Admission Requirements

International Degree-Seeking Students

In addition to the Graduate School’s deadlines, international applicants should review the program of interest's website to find out about their requirements and deadlines. It is common for some departments to have deadlines that are more stringent and require international applicants to submit their applications earlier 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.

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

  • A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, with a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or better on all previous undergraduate work (or last half-degree requirement) from an accredited college or university.
  • 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.

Supplemental Documents

The following materials should be sent to International Services (

  • 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.

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.


Consult the Department for minimum GRE/GMAT requirements.

Demonstrated English proficiency is necessary. 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.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (internet-based) OR
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 6.5 OR
  • Parson's Test of English (PTE): minimum score of 59.

Send all requires tests scores to LSU using institutional 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 (photocopies, facsimiles, or transcripts marked "issued to student") are acceptable for the initial review of your application. If you are admitted, the Graduate School will require official transcripts if you did not submit them with your application. The issuing college or university can submit official transcripts by mail or email to:

  • Mailing Address:
    LSU Office of Graduate Admissions
    114 David Boyd Hall
    Baton Rouge, LA 70803
  • Email Address:

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.

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.