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Graduate Application Process

  • Review Admission Requirements for the Food Science Graduate Program to determine that all minimum requirements are met prior to applying. Please pay close attention to submission deadlines and criteria.

  • If all minimum requirements are met, complete and submit the Electronic Application to Purdue Graduate School.

  • All required documents can be submitted electronically through the online application or sent to the Graduate Program Coordinator at address shown on the Admissions Requirements information page.

  • Once all required documents are received, your application file will be submitted to the Food Science Graduate Committee for review. This process typically takes 2-3 weeks. While your application file is being reviewed by the Graduate Committee, the status of your application will be  "Application Complete".

  • After the Food Science Graduate Program Coordinator has received your application file from the Graduate Committee after review, you will receive a letter informing you whether your application file has been forwarded for consideration by the faculty. If your file is forwarded, faculty members are informed that a new prospective graduate student’s file has been uploaded to the Graduate Website to review for possible funding. You will not be offered admission to the Food Science Graduate Program unless a faculty member offers a research assistantship prior to admission deadlines. Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members with whom they have common research interest.

  • If your application file has been approved to be considered for a research assistantship, your status on the Graduate Website will reflect "Awaiting Decision". The application will remain in the awaiting decision status until a faculty member has extended an offer to the applicant.  

  • As faculty members receive funding for research assistantships through grant approval, they will review approved application files on the Graduate Website. The faculty member will contact the Food Science Graduate Program Coordinator if they find an applicant they feel has the credentials and research interest they seek for their research area. At this point, either the faculty member or the Food Science Graduate Program Coordinator will contact the applicant to discuss the possibility of visiting the Food Science Department.

  • When a faculty member finds a student with whom they feel is a good fit for their research area and lab, typically the Food Science Graduate Program Coordinator is asked to prepare an offer letter that will be sent to the applicant.

  • Please note that applications are valid for one full year from the date of submission. If admission is not offered in the session noted on the application, applicants can be considered for additional sessions within the one year period without re-applying. If an applicant does not wish to be considered for additional sessions, please contact the food science department graduate program coordinator.


  • Questions? Please refer to the Food Science Graduate Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and/or the Purdue Graduate School FAQs.

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