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Purdue University - Main Campus Graduate School Report

10,949 Graduate Students
$9,992 Avg Graduate Tuition & Fees (In-State)
60.3% Took Classes Online
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Purdue University - Main Campus Graduate School Rankings

#42 Master's Degree School in U.S.
#27 Doctorate Degree School in U.S.

College Factual began publishing its yearly rankings to help students identify graduate schools that put a high emphasis on educational quality as well as helping students succeed. Our methodology places a high weight on things such as post-graduation wages, time to graduate, and student-per-faculty ratio. Post-graduation debt, faculty and staff diversity, and other factors are also taken into account.

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Best Master’s Degree Schools Ranking

Out of the 1151 colleges and universities analyzed in College Factual's 2023 Best Master's Degree Schools in the U.S. ranking, Purdue University - Main Campus took the #42 spot. So, the school is among the best in the nation with its Top 5% ranking. For this achievement, Purdue received one of this year's Best Master's Schools badges.

For the Best Master's Degree Schools in Indiana, Purdue came in at #2.

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Best Doctorate Degree Schools Ranking

Of the 676 institutions of higher learning that were examined in the 2023 Best Doctorate Schools in the United States ranking, Purdue came in at #27. So, the school is among the best in the nation with its Top 5% ranking. This makes Purdue a recipient of this year's Best Doctorate Schools badge.

Purdue also ranked #2 for Best Doctorate Degree Schools in Indiana.


Purdue University - Main Campus Graduate Student Diversity

10,949 Graduate Students
43.7% Women
17.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
During the most recent year for which data is available, 10,949 graduate students attended Purdue University - Main Campus. In order to come up with a feel for how diverse the school is, College Factual analyzed the demographics of these students. Keep reading to learn more.

Purdue Graduate Student Male-Female Ratio

The total graduate student population at Purdue is made up of 43.7% women and 56.3% men. Note that these percentages may differ for certain degree programs.


Purdue Graduate Student Racial-Ethnic Diversity

Of all the graduate students at Purdue, around 17.0% belong to a racial-ethnic minority group. The school attracts students from outside the U.S., too. Around 35.7% of graduate students hail from another country. For more details on graduate school diversity at the school, check out the chart below. If you click on it, you'll be taken to a page with more details.


Purdue Graduate School Cost of Attendance

$9,992 Avg Tuition & Fees (In-State)
At Purdue University - Main Campus the average per-credit tuition rate is $948 for out-of state students. In-state students can expect to pay an average of $348.

The average graduate full-time tuition and fees is shown in the table below.

In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $9,718 $28,520
Fees $274 $274

Average Salary of Purdue Grads with Master’s or Doctorate

$81,411 Avg Salary (Master's)
$73,682 Avg Salary (Doctorate)

Master’s Degree Average Earnings

The average starting salary for graduate students who earn their master's degree at Purdue is $81,411. That's good news for those graduates since it is 39% higher than the national average of $58,425.


Doctorate Degree Average Earnings

Doctorate degree recipients from Purdue earn an average salary of $73,682 during the early years of their career. When comparing to other doctorate degree holders, that's on the low side. It's about 2% lower than the national average of $75,260.


Location of Purdue University - Main Campus Graduate School

Indiana State
Small City Campus Setting
Public Public/Private
Purdue University - Main Campus is a public institution situated in West Lafayette, Indiana. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

Get more details about the location of Purdue University - Main Campus.


Contact details for Purdue are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Hovde Hall Of Administration, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040
Phone: 765-494-4600

Online Learning for Purdue Grad Students

60.3% Took At Least One Online Class
29.5% Took All Classes Online

Around 60.3% of Purdue graduate students took at least one course online during the 2019-2020 academic year. Roughly 29.5% of all grad students took courses exclusively online.


Purdue University - Main Campus Master’s Degree Programs

The only degree programs listed here are those in which master’s degrees were awarded in 2020-2021.

Master’s Degree Program Annual Graduates
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 136
Agricultural Economics & Business 29
Agricultural Engineering 37
Agricultural Public Services 2
Air Transportation 60
Animal Science 8
Anthropology 9
Architectural Engineering Technology 37
Area Studies 1
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 1
Biomedical Engineering 28
Botany/Plant Biology 6
Business Administration & Management 122
Chemical Engineering 57
Chemistry 4
Child Development & Psychology 8
Civil Engineering 78
Communication & Media Studies 186
Communication Sciences 29
Computer Information Systems 36
Computer Science 70
Computer Software & Applications 28
Curriculum & Instruction 159
Design & Applied Arts 7
Drama & Theater Arts 4
Economics 48
Electrical Engineering 96
Engineering Technology (Other) 48
Engineering-Related Fields 3
Environmental Engineering 17
Fine & Studio Arts 4
Food Science Technology 6
Forestry 14
General Biology 11
General Education 116
General Engineering 96
General Engineering Technology 22
General English Literature 16
Geological & Earth Sciences 11
History 3
Hospitality Management 25
Human Development & Family Studies 3
Industrial Engineering 81
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 13
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 111
Materials Engineering 13
Mathematics 10
Mechanical Engineering 115
Nuclear Engineering 7
Nursing 25
Nutrition Science 2
Other Engineering 35
Other Health Professions 9
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 6
Philosophy 9
Physics 9
Plant Sciences 3
Political Science & Government 10
Public Health 30
Sociology 4
Soil Sciences 9
Statistics 51
Teacher Education Subject Specific 7
Zoology 4

Purdue University - Main Campus Doctorate Degree Programs

Just like the master’s degree programs, only programs that had doctorate degrees awarded in 2020-2021 are shown here.

Doctorate Degree Program Annual Graduates
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 37
Agricultural Economics & Business 8
Agricultural Engineering 16
Agricultural Public Services 2
Animal Science 5
Anthropology 5
Area Studies 4
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 5
Biomedical Engineering 23
Botany/Plant Biology 8
Business Administration & Management 11
Chemical Engineering 15
Chemistry 58
Child Development & Psychology 10
Civil Engineering 38
Communication & Media Studies 5
Communication Sciences 11
Computer Science 26
Curriculum & Instruction 13
Economics 5
Electrical Engineering 80
Engineering Technology (Other) 1
Engineering-Related Fields 29
Environmental Engineering 3
Food Science Technology 11
Forestry 10
General Biology 25
General Education 24
General English Literature 20
Geological & Earth Sciences 8
Gerontology 1
Health & Physical Education 2
History 2
Hospitality Management 4
Human Development & Family Studies 1
Industrial Engineering 24
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 15
Materials Engineering 40
Mathematics 23
Mechanical Engineering 69
Nuclear Engineering 8
Nursing 7
Nutrition Science 6
Other Engineering 12
Other Health Professions 6
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 167
Philosophy 6
Physics 17
Plant Sciences 2
Political Science & Government 3
Public Health 1
Sociology 4
Soil Sciences 2
Statistics 9
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1
Textile & Apparel Studies 2
Zoology 2

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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