Graduate Admission for Masters and Ph.D. Degrees

Criteria for Admission

While no single factor or score can characterize an applicant's probability for success, the following benchmarks may prove helpful.



  • US applicants have an average GPA of 3.60 or higher.
  • International applicants are typically in the top 5% of their graduating class, or higher.
  • Typically, a 3.25/4.00 grade point average (GPA) is considered a minimum requirement for admission into the ECE graduate program.


While we do not have minimum scores, the Average scores for admitted students in previous semesters are approximately:

  • 152 (Verbal)
  • 166 (Quantitative)
  • 3.6 (Analytical Writing)


International students must have:

TOEFL: (Required by Purdue University Graduate School)

  • iBT overall minimum score of 80
  • (iBT individual minimums: Writing = 18, Speaking = 18, Listening = 14, Reading = 19) 
  • IELTS minimum score = 6.5
  • (IELTS individual minimums: Reading = 6.5, Listening = 6.0, Speaking = 6.0, Writing = 5.5)
  • Please ensure you meet all minimum requirements BEFORE you apply to our program
  • TOEFL waivers will only be granted to the following:
    • International students who have received a degree from a U.S. institution within 24 months, prior to applying.
    • International students who have received a BS or higher degree within 24 months, prior to applying, from a university/college whose primary language of instruction is English in a country where English is the official language.

TOEFL: (Required by the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

  • Besides satisfying the Graduate School minimum scores, the ECE requirement for the TOEFL Writing Score 22 for admission.  However, ECE will make an exception to the required TOEFL Writing score of 22 for exceptional PhD applicants with financial support, and consider them for conditional admission.
  • Please note – If you are an international applicant, you must submit the Internet-based TOEFL to be considered for a TA. A minimum score of 23 on speaking section is required to be considered for teaching assistantships.  Highest priority will be given to students with a score of 27 or higher on the speaking section.  International students whose TOEFL requirement is waived MUST submit a TOEFL to be considered for TA positions.


Additional info:

Applicants seeking possible funding are cautioned that successful applicants have qualifications that far exceed the minimum/average requirements of GPA,GRE, and TOEFL scores.

Only applicants who submit iBT scores will be considered for a TA.

** International students are NOT required to submit a Diversity Essay**

More information regarding criteria may be found here.