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Graduate School

International Admissions

International Requirements

Minimum admission standards are established by the Graduate Council and the University of Louisiana System for Louisiana Tech University. Graduate School applicants must satisfy all general admission requirements. Each college has the prerogative to be more selective and to establish higher standards. Admission deadlines may vary by degree program. Each student is responsible for becoming knowledgeable about Graduate School policies and procedures. Specific program requirements are published in the University Catalog.

GRE may be required by the colleges of Applied & Natural Sciences, Education, Engineering & Science, and Liberal Arts.

GMAT is required by the College of Business - (not more than 5 years old).

PRAXIS I and II are required by the College of Education.

TOEFL or IELTS is required as proof of English proficiency.

Each applicant must assume the initiative of determining and meeting the test requirements for a specific degree program.  Test scores should be sent directly to Louisiana Tech University Graduate School using the institutional identifier 6372.

Official Transcript Submission

Official transcripts may be submitted by applicants by using one of the following methods:

  1. Credentials eSCRIP-Safe --- sending institutions using eSCRIP-Safe will transmit transcripts to the Louisiana Tech University Graduate Admissions account.
  2. Other Electronic Transfer --- email official transcript to: registrar@latech.edu
  3. Postal Mail --- official transcripts (hard copy) should be mailed directly to the following physical address:

Graduate School
Louisiana Tech University
1203 Wyly Tower, 1310 Railroad Ave, Box 7923
 Ruston LA 71272

Louisiana Tech University requires international applicants to have their foreign transcripts translated into English.  If your transcripts are not originally in English and the college/university you attended does not provide a translation into English, you must upload a separate file of a translation in English for each of your non-English transcripts.  Applicants should request that these translated documents be sent directly to the Graduate School along with official original transcripts from the institutions attended.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation are required by most degree programs and are submitted directly through the online application system by the recommender.  Applicants should contact specific programs for information on submitting the letters of recommendation if there are any questions.  Recommendations should come from individuals familiar with your academic achievement and who can address your potential for success in the academic setting. You will need to have the Name, Mailing Address, Position, Telephone Number, and Email Address of those who will be submitting a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  Most programs require three letters of recommendation be on file.

The Letters of Recommendation will be attached to your application.  Please notify the Graduate School via gschool@latech.edu if you will be sending hard copies of your Letters of Recommendation so we may waive this requirement in your application.  Scanned and emailed copies of Letters of Recommendation can also be loaded into your application.  These can be emailed to gschool@latech.edu.  Review the website of your program for additional information that may be required to process your application.

If you have already secured Letters of Recommendation and have hard copies, you can mail them to:

Graduate School
Louisiana Tech University
P. O. Box 7923
1203 Wyly Tower
1310 W. Railroad Ave., #7923
Ruston LA 71272

Any credentials still missing by the end of the first complete term of enrollment will result in no graduate credit being issued and an official Tech transcript will not be provided to the student. No further enrollment will be permitted.

Failure to provide complete, accurate, and truthful information will be grounds to deny or withdraw your admission, or to dismiss you after enrollment.  The same actions will occur if you fail to notify the Graduate Admissions office promptly in writing of any changes that occur in your information at any time after you submit the application.

English Language Proficiency

In addition to the general admission requirements, international applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency. The student's proficiency in the English language is essential to his/her successful performance at the University.

A student seeking graduate admission must submit a TOEFL minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (internet-based). The official score must be sent from the Educational Testing Center (ETS) and cannot be more than two years old. TOEFL scores older than two years are not accepted. Information about TOEFL test dates and cost can be obtained directly from the ETS website www.ets.org or by writing Educational Testing Center, Princeton, NJ, USA, 08540. 

Students may submit IELTS minimum test score of 6.5 (over 4 modules) in place of TOEFL test scores. The official score must be sent from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and will be verified as official. Also, international students have the option to attend the ELS Language Center located on the Louisiana Tech campus in Ruston, Louisiana. By enrolling in and successfully completing an ELS Level 112 intensive course, international students can meet the English language proficiency requirement.

Each applicant must assume the initiative of determining and meeting the test requirements for a specific degree program.  Test scores should be sent directly to Louisiana Tech University Graduate School by using the identifying institutional code 6372.   Official test scores must be on file in the Graduate School at least 30 days in advance of registration for the session in which the student expects to enroll.

International and U.S. Permanent Residents Application Deadlines

Applications for admission to the Graduate School should be submitted by the dates listed below. Some degree programs have earlier application deadlines and specific admission requirements such as interviews or performances that occur at particular points prior to the enrollment Quarter. Therefore, it is important that you contact the program or College to determine if you have missed any of these important admission requirements. There is no guarantee that a late applicant will be admitted and/or allowed to enroll for the desired Quarter and it may be necessary to delay entry into a program or miss enrollment in a specific course.

Admission to Graduate School does not necessarily mean admission into a specific degree program. Official admission notification will be mailed to each student by the Graduate School. Each offered admission is specific for the Quarter stated in the admission letter. If you do not register for classes or complete your first quarter of enrollment, you should notify the Registrar and obtain information regarding any subsequent enrollment. Any credentials still missing by the end of the first complete term of enrollment will result in no graduate credit being issued, and an official Tech transcript will not be provided to the student. No further graduate enrollment will be permitted.

International and US Permanent Resident application deadlines have been established to provide applicants sufficient time for processing the application and obtaining I-20 immigration papers. Internationals or US Permanent Residents applying after these dates may not receive an admission decision in time to enter a program in the desired Quarter. 

Proof of English proficiency must be presented at the time of initial application for the applicant to be considered for admission. TOEFL or IELTS test scores must not be older than 2 years. ELS 112 Certificates may be substituted for TOEFL or IELTS test scores as proof of English proficiency.

Application Deadlines for International & US Permanent Residents

International Admission Checklist

All Admission Documents should be submitted to the Graduate School.

Physical Address/Delivery (FEDEX, UPS, or USPS):

Graduate School
Louisiana Tech University
P. O. Box 7923
1203 Wyly Tower, 1310 W. Railroad Avenue #7923
Ruston LA 71272 USA

All Official Transcripts should be submitted to the Graduate School.

Contact Information:

Phone: (318) 257-2924
Fax: (318) 257-4487
email: gschool@latech.edu

Louisiana Tech University is a Credentials eSCRIP-SAFE™ transcript sending and receiving network member.

Graduate Degree Programs

The following is a list of application items to be submitted for admission to a graduate degree program.

  1. Completed on-line Graduate Application
  2. Non-refundable processing fee - $40.00
  3. Official degree-posted academic transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
    * Certified translations of English must accompany all documents
  4. Official academic diplomas and final degree certificate
  5. Completed Affidavit of Support form (I-134) and certified financial statement (not more than 6 months old)
    International students are required to submit proof of available yearly funds to cover each year of study at the University. All fees are subject to change without notice.  An estimate of the average cost for an academic term of 9-12 months is $25,065 for 2017-2018.
  6. Satisfactory test scores:
    • GRE - use school code 6372 (May be required by the following colleges: Applied & Natural Sciences, Education, Engineering & Science, and Liberal  Arts)
    • GMAT - use school code 6372 (not more than 5 years old; Required by the College of Business)
  7. Letters of Recommendation (3 recommended if required)
  8. Graduate Assistantship (indicate on application if interested)
  9. Proof of English proficiency
    • TOEFL scores not more than 2 yrs old - minimum requirements; Internet-based test - 80; Paper-based test - 550
    • IELTS scores - minimum requirements 6.5 total (over 4 modules)
    • ELS Level 112 intensive course from study at the ELS Center. An ELS Center is located on the campus of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana.
  10. Copy of passport (I-20 will not be issued unless copy of passport on file)

Your application for admission will be processed only when all of the required credentials are on file.  You will be notified of the decision by E-letter.

Other forms that will be required once admission has been granted

  1. Medical History Form
  2. Housing Application for residing on campus **Housing is full at this time
  3. If transferring from another university, I-20 transfer form must be presented to the International Student Office

NOTE: I-20's for international students will be issued only to accepted students


For Fall Quarter enrollment                                                  June 1

For Winter Quarter enrollment                                     September 1

For Spring Quarter enrollment                                      December 1

Applications received after these dates will be considered for the subsequent Quarter upon written request to defer.  There is a restriction of up to a maximum of two deferrals.


Contact Us

Graduate School
Phone: 318-257-2924
email: gschool@latech.edu

International Student Office
Phone: 318-257-4321
email: iso@latech.edu