Admission and General Information
Admission to the Graduate School is awarded on the basis of evidence of academic achievement and promise. Applications of students who meet Graduate School requirements are forwarded to the appropriate academic units for final approval. Because of their nature, certain programs require higher admission standards than those of the Graduate School.
Because of the high demand for many graduate programs, meeting the minimum requirements of the Graduate School does not guarantee admission into a particular program.
|GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL DEGREES|
|Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness||Agricultural Economics||M.S., Ph.D.|
|Animal Science||Animal and Dairy Sciences*||M.S.|
|Animal and Dairy Sciences*||Ph.D.|
|Architecture, School of||Architecture||M.Arch.|
|Art, School of||Art History||M.A.|
|Biological Sciences||Biochemistry||M.S., Ph.D.|
|Plant Biology||M.S., Ph.D.|
|Biological and Agricultural Engineering||Biological and Agricultural Engineering||M.S. in Biol. & Ag.E.|
|Business Administration||Business Administration*||M.B.A.|
|Business Administration (Finance)*||Ph.D.**|
|Business Administration (Information Systems and Decision Sciences)*||Ph.D.**|
|Business Administration (Management)*||Ph.D.**|
|Business Administration (Marketing)*||Ph.D.**|
|Gordon A. and Mary Cain Department of Chemical Engineering||Chemical Engineering||M.S. in Ch.E., Ph.D.|
|Civil and Environmental Engineering||Civil Engineering||M.S. in C.E., Ph.D.|
|Communication Sciences and Disorders||Communication Disorders||M.A., Ph.D.|
|Comparative Literature||Comparative Literature*||M.A., Ph.D.|
|Computer Science||Systems Science*||M.S. in Sy.Sc.|
|Curriculum and Instruction||Education||M.A., M.Ed., Ed.S.***|
|Curriculum and Instruction||Ph.D.|
|Dairy Science||Animal and Dairy Sciences*||M.S.|
|Animal and Dairy Sciences*||Ph.D.|
|Educational Leadership, Research, and Counseling||Administration||M.Ed.|
|Education||M.A., M.Ed., Ed.S.***|
|Educational Leadership and Research||Ph.D.|
|Electrical and Computer Engineering||Electrical Engineering||M.S. in E.E., Ph.D.|
|Engineering||Engineering Science*||M.S. in E.S., Ph.D.|
|Environmental Studies, Institute for||Environmental Sciences||M.S.|
|Experimental Statistics||Applied Statistics||M.Ap.Stat.|
|Food Science||Food Science||M.S.|
|Foreign Languages and Literatures||Spanish||M.A.|
|Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries, School of||Fisheries||M.S.|
|Wildlife and Fisheries Science||Ph.D.|
|French Studies||French||M.A., Ph.D.|
|Geography and Anthropology||Anthropology||M.A.|
|Geography||M.A., M.S., Ph.D.|
|Geology and Geophysics||Geology||M.S., Ph.D.|
|Human Ecology, School of||Human Ecology||M.S., Ph.D.|
|Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, School of||Vocational Education||M.S., Ph.D.|
|Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering||Industrial Engineering||M.S. in I.E.|
|Information Systems and Decision Sciences||Information Systems and Decision Sciences||M.S.|
|Landscape Architecture, School of||Landscape Architecture||M.L.A.|
|Liberal Arts (formerly M.A.H. in Humanities)||Liberal Arts*||M.A.L.A.|
|Library and Information Science, School of||Library and Information Science||M.L.I.S., C.A.S.|
|Mass Communication, Manship School of||Mass Communication||M.M.C., Ph.D.|
|Mechanical Engineering||Mechanical Engineering||M.S. in M.E., Ph.D.|
|Music, School of||Music||M.M., D.M.A., Ph.D.|
|Natural Sciences||Natural Sciences*||M.N.S.|
|Oceanography and Coastal Sciences||Oceanography and Coastal Sciences||M.S., Ph.D.|
|Craft and Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering||Petroleum Engineering||M.S. in Pet.E., Ph.D.|
|Philosophy and Religious Studies||Philosophy||M.A.|
|Physics and Astronomy||Nuclear Science and Engineering||M.S.|
|Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology||Plant Health||M.S., Ph.D.|
|Political Science||Political Science||M.A., Ph.D.|
|Public Administration Institute||Public Administration*||M.P.A.|
|Social Work, School of||Social Work||M.S.W., Ph.D.|
|Speech Communication||Speech Communication||M.A., Ph.D.|
|Veterinary Medicine, School of||Veterinary Medical Sciences*||M.S., Ph.D.|
Interdepartmental programs are indicated by one asterisk (*). The Ph.D. in business administration is available with concentrations in finance, management, marketing, and information systems and decision sciences (**). The M.A., M.Ed., and Ed.S. in education are single degrees shared by two departments, Educational Leadership, Research, and Counseling and Curriculum and Instruction (***).
Applicants meeting requirements stated below are normally granted regular admission. Applicants failing to meet all requirements may be admitted on probation, provided other substantial evidence of capacity to do satisfactory graduate work is presented, including outstanding performance in post-baccalaureate and/or graduate work, high Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (Graduate Management Admission Test--GMAT--scores, where appropriate), and other outstanding achievements.
Applicants with unsatisfactory undergraduate records who have completed a minimum of twenty hours of graduate course work with at least a 3.50 graduate grade-point average
(gpa) in a graduate degree program and who have acceptable scores on the GRE (or, where applicable, the GMAT) will be considered for admission.
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.
Meeting the minimum requirements, as outlined in the following sections, does not necessarily ensure acceptance into a specific
program, since departments may establish higher standards or require special admission requirements and conditions.
Admission to a Degree Program
Regular Admission Regular admission is awarded to applicants who intend to pursue a degree and who meet the following requirements:
A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution.
A grade-point average of at least 3.00 ("A" = 4) on all undergraduate work (or last half-degree requirement) and a 3.00 gpa or better on any graduate work already completed. International applicants must have at least a 3.00 gpa, or equivalent, on all college-level work previously attempted.
Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination or GRE (in some cases, a high GRE may be used to compensate for a low gpa); in place of the GRE, a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required for graduate programs in the College of Business Administration, except for the M.P.A., and the M.S. and Ph.D. in economics; and
Acceptance by the graduate faculty in the applicant's area of study. Applicants who are narrowly trained or who have taken a significant amount of work on a pass-fail basis or in ungraded courses may be required to submit scores on GRE Subject (Advanced) Tests before their applications can be considered. Consult the Graduate Bulletin and individual departments for additional admission requirements.
Probationary Admission Applicants who fail to meet one or more of the requirements for regular admission may be admitted on probation, provided additional evidence of capacity to do satisfactory work is presented. Such evidence might include superior performance in a substantial amount of post-baccalaureate work, high GRE scores (GMAT scores, when appropriate), and other achievements.
Students entering on probation will remain on probation until the completion of nine hours of graduate-level, graded courses ("A," "B," and "C" only) with at least a 3.00 average. Part-time students entering on probation and registering for fewer than nine hours may be dropped from the Graduate School if their semester and/or graduate grade-point average is less than 3.00 during any semester they are registered.
Students admitted on probation may not be appointed to assistantships or fellowships until they attain good academic standing.
Provisional Admission Provisional admission may be considered for an applicant who appears to be admissible on the basis of the credentials submitted, but who is unable to supply all of the required official records prior to registration. A student admitted provisionally must submit complete and satisfactory records within 60 days (45 days in summer term) after the first day of registration. If these credentials are not received by the date specified or if they prove to be unsatisfactory, the student will not be permitted to register for the following semester. Provisional admission does not guarantee subsequent regular admission.
Admission of International Students
An applicant who has completed degree requirements outside the U.S. must present the following:
a complete and accurate chronological outline of all previous college-level education;
authorized school or university records--transcripts, marksheets, certificates of degrees--showing all courses taken and all grades received, with certified translations if the records are in a language other than English;
a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, with a grade-point average equivalent to a "B" or better (3.00 out of a possible 4.00) on all previous undergraduate work (or last half-degree requirement) from an accredited college or university;
certification of the availability of sufficient funds to meet all costs while studying at LSU (if an assistantship with a stipend of at least $8,000 is not offered) before the letter of admission and Form I-20 will be mailed;
GRE Test scores (GMAT where appropriate); and
scores of 550 (or 213 if computer based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), except for applicants from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, certain Caribbean islands, Belize, and the United Kingdom. International students who have received a degree from an accredited institution in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, certain Caribbean islands, or the United Kingdom are also exempt from taking the TOEFL.
A TOEFL score of at least 550 (or 213 if computer based) must be received before a student's application is evaluated for admission. Application forms and information about the TOEFL may be obtained from American embassies and consulates, offices of the U.S. Information Service, or Educational Testing Service, CN 6000, Princeton, New Jersey, USA 08541-6000.
Application deadlines for international applicants are the same as for all other applicants; however, because transcripts from foreign universities require special evaluation, prospective international students should begin the application process at least nine months prior to the semester in which they plan to enroll. Applications received after the deadline dates will be processed for the following semester or summer term. Also, when sufficient scholastic records and acceptable evidence of English proficiency are not received early enough to determine admissibility for the semester for which application is made, consideration for a subsequent semester will be made only upon the applicant's written request.
Upon arrival on campus and before registration, international applicants (except citizens of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, or the United Kingdom, certain Caribbean islands, and Belize) who have been admitted to Graduate School must take the LSU Comprehensive English Language Test, which consists of the Michigan Test and a writing sample. If the test indicates a deficiency in English, the student will be required to register for appropriate English composition courses with a reduced load of graduate courses.
All international graduate students awarded graduate assistantships must demonstrate proficiency in English by examination or enroll in a Spoken American English course during the first semester of the assistantship. The course will result in a recommendation (or
nonrecommendation) to assume teaching duties. Any international teaching assistant who has not received a recommendation from this speech course may not teach in any capacity.
An international applicant who has completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited U.S. institution must meet the regular admission requirements. Before the applicant can be considered, the Graduate School must receive a satisfactory GRE or GMAT score. An international applicant will not be admitted until this information has been received.
An "Application for Admission to Graduate School" packet may be obtained from the Graduate School or from the graduate department to which application is being made. All applications for graduate admission must be accompanied by a nonrefundable $25 application fee (check or money order made payable to LSU). Cash should not be sent through the mail. Checks or money orders must be drawn on U.S. banks. A late fee of $25 must be paid if the application is postmarked after the deadline date. International applications received after the deadline will be processed for the following semester and no late fee will be assessed.
Fall applications must be received before the January 25 priority date in order to receive full consideration for assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships for which the applicant has applied. A late fee of $25 must be paid if the application is postmarked after the following dates: May 1 for intersession, May 15 for the fall semester, October 15 for the spring semester, and May 15 for the summer term.
International applicants are encouraged to determine course availability before applying for summer entry and are further encouraged to apply nine to twelve months in advance of their intended semester of entrance.
Applicants should complete steps I through IV below:
I. Applicants are responsible for submitting the following items to the Graduate School, 114 David Boyd Hall, LSU, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803:
The completed Application for Admission to Graduate Degree Programs
The required application fee and any applicable late fee.
One set of official transcripts of all previous college or university work from each institution attended. Transfer credit posted on the records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from the original institution(s). If the college or university will supply you with an official transcript in a sealed and signed envelope, you are to obtain the transcript in that manner and submit it unopened. If the college or university will not send official transcripts to a student, please request that a transcript be sent to the Graduate School at the address above. Transcripts from LSU need not be submitted. International applicants: Include degree statements and an official English translation of each foreign document.
Financial statement (international students only).
II. The following materials must be submitted to the department you wish to enter. Please send them to Graduate Adviser, Department of , Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803.
One set of official transcripts of all previous college or university work from each institution attended. Transfer credit posted on the records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from the original institution(s). If the college or university will supply you with an official transcript in a sealed and signed envelope, you are to obtain the transcript in that manner and submit it unopened. If the college or university will not send official transcripts to a student, please request that a transcript be sent to the Graduate Adviser at the address above. Transcripts from LSU need not be submitted. International applicants: Include degree statements and an official English translation of each foreign document.
Three letters of recommendation. Some departments may accept electronically submitted letters.
III. The following is also to be sent to the Graduate School, 114 David Boyd Hall:
A satisfactory score on the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). (The LSU code for GRE reporting is R6373-5; also indicate the appropriate department code, so that scores will be forwarded automatically to the department to which application is being made.) The GRE computer-based test is offered year-round in many locations; for information, contact the Educational Testing Service (or, in Louisiana, the nearest Sylvan Technology Center). LSU is an approved testing center. Test information may be obtained from the Graduate School at LSU, graduate schools at most colleges and universities, or by writing to Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541. At least six weeks should be allowed for the examination results to reach LSU. Applicants to the Master of Fine Arts programs (studio art and theatre), Master of Music, and programs in business administration are not required to submit GRE scores. Applicants for the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing are required to submit GRE scores.
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required of applicants for all degrees in the College of Business Administration, except the M.P.A. and the M.S. and Ph.D. with a major in economics. Application procedure for the GMAT is the same as described above. This examination may also be taken at LSU; the code for GMAT score reporting is also R6373-5.
IV. Applicants may be responsible for submitting additional materials to the departments to which they are applying. Most departments have specific departmental admission requirements. For specifics, consult the individual departments.
Admission is for the semester requested. Those admitted who do not register must make a written request to be reconsidered for admission for a subsequent semester. The Graduate School will not consider for admission any nonimmigrant who has entered the U.S. on an I-20 issued by another institution until that person has been enrolled for at least one semester at the institution issuing the I-20.
A student who holds a baccalaureate degree but who does not desire to enroll in a degree program in the Graduate School may enroll as a graduate nonmatriculating student. Course work is taken for academic credit, and all rules and regulations for graduate students apply. A student in this category must register for at least one course numbered 4000 or above each semester to maintain graduate status. Courses numbered below 4000 may be taken concurrently with graduate course work. Enrollment in courses numbered 6000 and above is limited to a total of six semester hours for graduate students in this classification. However, an unlimited number of courses numbered 5999 and below may be taken. No more than 12 hours of graduate credit taken as a nonmatriculating student may be applied toward the requirement for a master's degree. The total number of semester hours to be applied toward a master's degree from transfer credit, and from credit taken while classified as an extension or nonmatriculating student, may not exceed one-third of the total semester hours of graduate course work (thesis hours excepted) required for the student's degree program--a maximum of nine hours in a master's degree program requiring 24 hours of course work. (See the section concerning transfer credit.)
Students wishing to enroll only in courses numbered below 4000 should apply for undergraduate admission through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 110 Thomas Boyd Hall. Students classified as extension students are ineligible to enroll in on-campus courses.
An application for graduate nondegree admission may be obtained from the Graduate School. Students applying for graduate nondegree admission must submit one set of official transcripts from the institution from which they received their last degree. This transcript must indicate that the applicant has a 2.50 gpa or better on all undergraduate work completed. International applicants must have at least a 2.50 gpa or equivalent on all college-level work previously attempted. In addition, international applicants must submit scores of 550 (or 213 if computer based) or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), except for applicants from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, certain Caribbean islands, Belize, and the United Kingdom. International students who have received a degree from an accredited institution in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, certain Caribbean islands, Belize, and the United Kingdom are also exempt from taking the TOEFL.
A nonrefundable application fee of $25 must be submitted with the application.
Students not regularly admitted to the University may attend classes as auditors, provided they meet all previously mentioned requirements for admission, have written permission from the individual course instructors, and have made the necessary arrangements and paid the required fees. Prospective auditors should initiate registration by obtaining an "audit only" form from the Office of the University Registrar. Regularly enrolled graduate students may also audit courses with consent of the individual instructors and the graduate dean. Auditors will not receive degree credit and will not be permitted to take a credit examination on audited course work. However, previously audited courses may be taken for credit. Audited courses do not count in total course loads and are not recorded on official transcripts.
Readmission to Original Program
Previously enrolled graduate students who fail to enroll for three or more semesters (summer term included) must file an "Application for Readmission" form with the Graduate School. Their applications for reentry will be subject to re-evaluation under current admission criteria; readmission is not guaranteed. Students who have been dropped from a graduate degree program and are ineligible to continue in the Graduate School may not apply for nondegree admission. Official transcripts must be submitted if work has been taken at another institution since the student was last enrolled at LSU. The application deadlines for admission also apply for readmission, as do application fees and late fees.
Readmission with a Change of Program
A student wishing to pursue a degree or program other than the one originally sought, and who has not enrolled for three or more semesters (summer term included), must complete application procedures as described above, and comply with the requirements for the new program. Acceptance into one program does not guarantee admission into another. The admission decision ultimately rests with the admission committee of the department or interdepartmental program concerned.