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International Graduate Admissions

The admission process for international applicants is outlined below.  The International Admissions Office can be reached at (318) 342-3002. 

1. Complete the Graduate School Application

There is a non-refundable $40.00 international application fee for each application submitted to the Graduate School. Applications will not be processed without submitting this fee.

2. Send Before Deadlines

If applying for the Fall semester, all application materials must be received no later than June 27.
     With the exception of:  Pharmacy - March 1   |   Speech Language Pathology - March 31   |   History - May 30

If applying for the Spring semester, all application materials must be received no later than November 7.
     With the exception of:  Pharmacy - September 1   |   Speech Language Pathology - September 25  

If applying for the Summer semester, all application materials must be received no later than April 1.

Note: When all application materials are received, they will be sent to the appropriate program for evaluation. Applicants will be notified of the admission decision by mail and a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or IAP-66) will be sent if admission is granted. The University reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant.

3. Submit Transcripts

To be considered for admission, the applicant must send one official copy of each transcript (native language and certified English translation) describing all academic studies completed and attempted. All information must be submitted whether or not credit was earned. No portion of the applicant's previous academic records will be disregarded.

International college transcripts require an official evaluation by World Education Services. To request a form or for more information about this process, please email our International Admissions Office.

All transcripts become the property of the University and cannot be returned to the applicant. Students attending a school in the U.S. need to provide the contact information for the school's International Office.


4. Submit Official Test Scores

Some programs require official test scores as part of the admission process.  If required, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and/or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores should be submitted electronically to institution code 6482. For information about the GRE, click here. For information about the GMAT (for Master of Business Administration applicants only), click here

5. English Language Requirement

All applicants are required to submit either a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score to be admitted to ULM. We require a minimum TOEFL score of 61 for the internet-based test, 500 for the paper-based test, and 173 for the computer-based test. We require a minimum IELTS score of 5.5. 

If an English language deficiency is determined, students will be required to enroll in the English as a Second Language program until an acceptable level of English proficiency has been attained. Enrollment in academic courses may not be allowed until this deficiency is addressed. When the student has satisfied all ESL requirements, the student will then be allowed to pursue courses toward degree completion.

An international applicant may be exempt from the English language proficiency test if one of the following applies:

6. Statement of Financial Backing 

Submit Statement of Financial Backing Form, which must be completed with the appropriate signatures and must include your sponsor's signature on the form to ensure sufficient funds will be provided for your academic studies.

7. Proof of Immunization Form

International applicants must also provide the Student Health Center with proof of immunization by submitting a Proof of Immunization Form.

8. Graduate Assistant Application

Applying for a graduate assistantship is a separate process from applying for admission.  Graduate Assistantships offer a full tuition waiver and monthly stipend to qualified students.  Assistantships are competitive, subject to availability, and a superior standard of academic achievement.  You will find information regarding graduate assistantships and the application process here.