How to Apply FAQ

Applications for graduate study within the LSU's Department of Entomology are submitted through the LSU graduate school.

NOTE: Admission to graduate school does not guarantee financial support by the Department. We strongly recommend reaching out to potential faculty advisors prior to submission (e.g., email communications, remote interview), although this is not required. 

No. Offers of financial support (research or teaching assistantships) are separate from the offer of admission. Potential students should communicate with their intended faculty advisor or with the department head to determine whether financial support is available.

Detailed information regarding degree requirements can be found in our handbook. Requirements differ depending on the type of degree (MS or PhD). In general, we require 30 credit hours for a Master's, and 54 credit hours for a PhD.

On average, it takes Master's students about 2 – 2 ½ years to finish, and 4 - 5 years for PhD students. This is all dependent on the course load, research, and other responsibilities.

Applications from domestic students for summer admissions should be completed by May 1, applications for the fall should be completed by June 30th, and applications for the spring should be completed by November 15. Applications from international students have earlier deadlines, April 15 for fall and October 1 for spring. If you would like to be considered for a departmental assistantship, earlier applications are recommended.

Students seeking departmental support should apply earlier.

These dates may change, and potential students are advised to consult the graduate school website.

Yes. However, we strongly recommend first reaching out to potential advisors for your graduate degree before applying. Those students not indicating a potential advisor in their application will be reviewed by the admissions committee. Those accepted into the program will be designated an advisor if funding is available.

We adhere to the graduate school requirements (see “Admission Requirements”). This includes a 3.0 GPA and, for international students, an acceptable TOEFL (79) or IELTS scores. Students not meeting these requirements may be considered for provisional acceptance if approved by the department head.

You can learn more about course requirements, areas of study, and other departmental information by reading our graduate handbook.

There are numerous assistantships and fellowship programs available. Find out more about funding opportunities for students at LSU.

Graduate School Inquiries

If you have further questions regarding the admissions process, you may contact our administrative assistant for academic matters, Dawn Norman.

If you would like to request any other information regarding our graduate program, please contact our current department head, Michael Stout.