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U.S. Citizen & Permanent Residents
Fall - June 30
Spring - November 15
Summer - May 1

International Students
Fall - April 15
Spring - October 1
Summer - April 15

Non-Degree Students
Fall - June 30
Spring - November 15
Summer - May 1

Applying to Graduate School

Admission to The Graduate School is awarded on the basis of evidence of academic achievement and promise. Applicants must be accepted by both the department in the applicant’s area of study and by The Graduate School.

The following are the general requirements for admission to The Graduate School at Louisiana State University (LSU).

For additional questions, please feel free to contact us at gradadmissions@lsu.edu or 225-578-2311.

Admissions to The Graduate School

Admission to The Graduate School is awarded on the basis of evidence of academic achievement and promise. Applicants must be accepted by both the department in the applicant’s area of study and by The Graduate School. The following are the general requirements for admission to The Graduate School at Louisiana State University (LSU). When applying, you must meet these requirements for admission to The Graduate School. Your application will not be forwarded to the program if you do not meet these requirements.

  • Applicants must have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency, recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEEA). An equivalent non-U.S. degree must be at least 4 but not more than 5 years of full-time U.S. equivalent college-level work, and in which the normal 4 years of work are completed in 3 years of full-time U.S. equivalent advanced college-level work.
  • Applicants must have earned a minimum of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 GPA or a minimum of 3.0 during the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study. If you have completed previous graduate coursework, you must have earned a minimum of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 GPA.
  • International students whose native language is not English must submit satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson’s Test of English (PTE). MyBest Score[2] test results not accepted. See Exemptions.

Many programs also require departmental documents and may have additional requirements that are specific to the program. Please contact the department directly for any additional program requirements.

Offers of admission are valid only for the semester indicated in the acceptance letter. Requests for a delay of admission will only be considered for two subsequent semesters from the original application semester (intersessions excluded).

Students who are admitted for any semester and do not register for courses or withdraw before the census date must submit a new LSU ApplyGrad Application and non-refundable application fee to apply for any future semester. Any subsequent applications must be in accordance with current graduate admission requirements. New transcripts, test scores, and other supporting documents may be required to ensure the application file reflects the applicant’s complete academic record.

Application Deadlines

Applicants are urged to apply for admission as early as possible to resolve admission matters well in advance. For LSU Online Program deadlines, please see the LSU Online Deadlines by Module chart.

In order to meet the application deadlines, all required fees, documents, transcripts, and test scores must be on file by 5:00 p.m. on the date of the published deadline. Deadlines which fall on a weekend or LSU holiday will be extended until 5:00 p.m. the following business day.

Application Deadlines & Processing Fees

  Fee Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens $50 June 30 November 15 May 1
International Students* $70 April 15 October 1 April 15
Non-Degree Students   June 30 November 15 May 1


* Applications received after the deadline will be processed automatically for the following term.

The application processing fee is non-refundable.

Department Deadlines

The applicant is responsible for checking for department specific application deadlines. 

The Application Fee

The application fee must be paid before the application will be evaluated. All applicants are required to submit the non-refundable application processing fee of $50 for US citizens and permanent residents and $70 for all other applicants; Each time they apply for graduate admissions.

All applications for graduate admission must be paid when completing the online application process.

Fee Waiver

Louisiana State University A&M offers 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. Application fee waivers cannot be requested for late applications. Applicants are eligible for an application fee waiver if any of these apply to students and applicants submit the correct documentation requested.

  1. Applicants affiliated with the following special programs should submit the Application Fee Waiver Request form and a signed letter of support from the program director: the 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).
    1. Information about the MARC program can be found at this link: nigms.nih.gov/Training/MARC/Pages/USTARAwards.aspx
    2. Information about the Project 1000 can be found at this link:
      mati.eas.asu.edu/p1000/
    3. Information about the IMSD program can be found at this link: nigms.nih.gov/Training/IMSD/Pages/default.aspx
  2. The application fee may also be waived in some cases of financial hardship. In order to apply for the fee waiver, submit the application fee waiver form and at least one of the following:
    1. Part one of the most recent year’s FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) including Estimated Student or Family Contribution. Waiver will be granted for Pell Eligible applicants showing financial need.
    2. Official verification of current participation in a government aid program based on low income (i.e. SNAP Food Benefits, Unemployment, TANF-Welfare or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid or CHIP).
  3. The application fee may also be waived for applicants with active or veteran military status.  In order to apply for the fee waiver, submit the application fee waiver form and documentation of current or veteran military status. The following documentation is required.
    1. Military ID and
    2. Leave and Earning Statement (LES) or
    3. DD214 Military Service Record

Application fee waiver requests must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the program’s application deadline date, in order to provide enough time to evaluate the application and determine eligibility.  Application fee waivers will not be granted if the application deadline has passed.

The program to which you are applying may require additional fees, which are not covered by this policy.

Fill out the top section of the Application Fee Waiver Request Form, and append at least one of the documents listed on the form. (Note: application fee waiver requests will not be considered without the required documentation.)

Final approval for the requested waiver is made by The Graduate School. The applicant will be notified via email of the final decision. For further information contact gradadmissions@lsu.edu or 225-578-2311.

Standardized Admission Tests

Graduate Admissions does not required the submission of standardized admission test scores. However, departments may require the submission and/or minimum Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).

Applicants must refer to the program admission requirements on the department’s website. Failure to submit test scores required by the department may result in denial from the program.

Below are the two standardized admission tests:

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

The GMAT allows prospective graduate students to showcase the skills that matter most in business school and beyond. The exam lasts 3.5 hours and focuses on four testing sections: analytical writing, integrated reasoning, quantitative, and verbal.

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

The GRE features question types that reflect the thinking and skills you need to succeed in graduate and business school programs. The exam lasts approximately 4 hours and focuses on three sections: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing.

Please use ETS institution code 6373 when submitting scores to LSU.

English Proficiency Tests

An applicant whose native language is not English and/or who has been educated outside of the U.S. in a country or province where English is not the only official language must demonstrate proof of English proficiency by submitting either a TOEFL iBT, an IELTS, or PTE score before the application is evaluated for admission.

TOEFL iBT:

On the TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the following minimum scores are required for admission:

  • 550 (paper-based exam)
  • 213 (computer based)
  • 79 (internet-based exam)

Information regarding TOEFL iBT may be obtained by visiting the official website at toefl.org.

IELTS:

On the IELTS (International English Language Testing Service), the following minimum score is required for admission:

  • 6.5

Information about IELTS may be found at ielts.org.

PTE:

On the PTE (Pearson’s Test of English), the following minimum score is required for admission:

  • 59

Information regarding PTE (Pearson’s Test of English), may be obtained by visiting the official website at pearsonpte.com.

Please Note: Applicants must submit test scores from all required standardized test. Score Choice, Superscoring, or MyBest Score are not accepted. All test scores are required.

English Language Proficiency Exemptions

Applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL iBT /IELTS/PTE requirement if they have completed one of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree earned from an accredited U.S. institution;
  • A college-level degree showing the completion of post-secondary education in a country where English is the primary official language.

Official transcripts are required showing completion of one of the above before a student can be exempted from the TOEFL iBT / IELTS/PTE requirement. The Office of Graduate Student Services reserves the right to require a satisfactory TOEFL iBT /IELTS/PTE score from any applicant. All international students who are admitted will be required to take an English placement test prior to registration.

Country of Origin

International applicants from official English language qualifying countries are not required to submit English language proficiency scores.

Application Checklist Requirements

Applicants meeting the following requirements are eligible for regular admission to The Graduate School. Applicants not meeting all requirements detailed below (such as weaker undergraduate records)  might be granted probationary admission; provided other substantial evidence of capacity to do satisfactory graduate work such as outstanding performance in post baccalaureate and/or graduate work, high Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (or Graduate Management Admission Test [GMAT] scores, where appropriate), and other outstanding achievement, is presented.

 U.S. Citizen & Permanent Resident Checklist

International Student Checklist

Non-Degree Seeking Student Checklist

Returning Student Checklist

Official Transcripts

All applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary colleges or universities produced within the last calendar year from the issuing institution, and should include the award of degree printed on the transcript unless coursework is still in progress. College work from one institution posted on the transcript of another institution will not be accepted. For additional graduate admission transcript requirements, please see the Transcript Submission section. More information on transcripts can be found on our Submit Documents page.

Military applicants who have applied any military credits towards the conferral of a bachelors and/or master’s degree, or transferred credits into any attended college/university, are required to submit an official copy of their Joint Service Transcript (JST).

International applicants may also be required to submit an official copy of the certificate or diploma for each degree completed from the issuing institution. Transcripts written in a language other than English must be accompanied by a translation. For additional graduate admission international transcript requirements, please see the International Degree Requirements page.

Applicants are not required to submit transcripts for coursework completed at LSU. However, all enrollment at LSU must be reflected on the LSU ApplyGrad Application at applygrad.lsu.edu/apply/.

Electronic college transcripts sent via SPEEDE, E-Script, National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment and other Electronic (eCredential) Transcript Exchange systems. Official electronic transcripts must be directly from the issuing institution’s Electronic (eCredential) Exchange systems directly to gradtranscripts@lsu.edu. If the college or university will not send official transcripts to a student, please request that a transcript be sent to:

LSU Office of Graduate Admissions
114 David Boyd Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803


Military credits awarded by any college/university are considered as academic credit requiring an official transcript.

Test Scores

All required test scores (i.e. English proficiency, GRE/GMAT, etc) must be sent directly from the testing agency to be considered official. Test scores are only valid for five years. Tests should be taken at least eight weeks prior to the appropriate application deadline to ensure timely receipt and processing of results. Allow at least six weeks for examination results to reach LSU.

Applicants must submit test scores from all required standardized test. Score Choice, Superscoring, or MyBest Score are not accepted. All test scores are required.

Additional Application Materials

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 to see what additional materials are required.

Make sure you have current email addresses for those who will be writing you letters of recommendation, as you will be required to enter them before you submit your application. Each letter writer will receive an individual email requesting the letter of recommendation and providing instructions for uploading it.

Application Procedure

Each applicant for admission is responsible for ensuring that the LSU ApplyGrad Application and all required application materials (non-refundable application fee, GRE or GMAT test results, official transcripts, etc.) are on file in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate application deadlines. An application is not evaluated until the applicant’s file is complete. All documents submitted in support of an application become the property of The Graduate School and cannot be returned.

Applicants who appear admissible on the basis of unofficial and/or incomplete transcripts of previous work or unofficial test scores, but who are unable to supply the required records prior to registration, may be granted provisional admission. Subsequent enrollment will not be permitted until all provisions are met. Provisional admission does not guarantee subsequent regular admission to the Graduate School.

Application fee waivers are subject to the approval of graduate admissions and are granted based on special program waivers, financial need, and supporting documentation. Transfer, post baccalaureate and international applicants do not qualify for the fee waiver option and are required to pay the application fee.

Applicants for graduate admission must submit the following applicable materials:

  1. Apply online at applygrad.lsu.edu/apply.
  2. Pay the non-refundable application processing fee of $50 for US citizens and permanent residents and $70 for all other applicants.
  3. Submit official sealed transcripts from ALL post-secondary college/university attended. If the student is currently attending an institution, a work in progress (WIP) is required and an updated transcript with grades.
    1. An official Joint Service Transcript (JST) is required for military coursework transferred into any attended colleges/institutions. No exceptions permitted.*
    2. Submit standardized admissions test scores as required by department (i.e. GRE, GMAT, etc.), unless otherwise specified by the graduate program to which the student is applying.
  4. A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume with a complete and accurate chronological outline of all previous college-level education.
  5. Submit letters of recommendation as required by the department; these letters may be submitted electronically through the online application.
  6. International applicants must submit the following:
    1. Degree statements and an official English translation of each foreign document.
    2. Financial statement (refer to the LSU International Services website).
    3. Submit satisfactory English proficiency scores.

Make sure you have current email addresses for those who will be writing you letters of recommendation, as you will be required to enter them before you submit your application. Each letter writer will receive an individual email requesting the letter of recommendation and providing instructions for uploading it.