The Purdue University Graduate School serves as the central office that oversees graduate education at all Purdue campuses. All graduate students are enrolled in the Graduate School and receive their degrees from the Graduate School. Applicants to the Graduate School are recommended for admission by a graduate program and admitted by the dean of the Graduate School.
Admitted students must satisfy both the requirements of a specific graduate program and the general requirements of the Graduate School. While graduate programs often have specific standards for required courses, grades necessary to continue in a program, and the outcomes necessary on required examinations, the Graduate School has established the minimum standards that must be satisfied to earn a graduate degree. Students who do not meet the standards of their programs will be counseled by the advisory committee or the program’s graduate committee about their academic deficiencies in the program. After such notification, students who do not perform satisfactorily can be dismissed from the degree program and lose their ability to register for graduate classes in the Purdue University Graduate School.
The Graduate School maintains the permanent academic records for all degree-seeking graduate students. Each student must submit an individualized Plan of Study with the signatures of the advisory committee. This Plan of Study is approved and maintained by the Graduate School, and any changes to this document must be approved by that office. The Graduate School authorizes the scheduling of the final examination for all degree candidates, and the reports of these examinations are submitted to the Graduate School. Finally, the records of all candidates are audited by the Graduate School to certify each student for the appropriate degree.
The Graduate School Office at Purdue Northwest (Hammond campus) is located in Lawshe Hall, Room 242. You may reach them at 219-989-2257; Graduate School website
Refer to the Graduate School website for policies and detailed information on admissions, registration, financial assistance, your plan of study, and graduation.