Department of Biological Sciences : Graduate Application Required Materials

REQUIRED ONLINE MATERIAL: 

  1. Application

  2. Recommendations (3)

  3. Statement of Purpose

  4. Writing Sample

  5. Resume

  6. Domestic Only - Diversity Essay
  7. Official GRE/TOEFL scores ordered from ETS.

    1. GRE – no waivers
    2. TOEFL – applicants may be eligible for a waiver if they have received a degree in the last 24 months from a school where English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the native language.
      1. TOEFL Waiver Request Form
    3. You only need Institution Code: 1631
  8. Transcripts & Certificates

    1. You must upload to the online application transcript(s) and/or academic document(s) for every institution of higher education you attended. If a transcript is not in English, you must upload an English translation certified by the college or university which issued it.
    2. If personal identifying information such as a student identification number or social security number appear on the document, REMOVE THIS INFORMATION from your electronic version of your document or mark out the information in black ink before scanning your document.  Hint:  make a copy of the transcript then mark out in black ink before
    3. Provisional Certificates are not accepted
    4. All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system will be considered unofficial.
      1. You will need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records at the request of the graduate program or if you are admitted and choose to enroll. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. Official documents should be submitted to:
    5. Transcripts and/or English translations must be mailed directly from a Registrar’s office to the Office of Graduate Admissions. (You can choose to send the transcripts yourself, but the transcripts must be in an envelope sealed by the Registrar).
    6. Domestic Applicants:
      1. The Office of Graduate Admissions also accepts electronic transcripts from accredited U.S. colleges and universities sent via eSCRIP-SAFE, Docufide, Parchment Exchange or directly from the accredited U.S. college and university. Under a new pilot program, effective August 1, 2014, the Office of Graduate Admissions will also accept electronic transcripts from colleges and universities in India via TrueCopy Credentials or Parchment Exchange. The transcript must be sent to gradadm@purdue.edu. The Office of Graduate Admission does not accept electronic transcripts from international colleges or universities except for those noted in the pilot program above. Transcripts will not be returned.
  9. Do Not send additional materials – or duplicates of online documents – they will not assist with the review of your application.   Including your High School Transcripts.
  10. Transferring Credits
    1. Master's:  Up to 6 credit of graduate courses, not previously used toward a degree, may be transferred toward the Master's
    2. Ph.D.: Up to 30 credits from the Master's degree may be transferred toward the Ph.D..
      1. International students that attended a 3-year undergrad that required you to take an additional 2-year Masters, these courses are NOT allowed to transfer.

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