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Admission to a graduate program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, in general, requires that applicants meet the following baseline requirements:

  • a bachelor's degree (for M.S. study) or a master's degree (for Ph.D. study) from an accredited college or university
  • a 3.0/4.0 or "B" grade point average (GPA)
  • an overall score of at least 77 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT version with minimum subscale scores of 18 for speaking, 18 for writing, 19 for reading, and 14 for listening for individuals whose first language is not English. Note: during the transition to the TOEFL iBT, Purdue will still accept a score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or above on older versions of the TOEFL.

In addition to the general admission regulations and other prerequisites of the University and of the Graduate School for entrance into graduate courses and degree programs, each department has special prerequisites for some of its offerings. These special prerequisites depend upon the particular course or degree program in which the student is interested. Some of the degree programs for educational personnel require as prerequisites those courses that qualify the undergraduate student for a teacher's license.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for PhD and international applicants.  The GRE is also required for M.S. applicants who fail to meet baseline standards. In general, a combined GRE verbal and quantitative score of 300 or more is expected.  Old exam: verbal and quantitative scores should total 1000 or more; a verbal score of at least 500 is strongly preferred.

Postbaccalaureate Study
Students who wish to continue their education may enroll as postbaccalaureate students according to the Graduate School policies listed in Admissions.

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