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Purdue Master's

Admissions and Requirements

To graduate with your Master’s Degree in Global Supply Chain Management (MSGSCM), you must complete the full-time, yearlong MS GSCM program, which includes both courses and a work experience project.

Admissions Deadlines

If you are planning to begin this program on the Purdue University campus you must apply for and start in the spring semester that begins in early January. Apply as soon as possible!

The Purdue University Graduate School will be transitioning application systems this summer. If you start an application now, you must submit by June 15th or you will need to reapply in our new system after July 1. The application system will be unavailable from June 15 – July 1 for the transition.


Application Round 1 (Early Round) ends June 1. Application Round 2 (Priority Round) is June 2 – September 15. Application Round 3 (Final Round) September 16 - November 15.  

Admissions Requirements

A description of application materials is as follows:

  • Completed Online Graduate School Application
  • All sections of the Graduate School online application must be completed in order for the application to be submitted.
  • Download Application Instructions for Global Supply Chain Management Master's Program
Essay Question (For Spring 2014 Class and Beyond)
  • One essay question must be completed within the online application. For ease of review, please include the essay question itself above the text of your question response. You are required to complete and submit the Statement of Purpose, along with ONE required essay (there is an optional essay).
    • Statement of Purpose (500 words max): Please submit a statement introducing yourself to the admissions committee. Some topics you may wish to discuss include: a. Brief academic and professional background b. Reason for seeking a Master’s degree in Global Supply Chain Management c. Desired career path after graduation d. Your thoughts on giving back as a student and as an alumnus
    • Required Essay: Integrity (500 words max): What does integrity mean to you? How does integrity relate to building communities of trust in academic, personal and professional settings? What expectations should Purdue have towards its students with regards to academic integrity? What consequences should students who do not uphold these standards face?
    • Optional Essay: (250 words max): If you feel there are any parts of your application that require additional explanation, or if there is any additional information you wish to share with the admissions committee, please use this optional essay as an opportunity to do so.
Two Recommendations
  • Recommendations will only be accepted by submitting through the online application (no paper recommendations will be accepted). We prefer that recommenders be employers who are able to render an opinion on the basis of close, current, and sustained observation. We strongly urge (but do not require) that one recommendation be from your direct supervisor. Recommendations from friends, family members, acquaintances, and other sources unable to evaluate professional or academic qualifications for Master's study are not acceptable. No more than two recommendations are needed. We require your recommenders to submit the recommendations online (instructions to do so are provided within the online application). Please note that we will not receive your application until your recommendations have been submitted through the online application.
Academic Transcripts for Domestic Students
  • Two official transcripts from each college or university you have attended as a registered student are required as part of your application. Download the Request For Official Transcript Request Form (Form GS-5) from the Purdue Graduate School web site, make copies as needed, to request two official, attested transcripts from each of the colleges and universities you have attended. We request that the registrar enclose the transcripts and the completed Academic Transcript Request form in the institution’s standard business envelope, seal the envelope, sign across the seal of the envelope
  • Global Supply Chain Managment Program applicants should send their transcript documents directly to the Purdue MBA and Master’s Programs Admissions Office, Rawls Hall, Room 2020, 100 S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2076.
Academic Transcripts and Applicant Eligibility for International Students
      • Any individual who is not a permanent resident or citizen of the United States is classified as an international applicant. In order to be considered for admission to the Krannert School of Management, international applicants must hold a bachelor degree or its equivalent from an accredited college in the U.S. or abroad. This requires 16 years of education in a University setting, which must be the equivalent of a four year U.S. Bachelor’s degree.
      • Correspondence courses do not meet this requirement. Transcripts must indicate “grades earned” for all courses taken. Please note that a summary of semester totals alone does not meet this requirement. Photocopies of transcripts are not acceptable unless certified (attested) by the official Registrar of the university attended (NOT INDIVIDUAL COLLEGE). Documents stamped with ‘True Copy’ DO NOT MEET THIS REQUIREMENT and will not be accepted, which will potentially delay admission consideration.
      • If you were educated outside the United States, and the native language of the country where you were educated is not English, you must send both a certified official transcript in the original language of instruction and a certified official English translation. You must also provide a certified official copy of your diploma/degree certificate in the original language of instruction and a certified official English translation.
      • Official documents must arrive in a sealed and signed university envelope.
      • Global Supply Chain Managment Program applicants should send their transcript documents directly to the Purdue MBA and Master’s Programs Admissions Office, Rawls Hall, Room 2020, 100 S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2076.
The Krannert School of Management will retain your documents for up to one year. If you are offered admission your documents are non-returnable. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit one Language Assessment Test for admission to the Purdue University Graduate School. Students can choose from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE) scores.
      • The Graduate School accepts all valid forms of TOEFL testing, including those earned through the paper based-test (minimum score of 600), computer based-test (minimum score of 260), and Internet-based test (minimum score of Writing 18, Speaking 18, Listening 14, Reading 19, and Total bandwidth 77). For the Internet-based test, all 5 minimum scores must be satisfied. Only official TOEFL scores received directly from Educational Testing Service are acceptable. For further information, visit www.toefl.org. TOEFL scores must be reported to Purdue University’s Graduate School. Please use institution code 1631.
      • The Graduate School accepts International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. An overall band score of 7.5 is required for admission, with 7.0 required per each section. For more information, visit www.ielts.org.
      • The Graduate School also accepts the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic scores. An overall score of 70 is required for admission. For more information, visit http://www.pearsonpte.com.
      • All scores must be documented by an official report from the Educational Testing Service, IELTS, or PTE and must be no more than 24 months old at the time the application credentials are reviewed by the Graduate School.

Official Test Scores

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Examination (GRE) are required for admission consideration for Krannert’s Master's Program. Though the GRE is accepted for the program, the GMAT is preferred as it is a test specifically designed to evaluate a person’s ability to be successful in business school. The GMAT is also preferred in scholarship consideration.  We recommend applicants plan to take the GMAT or GRE at least two weeks prior to your application deadline. Official test scores must be received before admission decisions are finalized. Visit www.mba.com for complete information regarding the GMAT test.  Here are helpful hints for taking the GMAT exam.   When sending your scores, please reference the following code: MS (Global Supply Chain Management)  

Fee Rate Structure Per Credit Hour

Students who are accepted into the MS in Global Supply Chain Management program as Purdue Direct Admit students will be charged per credit hour for program costs. MSGSCM students are required to have 30 credit hours to graduate (MSGSCM curriculum).

For residents of Indiana, the program fee at 30 credit hours is $22,647.00
For non-residents of Indiana, the program fee at 30 credit hours is $42,253.50 

For residents of Indiana, cost per credit is $754.90 per credit hour
For non-residents of Indiana, cost per credit is $1408.45 per credit hour 

*Many of our MSGSCM students choose to take more than the required 30 credit hours.

**The rates above are only for Purdue Direct Admit students, rates do not reflect Purdue partner schools.

***All fees are subject to increase based on approval by the Purdue University Trustees
To apply, please read more information here.