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Graduate School

Effective Summer 2024 for all graduate programs with the exception of counseling, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, nursing, pharmacy, and physical therapy. These programs are subject to the prior admission policy in the 23/24 Graduate Catalog found here and the standards which are specific to those programs.

The University of Louisiana Monroe Graduate School offers a holistic admission approach to afford applicants multiple pathways to satisfy general admission requirements to the institution. Please note that the admissions criteria listed below refers to requirements for entry to the Graduate School only; individual programs may require additional application materials or criteria. Please see our degree programs page for specific program requirements and program deadlines.

Applying for Admission 



Official transcripts and test scores are those which are sent directly from the issuing institution or evaluation agency in a sealed envelope or electronically. If a transcript indicates that classes are in progress, the transcript will be deemed incomplete. Once the classes have been completed, a final official transcript must be provided.

Undergraduate Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from colleges and universities attended from which the undergraduate degree was earned. Transcripts are required for any post-baccalaureate credit earned.

Graduate Transcripts: All prior graduate coursework that has been completed, even if unrelated to the major being pursued at ULM, will be reviewed. Applicants must be eligible for readmission at that college or university and must have earned no grades lower than a C on any graduate coursework in the last 7 years.

Documents may be sent electronically to or official documentation may be sent by regular mail to: 

Graduate School Admissions
University of Louisiana at Monroe
700 University Avenue
Sandel Hall 243
Monroe, LA 71209

Our institutional code for GRE and GMAT scores is 6482.



Regular Admission 

Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of attempted coursework to be regularly admitted.

Applicants who have earned any graduate or terminal degree from a from a college or university accredited and recognized at the institutional level by the US Department of Education (USDOE) will qualify for regular admission to a master’s program provided they meet all other eligibility requirements.

Conditional Admission

Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree with a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale or a 2.50 on the last 60 hours of attempted coursework to be conditionally admitted.
Meet a minimum formula score of 622.6 (2.2 GPA x 283 GRE) or for MBA applicants only, 1000 (GPA x 200 + GMAT) 
With a GPA of 2.2 or higher, some candidates with 5 years of employment in a relevant field of study may qualify for a waiver of test scores in some programs.

Ineligibility:  Applicants who are ineligible to register in any previously attended institution as a graduate student are not admissible. 

Provisional Admission

Provisional status is given to applicants who are in the process of obtaining official transcripts or GRE/GMAT scores. The minimum requirement for taking graduate courses in provisional status is a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 (based on a 4.0 scale). No more than six credit hours of coursework may be completed under provisional status, and students admitted provisionally are not eligible for financial aid or graduate assistantships.

Non-Degree Status

Applicants who wish to enroll in selected course offerings but not pursue a formal degree program may be considered for admission as non-degree students. The minimum requirement for taking graduate courses in non-degree status is a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 (based on a 4.0 scale). Some programs have additional requirements, and/or exceptions to requirement, for taking courses under non-degree status.

A maximum of six semester hours of graduate credit earned in provisional admission status, including credit earned at University of Louisiana at Monroe and approved transfer credit, may be counted toward master’s or doctoral degree. The six semester hours must be included on the student’s approved degree plan to be counted toward the hours required for completion of the degree.


Deferring Admission and Term Changes

An applicant who does not complete their admission application with all required documents by the deadline to apply (deadlines are linked here) will be required to submit a new application to the graduate school for a future term and pay all associated application fees.  An applicant who has both completed their application with all required official documents and received an admission decision of regular of conditional admission, but would like to defer their enrollment to a future term, may reapply one time with no additional charge by contacting Some programs may not allow admissions deferrals due to program capacity.

Applicants who enroll and maintain academic eligibility will remain eligible for registration until there is a lapse of enrollment for two consecutive terms or until graduation, whichever occurs first. A returning student who has missed two consecutive terms is required to reapply and submit an application fee before enrolling.

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 prior to the 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  

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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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:

  • The student's native language is English;
  • If the student's TOEFL score is 100 or higher for the internet-based test (600 for the paper-based or 250 for the computer-based tests);
  • A student has graduated from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university with a full four-year baccalaureate degree or a two year masters degree (all credits must be earned in the U.S.);
  • or an IELTS score of 7 or higher.

5. 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.

6. Proof of Immunization Form

Submit immunization requirements to Medicat - check here for more information.

7. Graduate Assistant Application

Applying for a graduate assistantship is a separate process from applying for admission.  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.


ULM Graduate School
Sandel Hall Room 243
700 University Avenue
Monroe, LA 71209

7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

(318) 342-1036