Graduate Program Admission

LSU assures equal opportunity for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, marital status, or veteran's status. Application deadlines for the Graduate School are May 15 for the fall semester, October 15 for the spring semester, and May 15 for summer term. In addition, there is a priority date, January 25, for the fall semester. Submission of required material by the priority date helps ensure full consideration for scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships. A non-refundable application fee must accompany the application. There is a late fee for applications received after the deadline. There are no late fees for the priority date.  All applications must be made through the LSU Graduate School, and the online application process can be found at

Regular Admission to the LSU Graduate School requires: (1) a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; (2) a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average (GPA) for all undergraduate work taken prior to receiving a degree and a minimum 3.0 GPA for all previous graduate work for which a grade is given; (3) satisfactory academic standing at the last institution attended; (4) acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); and (5) acceptance into a departmental program.

All applicants, including international, must submit GRE General Test scores. (In some cases, a high GRE may be used to compensate for a low GPA). The GPA earned during the last two years of an undergraduate program is weighted more heavily than the overall GPA. Probationary admission may be granted with a lower GPA if GRE scores are sufficiently high.


International Students

Applicants who have completed degree requirements outside the U.S. must satisfy the following criteria: (1) present a complete outline of all previous college-level education; (2) present authorized school or university records, transcripts, marksheets, and certificates of degrees showing all courses taken and grades received, with certified translations if records are not in English; (3) have obtained a bachelor's degree or equivalent, with a grade-point average equivalent to a "B" or better (3.0 out of possible 4.0) on both undergraduate and graduate work; (4) if an assistantship is not offered, certify the availability of sufficient funds to meet all costs while at LSU before the letter of admission and Form I-20 will be mailed; (5) acceptable scores on the GRE; (6) obtain a minimum score of 550 (213 if computer-based or 79 if internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS); and (7) be accepted into a departmental program.


Departmental Admission

Admission to the Department's graduate program (M.S. or Ph.D.) requires that students meet the minimum admission requirements of the LSU Graduate School as outlined above. In addition, students must have an adequate background in economics or business, statistics, and mathematics. Adequate background is typically defined to include courses in macro and micro economic theory, statistics, and calculus.  Students applying for the M.S. Agribusiness area of study should have background in marketing, management, finance, and accounting. Students applying for admission to the Ph.D. program should have completed an M.S. degree and be ready to take the ECON 7702 – ECON 7703 microeconomic sequence. 




Dr. Lynn Kennedy

Director of Graduate Studies