Admission Requirements

University Admission Requirements

Below are the university admissions requirement. Each Louisiana State University Online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.
Please read the admission criteria for the program in which you are interested.

  • Submit the online application and application fee of $50 for U.S. citizens and $70 for all other applicants. Please be sure to select "Online" as your campus, not the Baton Rouge campus.
  • Submit official transcripts*, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to:
Grad Online
101 LSU Union Building e
PO Box 25416 e
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

*Transcripts from the LSU campus at Baton Rouge do not need to be submitted. Transfer credit posted on the records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from the original institution(s). Schools which have secured electronic transcript delivery may send transcripts to gradonline@lsu.edu.

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.00 ("A" = 4.00) on all undergraduate work (or last half-degree requirement) and a 3.00 GPA or better on any graduate work already completed. International applicants must have at least a 3.00 GPA, or equivalent, on all college-level work attempted.

If you don’t meet the GPA or work experience (if applicable) requirement please submit a GMAT or GRE test score:

  • If a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the GRE Test is submitted, LSU's code for GRE and GMAT reporting is R6373-5. Test information may be obtained from the Graduate School at LSU, graduate schools at most colleges and universities, or by writing to Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541. Allow at least six weeks for the examination results to reach LSU.
  • To expedite the application process, please submit supporting documents at time of application. Submitting supporting documents after application has been submitted could delay application processing time.

Admission Requirements by Program

Graduate Programs


Online Flores Master of Business Administration

  • Currently employed and with three years of demonstrated professional experience in participation and leadership of work teams, financial and/or budgetary responsibility, and management of staff in a direct reporting relationship.*
  • Provide two to three letters of recommendation, including one from your employer who may not be a friend and/or relative.
  • Provide a statement of purpose. This should be personal statement on the motivation to attend the program, including personal and career goals, and your commitment to excellence.
  • Provide a copy of your current professional resume.
  • Applicants are required to be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Internet Explorer.

* For candidates who do not meet the minimum work requirements, the MBA admissions committee may consider supplemental documentation; including official GMAT test scores, GRE test scores, and/or official professional designation or certification.

International Students
All requirements for international applicants must be met.

Online Master of Science in Construction Management

  • An earned bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university in construction management, engineering, or architecture. Graduates of curricula outside these program areas will be required to satisfy program prerequisites before graduation (see MSCM Leveling).
  • A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 1000 or better for GRE test taken prior to July 31, 2011. A GRE score of 300 or better is required for students completing the exam after August 1, 2011. All applicants for admission to the Construction Management and Engineering Science Graduate Programs are required to present satisfactory scores on the aptitude portion (quantitative plus verbal sections) of the GRE before admission can be granted.
  • Exception: The GRE requirement is waived for U.S. citizens only if the applicant has a CM, engineering or architecture undergraduate degree from a US accredited program (i.e. ACCE, ABET, etc.) and has more than 3 years of managerial construction. A resume must be submitted that details this experience along with contact information for verification purposes.
  • Conditional (probationary) acceptance can be granted with a 2.75 GPA; however, these students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 during the first module to gain full acceptance into the program. In addition, they must also satisfy the graduate school requirements for satisfactory academic progress. If they cannot, they will be dropped from the program.
  • Applicants that do not meet the acceptable undergraduate minimum required GPA of 2.75 may request to have their application considered if the following conditions are met: have an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher; AND hold a certification as either a Associate Constructor or a Professional Constructor through the American Institute of Constructors (AIC).

International Students
All requirements for international applicants must be met.

Online Master of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Higher Education Administration

Official current GRE score.

  • combined verbal and quantitative GRE of 297 (verbal: 153; quantitative: 144)

    GRE Alternative:
    GRE alternative for applicants who possess a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate studies and two years of higher education work experience. GRE alternative requests must be accompanied by a letter of request from the student that details his or her work experience in the field and be validated by the transcripts for the GPA requirement.

  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A letter of intent, which serves as a statement of purpose.

International Students
All requirements for international applicants must be met.

Online Master of Science in Human Resource Education with a Concentration in Human Resource and Leadership Development

  • Three or more years of successful professional work experience.
  • Three professional references.
  • Professional resume.
  • Comprehensive essay addressing each element specified by admission committee.
  • Students applying to the M.S. program with a concentration in human resource education may have the GRE/GMAT waived if they meet the following criteria:
    • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA in their last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
    • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA on all previous graduate coursework.
    • Three letters of acceptable recommendations
    • Three years of demonstrated successful professional work experience.
    • Successful completion of a criterion-based essay as specified by the faculty.

International Students
All requirements for international applicants must be met.

Online Master of Science in Human Resource Education with a Concentration in Workforce Development

  • Three professional references.
  • Professional resume showing three or more years of successful professional work experience.
  • GRE scores
  • Students applying to the M.S. program with a concentration in human resource education may have the GRE/GMAT waived if they meet the following criteria:
    • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA in their last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
    • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA on all previous graduate coursework.
    • Three letters of acceptable recommendations.
    • Three years of demonstrated successful professional work experience.
    • Successful completion of a criterion-based essay as specified by the faculty.

International Students
All requirements for international applicants must be met.

Online Master of Education in Educational Leadership

  • Official current GRE score.
    • combined verbal and quantitative GRE of 297 (verbal: 153; quantitative: 144)
  • Evidence of the following:
    • Valid Louisiana Type B or Level 2 teaching certificate or comparable level out-of-state teaching certificate
    • Current employment at a school or district
    • At least two (2) years of successful teaching experience in your area of certification
    • Evidence of leadership potential
  • Nomination Letter
    All candidates must submit a nomination letter from a current or past administrator, on letterhead or from a professional email address, attesting to your leadership potential, and to at least two (2) years of successful teaching in your area of certification.
  • One additional letter of recommendation, on letterhead or from a professional email address, attesting to your leadership potential.

    In addition, you must submit documented evidence of one of the following items:

  • Teacher of the Year nomination
  • Mentor Teacher for LA TAAP
  • National Board Certification
  • Presenter at local, state, or national conference or workshop
  • Publication (does not include self-published material)
  • Teacher Leader Endorsement

MS in Kinesiology with a Specialization in Sport Management

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution in a related field. Examples of related fields would include business, hospitality, tourism, communications, finance, physical education and kinesiology related fields. However, this list is not exhaustive and consideration will be taken for students with degrees in other disciplines.
  • Three strong letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should come from professional references who can speak to the students’ ability for success in a graduate level program. Examples of this would be former faculty members, direct managers or previous managers. Personal references (family, friends, etc.) would not be appropriate. (To expedite the application process, please submit with online application. Submitting after application has been submitted could delay application processing time.)
  • The target GRE score is 295-300 (combined verbal and quantitative sections), but students may be admitted with lower scores with high undergraduate GPAs and strong letters of recommendation. The department adheres to the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale set by the LSU Graduate School for regular admission.

An Alternative to the GRE/GMAT Requirement
The admission policies of the School of Kinesiology provide for a possible alternative to the GRE/GMAT requirement for students who the following criteria:

  • A minimum of a 3.0 G.P.A. in their last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • A minimum of a 3.0 G.P.A. on all (i.e., cumulative) previous graduate coursework
  • Three strong letters of recommendation.
  • Three years of demonstrated successful professional work experience as evidenced by a resume OR one full year of service as a full-time employee at LSU
  • Successful completion of a criterion-based 1,000 word essay (see below):

    To receive a waiver of the GRE/GMAT, applicants must contact the Graduate for Kinesiology or Program Coordinators and have at least 3 years of successful professional work experience or a full year of service as a full-time employee at LSU. Please discuss and describe how examples from your professional work experience demonstrate:
  • Your motivation to succeed as a professional.
  • Your ability to persevere in the face of demanding professional challenges.
  • Your intellectual ability to master challenging and difficult subject matter related to your selected area within kinesiology.
  • How your selected area of interest within kinesiology will assist your current profession.

    Be sure your answers specifically address each of these areas. Only applicants who provide well-written and acceptable answers to these questions will be considered for the GRE/GMAT waiver. (To expedite the application process, please submit with online application as the statement of purpose. Submitting after application has been submitted could delay application processing time.)

    International students whose native language is not English must also submit an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score according to the standards set by the LSU Graduate School. Meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not ensure acceptance into the program.

    The department accepts qualified students whose interests and goals are consistent with our areas of specialization. Full admission is granted when students meet the minimum standards and a graduate faculty member agrees to serve as their advisor. If a student does not meet all requirements, he or she may be admitted provisionally.

Master of Social Work

The School of Social Work admission requirements for ALL programs are the same. The following requirements must be completed prior to admission to the Full time, Part time, Advanced Standing and MSW Online programs:

  • Demonstration of a liberal arts undergraduate preparation through completion of at least 12 credit hours in the social and behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, human geography, economics, political science, curriculum & instruction, etc.), and at least 9 hours in the humanities (literature, languages, history, women’s studies, art or music history, philosophy, cultural and comparative studies, communication studies, etc.);
  • “C” or better in an introductory statistics course in any undergraduate department;
  • A 3.0 cumulative grade point average on undergraduate or graduate course work;
  • Minimum of 2.55 cumulative or last 60 hours gpa for probationary admission;
  • Acceptable scores on the GRE (Graduate Record Exam); The 50th percentile or better is satisfactory, but not an absolute. Students may gain admission with lower scores. The School of Social Work will accept the highest score should an applicant take the exam numerous times. Students should take the General test composed of verbal, quantitative and analytical writing. The LSU code for GRE reporting is R6373-5. LSU is an approved testing center. The GRE is administered electronically on a daily basis at testing centers in this country and abroad. Test applications may be obtained from the Graduate School at LSU, the GRE website at www.gre.org, graduate schools at most colleges and universities, or by writing to Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 955, Princeton, New Jersey 08540. The completed test application form and examination fee must reach Educational Testing Service approximately one month in advance of the test date. At least six weeks should be allowed for the examination results to reach LSU (less if the test is taken electronically).
  • Evidence that the applicant possesses the personal qualities and aptitudes essential for the social work profession.
  • A genuine interest in people and emotional stability are also important qualifications for admission to the school.

Applying to the Master of Social Work is a two-step process at LSU. Applicants must submit 1) MSW supplemental application materials to the School of Social Work and 2) a graduate application to the LSU Graduate School by the deadlines set forth by the School of Social Work, see below:

The following required items are to be submitted to the School of Social Work:

  • Supplemental SW Application submitted in pdf format to sw@lsu.edu.
  • Letter of Intent submitted in pdf format to sw@lsu.edu. Instructions for what is to be included in the Letter of Intent can be found here.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Two recommendations need to be college academic sources and one from a professional source (work/volunteer). The form must be received in the School of Social Work by the appropriate deadline. A letter must be attached to this form, but a letter alone will not suffice. You may send your letters of recommendation before you complete the graduate school online application and/or the social work supplemental application. We will hold these letters until an applicant completes the graduate school online application. These need to be sent by the recommender to sw@lsu.edu
  • Current Resume or vita.
  • One official copy of all transcripts from all universities attended. Transcripts may be mailed in sealed envelopes to the LSU School of Social Work, 313 HP Long Fieldhouse, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 or sent electronically from a university to sw@lsu.edu. (all transcripts are required, whether or not credit was earned or is desired). Official transcripts of work taken at LSU are not required.
  • GRE Scores are sent to the LSU Graduate School who will verify such scores as official. The School of Social Work will obtain these scores from the LSU Graduate School.

The following required items are to be submitted to the LSU Graduate School for international students:

  • Financial statement (required only from international students without assistantships paying at least $7,700).
  • For international applicants whose native language is not English, scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Applicants with missing application materials by the School of Social Work deadline will not be considered. A completed application is the LSU Graduate School application, fee payment, Social Work supplemental application, letter of intent, GRE scores, three Social Work recommendation forms with supporting letters, resume, and transcripts. The GRE must be taken and scores received to be considered. No waivers.

Undergraduate Program


Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Construction Management

  1. Submit the online application.
    • The application fee is $40.
  2. An earned bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
  3. Submit official transcripts. Official transcripts must be mailed to:

    LSU Undergraduate Online Programs
    101 LSU Student Union Building
    LSU Box #16138
    Baton Rouge, LA 70803

    • Transcripts from the LSU campus at Baton Rouge do not need to be submitted. Transfer credit posted on the records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from the original institution(s).
    • Schools which have secured electronic transcript delivery may send transcripts to ugonline@lsu.edu.

Additional Admission Information

Departments have specific departmental admission requirements. For details, consult the individual departments.

Admission is for the course requested. Those admitted who do not register must make a written request to be reconsidered for admission for a subsequent course. A request for a delay of admission will only be considered for two subsequent courses from the original application class.

A new application is required if there is a delay of more than than two courses from the original application.

Enrollment Status for Graduate Students

  • Full-Time Students: LSU Online students will be considered full-time when enrolled for six hours of credit.
  • Half-Time Students: LSU Online students will be considered half-time when enrolled for three hours of credit.

Transfer Students

Check individual program guidelines for transfer credit policy.

Readmission

Previously enrolled graduate students who fail to enroll for three or more consecutive courses must complete the regular Application for Admission. Applications will be subject to reevaluation under current admission criteria. Readmission is not guaranteed. Contact an Enrollment Specialist for any questions regarding this process at 877-670-4521.

Official transcripts must be submitted if work has been taken at another institution since the student was last enrolled at LSU. The application deadlines for admission also apply for readmission, as do application fees.

Provisional Admission

Provisional admission may be considered for applicants who appear to be admissible on the basis of the credentials submitted, but who are unable to supply all of the required official records prior to registration. Students admitted provisionally must submit complete and satisfactory records within 30 days after admission. If these credentials are not received by the date specified or if they prove to be unsatisfactory, the student will not be permitted to register for the following module. Provisional admission does not guarantee subsequent regular admission.

International Applicants

Individuals in the United States on a student visa are not eligible for the online programs.

Admission of International Students

Applicants who have completed degree requirements outside the U.S. must present all of the following:

  • A complete and accurate chronological outline of all previous college-level education.
  • Authorized school or university records—transcripts, marksheets, certificates of degrees—showing all courses taken and all grades received (with certified translations if the records are in a language other than English).
  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent, with a grade point average equivalent to a "B" or better on all previous undergraduate work (or last half-degree requirement) from an accredited college or university.
  • GRE Test scores (GMAT where appropriate).
  • A satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

English Proficiency

An applicant whose native language is not English and/or who has been educated outside of the U.S. in a country or province where English is not the only official language must demonstrate proof of English proficiency by submitting either a TOEFL or an IELTS score before the application is evaluated for admission.

TOEFL

On the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the following minimum scores are required for admission:

  • 550 (paper-based exam)
  • 213 (computer-based exam)
  • 79 (internet-based exam)

Information regarding TOEFL may be obtained by visiting the official website at www.toefl.org

IELTS

On the IELTS (International English Language Testing Service), a minimum score of 6.5 is required for admission:

Information about IELTS may be found at www.ielts.org. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. Official TOEFL/IELTS scores are those reported directly to LSU by the respective testing service at the request of the student.

Applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS 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 or scores are required showing completion of one of the above before a student can be exempted from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. The Office of Graduate Student Services reserves the right to require a satisfactory TOEFL/IELTS score from any applicant.

Application deadlines for international students are the same as for all other applicants; however, because transcripts from foreign universities require special evaluation, prospective international students should begin the application process at least four to six weeks prior to the module in which they plan to enroll. Applications received after the deadline dates will be processed for the following module. When sufficient scholastic records and acceptable evidence of English proficiency are not received early enough to determine admissibility for the module for which application is made, consideration for a subsequent module will be made only upon the applicant's written request.

Transfer Credit Policy

Graduate School policy is shown below. Check individual degree program guidelines for any specific variances. The MBA program does not accept transfer credits.

Hours transferred may not exceed one-half of the total semester hours of graduate course work (thesis hours excepted) required for the student's degree program. For example, a maximum of 12 hours may be transferred in a master's program requiring 24 hours of course work.

A maximum of 12 semester hours of credit earned as an LSU extension or non-matriculating student may, in some cases, be used in a master's degree program if approved by the department chair and the dean of The Graduate School. This includes a maximum of six hours at the 6000 level and above for LSU extension or non-matriculating credit.

A maximum of 12 hours of transfer credit from other schools may, in some cases, be used in a master's degree program if approved by the department chair and the dean of The Graduate School. Only six hours applied toward a previous master's degree may be applied toward a second master's degree (see the section "Second Master's Degree").

To petition for acceptance of these credits, the student must be currently enrolled, must have completed at least nine hours of graduate course work in a degree program at LSU, and must be in good academic standing.

Transfer credit from other accredited schools must have been earned for graduate credit. This course work must be judged appropriate to the student's program by the graduate faculty of the major department, must have been taught by a professor whose credentials are comparable to those of graduate faculty at LSU, and must, in terms of time invested, be comparable to graduate courses at LSU. Transfer work may not be used to fulfill the master's program requirement that at least one-half of the minimum required credit be in courses at or above the 7000 level.

No more than 12 hours of combined credit transferred from other schools and earned as an LSU extension or non-matriculating student may be applied toward a master's degree at LSU. Credit earned as an LSU extension or non-matriculating student or transferred from another institution must be for course work in which the student earned a grade of "A" or "B." Courses in which a grade of "C" was earned will not be accepted for transfer into a master's degree program.

Transfer work must have been completed within five years of the time the student is eligible to petition. Once transfer credit is approved, it is valid as long as the master's degree is completed within the five-year time limit or the transfer work is within five years of degree completion.

Graduate work transferred from other institutions may be applied toward degree requirements, but the grades earned will not be computed in the LSU graduate average nor will transfer work appear on the official transcript. Graduate course work taken at other campuses within the LSU System is not considered transfer credit, and any number of hours may be applied toward a degree if approved by the chair of the student's department on this campus.

Time Limit

Programs for master's degrees must be completed within five years from entrance into a degree program. Credit for individual courses taken at LSU more than five years before the termination of a program may be revalidated by the student's graduate committee through an examination. This examination may be oral, written, or both oral and written, depending on the requirements of the department concerned. The documentation of such an examination must be signed by members of the committee, the department's graduate advisor, and reported to the Graduate School on the appropriate form before the request for the student's final examination will be approved. No more than 50 percent of the courses in a student's program may be revalidated and counted toward the degree requirements. However, some departments do not revalidate course work. Students should check with the department chair or graduate advisor to ensure revalidation is allowed.