International Degree-Seeking

An international degree-seeking applicant is one who wants to complete a graduate program at the Masters, Doctoral, Educational Specialist, or Certificate level and who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. International admission requirements apply to any student who has international secondary or post-secondary education, regardless of the country of citizenship, immigrant status, or visa status. Both the Graduate School and the department applied to must approve admission. For additional information regarding visas and procedures for admitted international students, visit International Services.


Step 1: Select a Graduate Program

LSU offers more than 120 graduate degree programs, 16 graduate certificates, and some programs can be completed online. Browse the list of programs offered and then click on the department’s link for additional information, including specific application requirements and deadlines. You should also read about U.S. immigrant procedures to see what will be required if you are admitted to a graduate program at LSU.


Step 2: Review Department Admission Requirements

Review the department's website to view its admission deadlines and requirements. Departmental deadlines and requirements may be more stringent. They may also have specific prerequisites for undergraduate coursework or require the GRE subject test. Many departments have applications due between December 1st and March 15th in order for you to be considered for graduate assistantships and fellowships.


Step 3: Review Graduate School Admission Requirements

All applicants must have the following in order to be considered for unconditional admission:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution. Consult international degree requirements to see the level of study expected of applicants prior to enrollment at LSU.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 (A = 4.0) on all undergraduate work (or in the final 64 credit hours) and any graduate work already completed.
  • Acceptable GRE or GMAT scores. The E.J. Ourso College of Business, except for the MS and PhD in Economics, requires a GMAT score. The MPA program and the Information Systems & Decision Sciences program accepts either the GRE or GMAT. Consult the department’s website for minimum test scores required.
  • Demonstrated English proficiency. You may be exempt from this requirement if have completed a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or have a college-level degree showing completion of post-secondary education in a country where English is the primary official language.
    • TOEFL minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), 79 (internet-based) OR
    • IELTS minimum score of 6.5 OR
    • PTE minimum score of 59.
  • Beginning August 4, 2017, all applicants (international and domestic) to LSU graduate degree programs are strongly encouraged to provide a course-by-course evaluation of all foreign credentials. Foreign credentials refer to transcripts from educational institutions outside the United States. The LSU Graduate School will accept foreign credential evaluations from any current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) with a course-by-course evaluation and grade point average (GPA) included. For a list of all current members, please visit their website ( Although using a NACES-member organization is not a requirement, applicants should understand that it may take longer to conduct the evaluation if it must be done by LSU staff, which may result in delayed admissions decisions.


Step 4: Provide Supplemental Documents

The following materials should be sent to Graduate Student Services, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 or emailed to

  • A copy of the name page of your passport.
  • A completed Affidavit of Support and supporting financial documents (required to process forms for F-1 and J-1 visas). Note: Your application will be processed even if your financial documents are not included. If you prefer, you can wait to submit these items after an admission decision has been made. See International Services for more information about these documents. 
  • If the spelling and order of names on your LSU application and non-immigrant documentation do not match the names on your passport, please include a brief letter of explanation.


Step 5: Draft and Gather Additional Application Materials

Many degree programs require supplemental materials such as a statement of purpose, curriculum vitae, a list of undergraduate courses completed in the discipline, or other specialized materials. Consult the department’s website to see what additional materials are required. 

Make sure you have current email addresses for those who will be writing you letters of recommendation, as you will be required to enter them before you submit your application. Each letter writer will receive an individual email requesting the letter of recommendation and providing instructions for uploading it.


Step 6: Send GRE/GMAT and TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Scores

Send official GRE or TOEFL scores to the Graduate School using the ETS institution code 6373. Send official GMAT, IELTS, or PTE scores directly to LSU as well; an institution code is not required. Please note that some programs may require scores from the GRE subject test, and you should send them at the same time you send your other test scores.


Step 7: Upload and Request Transcripts

Transcripts from each university attended are required (even if only for summer coursework or if coursework appears on another institution’s transcript). Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the initial review of your application, and you can usually download them directly from the universities you attended. If you are admitted, the Graduate School will require official transcripts if you did not submit them with your application. Official transcripts should be sent directly to Graduate Student Services, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. If your university offers the option of emailing official transcripts, they can be sent to

Official transcripts must be written in the language used for instruction. An English translation of transcripts and degree statements must be included. Please be advised that the Graduate School now accepts academic/credential evaluations from third parties such as World Education Services (WES), Academic Evaluation Services (AES), AACRAO International Education Services (IES), or other similar services.

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.


Step 8: Fill Out and Submit Application

To begin an application, click the button below:


Be sure the email address you use to create your application is active, and check it often (including the spam folder).

Specific departments may have deadlines that are earlier than the general deadlines listed below.

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Term
Priority deadline for Funding: January 1   n/a n/a
General deadline: June 15  November 1 April 15


If the application is submitted by the deadline listed above, the application fee is $70. Applications are not accepted after the general deadline. Instead, students will be considered for admission during the following semester.