Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the university and the department require you to submit three recommendation letters. The recommendation letters can be uploaded online or be sent by mail to the Graduate Advisor, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University, 2300 Business Education Complex, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 USA.
No. Under no circumstances will the fee be waived.
Since we have a lockstep program, we admit students to graduate study in our department only in the fall semester. Students without an appropriate undergraduate background may seek admission to the LSU Graduate School as a non-matriculating student in any semester in order to take intermediate macroeconomics, intermediate microeconomics, or other courses required before admission to graduate study in economics can be considered. Non-matriculating students are not funded by our department and will be considered for admission into our graduate program once they have finished the undergraduate prerequisites. However, a student enrolling in LSU in a fall semester as a non-matriculating student will not be admitted into graduate study in economics in the subsequent spring semester. Admission to graduate study in economics will be only in a fall semester.
The application deadline for all MS applicants is May 1. Please note that this date overrides dates on the LSU Graduate School website.
Those who are accepted usually have a minimum GRE score of 300 (combined verbal and quantitative), and at least a score of 150 on the quantitative section.
Our program takes one and a half years (3 regular semesters) to complete. The university has stipulated that a MS degree must be completed within five years of entering a MS Program.