EAPS Graduate Admissions Information

Application Deadlines

Applications may be submitted at any time. However, for domestic applicants, all materials should be sent so as to be received not less than three (3) months prior to the desired starting date. International applicants should send their material to be received not less than six (6) months prior to the desired starting date. Fall semester applicants desiring consideration for financial aid, a Fellowship, a Research Assistantship (RA) or Teaching Assistantship (TA), are advised to submit all application materials before January 2. Spring semester applicants are advised to submit all application materials before September 1.

To Apply:

The following information must be submitted for an applicant to be considered for admission:

    • Completed Graduate School electronic application form
    • Application fee
    • Statement of research interest and personal goals
      • The statement of purpose should be a one or two page statement describing your professional objectives and his/her academic and research interests. If possible, the statement should indicate how you see your own research interests overlapping with programs or projects in EAPS. If you have previous research experience we would like you to write about your experience, and what you accomplished. We are also interested in hearing about any area of your life where you have excelled. Please upload this document through the online application system. Do not mail separately.
    • Three letters of recommendation; the preferred method is to have letters supplied through the electronic application website.
    • Official, certified transcripts from all previous academic work.  For initial review purposes, the department will accept 'unofficial' transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded through the online application system, as long as they are copies of official transcripts.  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. To streamline the process, you are, however, still asked to provide 'official", certified transcripts; see mailing address below.
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from the general test ( the GRE subject test is not required ). Purdue University's code is 1631.
    • TOEFL (for international applicants only; original required). Purdue Unviersity's code is 1631. 
      • Completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submission of results is required for all non-English-speaking foreign nationals. A minimum score of 550 is required. For the computer-based test, a minimum score of 213 is required.
    For students who take the TOEFL iBT, required minimum test scores of the four tests areas are: 
    • Writing 18
    • Speaking 18
    • Listening 14
    • Reading 19

    An overall minimum score of 77 is required for admission by the Graduate School.

    The Graduate School also accepts International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. An overall band score of 6.5 is required for admission.

    The Graduate School also accepts the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic scores. An overall score of 58 is required for admission. For more information, visit http://www.pearsonpte.com.

    Failure to achieve all required minimum scores is an automatic denial of your application. There is no waiver of the above requirement.


    Note: Official, certified transcripts should be mailed directly to:

    Graduate Committee 
    ATTN:  Kathy Kincade, Graduate Secretary

    Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences 
    Purdue University 
    550 Stadium Mall Drive 
    West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051

    Application for direct admission to the PhD program

    Individuals who have not completed a Master's Program acceptable to the EAPS Graduate Committee will normally be considered for initial admission to the Master's Program. However, individuals may apply for direct admission to the Doctoral Program. The MS degree is not a prerequisite for the PhD degree.