Graduate Admissions

ECE Division Admission Deadlines

  • The ECE Graduate Program admits students only for the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • All applicants will automatically be considered for any available awards but doctoral students are generally given first priority.
  • Students should complete applications as early as possible for the best chance of receiving available awards.
Semester you are applying for:  Application Deadline, US Citizens Application Deadline, International
Spring November 1 November 1
Fall May 15 June 15

ECE Graduate Program Admission Requirements

Applicants meeting the following requirements are eligible for admission to the ECE Graduate Program:

  1. 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”= 4.0, “B”=3.0) on all undergraduate work (or last half-degree requirement) and a 3.00 (“B”) GPA or better on any graduate work already completed. International applicants must have at least a 3.00 (“B”) GPA, or equivalent, on all college-level work attempted.
  2. Acceptable GRE scores. The ECE division does not have a minimum GRE score but typically, most successful applicants have a GRE verbal of at least 145 (new scale) or 400 (old scale) and a GRE Quantitative of at least 155 (new scale) or 700 (old scale). GRE scores are required for admission in the ECE graduate program and must be received before a student's application will be evaluated for admission. GRE scores should be submitted electronically through ETS using institution code 6373.
  3. Satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS Scores (See For International Applicants). TOEFL or IELTS scores should be submitted electronically through ETS using institution code 6373.
  4. Statement of Purpose Statement of student's intentions for graduate study in ECE and should clearly identify an area of interest (Communication, Computers, Electronics, Power, Systems)
  5. Resume The resume should highlight the applicant's academic, professional, and research history. This can be submitted using the on-line application and a hard copy is not required.
  6. Three Letters of Recommendation Three (3) letters of recommendation from a professor (or supervisor) who is able to comment on your qualifications for graduate study. Letters of recommendations are required for admission in the ECE graduate program.
  7. Recommendation for Graduate Studies Supplemental Formhttp://www.ece.lsu.edu/grad/pdf/recommend.pdf - A supplement to be submitted along with each recommendation letter. It addresses significant factors that could help determine your admission to our program and your chance for financial assistance.

NOTE: A scholarly writing sample (as noted on the on-line application) is NOT REQUIRED for admission into the ECE Graduate Program.

Application Instructions

Students wishing to enter the ECE graduate program should apply on-line using the LSU graduate school application site. The following application materials will be collected:

  • Official transcripts
  • GRE Scores (through ETS using institution code 6373)
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores (through ETS using institution code 6373)
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
    • The recommender can submit the letter through the on-line application or
    • It can be mailed in a sealed envelope with the signature of the recommender across the seal to: The Graduate School, Louisiana State University, 114 West David Boyd, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.
    • If the recommendation is returned to the applicant, it must remain sealed from the recommender to be accepted.
    • NOTE: Original letters not required if the recommendation was submitted using the on-line application.
  • Recommendation for Graduate Studies Supplemental Form
    • The recommender can scan and upload the form along with the on-line recommendation letter or
    • It can be mailed in a sealed envelope with the signature of the recommender across the seal to: The Graduate School, Louisiana State University, 114 West David Boyd, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.
    • If the recommendation is returned to the applicant, it must remain sealed from the recommender to be accepted.
    • The RECOMMENDER can also send this form to the ECE graduate office email at eceapply@lsu.edu.

For International Applicants

[See International Applicants section of Prospective Student Information at the LSU Graduate School Webpage]

  • International applicants are advised to submit the application and supporting documents at least ten months in advance of the start of the semester they are seeking admission.
  • Submit a copy of the name page of your passport to the graduate school. For identification purposes in the U.S., the spelling and order of your names on your LSU application and the U.S. non-immigrant documentation (Form I-20/Form DS-2019) must match the names on your passport. If your names on your LSU admissions application do not match your passport, please send a brief letter of explanation.
  • A completed Affidavit of Support form and supporting financial documents are required in order for International Services (IS)  to process a Form I-20 (for F-1 student visa) or Form DS-2019 (for J-1 exchange visa). IS cannot process your non-immigrant documents without this information. (IMPORTANT: The Affidavit of Support is required only for those individuals who are pursuing F-1 or J-1 student visa status.) An Affidavit of Support form can be found at the LSU International Services page.NOTE: You can wait to submit the Affidavit of Support after an admission decision has been made for you.  Your application for admission will be processed by the admissions staff even if your financial documents are not included.
  • Test score requirements: International applicants must provide an official TOEFL score of 79 on the internet-based test, 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based or 6.5 on the IELTS test to be considered for admission. All test scores, including the GRE, must be submitted prior to admission. Though test scores must be sent directly by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to be official, you may submit unofficial copies of your test scores to speed the processing of your application. International “OFFICIAL” Documents: Documents submitted to the Graduate School must be written in the language used for instruction (original language). An English translation of all documents submitted must also be included. Documents must be prepared by the institution which prescribes the curriculum of study. For applicants from countries whose institutions do not issue official copies to other institutions, the applicant may provide copies of the records for review purposes only. The applicant must prove that the provided documents are official before the admission process is finalized. “Official documents” are defined as official records of transcripts and degree statements in original language AND the English translations prepared by the institution. These documents must be sealed in the institution's official envelope with the official stamp across on the envelope. The individual pages of all documents must be printed on the institutions letterhead or stamped with the official logo/signatures of the proper authority. Any document not received in this manner is considered unofficial. (Signatures of a professor, government officials other than Ministry of Education, and/or notary public are NOT accepted as official.)
  • For applicants from countries whose institutions do not issue official copies to other institutions, the applicant may provide copies of the records for review purposes only. The applicant must prove that the provided documents are official before the admission process is finalized.
  • Once the Graduate School and the ECE division have approved admission, and sufficient financial responsibility has been verified, the International Services Office (ISO) is notified. ISO will then prepare and issue the appropriate immigration documents to you.

IMPORTANT TIP: It is recommended that all international applicants visit the International Services website for additional information regarding visas and procedures for admitted international students.

Forms

Short Overview of the Application Process

When a virtual application is processed by the Office of Graduate Admissions at the LSU Graduate School, the materials submitted with the application are immediately viewable by the division. Transcripts and other official documents sent by mail to the LSU Graduate School are processed and are also made available to the division with the virtual application.

The ECE graduate program office will monitor the application until all required documents are received, then processes the application to be evaluated review by the ECE Admissions Committee.

Once the ECE Admissions Committee has completed the evaluation, the division notifies the LSU Office of Graduate Admissions of an admission recommendation.

The ECE Admissions Committee evaluates the application and the division notifies the LSU Office of Graduate Admissions of an admission recommendation (this can take several days to several weeks depending on the time of year and faculty schedules).

The LSU Office of Graduate Admissions then conducts the final evaluation and posts the official decision on the applicant's account created at the on-line application site. An e-mail notification is automatically sent to the e-mail address that was provided by the applicant on the application.

Application Status

You can determine the status of your application from the on-line application site. If the status of the application is “Under Department Review” you can send an inquiry to eceapply@lsu.edu to check on the status of your application in the division.

Graduate Non-Degree/Non-matriculating Admission

Students interested in taking ECE graduate level courses as a non-degree/non-matriculating student should apply for graduate non-degree admission to the LSU Graduate School using the the LSU graduate school application site. The LSU Graduate School makes all decisions on non-degree admissions. The division has no opinion on non-degree admission decisions.

  1. Non-degree admission is restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.
  2. Requires a 2.50 GPA on all undergraduate work completed and a 3.00 GPA on all graduate work completed.
  3. No more than 12 hours of combined credit transferred from other schools and earned as an LSU extension or nonmatriculating student may be applied toward a master's degree at LSU.
  4. Courses taken in an undergraduate classification cannot be transferred into graduate credit
  5. Course work is taken for academic credit, and all rules and regulations for graduate students apply.