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Admission Requirements


To be considered for admission to the M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction program, Master of Business Administration program or Master of Science in Nonprofit Administration program, students must first meet the LSUS Graduate School admission requirements, as follows:

Graduates of colleges or universities accredited by the proper regional accrediting association may apply for admission to graduate study at LSUS. Admission is restricted to include only those students whose academic records indicate they can successfully undertake graduate work in the proposed area. Admission to graduate study at LSUS requires that all previously undertaken graduate work meets LSUS's academic standards.

Unconditional Admission: For unconditional admission to graduate study, students must be in satisfactory standing at the last institution attended and meet all admission requirements of a degree program. The following categories of students are eligible for unconditional admission to graduate study at LSUS.

  • Students with a Graduate Degree from a regionally-accredited university: Unless specified otherwise by individual programs, graduate students who possess a graduate degree previously earned from a regionally-accredited university are eligible for unconditional admission to graduate study.
  • Students with an Undergraduate Degree, some Graduate Coursework, but no Graduate degree: Applicants who have some graduate coursework but do not possess a previously-earned graduate degree must have a minimum 2.50 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on the undergraduate degree or a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours attempted in the undergraduate degree program and a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on any graduate work attempted, with no grades of D or F.
  • Students with an Undergraduate Degree and no previous Graduate Coursework: Applicants who do not possess a previously earned graduate degree must have a minimum 2.50 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on the undergraduate degree or a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours attempted in the degree program. Individual graduate programs might have their own GPA and other admission requirements that are different than the above.

The individual degree program admission requirements are:

Graduate

  • At least one year of professional work experience as verified by a professional résumé;
  • A valid teaching certificate OR a letter of recommendation/support from current principal or supervisor; AND
  • Graduate degree from an accredited university, or
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, with a minimum 2.75 overall GPA or minimum 2.75 GPA in last 60 semester hours of courses, or
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, with minimum 2.5 overall GPA or minimum 2.5 GPA in last 60 semester hours of courses, AND a minimum GRE score of 286 combined verbal and quantitative scores or 281 with a 3.5 in writing.
  • At least three years of professional work experience in a school or other educational setting (i.e. teacher, counselor, administrator, coach, etc.) as verified by a professional résumé
  • A valid teaching certificate OR a letter of recommendation/support from current principal or supervisor; AND
  • Graduate degree from an accredited university, or
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, with a minimum 2.75 overall GPA or minimum 2.75 GPA in last 60 semester hours of courses, or
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, with minimum 2.5 overall GPA or minimum 2.5 GPA in last 60 semester hours of courses, AND a minimum GRE score of 286 combined verbal and quantitative scores or 281 with a 3.5 in writing.
  • Graduate degree from an accredited university, OR
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, with minimum 3.0 overall GPA or minimum 3.0 GPA in last 60 semester hours of courses, OR
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA or minimum 2.75 GPA in last 60 semester hours of courses, AND at least three years of professional work experience as verified by a professional resume, OR
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, with minimum 2.5 overall GPA or minimum 2.75 GPA in last 60 semester hours of courses, AND
    1. a minimum GMAT score of 450 AND
    2. a minimum score of 1,000 points based on 200 points times the GPA plus the GMAT score (for example an overall 2.5 GPA and a 500 GMAT would result in a total of 1,000, which is acceptable).

* Professional experience is determined on a case-by-case basis using a resume, and any requested supporting documents. Our admissions committee evaluates an individual's accomplishments, roles, and responsibilities to determine the total number of years of professional experience.

  • GPA: A minimum 2.5 grade point average on the undergraduate degree (on a 4.0 scale) or a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours attempted in the degree program. Additionally, a 3.0 GPA is required on any graduate work previously attempted with no more than 6 credit hours with a grade of "C" and no grades of "F".
  • Academic Standing: Graduate students must be in satisfactory standing at the last institution that they attended.
  • Entrance Exam: No GRE is required.

Undergraduate

LSUS offers multiple options to qualify for admission to undergraduate programs. Please find the option below that matches your admission type.

Transfer Students with 18+ Hours College-Level Coursework

Students who would like to transfer to LSU Shreveport and have earned at least 18 hours of college-level coursework must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Be eligible to return to the institution from which he or she is transferring
  • Have earned at least a 2.0 GPA on all college-level coursework attempted
  • Have completed a college-level English and a college-level mathematics course with at least a "C" grade

Transfer Students with Fewer Than 18 Hours College-Level Coursework

Students who have earned less than 18 college-level academic hours must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Be eligible to return to the institution from which he or she is transferring
  • Have earned at least a 2.0 GPA on all college-level coursework attempted
  • Meet admission standards for first-time freshman, as outlined below

First-Time Freshman: Age 24 and Younger, In-State

All in-state first-time freshmen students age 24 and younger must meet the following requirements:

  • Have completed or be on track to complete the Board of Regents High School Core curriculum
  • Have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.0 (on 4.0 scale)
  • Meet both of the following ACT/SAT subscore requirements:
    • ACT English subscore greater than or equal to an 18 (SAT Critical Reading 450)
    • ACT Math subscore greater than or equal to a 19 (SAT Math 460)
    • If one above mentioned ACT/SAT subscore is met, and the other subscore is within two points of the needed subscore (example: The ACT Math score is 19, and the English score is 16), and all other requirements are met, the student could be admissible to LSUS
  • Meet one of the following requirements:
    • Cumulative CORE curriculum GPA of at least 2.0 (on 4.0 scale)
    • An ACT composite score of at least 20 or an SAT combined Critical Reading and Math score of 940

First-Time Freshman: Age 24 and Younger, Out-of-State or Homeschooled

All out-of-state or homeschooled first-time freshmen students must meet one of the following requirement options:

  • Option 1 - Meet the in-state student requirements listed above for appropriate entry term
  • Option 2
    • Have at least 17 of the 19 units of the Louisiana Board of Regents High School Core Curriculum
    • Have a minimum cumulative and core GPA of 2.0 (on 4.0 scale)
    • Have an ACT composite score of at least 20 or an SAT combined Critical Reading and Math score of 940, with ACT subscores of at least 18 in English and 19 in Math (or SAT equivalents).
  • Option 3
    • Have an ACT composite score of at least 23 or an SAT combined Critical Reading and Math score of 1050 AND
    • Have ATC subscores of at least 18 in English and 19 in Math (or SAT equivalents)
  • If one above mentioned ACT/SAT subscore is met, and the other subscore is within two points of the needed subscore (example: The ACT Math score is 19, and the English score is 16), and all other requirements are met, the student could be admissible to LSUS

First-Time Freshman: Age 25 and Older

A first-time freshman who is 25 years of age or older is not required to meet the Board of Regents' minimum admission criteria for first-time freshmen.

However, he or she must meet the standardized test score requirements listed in the above sections regarding traditional first-time freshmen. This is determined by ACT, SAT, COMPASS or placement tests.

Students must have high school transcripts or proof of high school graduation sent to the Admissions Office.


International

International applicants must meet regular admission requirements for their selected program. In addition, you may be required to submit the following additional information.

  1. Complete the graduate application
  2. $30 application fee
  3. TOEFL/IELTS scores
    1. If your native language is not English, you must submit a score of at least 550 on the paper administered test, 80 on the Internet-based version, or 213 on the computer-based version on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) unless a degree has been obtained from an accredited United States institution. Additional information regarding the exams can be found at www.teofl.org or www.ielts.org.
    2. Applicants may be exempt, if they meet ONE of the following criteria:
      • U.S. Citizens (this includes U.S. territories: Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S, Virgin Islands, and American Samoa)
      • Permanent resident
      • Citizen of a TOEFL/IELTS exempt country. Exempted countries can be verified here.
  4. An official transcript must be sent directly to Admissions and Records by the registrar of ALL college and university attended, including both graduate and undergraduate work and showing all degrees previously awarded.
    1. Post-secondary level or college academic records from each institution attended outside the United States of America require an English translated course-by-course evaluation. All foreign credentials must be submitted in English to the Office of Admissions and Records using a member organization of one of the following two national associations of credential evaluation services:
  5. Hand delivered evaluations must remain in the original, sealed, unopened envelope to be considered official. All official mailed transcripts must be sent to:
Office of Admissions and Record
LSUS
One University Place
Shreveport, Louisiana 71115

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