Purdue University Graduate School

Undergraduate Requirements

Correspondence about admission to the Graduate School should be addressed to the Graduate Studies Office of the department or program to which an applicant wishes to be admitted or to the Graduate School, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907. Applicants ordinarily will be expected to hold baccalaureate degrees from colleges or universities of recognized standing prior to registration as graduate students. Applicants for a master’s or doctoral degree program should have achieved a 3.0 (out of 4.0) grade point average or higher for the baccalaureate degree or have other indicators of outstanding academic performance.

For additional information concerning requirements for admission, please consult the specific departments or programs at IUPUI to which you wish to apply. Some departments have requirements for admission that exceed the general Graduate School requirements.

Classification and Admission

Degree-seeking applicants are those who seek to study for a doctoral or master’s degree.

Degree-seeking graduate students must show promise, as judged by academic performance and experience, of ability to perform advanced study and research and must have adequate preparation in their chosen fields of study. Applicants must submit an official transcript from each college or university attended. If these transcripts are not in English, the official original-language transcripts must be accompanied by certified English translations.

For unconditional admission to a degree program, a B or better average in prior study is required. Individual departments may set higher grade requirements and may require the submission of additional evidence of academic performance.

A minimal score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for admission to the Graduate School for all international applicants whose native language is not English. See “International Students” in the “General Regulations” section at the beginning of the “IUPUI Graduate Office” section for more information about TOEFL.

Non-degree-seeking applicants are those who wish to attend graduate school for professional and personal enrichment without seeking an additional degree. See the “Graduate Non-Degree” section for more information about non-degree-seeking applicants. 

Financial Aid and Admissions

Students desiring financial aid who are interested in earning a Purdue degree while taking classes should contact IUPUI’s financial aid office.

Any student who is not fully admitted to a program may enroll in classes as a graduate non-degree student (see “Graduate Non-Degree Program” below). Students who are not fully admitted to a program should contact their department to verify their admission status. In many cases, students who are graduate nondegree or special students do not qualify for financial aid.

Graduate Non-Degree Program (GND)

Application Information

To be eligible for the Graduate Non-Degree Program, students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and be a U.S. citizen or a student who does not need an I-20 or an IAP-66 for a student visa. Under most circumstances, Graduate Non-Degree is not an appropriate enrollment status for persons requiring a student visa to enter the country.

Students who are interested in taking courses as a Graduate Non-Degree student will need to apply to the Graduate Non-Degree Program and be admitted prior to being able to register for courses. The application process includes completing an application and paying an application fee. Please see the following URL for the online application and more information about the Graduate Non-Degree Program:

Students previously admitted to the Graduate Non-Degree Program may not need to complete another application. Please see the above URL for directions on how to register for courses if you were previously admitted to the Graduate Non-Degree Program.