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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Graduate School uses a portfolio approach in all admissions decisions. While GRE or GMAT scores are an essential part of the UL Lafayette application, applicants should know that test scores are only one of many factors that contribute to an applicant’s admission, denial, or receipt of funding. Graduate programs take into account GPA and letters of recommendation, as well as other documents, when assessing an applicant’s academic potential and ability.

The requirement that official GRE/GMAT scores be submitted is dependent upon the graduate program to which you’re applying. To learn more about program-specific requirements and to see what your program requires for application and admission, please visit our programs page. If you have questions about the GRE/GMAT requirement, reach out to the Graduate Coordinator of the program.

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


The preferred score on the GRE for unconditional admission to the UL Lafayette Graduate School is a combined verbal and quantitative score of 287 for a master's program or 294 for a doctoral program. 

The GRE is required for all master’s and doctoral degree programs, with the exception of the following:

  • MA English
  • MA French
  • MA History
  • MBA
  • MEd
  • MM Music
  • MS Accounting
  • MS Communication
  • MS Kinesiology
  • MS Nursing
  • PhD English
  • PhD Francophone Studies
  • Post-MSN DNP


Official GMAT scores are required for students applying to the MBA (Master of Business Administration), MBA Health Care Administration, and master’s in accounting programs. At the discretion of the graduate coordinator of these programs, the GRE may be accepted in lieu of GMAT scores.

The preferred score on the GMAT for unconditional admission to the UL Lafayette Graduate School is a total score of 450.

English Language Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS)

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting satisfactory official scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Services) tests. You must take the test before submitting an application.

A satisfactory score for admission to the UL Lafayette Graduate School is a TOEFL total score of 79 or an IELTS combined score of 6.5.

You are required to demonstrate English proficiency if you do not have a baccalaureate or graduate degree with primary instruction in English awarded from an accredited institution in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and/or the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales). The Graduate School reserves the right to require proof of English proficiency.

Submitting Official Test Scores

You must take all required tests before your application will be marked as completed and evaluated. You are responsible for requesting that official test scores be sent directly to the Graduate School. Please allow 2-4 weeks from the date of your test or score request for delivery and processing of your scores. Your application status will be updated when we receive each official test score.

Institution Code (used for GRE, GMAT, and TOEFL)
6672, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Helpful Contact Information

Visit the official GRE website
Visit the official GMAT website
Visit the official TOEFL website
Visit the official IELTS website

Test Preparation

There are many exam review and preparation services available for the GRE, GMAT, and other graduate and professional certification exams. To learn more, visit our test preparation page.

The Graduate School often offers practice GRE and GMAT testing on the UL Lafayette campus. Contact the Graduate School to learn more.