ACADEMICS

Tests Required for Admission to Graduate School

Satisfactory standardized test scores are required prior to an admissions decision and must be submitted before an application can be evaluated or processed.

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; GMAT not required for Executive MBA).

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

English Language Proficiency — In addition to the general admission requirements, internationaI 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.

Minimum Scores — 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. Visit the ELS Language Center website for more information.

Each applicant must assume the initiative of determining and meeting the test requirements for a specific degree program. Official test scores must be on file in the Graduate School in advance of registration for the session in which the student expects to enroll.

Additional Requirements for International Students

  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of Affidavit of Support
  • Copy of bank statement (less than 6 months old and showing the minimum yearly amount on the current affidavit of support

The documents above can be submitted at the time of application submission or when requested by Graduate Admissions.

Policies Regarding Transfer Credits

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requires that at least 50% of the total semester hours for a degree be earned from the degree-granting institution. 

1. Doctoral degrees

With the approval of the Dean of Graduate School, there would be no limit at the doctoral level regarding transferring courses for degree credit, except that set by SACS (see above). The grade earned must be “B” or above, and the credits must be accepted as applicable to the degree program by the student’s academic college. No transfer credit for extension courses will be accepted. The request for transfer credit is initiated by the student through the advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies of the college. Transfer credit from non-U.S. institutions may require the evaluation of transcripts by an external agency. 

2. Master’s degrees

With the approval of the Dean of Graduate School, a maximum of 12 semester hours of graduate resident credit, or 1/3 of the hours required for the master’s degree, may be transferred for degree credit from a U. S. regionally accredited college or university. The grade earned must be “B” or above, and the credits must be accepted as applicable to the master’s degree program by the student’s academic college. No correspondence credits are applicable toward a master’s degree. The request for transfer credit is initiated by the student through the advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies of the college. 

3. Second Master’s degrees

A student pursuing a second master’s degree must earn a minimum of 15 additional graduate hours at Louisiana Tech and must satisfy the requirements for a minimum number of exclusive graduate courses, in addition to the thesis or practicum if required, to be taken in the area in which the second degree is being earned. Some colleges may require more than 15 hours. Transfer hours will not be approved on a second master’s degree.