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Admission Requirements for International Degree-Seeking Students

Make sure to review the department's website to view its admission deadlines and requirements. Departmental deadlines and requirements may be more stringent. 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.

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.
  • 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. 

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.

  • 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.

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 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

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.

General Deadlines 

Deadline Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Term
General June 15  November 1 April 15

Application Processing Fee

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