Youth Development & Agricultural Education


The YDAE Graduate Committee consists of four faculty and reviews applications throughout the year as applications are ready for review. The deadline for Fall semester admissions is March 15th and the deadline for Spring semester admissions is October 15th. The review process typically takes 4 to 6 weeks. Applications must be complete before they will be reviewed. Complete applications include:

  1. Online Graduate Application Form
  2. Supplemental Questions
    • Express your career goal
    • Reasons for pursuing a graduated degree in Youth Development and Agricultural Education
    • Research interests and why you wish to pursue this line of inquiry (you may want to review the research projects and interests of faculty on the department's website)
    • Share additional information regarding your application (this question is optional and may include extenuating circumstances that have impacted previous academic and professional performance).
  3. Official Transcripts: May be submitted in one of two ways:
    • Purdue is accepting electronic transcripts that are sent directly from accredited U.S. colleges or universities. Applicants wanting to use this method of electronic transcript submission must have them sent directly to Graduate Admissions Manager at
    • Two official paper transcripts (and official English translations) from each college or university attended should be mailed by a registrar to the department at:
      Purdue University
      Youth Development and Agricultural Education
      Agricultural Administration Building Room 218
      615 W State Street
      West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053

      If the original transcript is not in English, an official English translation, certified by the college or university must be included.

      Copies of original transcripts from each college or university attended may be uploaded into the online application to be used for review purposes only. Before admission can be granted, one official transcript/official English translation from each institution attended must be submitted using the methods above.
  4. GRE(Graduate Record Examination) scores sent to us by ETS.
  5. English Proficiency Scores (for applicants whose native language is not English; may be TOEFL, IELTS, PTE) sent to us by ETS
  6. Curriculum Vitae or Resume (upload with the application)
  7. Statement of Purpose (upload with the application)
  8. Three letter of Recommendations. Online submission through the electronic application is strongly preferred. Letters should be from references who can comment on academic/research achievements and abilities. Reference letter sent directly to the department must be sent on original letterhead.

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Dr. Levon Esters currently serves as the YDAE Graduate Chair. He would be glad to assist you, if you have any questions about the YDAE Graduate Program.