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RNR Graduate Admission Requirements

Program Overview

Louisiana State University has a long tradition in natural resource education and research, from its first forestry class in 1911 to the present School of Renewable Natural Resources. Today, School activities cover a wide range of natural resource management issues, including aquaculture, fisheries, forestry and forest products, and wildlife. Close working relationships have been established with private landowners, private industry, commodity groups, nonprofit conservation groups, and federal and state agencies. Natural resource commodities contribute more than $6 billion to Louisiana's annual economy, and the economic and ecological importance of natural resources to Louisiana and the comprehensive nature of the School of RNR gives students a rich environment for graduate study. The Graduate School website has all the current information, fees, deadlines and details for admission.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission are accepted any time; however, to be considered for fellowships and state-funded assistantships, applications must be received by 30 September and 25 January for the following spring and fall semesters, respectively. Extramurally funded assistantships may be available at any time. Application Fees and current deadlines for the LSU Graduate School are available HERE. The nonrefundable fee must accompany the application; no applications will be processed without it. All applicants for admission to the School of Renewable Natural Resources (SRNR) must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution*, be acceptable to a majority (51%) of the graduate faculty in the applicant's degree program, and have an identified major professor.

Each applicant must submit official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores*, official transcripts from each university attended*, and three letters of recommendation*. International students must also submit a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) for admission.

The ETS institution code for LSU Graduate School is 6373.

Grade point average (GPA), GRE scores, and letters of recommendation will constitute an applicant's primary evaluation materials. An evaluation of these materials may be used to rank and select applicants in each program area, and to award available teaching and research assistantships. Each student's entire application package will be carefully considered and under some circumstances a low GPA that does not qualify the applicant for regular or probationary admission may be offset by high GRE scores, or additional post-baccalaureate or graduate-level coursework. Based on these evaluation materials students will be placed in one of the following admission categories.

A. Regular Admission: GPA 3.00+

A GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on all undergraduate (or last 64 hours), and a 3.00+ GPA on any graduate coursework already completed.*

Students will be recommended for regular admission with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 to 2.99 and GRE scores over 1100 (verbal + quantitative).*

For regular admission to a Ph.D. program in the SRNR, students with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 must have a 3.5+ GPA in their M.S. program.*

B. Probationary Admission: GPA 2.55 to 2.99

If a student is acceptable to a majority of the graduate faculty in the applicant's degree program, the potential major professor must submit a formal written petition to the SRNR Graduate Committee. The petition must include extenuating circumstances explaining why a student should be admitted on probation. The SRNR Graduate Committee will review each petition and forward a recommendation to the School Director.

Students admitted on probation will only be considered for a graduate assistantship under special circumstances, and will be eligible once probation is lifted.*

C. Not Admissible: GPA below 2.55

Students with an undergraduate GPA of 2.55 or below will not be considered for admission into any graduate program in the SRNR. Applicants may qualify for admission upon the successful completion of 20 hours of graduate-level coursework with a GPA over 3.5, or 24 hours of post-baccalaureate coursework in a degree program with a GPA over 3.0.*

Otherwise qualified students may be denied admission if a degree program is full.

*Graduate School requirement

Useful Links

Writing a Personal Essay for Graduate School:
Link: Tips and Advice for Standing Out as a Graduate Program Candidate

revised: 07-Feb-2019 7:05