There are five requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies.
A baccalaureate degree from a college or
university approved by a regional accrediting agency
Grade point average of at least 3.0 for
undergraduate work and 3.0 for graduate work, on a 4-point scale and based
upon all work for which a grade is given
- Satisfactory scores on the Graduate
- Satisfactory standing at the most recent educational institution attended
Acceptance in a Graduate program
Individual Programs may establish requirements
more rigid than the minimal standards of the School of Graduate Studies, so a student meeting minimal School requirements may not be adequately
prepared to enter graduate study in a particular program.
All international students must present acceptable scores on the
English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination before they will be accepted
as graduate students. These examinations are offered several times a year
throughout the world.
A applicants who meet all requirements
are normally granted unconditional
Applicants, who fail to meet all qualifications but are
judged by the departments concerned and by the Dean to show promise for
successful graduate work, may be considered for probationary admission.
Applicants who appear to be admissible but who are unable, for good reason,
to supply the required credentials prior to the stated deadline may request
provisional admission. In such cases, complete credentials must be received not
later than sixty days after the first day of classes (forty-five days in the
Graduate students, who apply for admission to the LSU School of
Medicine, or any other professional school, shall not be enrolled in the
professional school until they have completed the graduate degree toward
which they are working.
Application Procedure and
Form: Complete the
School of Graduate
Studies Application Form.
Admissions Fee: The admission fee for the School
of Graduate Studies is $30. Make
checks or money orders payable to "LSU Health Sciences Center."
The fee of $30 must be submitted each time you apply to a program.
Official Report of GRE Scores: Request that the
Educational Testing Service send this
office (our code is 6600) an official report of your Graduate Record
Exam (GRE) scores. We require that you take the GRE Aptitude Test. We also
suggest that since it takes at least six weeks and sometimes longer for
the official GRE reports to reach us, you might like to submit a
photocopy of your "Student Copy" of the scores. This would enable the
Admissions Committee to evaluate your application while waiting for the
official scores to arrive. We require a total combined score of 1000 on tests taken prior to August 2011 and a total combined score of 300 on tests taken August 2011 and after on the Verbal and Quantitative segments as a minimum for consideration.
Official Transcripts: Send two copies
of your official transcript from each college or university that you
have attended (including other institutions in the LSU System).
Transcripts that show transfer credits from other colleges you have
attended are not acceptable. We require that the transcripts be sent
from the Registrarís Office of your University
Office. Transcripts issued to students are not considered official.
Goal Letter: All
programs require a letter from applicants stating your
long-term and short-term goals in relation to your program of
Recommendation: Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent
to this office (preferably from professors who have taught you in
the basic sciences). Use the
Letter of Recommendation Form
students must submit scores for both the Graduate Record Exam and the
Test of English as a Foreign Language.
the 7 items described above to the following address.
of the Dean
School of Graduate Studies
LSU Health Sciences Center
433 Bolivar Street, Suite 826
New Orleans, LA 70112-2223
The completed application, including transcripts, letters of
recommendation, goal letters, and GRE scores, will be sent to the
Program for review and recommendation. Students will be notified of
acceptance into the graduate program by the graduate coordinator or
department head and then by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.The completed application, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, goal letters, and GRE scores, will be sent to the Program for review and recommendation. The deadline to submit completed applications for the fall semester is March 1. Individual departments may have different deadlines, so interested students should refer to the departmental websites as well. Students will be notified of acceptance into the graduate program by the graduate coordinator or department head and then by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.