Graduate Application Information

ECE Division Admission Deadlines

Semester you are applying for. Application Deadline
SpringOctober 15
FallApril 15

ECE Graduate Program Admission Requirements

Applicants meeting the following requirements are eligible for admission to the ECE Graduate Program:

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution. A grade point average of at least 3.00 (“A”= 4.0, “B”=3.0) on all undergraduate work (or last half-degree requirement) and a 3.00 (“B”) GPA or better on any graduate work already completed. International applicants must have at least a 3.00 (“B”) GPA, or equivalent, on all college-level work attempted.
  2. Acceptable GRE scores. The ECE department does not have a minimum GRE score but typically, most successful applicants have a GRE verbal of at least 145 (new scale) or 400 (old scale) and a GRE Quantitative of at least 155 (new scale) or 700 (old scale). GRE scores are required for admission in the ECE graduate program and must be received before a student's application will be evaluated for admission. GRE scores should be submitted electronically through ETS using institution code 6373.
  3. Satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS Scores (See For International Applicants). TOEFL or IELTS scores should be submitted electronically through ETS using institution code 6373.
  4. Statement of Purpose Statement of student's intentions for graduate study in ECE and should clearly identify an area of interest (Communication, Computers, Electronics, Power, Systems)
  5. Resume The resume should highlight the applicant's academic, professional and research history. This can be submitted on the ApplyYourself application and a hard copy is not required.
  6. Three Letters of Recommendation Three (3) letters of recommendation from a professor (or supervisor) who is able to comment on your qualifications for graduate study. Letters of recommendations are required for admission in the ECE graduate program.
  7. Recommendation for Graduate Studies Supplemental Form http://www.ece.lsu.edu/grad/pdf/recommend.pdf - A supplement to be submitted along with each recommendation letter. It addresses significant factors that could help determine your admission to our program and your chance for financial assistance.

NOTE: A scholarly writing sample (as noted on the ApplyYourself application) is NOT REQUIRED for admission into the ECE Graduate Program.

Application Instructions

Students wishing to enter the ECE graduate program should apply to the LSU graduate school using the applyyourself.com Web site. The following application materials are submitted electronically to the LSU Graduate School when using applyyourself.:

Financial Awards

The department and the University offer a number of financial awards to new students, including assistantships, fellowships, scholarships and tuition waivers. When you apply to the ECE department, we will automatically consider you for all available awards. You are also encouraged to contact individual faculty members for research assistantship information. Decision on financial awards can take some time and you will be contacted if you receive a financial award. Please also see the Financial Awards and Opportunities page.

For International Applicants

[See International Applicants section of Prospective Student Information at the LSU Graduate School Webpage]

IMPORTANT TIP: It is recommended that all international applicants visit the International Services website for additional information regarding visas and procedures for admitted international students.

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Short Overview of the Application Process

When a virtual application is processed by the Office of Graduate Admissions at the LSU Graduate School, the materials submitted with the application are immediately viewable by the department. Transcripts and other official documents sent by mail to the LSU Graduate School are processed and are also made available to the department with the virtual application.

The ECE graduate program office will monitor the application until all required documents are received, then processes the application to be evaluated review by the ECE Admissions Committee.

Once the ECE Admissions Committee has completed the evaluation, the department notifies the LSU Office of Graduate Admissions of an admission recommendation.

The ECE Admissions Committee evaluates the application and the department notifies the LSU Office of Graduate Admissions of an admission recommendation (this can take several days to several weeks depending on the time of year and faculty schedules).

The LSU Office of Graduate Admissions then conducts the final evaluation and posts the official decision on the applicant's ApplyYourself account. An e-mail notification is automatically sent to the e-mail address that was provided by the applicant on the application.

Application Status

You can determine the status of your application from the applyyourself Web site. If the status of the application is “Under Department Review” you can send an inquiry to eceapply@lsu.edu to check on the status of your application in the department.

Graduate Non-Degree/Non-matriculating Admission

Students interested in taking ECE graduate level courses as a non-degree/non-matriculating student should apply for graduate non-degree admission to the LSU Graduate School using the applyyourself.com web site. The LSU Graduate School makes all decisions on non-degree admissions. The department has no opinion on non-degree admission decisions.

  1. Non-degree admission is restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.
  2. Requires a 2.50 GPA on all undergraduate work completed and a 3.00 GPA on all graduate work completed.
  3. No more than 12 hours of combined credit transferred from other schools and earned as an LSU extension or nonmatriculating student may be applied toward a master's degree at LSU.
  4. Courses taken in an undergraduate classification cannot be transferred into graduate credit
  5. Course work is taken for academic credit, and all rules and regulations for graduate students apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply?
The ECE department admits new graduate students during the Fall and Spring semesters. New graduate students are not admitted during the Summer.
Why has my application status said “Under department review” for some time and I still do not have a decision?
“Under department review” status indicates that the file is complete in the Graduate School and has been forwarded to the department for review. A file considered complete in the Graduate School does not necessary mean that the file is complete in the department. An application in the department in “under department review” status can either be:
  1. File is under consideration and pending an admission recommendation with the department.
  2. Missing required documents in the department, usually letters of recommendation. Applicant's needing to contact the department about an incomplete application should send an email to eceapply@lsu.edu.
How long does it take for the department to make an admission recommendation?
It usually takes several days to several weeks depending on the time of year and faculty schedules. You can send an inquiry to eceapply@lsu.edu to check on the status of your application in the department.
How do I defer or change my admission to another semester?
You can contact the LSU Graduate School or you can send you request to the ECE Graduate Program Office at www.eceapply@lsu.edu. We will send your request graduate school to have your application updated to the following semester.
How long is my Graduate School application valid?
Your application to the Graduate School will expire in one year. You must reapply at APPLYYOURSELF and pay the application fee. Depending on how soon you reapply, you may not need to resend any supporting documents.
What types of financial awards are available to incoming students?
The ECE department offers fellowships and teaching assistantships to highly qualified incoming students. It also nominates qualified incoming students for other awards (such as diversity fellowships). In general, these awards are made to doctoral students joining the department during the Fall semester. Individual faculty may also offer research assistantships.
What are the application deadlines?
To receive full consideration, the deadlines for students who are not seeking an assistantship are October 15 (for the Spring semester) and April 15 (for the Fall semester). Students are not admitted during the summer and assistantship awards are normally made during the Fall. To receive full consideration for an assistantship you must apply by January 15. There may be separate deadlines for some awards. In all cases, your application must be complete within 30 days of the application deadline.
What are the minimum GRE, TOEFL/IELTS scores required for admission?
There is no minimum GRE score. It is one of several considerations used to arrive at an admission decision. Typically, most successful applicants have a GRE verbal of at least 400 and a GRE Math of at least 700. If required, the minimum TOEFL scores are Internet (79) Computer (213), Paper (550) and the minimum IELTS score is 6.5.
What are my chances of being admitted to the ECE Graduate Program?
The admission decision depends on a number of factors including your academic record, GRE score, TOEFL score, Letters of Recommendation and your research interests. We do not have a GRE minimum and an overall aggregate of all of your credentials are taken into consideration. We cannot evaluate your chances until you have applied online to the LSU Graduate School and we have received your application materials. Without your application, we are not in a position to respond to queries concerning your chances of admission.
I have been admitted and want to know if I will receive financial assistance.
Graduate assistantships are offered on a competitive basis. If you receive an assistantship, you will be notified by the ECE Graduate Office as soon as a decision has been made.
How does the admission process work?
Once we have received all required application materials, a departmental committee evaluates the application (this can take several days to several weeks depending on the time of year and faculty schedules). The department then, makes an admission RECOMMENDATION, and notifies the LSU Office of Graduate Admissions. The LSU Graduate School makes the FINAL decision on admission and notifies the applicant. The official decision is posted on the applicant's ApplyYourself account and an e-mail notification is automatically sent to address that was provided by the applicant on the application. You can find more information at the LSU Graduate School Web site.

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