Application Requirements

Domestic Degree-Seeking Students 

Make sure you 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 require applications to be submitted prior to the general deadlines in order for students to be considered for graduate assistantships and fellowships.

Remember to use an active email address to create your account when beginning an application. Be sure to check it often (including the spam folder) for messages regarding your application.

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.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 (A = 4.0) on all undergraduate work (or in the final 60 credit hours) and any graduate work already completed.
  • Acceptable GRE or GMAT scores.  Consult the department’s website for minimum test scores required.
  • Beginning August 4, 2017, all applicants with foreign credit hours applying to LSU graduate degree programs are strongly encouraged to provide a course-by-course evaluation of these 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.

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.

GRE or GMAT Scores

Send official GRE or GMAT scores to the Graduate School using the ETS institution code 6373. 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.


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 Admissions, 118 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. If your university offers the option of emailing official transcripts, they can be sent to

Application Deadlines & Processing Fees

  Fee Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens $50 June 30 November 15 May 1
International Students* $70 April 15 October 1 April 15
Non-Degree Students
  June 30 November 15 May 1
The applicant is responsible for checking for department specific application deadlines. 

* Applications received after the deadline will be processed automatically for the following term.

The application processing fee is non-refundable.