Apply to Our Program

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Political Science at Purdue University.

Please follow the guidelines listed below for the fastest, most accurate way to apply to the Purdue Political Science Graduate Program. The application deadline for admission for Fall Semester 2020 is December 15, 2019.


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

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

5. Diversity Essay, required by department for full funding consideration

6. Official GRE/TOEFL scores
All students must take and submit results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (verbal, quantitative, and analytical). Students must receive a score of 160 or higher on the verbal section of the exam (600 or higher using the GRE recording metric from July 2011 or earlier).

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), 25 (speaking), 14 (listening), and 20 (reading).

Official transcripts must be submitted directly to our graduate coordinator at the following address:

Department of Political Science
Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education
100 N. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098


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

Nadia E. Brown, Ph.D.
Chair, Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Committee


Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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