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Before You Begin

We're thrilled that you are ready to begin your graduate journey at LSU.  Before starting your application, visit the Before You Apply page to review all of the necessary documents you'll need to complete your application. You will be asked to attach the required materials and pay the non-refundable application fee prior to submitting the application. 

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Before beginning the application, make sure you have reviewed the Before You Apply webpage and gathered all of your required documents.  You will be using our Slate Application Portal to submit your application. The Slate Portal allows you to apply to our multiple graduate degree programs, upload materials, and communicate with admissions officers.  


2024 Application Deadlines

The University deadlines are listed below; however, most academic programs have earlier deadlines than those established by the University or may admit only for a specific term. Prospective applicants must contact the academic program for those deadlines.

Applicant (On-Campus) Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Students June 30 November 15 May 1
International Students April 15 October 1 April 15
Non-Degree Students August 23 January 17 May 16

Additional Deadlines:

LSU Online has established its own set of deadlines for each term. Visit their website for more information

International Services (ISO) deadlines can be found on their website.


Application Processing Fee

The Graduate School application processing fee for domestic applicants is $50 and $70 for international applicants. After completing your application, you will see instructions to pay the fee with a credit or debit card via a secure payment portal. An application processing fee is charged for each application submission. The application fee is non-refundable once the application is submitted. You may also be eligible for an application fee waiver detailed below.


Application Fee Waivers

LSU offers a limited number of fee waiver options on a first-come, first-serve basis to eligible domestic applicants.  International students do not qualify for application fee waivers. If approved, applicants can add the application waiver code to the Slate Application. Please complete the Graduate Application Fee Waiver Request Form and upload the supporting document materials. After creating your initial Slate application account, please submit your Graduate Application fee waiver. If approved, a fee waiver code will be sent to the email address used to create the Slate application. The fee waiver code must be added to the “Discount Code” application field at the end of the application. This will waive the application fee for submission.