Graduate Admissions Guidelines

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Graduate Admissions Guidelines 
The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources will accept letters of recommendation submitted electronically through the Graduate School’s electronic application system. Letters of recommendation can also be submitted by using the department’s own Recommendation Form.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Admission: January 15
  • Spring Admission: September 15

Application Document​ation

  • Application and $60 domestic/$75 international application fee submitted electronically to the University.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A 300-500 word statement of purpose
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official GRE scores from the general GRE test*
  • Official TOEFL scores* (international applicants only)

    *Send directly from ETS to Purdue University, institution code is 1631.

Transcripts and letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the department at the following address:

Graduate Program
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Purdue University 
715 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN  47907-2061

Letters of recommendation may also be submitted online through the electronic application system.

Minimum Index
A minimum undergraduate grade index of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale is required for admissions. Applicants with an index below 3.2 may be considered for admission if all other rating factors, especially GRE aptitude scores, are above the minimum levels adopted by the Department. 

The index for an applicant with previous graduate training will be computed as a weighted average of undergraduate and graduate, but the undergraduate index generally must be 3.0 or above. 

Graduate Record Examination
The GRE is required for the selection process for all applicants. Advanced scores will be used only as supplemental guides.

English Proficiency Requirement
A student whose first language is not English may meet the English proficiency requirement by submitting a T.O.E.F.L. total score of 550 or higher (paper version) or 213 or higher (computer version).

The minimum Internet-based test scores required for admission are the following:

  • 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 that 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.

The Graduate School accepts International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. An overall band score of 6.5 is required for admission. For more information, visit

The Graduate School also accepts the Pearson Test of English (PTE). An overall score of 58 is required for admission. For more information, visit

Course Deficiencies
Applicants with 5 or more required course deficiencies (about 15 credits) will not be admitted as regular graduate students until deficiencies are corrected.

Minimum Course Requirements for Graduate Applicants
Minimum background courses are required for admission by fields of study within the Department. Applicants in all subject areas must have as minimum preparatory work a baccalaureate degree that includes appropriate courses in the following subjects:

All other course deficiencies from the above lists must be corrected before arrival at Purdue or included as "other requirements" on the plan-of-study form. 

Evaluation Process 
The Departmental Graduate Committee and the prospective major professor will screen applicants to the graduate program and recommend admission or denial to the Department Head, based on the following criteria: (roughly in order of importance)

  • GPA
  • GRE and TOEFL scores
  • Evaluations by references
  • Research/Professional experience
  • Personal statement of interests & goals
  • Quality of previous program
  • Relevancy of prior coursework

Applications for summer-fall admission are reviewed about January 15 with notification by April.  Applications for spring admission are reviewed about September 15 with notification about November 1.

Admission Process
The Graduate School at Purdue University does not accept paper applications.  You may apply on-line at:​​​​​​

Forestry and Natural Resources, 715 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2061 USA, (765) 494-3590

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