Application Process

Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School: Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: Graduate Student Services, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. These paper documents are stored electronically and schools have access to all materials submitted by and/or on behalf of a student applying to graduate study.

To be admitted to the MAT, MA, MEd, EdS, or PhD programs, a student must complete normal Graduate School application procedures by deadlines established by The Graduate School. Applicants will be expected to provide appropriate documentation upon request for admission into the various degree programs. Documents include transcripts, GRE, three letters of recommendation, and TOEFL or IELTS scores for international students whose native language is not English. Applicants are accepted all year with the exception of Higher Education which has a deadline of March 15 and Counseling which has a deadline of March 1. Minimum requirements for admission into all degree programs are a score of 153 on the verbal and 144 on the quantitative sections of the GRE, and an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0, or the last 60 hours of course work. Lower GRE scores may be considered contingent on the GPA.

After completed application materials are received from The Graduate School, faculty panels in each degree program review and make admission recommendations to the school director. Upon approval of the school, students are notified of acceptance by The Graduate School.

Supplemental Application Form

Please fill out our School of Education Application for Graduate Study Form. Please note, we collect this information for our internal process, and also in the event that scholarships become available for students with specific demographic characteristics.  You may choose not to answer certain questions.


Application for Graduate Study Form


Application for Graduate School



International Applicants

Please see below for important dates. You may also view this pdf of the LSU Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) chart to better understand the process.

Visit the LSU International Services website for important deadlines, information about applying to LSU, and important forms.

Important dates:

  • Friday, December 15, 2017: the last day that International Services will process I-20s for those who are outside of the United States
  • December 23, 2017 through January 2, 2018: University closure for winter break
  • Wednesday, January 3, 2018: University opens; International Services hosts the International Student Orientation program (see more information below)
  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018: first day of class for the spring 2018 semester
  • Monday, January 15, 2018: University closure for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
  • Monday, January 22, 2018: last day to register for classes

International Orientation for Spring 2018

The new International Student Orientation for spring 2018 begins promptly at 8 a.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018, and is mandatory for all new international students.  New students go directly to the International Cultural Center (ICC) on campus, 3365 Dalrymple Drive.