Purdue University’s Graduate School using institution code 1631. Only official GRE scores received directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) are acceptable.

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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), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE). 

  • 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. 

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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 reviewed without the Video Essay. The two questions you need to answer as part of the video essay are: 
1)      How would you describe to a non-technical audience your motivation and interest in the Business Analytics field? 
2)      Tell us about a simple scientific idea or concept, that is unrelated to data, and excites you.

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