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Thank you for your interest in the Department of Political Science at Purdue University. Applications for the Fall 2022 admission cycle are closed. The Fall 2023 application deadline is December 15, 2022.  

Please follow the guidelines listed below for the fastest, most accurate way to apply to the Purdue Political Science Graduate Program.     For questions about the admissions process, please contact


Steps to submit an application

When applying, the following items should be submitted through the Purdue University Graduate School website.

1. Application

2. Application fee

3. Statement of Purpose describing your research interests and preparation for graduate study

4. Three letters of recommendation
The letters of recommendation may be submitted directly to the department, if preferred.

5. Diversity Essay

6. Official GRE/TOEFL scores

The GRE requirement has been waived by the department for the Fall 2023 admissions cycle.  Please be aware that some competitive fellowship programs in the College and University require GRE scores as part of the nomination materials, including the newly established College of Liberal Arts Dean's Graduate Fellowship program. 

Purdue's GRE code is 1631.

International students are required to submit scores for the internet-based TOEFL exam. For admission, applicants must have an overall score of 90 with minimums in each component of 20 (writing), 27 (speaking), 14 (listening), and 20 (reading).

Please submit official transcripts to the address listed below:

Purdue University
Office of Graduate Admissions
Purdue University Graduate School
155 South Grant Street, YONG 170
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: (765) 494-2600
Fax: (765) 494-0136
Email submission:  

Detailed instructions for submitting transcripts can be found on the Graduate school page by following this link:  

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to receiving your application.