The application packet should include the following information:
- One set of official transcripts for all collegiate course work
- Official verbal and quantitative GRE scores
- TOEFL scores (if degree is from a non-English curriculum)
- Three letters of recommendation
- Statement of Purpose
- Other materials, such as writing samples, resume, and CV are also highly recommended
Minimum Requirements for Acceptance
The Department requires students to have the following minimum requirements:
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)
- A minimum GRE score of 297 (combined verbal and quantitative
- A minimum TOEFL score 79 (if degree is from a non-English curriculum)
Students not meeting the minimum GRE score should consider retaking the exam before submitting their application. Exceptional students with GPAs below 3.0 may be considered for a provisional status.
After the completed application is received and processed by the Graduate School, it is forwarded to the Entomology Department for review by the Admissions Committee. While the committee provides recommendations on acceptance, final approval will be determined by the Graduate School. We strongly encourage interested applicants to identify a potential advisor prior to the application process.
Assistantships and Fellowships
Incoming graduate students are encouraged to apply for University and Departmental assistantships. LSU offers highly competitive research fellowships and assistantships for outstanding M.S. and Ph.D. students. These are administered through the Department, Graduate School and the College of Agriculture, and most require applications that should be submitted by mid-February for the following Fall semester.
In addition, graduate research assistantships are awarded by the Department to qualified students on a competitive basis and are half-time (i.e., 20 hours/week) research appointments. Students must maintain satisfactory performance to remain on an assistantship. This requires maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), and satisfactory progress on research. The expected periods of time for students to complete the M.S. and Ph. D. degrees are 2 ½ and 4 years, respectively, and departmental assistantships are generally not extended beyond these time periods. Stipends for graduate students vary depending on the source of funds and possible supplements (i.e., from the Graduate School or grants). Tuition (but not other fees) is waived for students receiving graduate assistantships.