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 Frequently Asked Question(s)

 

What are the basic requirements for entry into the Graduate Program?

  • Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements:
    • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average 
         
      3.0 or equivalent required
    • Master's Degree Completion:
         
      Not Required
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 
         
      GRE scores must be submitted with your application. Although there is no minimum score required for admission, your performance on the GRE will be an important component in the evaluation of your application.
  • International Applicant Requirements:
    • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average 
         
      3.0 or equivalent required 
    • Master's Degree Completion:
         
      Not Required
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 
          GRE scores must be submitted with your application. Although there is no minimum score required for admission, your performance on the GRE will be an important component in the evaluation of your application.
    • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
          A score of 550 or higher is required on the paper-based TOEFL exam.
    • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers: 
         
      Not Required
      NOTE! If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.

 


How do I check the status of my application?

Once your electronic application is completed online, you can check the status of your application through our graduate school website. We are continually informing applicants of our admissions decisions and of any materials that you may be missing to complete your file. Note that you will be required to provide your user PIN and password.

 


Do you offer a Master's Degree Program?

Yes, but we currently do not have openings for our MS program. Please view our How to Apply page for information about our Ph.D. program.

 


Do you offer spring admission?

We currently have no openings for Spring admission.

 


What is the application deadline?

The application deadline for Fall 2014 admission is January 15, 2014.

 


Why is the Department of Biochemistry part of the College of Agriculture?

Biochemistry is the basic science underpinning all of life. Consequently, it relates equally well to agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, and all other life-science based fields. At Land Grant Universities, like Purdue, Wisconsin, Kansas State, etc., biochemistry is almost always found in the College of Agriculture for historical reasons: it grew out of research on agricultural problems and those universities were the ones that had Agriculture (the field of biochemistry really started in the early 20th century with vitamin hunting, and that was usually in a College of Agriculture). 

In universities with Medical Schools, biochemistry is almost always a part of the College of Medicine, since it is one of the basic medical sciences that all first year medical students take. It is rare for biochemistry to be located in the College of Science in any University, with the exception of biochemistry divisions that are part of a larger chemistry or biology department, not independent units.

The subject matter, no matter where the department is located, is the same----humans, animals, plants and microbes share the majority of their biochemical pathways, and a well-educated biochemist is prepared to deal with research in any of the life science fields.

 


Can I get a fee deferment?

Yes. Special fee deferment arrangements can be made for graduate student staff who are experiencing temporary financial difficulties. A temporary fee deferment is available for the fall semester only.


 

Do you require an original transcript?

Yes, all original transcripts in sealed envelopes from your school should be sent to Purdue University or to the biochemistry department directly. Transcripts can be uploaded electronically with your application, but this is for review only. Official transcripts must be on file from your school.
Domestic applicants:
Official transcripts from all universities attended are required with the application. An official final transcript showing the degree and date conferred is required by the end of the first semester of residence. Students will not be allowed to register for subsequent semesters until this requirement has been met.
International applicants:
Official transcripts from all universities attended are required with the application. An official final transcript showing the degree and date conferred along with official English translation is required. Students must also present an original undergraduate diploma with an official English translation for verification to the Graduate School. These requirements must be met by the end of the first semester of residence.  Students will not be allowed to register for subsequent semesters until all of these requirements have been met.

 

TEST SCORES

Do I need to have ETS send my official GRE and TOEFL scores to you or are photocopies acceptable?

Official scores for the GRE and the TOEFL must be sent by ETS. We do not accept photocopied scores.

Do you require GRE Subject exams to be taken?

No, the Department of Biochemistry Graduate Program does not require Subject exams.

If I send the scores, are the department codes needed and what are they?

The Purdue University institution code is 1631; you do not need a department code. 

My TOEFL scores will not arrive until after the January 15 deadline. Will I still be considered for admission to Biochemistry?

If the Admissions Committee is still reviewing files when your scores arrive, your application may be reviewed. However, if your scores are not received by the January 15 deadline, all slots may be filled before your file is reviewed.

My TOEFL scores have expired, do I need to retake them?

  • The Graduate School routinely waives the English proficiency examination (TOEFL) for applicants who have received a baccalaureate, graduate, or professional degree from a U.S. institution within the past 24 months of the date the recommendation for admission is received at the Graduate School. The Graduate School will place a HOLD on your record at the time of admission until they receive your official final transcript.  You cannot register for classes until the transcript is received and the HOLD is removed.
  • Link to TOEFL and new international test site, for your reference:
    www.ets.org/toefl/

Have you received my test scores from the ETS yet?

Note that when you have ordered scores from ETS, they can take up to 6 weeks to arrive at your desired institution. 

Do you have minimum criteria for GRE scores?

GRE scores must be submitted with your application. Although there is no minimum score required for admission, your performance on the GRE will be an important component in the evaluation of your application.  

Is the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or PTE (Pearson Test of English) required? 

  • If your native language is not English, you must take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE to be admitted to Purdue.
  • The Biochemistry program requires the following TOEFL scores:
  • a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based
  • Internet-based scores of
  • Writing 18
  • Speaking 18
  • Listening 14
  • Reading 19
  • Total 77

**Note that in addition to required minimum scores for writing, speaking, listening, and reading, the Graduate School also requires a minimum overall score of 77, which is higher than the minimums for the four area tests combined. Applicants must meet or exceed each of the five scores (listed above) for admission to the Graduate School.

    • If you take the IELTS, a minimum band score of 6.5 is required.
    • If you take the Pearson Test of English (PTE) it must be the academic test and an overall score of 58 is required.

 


HOUSING

What information do you have about on-campus housing?

On-campus housing is available for Purdue graduate students at Hawkins Hall and Purdue Village.

What information do you have about off-campus housing?

For information about off-campus housing in the Lafayette Area, visit:

What is the cost of living for a student?

Purdue offers a website that allows you to compare various university cities. See http://www.gradschool.purdue.edu/cost.cfm

You might want to check out this site: http://cgi.money.cnn.com/tools/costofliving/costofliving.html offered by CNN that allows you to compare a more diverse set of locations.

 


INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

Do you recruit international students? If so, how many per year?

We encourage international students to apply to Biochemistry. We do not have a specific number of international students that we accept each year.

Can the application fee be waived for international applicants?

No, the application fee cannot be waived at this time.

Do you have an interview requirement for international students?

International students who are doing their undergraduate studies in the United States are invited to campus for an on-site interview before any offer of admission will be extended. International students doing their undergraduate studies outside the United States will have a phone interview before any offer of admission is extended.

How can I learn more about Purdue’s Office of International Students and Scholars?

Visit the ISS website at http://www.iss.purdue.edu.

Do you accept students with a 3-year undergrad degree?

The graduate admissions committee is aware that some international programs offer three-year degrees and takes this into consideration when reviewing applications.