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Graduate Admission Requirements, Expectations & Deadlines

Your journey begins here. Learn more about requirements, expectations, and deadlines for admission to UL Lafayette’s Graduate School.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for graduate study at UL Lafayette, you must:

Expectations for Graduate Admission

To be clear, your undergraduate academic performance and test scores are an important part of your graduate school application because they help predict how successful you’ll be in grad school. But they’re not everything!

Graduate admission decisions at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are based on your entire application. We use a portfolio approach that allows stronger aspects of your application—for example, strong letters of reference or professional experience—to compensate for weaker parts, such as lower test scores. 

When you submit your application, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the admissions requirements. You are officially admitted only when you receive written notice from the Dean of the Graduate School. Correspondence from a department or faculty member does not guarantee your admission to UL Lafayette. The University is in compliance with all federal laws pertaining to discrimination.

Below are the preferred expectations for GPA and GRE/GMAT (required by some programs) as well as the minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores to qualify an applicant for unconditional graduate admission.

Doctoral (PhD, EdD, DNP) Degree Programs:

  • GPA – a 3.0 cumulative GPA (4.0 scale) on undergraduate work and/or 3.3 cumulative GPA (4.0 scale) on graduate work already completed
  • GRE – a total score of 294 (Starting Fall 2019, official scores must only be provided if required by the individual graduate program. Contact the graduate coordinator for more information.)

Master’s Degree Programs

  • GPA – a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA or, for those with US degrees, a 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours of undergraduate study
  • GRE  – a total score of 287 (Starting Fall 2019, official scores must only be provided if required by the individual graduate program. Contact the graduate coordinator for more information.)
  • GMAT (Accounting MS and MBA only) – a total score of 450

Non-Degree-Seeking and Graduate Certificate Programs

English Language Proficiency

  • TOEFL total score of 79 or IELTS combined score of 6.5
  • UL Lafayette Intensive English Program (IEP) score of 6

Application Deadlines

While many graduate programs follow the deadlines listed below, some program deadlines may vary. If not specified otherwise there, the following application deadlines apply.

Semester Domestic International
Fall June 30 May 15
Spring November 30 October 1
Summer April 30 N/A

After these deadlines, late fees apply and we cannot guarantee that your application will be reviewed in time to start classes (or receive an I-20, if an international applicant).

Note: Incoming international students may not apply for the summer semester as their first term. 

For international students, there are deadlines for receiving initial I-20s. For applications that do not have a decision made before these deadlines, no initial I-20s will be issued. 

Semester I-20 Deadline
Fall June 30
Spring October 31


Application Fees

Application Type First-Time Re-Entry Late Fee
Domestic $25 $25 $25
International $30 $25 $25

Assistantship Application Deadlines

Semester Deadline
Fall March 1
Spring November 1

Fellowship Application Deadlines

The deadline for all fellowship applications is February 15.