Masters and Doctoral Programs

See a listing of the many liberal arts Master's and Doctoral programs below. For the most current information and details on applying to graduate school, please visit the Purdue University Graduate School.


With a diversified faculty, the Purdue graduate program offers training in the anthropology of religion, semiotics, gender, kinship, economic anthropology, the archaeology of Mesoamerica, South America, the Nile Valley and Central Asia, archaeometry, bioarchaeology, medical anthropology, human health and aging, women's health, reproductive ecology and primate behavioral studies. The courses taken during the first two years develop a four-field foundation for subsequent specialized research.

The student (in conjunction with his/her major professor and advisory committee) will develop a Plan of Study with considerable depth in selected areas of specialization using courses and seminars in this department as well as other departments.

Communication Areas of Graduate Study

Health Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Media, Technology, and Society
Organizational Communication
Public Affairs / Issue Management
Rhetorical Studies
Communication and Philosophy joint Ph.D. program
Master of Science in Communication (Online)
Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management (Online)

English Areas of Graduate Study

Creative Writing
English as a Second Language
English Language & Linguistics
Literary Studies
Eighteenth Century
Nineteenth Century
Twentieth & Twenty-First Century
Rhetoric and Composition
Theory and Cultural Studies

Languages and Cultures Areas of Graduate Study

Applied Linguistics

History Areas of Graduate Study

United States History
European History
Global History

Philosophy Areas of Graduate Study

The graduate program in philosophy at Purdue offers its students the opportunity to pursue an unusually diversified and well-balanced plan of study.  The department maintains a long pluralistic tradition with strengths in the history of philosophy and both analytic and Continental European philosophy.  Students acquire a solid grounding in four traditional areas of philosophy, the history of philosophy, metaphysics and epistemology, value theory, and logic, language and science, before developing their own specialized research programs.

Political Science Areas of Graduate Study

Political Behavior and Institutions
Comparative Politics
International Politics
Political Theory
Public Policy & Public Administration

Sociology Areas of Graduate Study

At the PhD level students select from a broad range of specialty areas, including social stratification, social psychology, and social change. Sociology students may also concentrate in one of the following five fields of sociological specialization in the department: family, sex and gender; health and aging; law and society; politics and economy; and religion.

Visual and Performing Arts

Master of Fine Art

Art & Design

Studio Arts Disciplines
Jewelry and Metals
Drawing and Painting
Photography and Related
Woven Textile Design and Fiber Arts
Design Disciplines 
Industrial Design
Interior Design
Visual Communications Design


Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Scene Design
Professional Actor Training
Technical Direction

Master of Art

Art Education

Doctorate (Ph.D.)

Art Education (administered through the Purdue College of Education)

Interdisciplinary Studies Areas of Study

American Studies
Comparative Literature (British, Chinese, French, German, Classical Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, American literature, and also Cultural Studies, Feminist Thought, Folklore, Literary Theory, Philosophy of Aesthetics, Postcolonial Studies, Queer Studies, Rhetoric, and Visual Culture)

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