Admissions & Regulations

The requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies are:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a college or university approved by a regional accrediting agency.
  2. A grade point average of at least 2.5 for under graduate work, and 3.0 for graduate work, on a 4 point scale and based upon all work for which a grade is given.
  3. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination.
  4. Satisfactory standing at the most recent educational institution attended.
  5. Acceptance in a Departmental program.
  6. It should be noted that individual Departments may establish requirements more rigid than the minimal standards of the School of the Graduate Studies so that a student meeting minimal school requirements may not be adequately prepared to enter graduate study in a particular program.

In addition, all international students must present acceptable scores (80 or better) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination before they will be accepted as graduate students or at least a 6.5 band the IELTS. These examinations are offered several times a year throughout the world.

Final acceptance is contingent upon acceptance by one of the Departments offering graduate instruction leading to advanced degrees.

Medical Requirements

A physical examination and selected blood work and immunizations are mandatory prior to registration at the Medical Center.
Students will receive information and instructions pertinent to student health in their acceptance packet.

Types of Admissions

A student meeting all requirements is normally granted unconditional admission. Applicants who fail to meet all qualifications but who are nevertheless judged by the Departments concerned and by the Dean to show promise for successful graduate work may be considered for probationary admission on the merits of their individual cases. 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 Summer term).

Admission Procedure

The student should request information from the Office of the Dean. The completed application form should be returned to the Dean's Office or returned as indicated. One copy of each official transcript should be sent directly from the Registrar of each college or university the student has attended (including the various institutions in The LSU System) to the School of Graduate Studies of the Health Sciences Center. Letters of recommendation from two former professors are required. Students should request that results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the TOEFL Examination be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies by the Educational Testing Service.
The completed application, including transcripts and GRE scores, will be sent to the Department concerned for review and recommendation. Those students acceptable to the Department of their choice will be notified of acceptance to the School of Graduate Studies by the Dean.


Deadline dates for each Department vary, depending upon number and quality of applicants, so early application is advised. Contact individual departments for their deadlines


Students once registered in the School of Graduate Studies who wish to resume work after an absence of more than one semester will be required to submit an application for re-admission at least ten days before registration. Supplementary transcripts must be submitted if any work has been taken at another institution during the interim.

Exceptions to this requirement must be by successful petition of the Dean.