Applying for Admission
Graduate School Application Process
1 Complete the Graduate School Application
Apply online via www.ulm.edu (requires credit card, click on "apply for admission") or mail your completed application with a non-refundable fee of $30.00 (U.S.) check or money order. Fee must be paid before any evaluation of credentials will be made.
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.
The transcripts should indicate the dates each subject began and ended, and the grades (marks) earned.
An "official" transcript is one issued by the Registrar, Principal, or responsible school administrator and forwarded directly to the ULM Graduate School. When this is not possible, documents certified as true copies are acceptable. Request all required officials transcripts (native language and certified English translation) to be sent to ULM Graduate School.
International college transcripts require an official evaluation by a professional evaluation service. We prefer a four (4) year WES evaluation with your final degree posted on the WES evaluation. To request a form or for more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students seeking transfer credit for university level courses must submit a syllabus, catalog, or bulletin which describes the courses in detail.
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.
related page: download transcript forms
3 Submit Official GRE/GMAT Score
Submit an official GRE/GMAT (MBA only) score to the University of Louisiana at Monroe (institutional code: 6482)
4 English Language Requirement
All students are required to submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score to be admitted to ULM. The minimum official TOEFL score (institution code: 6482) of no less than 61 on the internet-based (or 500 paper-based/173 computer-based). The minimum IELTS score is 5.5. International students who have an IELTS score less than 5.5 will be required to take the English proficiency test.
If an English language deficiency is determined, a student will be required to enroll in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program until an acceptable level of English proficiency has been attained. Enrollment in academic courses may not be allowed until this deficiency is alleviated. When the student has satisfied all ESL requirements, the student will then be allowed to pursue courses toward degree completion.
However, an international applicant may be exempt from the English language proficiency test if one of the following applies:
- A student's native language is English.
- Submit an official TOEFL score of 100 or more on the internet-based (600 paper-based/250 computer-based).
- 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.).
- IELTS score of 7 or more
related page: download instructions/TOEFL information
5 Complete Statement of Financial Backing and Understanding
Submit one-page form with the appropriate signatures:
- Complete the Statement of Financial Backing must include your sponsor's signature on the form to ensure sufficient funds will be provided for your academic studies.
- Sign the Statement of Understanding to confirm that you have read and understood the admissions requirements and the financial responsibilities.
related page: statement of financial backing
6 Submit Required Forms
Complete Graduate Assistantship application, submit three letters of recommendation and proof of immunization form. (include links to the graduate assistantship application
7 Send Before Deadlines
Fall semester applicants -March 1
Spring semester applicants -August 1
Summer session applicants -January 1
Winter intersession applicants -April 1
Note: When all application materials are received, the admission credentials will be sent to the appropriate department to be evaluated. 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.
Need Help? For help or additional information about graduate admissions for international students, contact Misty Wiggins (email@example.com).
Send all application materials to:
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Graduate School Admissions
700 University Avenue
Monroe, LA 71209