Admission Requirements

Non-Degree Seeking Students

A student who holds a baccalaureate degree but who does not desire to enroll in a degree program in the Graduate School may enroll as a graduate non-matriculating student. Coursework is taken for academic credit, and all rules and regulations for graduate students apply. Some programs restrict non-degree students to particular courses or may not accept the work towards degree-seeking requirements if you later reapply as a degree-seeking student. Contact the department’s graduate advisor for the requirements to enroll as a non-degree student.

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 non-degree admissions:

  • 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 2.50 (A = 4.00) on all undergraduate work and a GPA of at least 3.00 on any graduate work already completed.


Students applying for graduate non-degree admission must submit one transcript from the highest degree-granting institution and from each institution where graduate credit was earned or attempted. 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.

Mailing Address

LSU Office of Graduate Admissions
114 David Boyd Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Email Address:

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.