Is the GRE required?

The GRE was temporarily waived through Spring 2024 and will be required again starting for applicants to Fall 2024.

What is the minimum GRE score required?

The committee looks at GRE scores in the context of the larger application. While there is no cutoff, we aim for scores in the 50th percentile or above.

What are my funding options?

The process for securing a TA position is different than for the RA position.  If you are interested in an RA position, you will need to reach out directly to the faculty member(s) you are interested in working with to inquire of a position. PLEASE NOTE:  Assistantships are not a guarantee.  We cannot guarantee everyone who applies will be accepted.  Additionally, you will have to apply for an assistantship every semester unless you are specifically asked to become an RA or TA from one of the professors and receive an offer letter from the department. The TA/RA positions do come with a tuition waiver, however there are some fees which are not covered. 

  • Student Fitness & Wellness Fee
  • Student Activity Fee
  • International Student Fee (if applicable)
  • College Differential Fee

You might also check with our International Students & Scholars (ISS) department and see what options they can recommend for funding: https://www.purdue.edu/IPPU/ISS/ISSOffice/contactinfo.html.

Additional appointments may be available from other departments of the University, such as the Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), the library system, and student housing. Details on graduate fellowships might be found on the Purdue University Graduate School website: https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/fellowship/funding-resources-for-stude....

The Purdue CCO has job opportunities that you can search online: https://www.cco.purdue.edu/.

Scholarship Universe:  https://www.purdue.edu/dfa/apply/scholarshipuniverse/

Can I apply for an assistantship before I am accepted?

Yes, you can submit an application through the Application for Assistantship on the following website: https://polytechnic.purdue.edu/degrees/ms-computer-graphics-technology/f...

The application portal opens on the second Friday of September for Spring applications and closes on the second Friday of October.  The application portal opens on the second Friday of March for Fall applications and closes on the second Friday of April.

Can I submit my unofficial transcript for the admission process?

You can submit your unofficial transcript to start the admission process, however your application cannot be fully processed until the official transcript and degree conferral are received.

Do I need a financial document as part of my application materials?

No, a financial document is not required in the application process.

How do I get an application fee waiver?

Please email gradweb@purdue.edu to inquire about an application fee waiver. 

Is Computer Graphics Technology a STEM program?


Are international students who complete the MS Computer Graphics Technology degree eligible for the STEM OPT (Optional Practical Training) program?

Yes. Please see the following link for OPT information: https://www.purdue.edu/ippu/iss/student/f1/employment/opt.html

On average, how long does it take for students to complete the MS Computer Graphics Technology program?

This is a two-year program.  Please see the following link for a Sample Plan of Study: https://polytechnic.purdue.edu/degrees/ms-computer-graphics-technology/p...

Do I need to have experience in the program I am applying for?

The Department of Computer Graphics Technology welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds.  Our students have completed bachelor’s degrees in fields as diverse as art & design, communication, various types of engineering, computer graphics, and computer science.

Is there a required GPA?

The minimum GPA for this program is 3.0.

Do I need an English Proficiency Score and what are the requirements?

International Applicants whose native language is not English are required to provide proof of English proficiency for admission.  Please see the following link for CGT minimum requirements: https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/prospective/gradrequirements/westlafay...

Can I get a waiver for the English Proficiency requirement?

For waiver information, please see the following link:  https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/admissions/how-to-apply/apply-toefl.html

What is a good example of a portfolio?

Your portfolio should include your best work which demonstrate competencies related to computer graphics.  Samples of work may be research papers, animation clips, UX projects, code snippets, drawings, renderings, digital art, portfolio website link, etc.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline for Fall admission is February 1 and for Spring admissions it is September 1. Please note, UX does not offer Spring admission.

Is this program available remotely?

No, this program is not offered remotely.

When can I register for courses?

Please see the following link for Registration Time Ticket Groups: https://www.purdue.edu/registrar/currentStudents/students/registrationFa...

What are available housing options?

Please see the following link for information on Graduate Student Housing: https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/admitted/housing-and-relocation/housin...