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VCS Graduate Program - Application Procedure

Prospective applicants should contact the department head or a VCS faculty member before starting the application process. An available and suitable research training position and financial support must be determined before applying. Applicants to the VCS graduate program must apply to the Graduate School at Purdue University. The application will be forwarded to the VCS Graduate and International Programs Coordinator for review and approval. 

Please have all original transcripts sent to:

Jesse Sheely, Graduate & International Programs Coordinator
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
625 Harrison Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2026
Email:jsheely@purdue.edu

For additional information, contact the VCS office.

Following approval of the application by the VCS GPC, the applicant will be contacted by the VCS office in order to complete the application documents which include:

  • Letter of intent (one to two pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts from each university that the applicant has attended
  • Three letters of recommendation evaluating the applicant's potential for graduate studies.

Applicants to the combined Residency/M.S. program do not need to submit a second copy of application documents to the VCS department as long as they have submitted the same information as part of their application to the residency training program. However, it should be noted that an additional requirement for application to the graduate program is that applicants must include official transcripts from each university that the applicant has attended and not just the official transcript from the veterinary college or school.

Foreign applicants must also include in their application to VCS evidence of satisfactory performance on the TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS test (International English Language Testing System) for students from countries where English is not their native language. Applicant must achieve the minimum test scores set by the Graduate School (see Section III of Policies and Procedures for Administering Graduate Student Programs. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) are not required for admission of students with post-baccalaureate or professional degrees. More information for prospective international graduate students is available on the Graduate School's website.

Applicants must also apply electronically to the Graduate School at Purdue University. A small nonrefundable fee will be charged for your application to the Graduate School.