Application Instructions

LSU Health Sciences Center School of Graduate Studies

Request that the Educational Testing Service send this office an official report of your Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. We require that you take the GRE Aptitude Test: however, we urge you to also take the GRE Advanced Biology Test.* We also suggest that since it takes six weeks and sometimes longer for the official GRE reports to reach us, you may submit a photocopy of your "Student Copy" of the scores. This would enable the program admissions committee to evaluate your application while waiting for the official scores to arrive. We require a total combined score of 1000 on the Verbal and Quantitative segments as a minimum for consideration. Note that for the new GRE scales, this minimum score converts to a > 300 combined score. (Click here for graph.)

Foreign students must submit scores for both Graduate Record Exam and the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum score required on the TOEFL: 80.

Send two copies of your transcript (one official and one copy) from each college or university you have attended. Transcripts that show transfer credits from other colleges you have attended are not acceptable. We require that the transcripts be sent from the Registrar's Office of your University directly to this Office. Transcripts issued to students are not considered official.

All programs require a letter from applicants stating your long-term and short-term goals in relation to your program of study.

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 provided.

Complete the application form and send it along with a $30 application fee to the School of Graduate Studies at the address noted below. Make checks or money orders payable to "LSU Health Sciences Center." NOTE: A fee of $30 must be submitted for each graduate program for which you have applied. For example, if you apply to two departments, you must submit $60.

Each of the above items should be sent to:

School of Graduate Studies
LSU Health Sciences Center
433 Bolivar Street - Room 826
New Orleans, LA 70112-2223

YOUR APPLICATION IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY! You will not be notified if your application is incomplete. You may telephone (504) 568-2211 if you wish to inquire if all your materials have been received.

FINAL DEADLINES FOR APPLICATION: For August matriculation, applications must be submitted by the previous December 31st. The Neuroscience Center begins application review on January 15th; decisions are made by April 1st. Note that each graduate program establishes its own deadline for receiving new applications. If you are applying to other programs, you may contact the graduate office (504) 568-2211 and we will transfer your call to the proper department to inquire about their deadlines.

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS. Graduate Assistantships are awarded each year by each program.
Please contact the program to which you applying regarding consideration for an Assistantship.

STUDENT LOANS. Information on Student Loans is available from The Student Financial Aid Office, 433 Bolivar Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

* The program Cell Biology & Anatomy requires the GRE Advanced Biology Test as well as the GRE Aptitude Test.

The Department of Pathology requires the GRE Advanced Chemistry Test as well as the GRE Aptitude Test. This applies to those students who are applying for the Doctoral degree program.

The programs Microbiology and Physiology require the GRE Advanced Test in either Biology or any of the other related sciences. They also require the GRE Aptitude Test.

Application Form

For more information, please visit the LSUHSC Graduate School Admissions website