Graduate School Admissions

Students may apply to the department for admission to either the Master of Science or the Doctor of Philosophy program of study. Residents of Indiana may apply for enrollment as post-baccalaureate non-degree students if they wish to take graduate level course work in agricultural economics, but prefer not to be enrolled in a regular degree program. A faculty committee reviews an applicant's credentials in order to recommend admission to the graduate program. Each prospective student must provide all of the following:

Application Requirements

  • Electronic Application  
  • Application Fee
  • A Statement of  Purpose discussing your interest in Agricultural Economics as well as goals and objectives.
  • Transcripts - one set of official transcripts from each university or college attended.   We do not accept copies of any kind, hardcopy or scanned. Electronic transcripts must be sent to   gradadm@purdue.edu

    International applicants must submit original language transcripts as well as English translation and a certified copy of the diplomas with English translation.  NOTE:  we do not accept E-transcripts from international universities/colleges.  Transcripts must be sent directly by the issuing University and must have an original University stamp on each page.

    Domestic applicants must submit one set of official transcripts (hardcopy) issued by the institution to:
    Lou Ann Baugh
    Department of Agricultural Economics
    403 W. State Street
    West Lafayette, IN 47907-2056
    USA

    Domestic applicants may submit E-transcripts.  They must be directly to:   gradadm@purdue.edu       (Do not send E-transcripts to Ms. Baugh)
     
  • Three reference letters. Online submission through the electronic application is strongly preferred. Letters should be from references who can comment on academic/research achievements and abilities. Reference letters sent directly to the department must be sent on original letterhead.
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores sent to us by ETS.
  • TOEFL sent by ETS or IELTS sent by ETS is required for all international applicants. The Graduate School routinely waives the English proficiency examination for applicants who have been awarded a baccalaureate, graduate, or professional degree from a U.S. institution within the past 24 months (at the time the recommendation for admission is received at the Graduate School.) Applicants who qualify for a waiver of the English proficiency examination should bring this to the attention of the program to which they are applying for further explanation.

    TOEFL minimum requirements:                                                
                    Writing                 18
                    Speaking              18
                    Listening              14
                    Reading                19
                    Total                     77

Application Deadlines

Applicants with U.S. citizenship may apply at any time for admission to our graduate program for a Fall (August) admission.

International applicants must have a completed application by March 1 for a Fall (August) admission.    A completed application entails: online application, paid application fee, statement of purpose, GRE and TOEFL scores received, official transcripts, certified copy of diplomas with English translation and three letters of recommendation.  

To be competitive for Fall fellowships, applications should be completed by January 15th. To be competitive for Fall research assistantships, applications should be completed by February 15th.

 

Prerequisites

Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in the following five (5) prerequisite areas.  These prerequisites may be satisfied by courses taken in prior degree programs, or courses may be taken at Purdue University without credit.  Since progress towards the M.S. degree can be delayed by incomplete preparation (especially in mathematics), students are encouraged to complete prerequisites prior to enrollment at Purdue.  Students are expected to complete these prerequisites as early as possible in their program and no later than second semester of resident study.

  • Principles of Economics (micro and macro theory equivalent to ECON 251/252)
  • Mathematics (differential calculus for M.S., Ph.D. students also should have mutli variate and integral calculus) MA 223/224)
  • Statistics (equivalent to STAT 301/501/511)
  • Knowledge of Matrix Algebra

It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of the basic academic requirements below does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

 

Domestic Requirements

Master's Degree Program

Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 3.0 or equivalent required
Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Required -- no minimum score set

Doctoral Degree Program

Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 3.0 or equivalent required
Master's Degree Completion: Required -- no minimum score set
Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Required -- no minimum score set

International Requirements

Master's Degree Program

Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 3.0 or equivalent required
Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Required -- no minimum score set
TOEFL/IELTS for Non-Native English Speakers: Minimum Score Required:
IELTS  = 6.5
TOEFL: Writing 18, Speaking = 18, Listening = 14, Reading = 19, Total = 77

Doctoral Degree Program

Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 3.0 or equivalent required
Master's Degree Completion: Required, with a grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent
Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Required -- no minimum score set
TOEFL/ IELTS for Non-Native English Speakers: Minimum Score Required:
IELTS  = 6.5
TOEFL: Writing 18, Speaking = 18, Listening = 14, Reading = 19, Total = 77

 



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