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The online admissions application can be found on the Purdue University Web site. You will need to complete a Statement of Purpose, gather three (3) Letters of Reference, and order Transcripts from all degree-granting institutions that you have attended at or above the undergraduate level. The Purdue Graduate School accepts all bachelor's degrees recognized by the Bologna Process. Please note that at this time, Purdue does not accept other three (3) year bachelor's degrees, including those from India.

We recommend, though we do not require, that all degree-seeking applicants take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), especially for those students considering pursuing a PhD

Effective 1 July 2011 for degree-seeking students, the Purdue Graduate School now charges a $60 application fee for individuals residing in the U.S. (including permanent residents) and $75 for international applicants.  International students may now pay the fee using foreign currency. Indiana residents experiencing economic hardship may request a waiver of the application fee.  See the Purdue Graduate School for more information.  Note: As of 1 October 2009, post-baccalaureate non-degree seeking students only do not have to pay an application fee.

Please keep in mind the following important dates for admission to our program. International students who live abroad or who need to leave the country in order to obtain an I-20 visa have earlier deadlines.


All applicants seeking conditional admission to degree program

International applicants seeking unconditional admission and who need I-20 visa

Domestic applicants seeking unconditional admission to degree program or not seeking degree

For best selection of Fall classes and assistantships

15 Feb Recommended

For processing I-20 visas for Fall admission

15 April Deadline 1 May Deadline 15 Aug Deadline


FOR SPRING ADMISSION All domestic applicants

International applicants seeking unconditional admission and who need I-20 visa

All applicants seeking conditional admission to degree program

Domestic applicants seeking unconditional admission to degree program or not seeking degree

For best selection of Fall classes and assistantships

15 Sep Recommended

15 Sep Deadline 15 Nov Deadline

2 Jan Deadline

If you have questions regarding the status of your application portfolio, please check your application online before contacting Graduate Admissions. Here, you will be able to see whether we have received your letters of reference and your academic transcripts. If we have not received these materials, please contact your references or the registrar at your previous institution directly.

Beginning with Spring 2016 entry, you must upload all 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.

The uploaded transcript and/or academic document must be from the official version of the document. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial.

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. For more information, please see

When you arrange to have materials sent to us, please use the following address:

Susan Humphrey - Graduate Admissions
Office of Graduate Studies KT 140
Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499 | 260-481-6145 |

Failing to upload unofficial materials or sending materials elsewhere may result in delays processing your application.

The first step toward admission to the graduate program is creating your Statement of Purpose. This essay should reflect your goals for the graduate program. When writing your Statement of Purpose, consider some of the following questions:

  • Why do you wish to do further study in communication?
  • What are you most interested in studying during your Master's work?
  • What do you want to do with a Masters Degree in Professional Communication?

The next step is to gather your References. Three references are preferred. One of these letters should be from a college instructor familiar with your academic work. For those who completed their degree in the distant past, letters of reference ought to assess habits which reflect your ability to do graduate work (i.e. oral and written communication, critical thinking, ability to complete projects, motivation, etc).

The final step is to order your official transcripts. If you attended any IU or Purdue campus including Purdue Fort Wayne, you can do this through the Office of the Registrar, located in Kettler Hall 107. Otherwise, you must contact the Registrar at any other campus directly and arrange to have them send your transcripts to Graduate Admissions.

Please note that as of February 2015 and effective immediately, the Purdue Graduate School now requires any student with an undergraduate GPA of less than 2.8 to complete twelve credit hours of graduate coursework as a non-degree seeking post-baccalaureate student with a B or better before possible admission to the degree program. Read more about this option.