How to apply:
Prospective students should apply online through GradCAS.
Degrees offered: MS, PhD, MD / PhD
The application period for the fall of 2020 will open October 1, 2019 on GradCAS.
Applicants with questions or concerns should contact:Nicholas E. Goeders, Ph.D. Graduate Student Recruiter Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience Phone: 318-675-7850
You may also email questions to Ty Martinez, Academic Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- A baccalaureate degree from a college or university approved by a regional accrediting agency.
- A grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4-point scale based upon all undergraduate and graduate graded work. Applicants need to submit a transcript for each collegiate institution attended. Transfer credits displayed on a transcript will not suffice.
- Applicants must have successfully completed one year of general chemistry, one year of a biological science, and at least one course in organic chemistry. Successful completion of a course in biochemistry and an upper-level biology topic is strongly recommended.
- The GRE is not required for students who have received a Bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution. However, those who have received a Bachelor's degree from a U.S. Institution may choose to submit their GRE scores to enhance their application. GRE scores are required for those who have not received a Bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution.
- Applicants not from an English-speaking country must achieve a score of 80 or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. You may request that your score be submitted to GradCAS directly from TOEFL using code #B886 here. An IELTS score of at least 6.5 is also acceptable. Official IELTS scores must be mailed directly from IELTS to our institution. Scores received from applicants are not considered official. Unofficial copies may be uploaded to GradCAS so that your application may be evaluated in a timely manner. However, official copies are still required in order to be accepted into the program.
- All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a global credential evaluation service. We recommend WES, ECE, or GCE. GradCAS is compatible with all three services. Unofficial copies may be uploaded to GradCAS so that your application may be evaluated in a timely manner. However, official copies are still required in order to be accepted into the program.
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic work, at least two of which must be from former professors. Applicants will request these through GradCAS.
- Personal Statement describing your academic interests, career aspirations and any prior research experience. Applicants will upload this document to GradCAS.
- Interview by the Departmental faculty. The applicant must be judged acceptable by the majority of the faculty and the Department Head. The interview requirement may be waived in the case of exceptionally qualified applicants or foreign applicants.
The Department makes every effort to provide financial support to full-time doctoral students who are in good academic standing and who continue to make progress toward the degree. Stipends and tuition waivers are available from a variety of sources. These include Departmental fellowships, individual fellowships, departmental training grants, and research assistantships on individual research contracts and grants. Stipends are currently $26,000 per year, plus the full tuition waiver.
Graduate students receive stipends and financial help to allow them to devote all their energy and time to their research and graduate training. Therefore, students should not seek outside employment, even part-time. Students receiving financial support are expected to maintain a B average (good academic standing) and to make continual progress toward their degree.
Additional information for foreign applicants
An international applicant will not be required to submit a TOEFL score or GRE scores if he/she has earned at least a bachelor's degree from a U.S. Institution. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) can be substituted for TOEFL. A minimum score of 6.5 is required. An IELTS score will only be considered official if it is mailed directly from IELTS to the institutional address below.LSU Health Sciences Center- Shreveport School of Graduate Studies 1501 Kings Highway Shreveport, LA 71103 Attention: April Coutee
Transcripts should be sent to GradCAS (instructions). All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a global credential evaluation service. We recommend WES, ECE, or GCE. Unofficial copies may be uploaded to GradCAS so that your application may be evaluated sooner. However, official transcripts are still required in order to be accepted into the program.
Please contact Ty Martinez at email@example.com with any questions.
Frequently asked questions
- Who do I contact regarding applications? - Dr. Nicholas Goeders, Graduate Student Recruiter (firstname.lastname@example.org, 318.675.7850). Please use "Graduate School" as the subject line.
- Do I need to apply for the Master's degree first? No - If you are interested in applying to the Ph.D. program, we DO NOT require you to have a Master's degree first.
- Do I need to identify an advisor/mentor prior to the application process? - No - Students accepted into the Ph.D. program begin a series of three rotations, each lasting one semester. The rotations allow the students to choose a faculty member each of the three semesters and become familiar with research conducted in his/her laboratory. The student at the end of the year will then choose a mentor under which to research.
- Can I submit my unofficial GRE and TOEFL scores? - If you would like to submit an unofficial copy of your scores until the official ones are released, you may do so on GradCAS; however, to be accepted into the program, we must receive your OFFICIAL scores. *Applicants who have received a Bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution are not required to submit GRE scores or a TOEFL score. However, applicants who have received a Bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution may submit these scores to enhance their application.
- What is the department code for GRE and TOEFL score submission? - Our department code for the GRE is 4202. Our code for TOEFL is #B886. Instructions on how to submit your GRE scores are available here. Your TOEFL score should be requested from TOEFL.
- Is a copy of my transcript sufficient? - If you would like to submit an unofficial copy of your transcript to GradCAS until the official one is received, you may do so; however, to be accepted into the program we must receive an official copy.
- Is there an application fee? - Yes, GradCAS charges an application fee of $24. All applications must be submitted through GradCAS.
- If I am an International Applicant who has received a degree from a U.S. Institution, do you still require a current TOEFL score or GRE scores? - No, a current TOEFL score or GRE scores will be waived if an applicant has a bachelor's degree from a U.S. Institution.
Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience
LSU Health Shreveport
1501 Kings Highway
P.O. Box 33932
Shreveport, LA 71130-3932
Phone: (318) 675-7850
Fax: (318) 675-7857
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