Graduate Pharmacy Programs FAQs
Graduate Pharmacy Programs Frequently Asked Questions
- Is financial aid available to international students?
- As an international student, am I required to take the TOEFL exam?
- How soon will I hear about my application status?
- How do I pay the application fee?
- Do I need to submit the Diversity Essay?
- Is there an option to apply for the Master of Science?
- I only have one set of transcripts from my native country. Do I have to submit originals?
- How long will it take to obtain a M.S. or a Ph.D. degree?
- Can I apply off-line?
- 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 English proficiency requirement will be waived for applicants who have been conferred for a baccalaureate, graduate or professional degree within the last 36 months from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction in a country/location where English is the native language. A list of official English-speaking countries can be found at this web address: https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/admissions/how-to-apply/apply-toefl.html.
- If you are admitted under this waiver and are still finishing your degree, you must satisfactorily complete your degree and submit a final official transcript showing that this degree has been awarded BEFORE the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) can produce your U.S. immigration documents or before you can enroll in courses at Purdue University.
- 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 the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
- 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. How do I pay the application fee?
You MUST pay your nonrefundable application fee online with your credit card. Visa and MasterCard cards are accepted and processed using a secured online payment system. Your application will not be processed until your application fee has been paid. The application fee is $60.00 (U.S. dollars) for domestic applicants and $75.00 (U.S. dollars) for international applicants.
- 5. 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.
- 6. 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.
- 7. I only have one set of transcripts from my native country. Do I have to submit originals?
A transcript from each college or university that has awarded the applicant credit is required. Unofficial transcripts uploaded to your application are acceptable for the review of applications. The original transcripts are ONLY required if you are officially admitted. You will be contacted by the Graduate Administrative Assistant to submit if you are admitted. 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.
- 8. 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.
- 9. Can I apply off-line?
No, an electronic application is the only way to apply. However, before completing that application, make sure that you meet the minimum application criteria for the department to which you are applying.
- 10. 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.