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The online admissions application can be found on the Purdue University Web site. You will need to complete a Statement of Purpose, gather three (3) Letters of Reference, and order Transcripts from all degree-granting institutions that you have attended at or above the undergraduate level. The Purdue Graduate School accepts all bachelor's degrees recognized by the Bologna Process. Please note that at this time, Purdue does not accept other three (3) year bachelor's degrees, including those from India.

We recommend, though we do not require, that all degree-seeking applicants take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), especially for those students considering pursuing a PhD. As of 1 April 2014 and effective immediately, we no longer require degree-seeking applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 to take the GRE.  We will continue to evaluate GRE scores submitted as one measure of performance and as part of the overall application.

Effective 1 July 2011 for degree-seeking students, the Purdue Graduate School now charges a $60 application fee for individuals residing in the U.S. (including permanent residents) and $75 for international applicants.  Indiana residents experiencing economic hardship may request a waiver of the application fee.  See the Purdue Graduate School for more information.  Note: As of 1 October 2009, post-baccalaureate non-degree seeking students only do not have to pay an application fee.

Please keep in mind the following important dates for admission to our program. International students who live abroad or who need to leave the country in order to obtain an I-20 visa have earlier deadlines.

FOR FALL ADMISSION All applicants

International applicants who need I-20 visa

All degree-seeking domestic applicants

Non-degree seeking domestic applicants

For best selection of Fall classes and assistantships

15 Feb Recommended

For processing I-20 visas for Fall admission

1 April Deadline 15 Apr Deadline 15 Aug Deadline

 

FOR SPRING ADMISSION All domestic applicants

International applicants who need I-20 visa

All degree-seeking domestic applicants

Non-degree seeking domestic applicants

For best selection of Fall classes and assistantships

15 Sep Recommended

15 Sep Deadline 15 Nov Deadline

1 Jan Deadline

If you have questions regarding the status of your application portfolio, please go to webcenter.applyyourself.com/ before contacting Graduate Admissions. Here, you will be able to see whether we have received your letters of reference and your academic transcripts. If we have not received these materials, please contact your references or the registrar at your previous institution directly.

When you arrange to have materials sent to us, please use the following address:

Susan Humphrey - Graduate Admissions
Office of Graduate Studies KT 258
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499

www.ipfw.edu/admissions | 260-481-6145 | graduate@ipfw.edu

Sending these materials elsewhere may result in delays processing your application.

The first step toward admission to the graduate program is creating your Statement of Purpose. This essay should reflect your goals for the graduate program. When writing your Statement of Purpose, consider some of the following questions:

  • Why do you wish to do further study in communication?
  • What are you most interested in studying during your Masters work?
  • What do you want to do with a Masters Degree in Professional Communication?

The next step is to gather your References. Three references are preferred. One of these letters should be from a college instructor familiar with your academic work. For those who completed their degree in the distant past, letters of reference ought to assess habits which reflect your ability to do graduate work (i.e. oral and written communication, critical thinking, ability to complete projects, motivation, etc).

The final step is to order your Transcripts. If you attended any IU or Purdue campus including IPFW, you can do this through the Office of the Registrar, located in Kettler Hall 107. Otherwise, you must contact the Registrar at any other campus directly and arrange to have them send your transcripts to Graduate Admissions.

If accepted into the program, you will be admitted under one of two statuses:

  • Unconditional: You are admitted to the program with no conditions. This is the status required for receiving an immediate teaching assistantship.
  • Conditional: You are admitted to the program, but within your first semester or year you must fulfill certain conditions to remain a degree-seeking candidate. These conditions can include some combination of maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA, completing a few undergraduate classes to gain a sufficient background in the discipline, and/or a minimum grade for one (1) or more courses taken either as a degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking candidate. Conditions must be met before you can become a graduate assistant.