The Animal Sciences Graduate Program

Admissions Requi​​rements for International Applicants

The requirements of the Purdue University Graduate School are identified in on the Graduate School website. It contains essential information about admission requirements, curricula, course descriptions, University requirements for various degrees, financial aid, and information on other aspects of graduate education. Minimum requirements for admission to the Department of Animal Sciences are:

  • Previous Academic Record: The applicant must be a graduate of an approved institution and show promise of ability to pursue advanced study and research. An undergraduate scholastic index of 3.0 (B) or its equivalent is considered minimal for regular admission.
  • Graduate Record Examination: All applicants are required to take the aptitude test section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE can be taken by computer or paper-based at: Graduate Record Examination. Score reports from tests taken more than two years ago are not acceptable.
  • International Students: Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit official test results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language System (IELTS) Score. International non-native speakers of English must achieve a TOEFL score of 550 or higher on the paper-based test, 213 or higher on the computer-based test, or 77 or higher on the Internet-based test, to be considered for admission to a degree program. In addition, applicants who take the TOEFL iBT must achieve the following minimum test scores, in addition to the overall required score: reading, 19; listening, 14; speaking, 18, and writing, 18. If your TOEFL is less than 550 (paper-based score) or 213 (computer-based score) or 77 (internet-based test), additional study of English should be completed and the test repeated before making application. In addition, the Department of Animal Sciences requires the TOEFL Essay Rating score or the Test of Written English (TWE) score. The Graduate School requires that the scores must be documented by an official report from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and must be no more than 24 months old at the time the application credentials are reviewed by the Graduate School.
    As an alternative to the TOEFL, the Graduate School accepts International English Language System (IELTS) (Academic Module) scores of 6.5 or higher. The Graduate School will consider a request for waiver of the TOEFL requirement if the applicant has received a baccalaureate degree from a school where English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the native language. 

Applications for the Department of Animal Sciences are taken by the Electronic Web Application. It's FAST and EASY! Entry dates are: August, January, and June. International students should apply at least six months before the beginning of the session for which admission is sought. Decisions on awarding of assistantships are made early October (for Spring entry), early March (for Summer entry), and early August (for Fall entry). In general, the application requires:

  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended. For students who attend institutions where the official transcripts are not printed in English, the official original language transcript must be accompanied by certified English translation.
  • Letters of recommendation from three persons who have had an opportunity to evaluate the applicant's academic and research potential. At least one of the letters should be from a professor in the specific subject or field in which the applicant wishes to major.
  • GRE scores and TOEFL scores.
  • Your statement of purpose 300-500 words stating your purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study, your reasons for wanting to study at Purdue, and your professional plans, career goals, and research interests. You also may explain any irregularities or special circumstances applicable to your background.

Upon receipt of all material, applicants will be evaluated by the Graduate Committee. Acceptance by the department will not be granted unless the applicant can be assured of a major adviser and adequate research support and facilities. Please be certain to list on the application, in rank order, your research interests and the professors with whom you would like to study. Only the Graduate School is authorized to offer formal admission.


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