Full-Time MBA FAQs | LSU Flores MBA Program

Full-Time MBA

Frequently Asked Questions


The Flores MBA Program has generous but limited financial awards. Applicants are strongly urged to apply earlier rather than later.

Admission to the Flores MBA program is selective and competitive. The admissions committee considers each application individually, selecting well-rounded candidates who demonstrate academic achievement, professionalism, placement prospects, and ability to succeed in the program. The following minimum admission requirements must be met:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) on all undergraduate work completed and graduate attempted is most competitive
  • An acceptable score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) (or Graduate Record Exam (GRE))
  • Acceptance by the Flores MBA Committee Admissions Board
  • Previous work experience is desirable but not required for the full-time program
  • All MBA applicants must submit a video response to specific interview questions in the application.

You may call the LSU Graduate School or call the Flores MBA Program office at 225-578-8867 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm (CST).

No, the undergraduate degree can be in any field. 49% of our students hold non-business undergraduate degrees, including education, engineering, journalism, geography, political science, criminal justice, kinesiology and history.

Our final application deadline is May 15 but we start receiving applicants in September in the previous year. We have four decision points. Due to limited financial awards and seating, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications as soon as they have decided to apply.

You may apply at any time, but you cannot be admitted until test scores have been submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Also, your file will not be reviewed until we have received the appropriate scores. Likewise, you may submit your references after applying. But sending all of your documents as early as possible will increase your chance of bettering other competitive candidates and being admitted. (*Only international students.)

You can apply for the GMAT test at The Official GMAT web site.

The Official GMAT Web site provides free test-prep software and helpful test-taking strategies. You can also purchase the official GMAT review guides from the website, as well as at your local bookstore. There are many other companies that produce GMAT review literature that can also be found at any bookstore. In addition, companies such as the Princeton Review offer classroom courses and tutoring programs to better prepare you for the GMAT. Please check with our office for possible GMAT test prep courses.

Yes, the Flores MBA Program accepts GRE scores.

The GMAT program code for the LSU Graduate School is 6373.

We do not set a minimum acceptable score for the GMAT; however we prefer scores to be at least 600. For the past 6 years, the average score has varied between 610 and 650 in the full time MBA program. The average GMAT scores for PMBA and EMBA students typically is not as high since they have been out of school longer, and their work experienced is factored into the admissions decision more heavily.

Yes, each year a considerable percent of applicants are admitted immediately after completing their undergraduate degree. However, other aspects of your application must be strong.

All accepted students are automatically considered for the scholarships awarded through the E. J. Ourso College of Business. Scholarships are awarded based on need and/or prior academic performance.

No. We do not accept credits from other institutions. This also means it is not possible to start your degree at one institution and transfer to LSU. You need to start the program in the fall semester with the incoming class. Credits from other graduate programs at LSU are accepted on a case by case basis. Please call the office if you are in this position and would like to discuss it further.

Students are unable to take MBA core courses prior to their official matriculation period, beginning each fall semester.

Think of the full-time MBA experience as a full-time job. Besides classes, you will spend a substantial amount of time outside of class working on team projects, attending events, and becoming an active member of the Flores MBA Program.

Internships are not required, but strongly recommended. The summer internship between your first and second years is an ideal opportunity to develop professional skills in a real business setting, earn money, and secure network contacts and mentors for career development.

Yes. We will be happy to arrange for you to attend one of our regular Information Sessions, or to come in and meet with our faculty, staff, and current students.