Domestic Degree-Seeking

A domestic degree-seeking applicant is one who wants to complete a graduate program at the Masters, Doctoral, Educational Specialist, or Certificate level and is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Both the Graduate School and the department applied to must approve admission.


Step 1: Select a Graduate Program

LSU offers more than 120 graduate degree programs, more than 10 graduate certificates, and some programs can be completed online. Browse the list of programs offered and then click on the department’s link for additional information, including specific application requirements and deadlines.


Step 2: Review Department Admission Requirements

Review the department's website to view its admission deadlines and requirements. Departmental deadlines and requirements may be more stringent. They may also have specific prerequisites for undergraduate coursework or require the GRE subject test. Many departments have applications due between December 1st and March 15th in order for you to be considered for graduate assistantships and fellowships.


Step 3: Review Graduate School Admission Requirements

All applicants must have the following in order to be considered for unconditional admission:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 (A = 4.0) on all undergraduate work (or in the final 64 credit hours) and any graduate work already completed.
  • Acceptable GRE or GMAT scores. The E.J. Ourso College of Business, except for the MS and PhD in Economics, requires a GMAT score. The MPA program and the Information Systems & Decision Sciences program accepts either the GRE or GMAT. Consult the department’s website for minimum test scores required.
  • Beginning August 4, 2017, all applicants with foreign credit hours applying to LSU graduate degree programs are strongly encouraged to provide a course-by-course evaluation of these credentials. Foreign credentials refer to transcripts from educational institutions outside the United States. The LSU Graduate School will accept foreign credential evaluations from any current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) with a course-by-course evaluation and grade point average (GPA) included. For a list of all current members, please visit their website ( Although using a NACES-member organization is not a requirement, applicants should understand that it may take longer to conduct the evaluation if it must be done by LSU staff, which may result in delayed admissions decisions.


Step 4: Draft and Gather 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.


Step 5: Send GRE or GMAT Scores

Send official GRE or GMAT scores to the Graduate School using the ETS institution code 6373. Please note that some programs may require scores from the GRE subject test, and you should send them at the same time you send your other test scores.


Step 6: Upload and Request Transcripts

Transcripts from each university attended are required (even if only for summer coursework or if coursework appears on another institution’s transcript). Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the initial review of your application, and you can usually download them directly from the universities you attended. If you are admitted, the Graduate School will require official transcripts if you did not submit them with your application. Official transcripts should be sent directly to Graduate Student Services, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. If your university offers the option of emailing official transcripts, they can be sent to


Step 7: Fill Out and Submit Application

To begin an application, click the button below:


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Be sure the email address you use to create your application is active, and check it often (including the spam folder).

Specific departments may have deadlines that are earlier than the general deadlines listed below. 

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Term
Priority deadline for Funding: January 1 n/a n/a
General deadline: May 15 November 1 May 15


If the application is submitted by the fee deadline, the application fee is $50. 

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 Fee Waiver Request form should be submitted online.