Pharmacy Grad Programs - Admissions FAQ

  1. Is financial aid available to international students?
  2. As an international student, am I required to take the TOEFL exam?
  3. How soon will I hear about my application status?
  4. Do I need to submit the Diversity Essay?
  5. Is there an option to apply for the Master of Science?
  6. I only have one set of transcripts from my native country. Do I have to submit originals?
  7. How long will it take to obtain a M.S. or a Ph.D. degree?
  8. What are the deadlines for applying for an international student?

1. Is financial aid available to international students?

Most students are admitted with offers of financial support, either in the form of an assistantship or, for highly qualified individuals, fellowships. A list of additional sources of funding is provided by the Graduate School. Financial aid, in the form of government-backed loans and/or grants, is not available to international students.
 
2. As an international student, am I required to take the TOEFL exam?

The TOEFL exam is a required part of the admissions process for international students whose first language is not English. Purdue requires a 77 minimum score on the IBT test, a 213 minimum score on the computer-based test, and a 550 minimum score on the paper-based test, with the following minimum scores per section: Speaking 18; Writing 18; Listening 14; and Reading 19.  The TOEFL (or equivalent testing) is required even with degrees from English-speaking institutions unless a waiver has been granted by the department to which you plan to apply.  Please contact the Graduate Program Assistant to inquire at gradprog@pharmacy.purdue.edu.  Most successful applicants to the College of Pharmacy's Graduate Programs have TOEFL scores in excess of 600. If the TOEFL test is NOT available in your area, you may also take the academic version of either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson's Test of English (PTE).
 
3. How soon will I hear about my application status?

Different schools and departments have different timelines for responding to applicants. While we make every effort to ensure that our applicants receive a response in a timely manner, some departments do not make admissions decisions until they know the amount of financial support that they will have available, which is typically after February 1.
 
4. Do I need to submit the Diversity Essay?

The Diversity Essay is required for all domestic applicants or applicants with a U.S. high school diploma.  The essay is a requirement for certain fellowships available only to domestic applicants.  You will find additional information and instruction on the Diversity Essay at the following site: https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/admissions/how-to-apply/apply-diversity.html.
 
5. Is there an option to apply for the Master of Science?

The only department in the College of Pharmacy that admits Master’s students is the Department of Pharmacy Practice. The Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy and the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology no longer admit to the Master of Science degree. All applicants are admitted to the Ph.D. directly.
 
6. I only have one set of transcripts from my native country. Do I have to submit originals?

The original transcripts are ONLY required once you are officially admitted. You will be contacted by the Graduate Administrative Assistant. The Purdue University Graduate School requires original, official transcripts; photocopies, certified copies, and notarized copies are not acceptable. If the transcript does not show that the degree has been awarded, then you must provide official copies of your diploma, both in the original language and an official English translation.
 
7. How long will it take to obtain a M.S. or a Ph.D. degree?

The length of time to obtain a Ph.D. degree varies among students and departments. Normally the degree of Master of Science is obtained within a period of three to five semesters or their equivalent calculated on a full-time basis.
 
8. What are the deadlines for applying for an international student?

Most departments in the College of Pharmacy admit students in the fall semester ONLY. For the application deadline for a specific department, see their department web pages.
 

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