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COVID-19 FAQ for Graduate School Applicants

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate School of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette! During these uncertain times we are doing everything we can to support our applicants and admitted students. Below please find answers to frequently asked questions about our admissions process. For further guidance email us at gradschool@louisiana.edu.

COVID-19 Applicant FAQ

Is the Graduate School still accepting applications?

Yes. Please visit our admissions page to learn more about deadlines and requirements.

Are official English language proficiency test scores still required?

Demonstration of English language proficiency is still required if you do not have a baccalaureate or graduate degree, with primary instruction in English, from an accredited institution in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and/or the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales). A satisfactory English language proficiency score for admission to the UL Lafayette Graduate School is a TOEFL total score of 79, an IELTS combined score of 6.5, or a PTE score of 53. To learn more about testing options during the COVID-19 disruption, please visit the TOEFL, IELTS  and PTE websites.

In response to COVID-19, the Graduate School has approved the temporary use of the Duolingo English Test scores as an alternative to IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE scores. A satisfactory score for admission to the UL Lafayette Graduate School is 105. The Duolingo English Test will continue to be available as a temporary alternative to IELTS, TOEFL, and PTE testing options for those applying for all 2021 terms and for those applying to the Spring 2022 term. After taking the test, you will receive a verification email allowing you to send your score to our office. Please visit the Duolingo English Test website to learn more.

Remember that official scores must be sent to us directly from the testing agency, and copies cannot be uploaded to the application portal or emailed.

Are official GRE or GMAT test scores still required?

The following graduate programs have suspended the GRE requirement for an upcoming application term. In all instances, these graduate programs still welcome GRE results as available. The GRE requirement will be reinstated for these programs for future application terms.

  • Biology, M.S. - suspended through the Fall 2022 admission term
  • Education: Educational Leadership, Ed.D. - suspended through the Spring 2022 admission term
  • Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D. - suspended through the Fall 2022 admission term
  • Informatics, M.S. - suspended through the Spring 2022 admission term

The graduate programs identified below require official GRE or GMAT scores as part of their application requirements. Please visit our programs page for more details. To learn more about at-home or online testing options during the COVID-19 disruption, please visit the GRE and GMAT websites.

  • Accounting M.S.
  • Applied Language and Speech Science, Ph.D.
  • Architecture, M.Arch.
  • Business Administration M.B.A.
  • Chemical Engineering, M.S.E.
  • Civil Engineering, M.S.E.
  • Computer Engineering, M.S. and Ph.D
  • Computer Science, M.S. and Ph.D.
  • Counselor Education, M.S.
  • Criminal Justice, M.S.
  • Earth and Energy Science, Ph.D.
  • Education: Elementary Education and Elementary French Immersion, M.A.T.
  • Education: Elementary Education and Special Education Mild/Moderate, M.A.T.
  • Education: Secondary Education and Special Education Mild/Moderate, M.A.T.
  • Electrical Engineering, M.S.E.
  • Environmental Resource Science, M.S.
  • Geology, M.S.
  • Healthcare Business Administration M.B.A.
  • Industrial Chemistry, M.S.
  • Mathematics, M.S.
  • Mathematics, Ph.D.
  • Mechanical Engineering, M.S.E.
  • Petroleum Engineering, M.S.E. s
  • Psychology, M.S.
  • Physics, M.S.
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology, M.S.
  • Systems Engineering, Ph.D.
  • Systems Technology, M.S.

How do I send my official test scores?

Our institution code for GRE, GMAT, and TOEFL is 6672, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Please allow 2-4 weeks for your test scores to be sent from the testing agency to the Graduate School. Receipt of official test scores will be marked in your application portal.

 

How do I submit the required I-20 documents?

Final official transcripts with proof of degree(s), financial documentation, a copy of your passport, and proof of immunization compliance are required in order to receive an I-20. Official transcripts must be sent to the Graduate School directly from each institution. Financial documentation, your passport, and proof of immunization compliance may be submitted through the application portal following the instructions on our international applicants webpage.

Are I-20s still being issued?

Yes. Visit https://gradschool.louisiana.edu/admissions/international-students to review deadlines and documentation requirements for the Graduate School to issue an I-20.

What should I do if I cannot secure required application documents due to COVID-19?

If you are unable to provide transcripts, test scores, or other items due to COVID-19, we encourage you to update the entry term on your application. Applicants who have not been admitted and wish to update their application may do so, without fee, for up to one calendar year from the original semester of application. Please visit this webpage for instructions.

What if I have been admitted but I need to delay my start date?

Applicants who have been admitted and wish to defer their admission may do so, without fee, for up to one calendar year from the original semester of application. Please visit this webpage for instructions.

Will there be any changes to the upcoming semester?

We continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19 (coronavirus). All UL Lafayette updates are posted on the University's official COVID-19 page, and graduate students should continue to monitor this website for complete information and the latest news regarding this rapidly evolving situation. Please plan to monitor the Graduate School COVID-19 page and the Graduate School social media accounts for additional updates specific to graduate students, graduate assistants (GTAs, GRAs, and GA), and graduate applicants.