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Submitting an Application: Statement of Purpose

Submit online your 300- to 500-word statement of purpose describing your purpose and rationale in undertaking or continuing graduate study and how the Engineering Education program at Purdue relates to your long-term career goals. You also may explain any irregularities or special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on special abilities and achievements.

If you are seeking financial assistance through a research assistantship, it is particularly important that you browse the research activities of our faculty and identify what type of research you would like to work in. Your Statement of Purpose and Research Statement are our main tools for routing your application to the appropriate faculty member for review and, ultimately, determining which students we will offer financial assistance to.

Tip: This statement need not be long (e.g., one page single-spaced), but it should be carefully prepared (e.g., clear, well-organized, grammatical, engaging).  It should clearly communicate your understanding of engineering education as a career.  Please note that a PhD is traditionally associated with the creation of new knowledge and thus emphasizes an independent research project.