Admissions Requirements | LSU Graduate School

Admissions Requirements

Admission to graduate study is a two-fold evaluation process.

The Office of Graduate Admissions determines eligibility for admission to LSU, and the academic department or college determines admissibility to the degree program. Final admission to the University is subject to approval by the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Minimum University Requirements

A conferred baccalaureate (or equivalent) or advanced degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the expected date of entry into the graduate program.

The Graduate School requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (2.5 for non-degree seeking students) for the last 60 semester hours in the previous undergraduate or graduate program.

Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Graduate Admissions.  Acceptable electronic transcript exchange systems are SPEEDE Server, E-Script, National Student Clearinghouse, and Parchment.

Transfer credit posted on the records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from the original institutions. Official transcripts for these credits must also be submitted. Military applicants are required to submit an official copy of their Joint Service Transcript (JST), if applicable.

Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded for review; however if you are admitted and intend to enroll, you must provide an official transcript within 30 days after the first day of class. An applicant's admission decision may be revoked if a review of official transcripts does not meet academic requirements. 

Documents that are unsealed, photocopied, notarized, faxed, or scanned are not accepted.

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Louisiana State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
114 West David Boyd Hall
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803

A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume with a complete and accurate chronological outline of all previous college-level education is required. Applicants may upload it in SLATE or email a pdf version to

Admission Requirements for International Students

Please visit International Applicant Requirements section to learn more about international student admissions and other resources.

Admission Requirements for Non-Degree Seeking Students

LSU offers admission to students desiring to take graduate courses without pursuing a graduate degree. Minimally, the Graduate School requires non-degree applicants to meet the same admission requirements previously listed. We advise you to contact the graduate program for guidance on admission requirements and courses are eligible for non-degree registration. 


Readmission only applies to students previously enrolled in a graduate program at LSU. Former students must apply for readmission if they do not enroll for three consecutive terms, including a summer term. All readmission applicants must meet the current admission requirements of the college or school they expect to enter. Readmission is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Consult the graduate program’s admission requirements.

Graduate Degree Program Requirements

Graduate degree programs have admission requirements, often more rigorous than those set by the Graduate School. Applicants can upload the required documents, such as; standardized exam results, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a writing sample, or an application for a graduate assistantship in SLATE.

  • The Graduate School sets no minimum score for the GRE or GMAT; individual programs may however have specific requirements and it is recommended that you contact them directly for more specific information. 
  • If the program requires an official test score (either GRE or GMAT) for admission, you may self-report these scores when submitting your application.
  • We will however also require official scores from the reporting agency. 
  • GRE scores should be sent directly to us from Educational Testing Service (ETS).
  • The Institution Code for LSU Graduate School is 6373. 
  • These scores will be incorporated into your application and compared against self-reported scores to ensure consistency. 

  • Please include a valid email address for each person writing a letter of recommendation.
  • A link is emailed to each recommender with detailed instructions on how to submit the letter directly to the Graduate School. 

Application Deadlines

The University deadlines are listed below; however, most academic programs have earlier deadlines than those established by the University, or may admit only for a specific term. Prospective applicants must contact the academic program for those deadlines.

Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Students July 15 November 15 June 15
International Students June 17 October 1 April 17
Non-Degree Students July 15 November 15 June 15

Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Students Module 1: August 10
Module 2: October 5
Module 1: December 14
Module 2: March 1
Module 1: April 6
Module 2: June 15
International Students Module 1: August 10
Module 2: October 5
Module 1: December 14
Module 2: March 1
Module 1: April 6
Module 2: June 15