Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the College of Technology's graduate programs. To apply, visit the online application.

The Master’s degree program offered by the Technology Leadership and Innovation Department is an M.S. Industrial Technology (soon to be M.S. TLI for all TLI plans of study).  This provides a strong core of technology courses as a foundation, and built-in flexibility to meet your specific study interests as guided by your advisory committee. Two Research core courses are required of all students:   IT 50700; Measurement and Evaluation in Industry and Technology, and TECH 64600; Analysis of Research in Industry and Technology.  In addition, two TLI core courses are required for most students (see advisor for details) including:  IT 57100; Project Management in Industry and Technology, and AT/IT 50800; Quality and Productivity in Industry and Technology. The remainder of each student's plan of study is tailored to his/her professional goals by the selection of courses for the plan, which is built around a "primary area" and one or more "related areas." The primary area requires a minimum of 15 semester hours of TECH or CoT Department prefix credit; otherwise, the distribution of credit hours is left to the discretion of the student and his/her advisory committee.

Admission is determined by the TLI Department Graduate Committee, and all application items are considered in their deliberation including your transcript, statement of purpose, resume, GRE scores, letters of recommendation and TOEFL scores if appropriate.  It is Strongly Recommended that you make contact with a professor or two in the TLI Department before your application is complete.  By getting their interest in working with you and listing them on your application as your preferred professor(s), you will improve your chances of being accepted in the program.  The items in the list below must be on file in our office in order for your application to be considered complete and ready for review for consideration:

Applications and all supporting documents should be filed electronically via the link above. The $65.00 processing fee can be mailed to Graduate School Admissions, Purdue University, 170 Young Graduate House, West Lafayette, IN 47906-6208 USA, or can be paid by credit card when completing your application.

Statement of Purpose - Should be 300-500 words; any statement of purpose, which exceeds the 500-word limit, will be returned for revision. The statement should describe your purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study, your reasons for wanting to study at Purdue, and your professional plans, career goals, and research interests. You may also explain any irregularities or special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on your special abilities, awards, achievements, scholarly publications, and/or professional history. Statement of Purpose template

Resume - Provide a resume descriptive of your education, work history, significant skills and experiences as well as accomplishments.

Letters of Recommendation - Recommendations must come from three persons who can attest to your academic ability and scholarly potential - this does not include family friends, ministers, etc. If the admissions committee determines that any of the three recommendations received are unacceptable, additional recommendations may be requested, thus creating a delay in the processing of your application.

Transcripts - Official original transcripts from each college or university at which you have completed course work are required before an application can be processed. We require an official transcript. Applicants are expected to have completed a BS degree with a grade point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Request for official transcript

GRE Scores - Scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required before an application can be considered for admission and must be on file at the Graduate School at Purdue University before an application can be forwarded with a recommendation to admit. While there is no absolute GRE standard for admission, the strong guideline is for students to be at the 50th percentile for admission (typically a combined score of 300 total for both the verbal and quantitative sections).  NOTE: You do not have to wait until you have taken the GRE to submit your application for admission to the Graduate School. For more information on scheduling the GRE contact Sylvan Learning Center's Lafayette Office at (765) 447-5996 or go to http://www.gre.org.

TOEFL Score - International non-native speakers of English must achieve a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 or higher on the paper-based examination or 77 on the web-based examination. Note that web based scores have minimums in each category (Writing > 18, Speaking > 18, Listening > 14, Reading > 19). The overall and minimum scores are established by the Graduate School. The score must be no more than two years old.
Optionally, you may provide a sample of your work that demonstrates writing proficiency and/or other important accomplishment that evidences your skills.

General Deadlines for Application to the Graduate School Programs – Please apply at anytime.

Domestic Applicants
Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: April 1

International (if outside the U.S.)
Fall: April 1
Spring: September 1
Summer: February 15

International (if within the U.S.)
Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: April 1