International Degree Seeking Requirements
Applications from individuals who plan to enroll while residing in the United States using a non-immigrant visa are processed as international students. This includes applications received from other countries as well as applications received from students currently attending U.S. high schools, colleges, or universities.
First-Time International Applicant Checklist
Each applicant for admission is responsible for ensuring that the LSU ApplyGrad Application and all required application materials (non-refundable application fee, GRE or GMAT test results, official transcripts, etc.) are on file in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate application deadlines. An application is not evaluated until the applicant’s file is complete. All documents submitted in support of an application become the property of The Graduate School and cannot be returned. Applicants who have completed degree requirements outside the U.S. must present all of the following:
- Apply online at applygrad.lsu.edu/apply.
- Pay the non-refundable application processing fee of $50 for US citizens and permanent residents and $70 for all other applicants.
- Submit official sealed transcripts and statement of the award of the degree or diploma
conferring a U.S. equivalent bachelors and/or master’s degree and ALL other post-secondary
college/university attended. See International Degree Requirements.
- A U.S. equivalent grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale in upper-division (junior- and senior-level) coursework and in any graduate work already completed, and be eligible to return to most recent institution.
- Applicants must submit their work in progress (WIP) transcript for admission decision. An updated transcript including final grades is also required.
- Submit the native language official transcript with an official English translation if the foreign institution does not issue a transcript in English. Official translations are prepared by a translation service recognized by the American Translators Association (ATA) or National Association for Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) and include all original seals and/or signatures.
- Submit standardized admissions test scores as required by department. Test Scores are valid for five years. Please use ETS institution code 6373 when submitting scores to LSU.
- Submit satisfactory English language proficiency test scores on the Test of English
as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), the International English Language Testing System
(IELTS), or the Pearson’s Test of English (PTE). Please see exemptions below. The following minimum scores are required for admission:
- 550 (paper-based exam)
- 213 (computer-based exam)
- 79 (internet-based exam)
- IELTS – 6.5
- Pearson (PTE) – 59
- A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume with a complete and accurate chronological outline of all previous college-level education.
- Submit letters of recommendation as required by the department; these letters may be submitted electronically through the online application.
- Consult individual departments for additional admission requirements below.
- Verification of the availability of sufficient funds to meet all costs while studying at LSU as an F-1 student before the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility will be processed. For the current list of estimated expenses for international students, please visit International Services website at lsu.edu/intlpro/is/.
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.
Applicants who appear admissible on the basis of unofficial and/or incomplete transcripts of previous work or unofficial test scores, but who are unable to supply the required records prior to registration, may be granted provisional admission. Subsequent enrollment will not be permitted until all provisions are met. Provisional admission does not guarantee subsequent regular admission to the Graduate School.
Photocopies, facsimiles, or transcripts marked “issued to student” are not official. Transfer credit posted on the records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from the original institution(s). Transcripts from LSU Main Campus need not be submitted.
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/GMAT 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. Please visit the link to your department of choice below:
Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
Department of Agricultural and Extension Education and Evaluation
School of Animal Sciences
Department of Entomology
Department of Experimental Statistics
School of Nutrition and Food Sciences
School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences
Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology
School of Renewable Natural Resources
Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising
School of Architecture
School of Art
Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture
Department of Accounting
Department of Economics
Department of Finance
Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems
Rucks Department of Management
Department of Marketing
Department of Public Administration
Flores MBA Program
Department of Environmental Sciences
Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Cain Department of Chemical Engineering
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Division of Computer Science & Engineering
Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management
Division of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Digital Media Arts & Engineering
Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering
School of Education
The School of Education offers a range of professional and academic degree programs that focus on preparing students for careers in education, research, policy formation and implementation, as well as program oversight. Job opportunities are found in schools, school districts, universities, public and private agencies, business and industry, and many other areas.
School of Kinesiology
The School of Kinesiology provides graduate programs for students interested in the art and science of human movement and the business of sport. We offer both a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology with four areas of specialization: exercise physiology, motor behavior, pedagogy and psychological sciences, and sport management. We have an outstanding faculty that is recognized for high quality teaching, scholarship, and service. You can learn more about our programs by clicking on the links for undergraduate and graduate programs.
School of Leadership & Human Resource Development
The School of Leadership & Human Resource Development programs are designed to develop the leadership, planning, analytical, problem solving, and change management capabilities that today’s globalized organizations need to be successful. The working environment is evolving. Organizations of all types are increasingly challenged to respond and adapt to changes in social values, technical innovations, and global business needs.
School of Library & Information Science
The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) awards the Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree and Graduate Certificates in Archival Studies, Records and Information Management, and School Librarianship. SLIS also offers undergraduate minors in Digital Studies and Library Science and Communication-Intensive undergraduate general education courses.
School of Social Work
The mission of the LSU School of Social Work is to advance social science and social well-being by engaging in applied and practice-informed research, as well as evidence-informed practice and teaching, with the goal of improving lives and working toward sustainable social justice.
Department of Communication Sciences & Disorder
The Louisiana State University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (LSU COMD) has over 300 undergraduate and 60 graduate student majors. The masters program is accredited to educate professional speech-language pathologists. Masters students, while completing rigorous academic coursework, apply their clinical skills in the areas of evaluation and treatment with persons of all ages who have or are at risk for communication disorders.
Department of Communication Studies
The Department of Communication Studies at LSU offers a M.A. degree with a thesis, non-thesis, and professional practice project option, a M.A. -> Ph.D. Fast Track degree, and a Ph.D. degree. All students develop an individualized program of study in consultation with and as approved by their graduate committee. The committee consists of the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for graduate committees are satisfied.
Department of English
The Department of English boasts a celebrated literary history extending back to the 1930's and the founding of the Southern Review by Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks. Today the department is home to a distinguished faculty that includes many nationally-recognized critics, scholars, and creative writers.
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, with graduate faculty in German, Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese, represents a broad spectrum of research interests, from classical antiquity to contemporary Latin American literature. It has also established a Resource Center for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures through the acquisition of videos, films, and printed materials.
Department of French Studies
The Department of French Studies has long been acknowledged as one of the premier programs in the country. The most recent National Research Council assessment (1995, 2010) ranked the LSU French program among the best in the nation in terms of instructional excellence and faculty strength. The program’s work reflects the historical importance of Francophone languages and cultures for Louisiana, as well as the leadership provided by French studies in the European intellectual tradition.
Department of Geography and Anthropology
The Department of Geography and Anthropology offers classes in biogeography, climatology, geomorphology, Quaternary studies, cultural geography, historical geography, economic development, urban geography, mapping sciences, GIS as well as archaeology, biological, social-cultural, and linguistic anthropology. Area expertise focuses upon the Mississippi Valley, southern U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean, China, central Asia and Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa.
Department of History
The Department of History is one of the nation’s premier sites for research in Southern history, but it also has excellent faculty members and graduate students working in a host of other fields. In addition to Southern and United States history, it has particular strengths in British history, the Middle Ages and Renaissance studies, and modern European history. It also has faculty members publishing on and teaching the history of the Ancient world, African American history, Latin America, and Africa, as well as South and East Asia.
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies offers a wide range of courses covering fundamental philosophical questions, logic, the history of philosophy, and the study of world religions.
The program in philosophy at LSU offers a wide range of courses covering fundamental philosophical questions, logic, and the history of philosophy. We offer a master's degree, undergraduate major, and an undergraduate minor in philosophy.
The Religious Studies Program at Louisiana State University is committed to the education of undergraduate students and the production of cutting-edge research in the study of religion. We are proud to be a part of the LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Department of Political Science
The Mission of the Department of Political Science is:
- to provide LSU students with the knowledge and analytical skills necessary to be responsible citizens, contributing to the well-being of the state and the nation;
- to contribute to a deeper understanding of politics and government through faculty research and publications;
- to serve as a resource of expertise for national, state, and local government;
- to provide political science majors with the education required to pursue successful careers in government, academics, and the private sector.
- to provide graduate training for PhD and M.A. students in political science that reflects state of the art substantive and methodological instruction in all specialization areas, and to produce graduates with superior research, teaching, and professional skills.
Department of Psychology
The Department of Psychology specializations are available within our PhD programs in clinical psychology, cognitive and brain sciences, industrial/organizational psychology, and school psychology.
Department of Sociology
The Department of Sociology has particularly strong expertise in three general research areas which consist of criminology, social inequality, and social capital. The department is also methodologically diverse employing a variety of quantitative (e.g., spatial analysis, social network analysis, survey, and longitudinal modeling) and qualitative (e.g., participant observation, ethnography, video ethnography) approaches.
The diversity of the curricula offered through the College of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) will provide students with a foundational base of skills that can be used not only in the classroom, but in further study or a future career. Analytical reasoning, communication, and critical thinking skills will give students an edge in any profession they choose.
The Ph.D. program is built around a core curriculum grounded in the history of literary criticism and theory. With the guidance of faculty, students develop their own degree plans and research agendas, meant to combine the study of literature, literary theory, language, philosophy, art, history, and other cultural phenomena in exciting, fruitful, and innovative ways.
The Master of Arts in the Liberal Arts (MALA) program is a graduate-level MA-granting interdisciplinary program administered by the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. It is a broad, interdisciplinary program of part-time or full-time graduate study that integrates and expands the student’s knowledge and awareness and that is geared toward the student’s interests.
Master of Mass Communication
Did you earn your undergraduate degree in another discipline, but now want to work in a mass communication field? Looking for advanced professional training? Want to prepare yourself for a doctoral program? Then our Master of Mass Communication (M.M.C.) degree is a good fit for you.
Ph.D. in Media & Public Affairs
The Manship School is home to the nation’s only doctoral program in media and public affairs. We offer a focus on political communication through course study in partnership with the Department of Political Science.
Certificate of Strategic Communication
If you are a professional wanting to continue your education, but do not have time or the money to go back to school full-time, our Certificate of Strategic Communication may be for you. This program hones your public relations and advocacy skills with 15-credit hours (five courses) of focused study. It includes core classes in building public relations campaigns. Electives allow you to tailor the certificate to your needs.
Dual M.M.C./Law Degree
The Manship School of Mass Communication and the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center are one of only a handful of schools in the U.S. that offer a dual degree in mass communication (Master of Mass Communication, M.M.C.) and law (both the Juris Doctor, J.D., and the Diploma in Civil Law, D.C.L.). The dual degree program allows students to earn both degrees concurrently in four years.
School of Music
LSU’s School of Music offers its students one of the nation’s most comprehensive music programs and includes courses in composition, music education, musicology, music theory, experimental music & digital media.
School of Theatre
The LSU Theatre program attempts to serve its students in a number of ways, providing rigorous training in performance practices, the history and literature of the stage, and in the development of the critical, conceptual, and argumentative skills basic to a liberal arts education. The program aims to prepare its graduates for careers in both professional and educational theatre.
The department offers a M.S. and Ph.D. degree in both Biochemistry and Biological Sciences. Biochemistry concentrates on the many disciplines intrinsic to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Biological Sciences emphasizes modern interdisciplinary approaches to biology in areas such as bioinformatics, systematics, ecology, cell biology, and physiology; and also the traditional organism based approaches such as botany, microbiology and zoology.
For more information, contact the Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Program Office at (225) 578-1556 or by e-mail.
The department offers a M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Chemistry. In general, students who have earned the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry are eligible to apply. However, students from the Republic of India and the People's Republic of China must have earned a Master's degree in Chemistry or an equivalent field.
The focus areas of the research-active tenure-track faculty are as follows: Analytical, Macromolecular, Inorganic, Organic and Physical. A number of these faculty members have interdisciplinary interests in fields such as biophysical, bioorganic, bioinorganic, and organometallic chemistry. There is an active Macromolecular Studies Group that contains faculty from Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry and Physics.
For more information, contact the Department of Chemistry Graduate Program toll free at (866) 578-2436 or by e-mail.
Geology & Geophysics
The department offers a M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Geology. The Department of Geology and Geophysics at LSU offers an outstanding graduate program in the earth sciences.
Areas of specialization include biostratigraphy and paleontology, environmental geology, geochemistry, geophysics, hydrogeology, igneous petrology, metamorphic petrology, stratigraphy and sedimentology, and tectonics.
For more information, contact the Department of Geology & Geophysics Graduate Program at (225) 578-3353 or by e-mail.
The department offers a M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Mathematics. Areas of specialization include: algebra and number theory, algebraic geometry, algebraic and differential topology and knot theory, analysis and applied mathematics, combinatorics and graph theory, control theory, ergodic theory, mathematics of materials science, operator semigroups and functional analysis, harmonic analysis, Lie groups and representation theory, partial and stochastic differential equations, probability, and semigroups.
For more information, contact the Department of Mathematics Graduate Program at (225) 578-1665 or by e-mail.
Physics & Astronomy
The department offers a M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Physics. Areas of specialization include High Energy Physics, Space Science, Astronomy, Materials, Nuclear Physics, Solid State Physics, Medical Physics, Atomic Physics, Optics, General Relativity, and Astrophysics.
For more information, contact the Department of Physics and Astronomy Graduate Program at (225) 578-2261 or by e-mail.
Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences
The Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences is committed to:
- advance groundbreaking discoveries in the biomedical sciences
- provide excellence in professional and graduate education
- serve and promote the institution and greater community.
The CBS Department conducts basic and translational research in diverse areas of biomedical sciences including: cancer biology, cardiovascular disease, developmental biology, neurosciences, and toxicology. We seek to understand the normal regulation of physiological and cellular processes, which are dysfunctional in disease states. Understanding these mechanisms may offer novel approaches for therapeutic intervention.
Department of Pathobiological Sciences
The Department of Pathobiological Sciences provides teaching and training in the emphasis areas of bacteriology, epidemiology, immunology, parasitology, pathology, and virology. Departmental faculty are involved in all levels of the professional curriculum, providing lecture and laboratory experiences in bacteriology, mycology, immunology, epidemiology, pathology, parasitology, community health, and virology, as well as instruction in the practical application of necropsy techniques, all using cases received from the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
The faculty members of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences instruct veterinary students, interns, fellows and residents in the art and science of veterinary medicine, undertake clinical research for the benefit of both animals and humans, and provide specialized care for animal patients from Louisiana and surrounding states.
The following materials should be sent to International Services (email@example.com):
- A copy of the name page of your passport.
- A completed Affidavit of Support and supporting financial documents (if you require an I-20 or DS-2019 for F-1 or J-1 visa status). 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.
For international students who need to apply for the F-1 or J-1 student visas, there are deadlines for processing Initial I-20 or DS-2019 forms that are needed for visa applications.
For LSU admissions applications that do not have a decision made before the following deadlines, no initial I-20s or DS-2019s will be issued.
Applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL iBT /IELTS/PTE requirement if they have completed one of the following:
- A bachelor’s degree earned from an accredited U.S. institution;
- A college-level degree showing the completion of post-secondary education in a country where English is the primary official language.
Official transcripts are required showing completion of one of the above before a student can be exempted from the TOEFL iBT / IELTS/PTE requirement. The Office of Graduate Student Services reserves the right to require a satisfactory TOEFL iBT /IELTS/PTE score from any applicant. All international students who are admitted will be required to take an English placement test prior to registration.
International applicants who are from a country where English is the only official language are exempt from this requirement. Additionally, applicants are exempt from the requirement if they possess a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution or an institution in a country where English is the only official language. English is the only official language in the following countries:
Qualifying English Language Countries
- American Samoa
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Canada (except Quebec)
- Cayman Islands
- Federated States of Micronesia
- New Zealand
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Kingdom