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You are welcome to apply to our program at any time, but please take note that over 90% of our students complete their application during the period of October-December for admission the following August. Review of applications for August admission begins January 1, with our first round of financial offers decided by February 1. If you want maximum consideration for financial assistance for an August admission, you must have a completed application and ensure all documents (transcripts, recommendations, test scores) have been received by January 1. We will not begin a review of an application until all of the required materials have been received. Most financial offer letters are sent to students during the period February 1-April 15. However, as new funding opportunities arise, a number of financial offers are occasionally sent to well qualified students in May, June and July.

Our application process is now entirely electronic. In preparing to apply to our graduate program, you should make the following preparation.

What you will need in order to apply:

  • An earned 4-year bachelor's degree
  • A minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA, or equivalent
  • Identify three references, and obtain their email and contact information.
  • If you have not already, take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and have the scores reported to Purdue University (institutional code 1631).
  • Have an electronic copy of your resume ready to upload.
  • Prepare a Statement of Purpose that articulates your professional development goals. If you are seeking financial assistance via a research or teaching assistantship, it is particularly important that you browse the research activities our faculty are involved in and identify what type of area you would like to work in. Your statement of purpose is our main tool for routing your application to the appropriate faculty member for review, and ultimately determining which students we will offer financial assistance to. This statement need not be long, but it should be carefully prepared.
  • Obtain pdf or scanned transcripts from all institutions you have attended. International applicants should include original language transcripts and English translations of their transcripts that are not in English. These documents should be uploaded to the electronic application system (along with the resume and statement of purpose). If your degree is not posted on the transcripts, you should also submit a copy of your diploma.
  • If you are an international applicant and have not already taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, schedule a time to take the TOEFL exam. Purdue University's code for the TOEFL is 1631. The School of Civil Engineering requires the following minimum scores before we will route your application for faculty review.
    • Computer based test score >= 233
    • Internet based score
      • Total >=90
      • Writing >=18
      • Speaking >=18
      • Listening >=14
      • Reading >=19
    • As an alternative, the minimum required score for the IELTS: overall score >= 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in the speaking section.
    • Another alternative is a minimum score for the PTE >= 58
  • Be prepared to pay the application fee with a credit card. Your application will not be released for review until this application fee has been paid. The fee is $60 for domestic applicants (including permanent residents) and $75 for international applicants.

To Apply:

In the following weeks, you will receive an email notice from our program once a decision has been made. Decision time will vary depending on the circumstance in each area.

Frequently asked questions regarding the application process

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