Admission Frequently Asked Questions 

General Information and Requirements


studentsHow do I find out if LSU offers the program I’m interested in?

LSU offers more than 120 graduate degree programs and over 10 graduate certificates.

 

I want to take a few courses without getting a graduate degree. How do I apply?

You can apply as a non-degree seeking student. Keep in mind that courses taken as a non-degree seeking student may not apply towards a future degree. International students are unable to apply as non-degree seeking students

 

What is a graduate certificate? What certificates does LSU offer? How do I apply?

We offer over 10 different graduate certificates, which are composed of 12-18 credit hours. Certificates are designed to support additional expertise (such as the Analytics certificate) or further develop expertise gained in a degree program (such as the Mathematics for Advanced Secondary Instruction certificate). Visit the website for the certificate you're interested in for admission requirements and application instructions.

 

I want to apply for a graduate degree program. How do I apply?

All applications are submitted online, and instructions are provided before you begin applying. 

 

What are the requirements for degree-seeking admission? 

There are different minimum requirements for degree-seeking domestic students and degree-seeking international students. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School are not guaranteed admission. Some graduate programs set higher standards and many have limited space and facilities.

 

What is the minimum grade-point average (GPA) required for admission?

Applicants should have at least a 3.00 GPA on all undergraduate and graduate course work already completed. Certain programs require higher admission standards than those of the Graduate School, so consult the department’s website for more information.

 

What kind of financial support can I expect as a graduate student?

LSU offers several different types of funding, including graduate assistantships and dissertation fellowships

 

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Test Scores 


What’s a satisfactory score on the GRE/GMAT?

This is determined by the specific program and department you’re applying to. Consult the department’s website for more information.

 

Can I apply if I haven’t taken the GRE/GMAT yet?

Most departments will not review a file until the application is complete, which includes any required test scores. You may apply at any time, but you cannot be unconditionally admitted until scores are received. The ETS institution code for the Graduate School is 6373. Scores can also be sent to gradadmissions@lsu.edu.

 

Do I have to take the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE?

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or the Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) test scores are required of any student whose native language is not English. A TOEFL score of 550 on the paper based exam, 213 on the computer-based exam, or 79 on the internet-based exam or better is required for admission. Alternatively, a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or a minimum PTE score of 59 also meets the requirements for admissions.

 

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Transcripts and Official Documents


What are official documents?

Official documents are sent directly from the testing servicer and university registrar’s offices. ETS test scores can be sent to LSU using the LSU Graduate School institution code of 6373; other test scores can be sent by selecting LSU from their list of universities. Photocopies of test score reports are not official, but uploading them with your application may help speed up processing time. You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts with your application. If you are admitted, the Graduate School will require official transcripts if you did not submit them with your application. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar’s office or other appropriate official from your university and must be in a sealed envelope. If your university offers electronic official transcripts, they can be sent to gradtranscripts@lsu.edu.

 

Do I need to have my transcript translated if I am an international applicant?

Yes. We need the original transcript in the original language, and an English translation certified by an appropriate authority. Please be advised that The Graduate School does not accept academic/credential evaluations from third parties such as World Education Services (WES), Academic Evaluation Services (AES), AACRAO International Education Services (IES), and other similar services.

 

What are additional supporting documents?

Many degree programs require supplemental materials such as a statement of purpose, curriculum vitae, a list of undergraduate courses completed in the discipline, or other specialized materials. Consult the department’s website for further information on required supporting documents.

 

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Application Process and Deadlines


What is the deadline for applying to Graduate School?

The Graduate School has a deadline for application fee purposes (see below). Individual departments and programs may set deadlines that are much earlier than this deadline. Consult the department’s website for application deadlines. If you are seeking financial aid, including assistantships and fellowships, departments generally decide upon awards early in the calendar year. You are strongly urged to apply early to be considered for aid.

 

  Application Fee Deadline Late Application Fee

Fall Semester

 

 

 

U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens

$50

May 15

$75

International Students

$70

June 15

0*

Non-Degree Students

$50

N/A**

N/A**

Priority Date for Financial Assistance

$50

January 1

N/A

Spring Semester

 

 

 

U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens

$50

November 1

$75

International Students

$70

November 1

0*

Non-Degree Students

$50

N/A**

N/A**

Summer Semester

 

 

 

U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens

$50

May 15

$75

International Students

$70

April 15

0*

Non-Degree Students

$50

N/A**

N/A**

 

* International applications received after the deadline will be processed automatically for the following semester or summer term.

** There are no application fee deadlines for non-degree seeking applications. 

 

Can I receive financial assistance for the application fee?

There are a limited number of application fee waivers on a first-come, first-serve basis to applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who belong to under-represented groups or who hold active or veteran military status. Applicants affiliated with the following programs should fill out the waiver request form and supply a signed letter of support from the program director: Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC), McNair Scholars, Project 1000, Post Baccalaureate Research and Education Programs (PREP), GEM Fellowship Program, and Initiatives for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD).

The application Fee Waiver Request form should be submitted online. Application fee waivers cannot be requested for late applications.

  

How can I check on the status of my application?

You should check the status of your application first through the application self-service center.

Email inquiries may be sent to gradadmissions@lsu.edu. Email traffic is generally heavy and emails are answered in the order in which they are received.

 

When will I be notified whether or not I’m admitted?

Once your application has been referred to the department, it is up to that department to make the recommendation on your application. The final admissions decision will be available on the application self-service center and you’ll receive an email from LSU Graduate Student Services directing you to retrieve your admissions decision.

 

When will I receive my I-20 documents (international applicants)?

Once the Graduate School and the department have approved admission, the International Services Office (ISO) is notified.  ISO will then verify sufficient financial responsibility and prepare and issue the appropriate immigration documents to you.

 

When can I register for courses?

Domestic applicants: once you have been formally admitted to the Graduate School, you may schedule courses using myLSU

International applicants: you must attend an orientation session hosted by the International Services Office before scheduling courses. You will receive information regarding these sessions with your visa information.

 

How do I become a Louisiana resident for tuition purposes?

For more information regarding residency status, see PM-31 and Louisiana residency for tuition purposes.

 

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