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Admission Requirements

Please note that these requirements are for entry to the Graduate School only; individual programs may require additional application materials or criteria. For specific program requirements, please see our degree programs page.

All applicants are required to hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Each applicant must complete an application online, submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, and must submit a score from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Administration Management Test (GMAT). Official transcripts are sent directly from the issuing institution or evaluation agency in a sealed envelope or may be sent electronically. If a transcript indicates that classes are in progress, the transcript will be deemed incomplete. Once the classes have been completed, another official transcript will need to be provided.

If any prior graduate coursework has been completed, even if it is unrelated to the major being pursued at ULM, these transcripts will be reviewed. Applicants will need to be eligible for readmission at that college or university and must have no grades lower than a C in any graduate coursework completed at that institution.

Official documentation may be sent by mail to: 

Graduate Admissions
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Sandel Hall 243
700 University Avenue
Monroe, LA 71209-0600

Documents may be sent electronically to gradadmissions@ulm.edu. Our institutional code for GRE and GMAT scores is 6482. 

Once all application materials have been received, applicants may be granted one of three types of admission:

Regular Status

Applicants who are regularly admitted to the Graduate School may qualify for admission based on GPA or by combination of GPA and standardized test scores*. 
Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (based on a 4.0 scale)


Minimum Graduate Record Examination (143 verbal + 138 Quantitative) score of 283 or Graduate Management Admission Test score of 450; and a GPA of 2.5


Mimimum formula score of 707.5 (2.5 GPA x 283 GRE) or minimum formula score of 1000 (GPA x 200 + GMAT)

*Some programs may require that applicants take standardized tests for admission consideration


Conditional Status

Applicants may be admitted on conditional status with undergraduate deficiencies and/or GPA or GRE scores that fall below the minimum for regular admission. In the latter case, the minimum requirements for conditional status are both:

Some programs only allow conditional status for undergraduate deficiencies. For applicants who are admitted conditionally because they do not meet GPA and/or GRE requirements, this status will be removed after a minimum of 12 semester hours of graduate coursework is completed at the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a 3.0 GPA, no grade below a C, and not more than two courses with a grade of C. If these requirements are not met, the student will be denied continuance in Graduate School.

Provisional and Non-Degree Status

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.

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. Applicants who are accepted provisionally are admitted until regular or conditional status requirements are met.

Change of Status

Applicants who wish to change their application status should contact the Graduate School.

Lapse of Enrollment/Returning Student

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. A student will be required to reapply if, during any break in their enrollment, they have attended another university. This includes cases in which a student has applied and been accepted at ULM, but has delayed their start in a program to attend another institution.

Returning students must be advised before being permitted to enroll in courses.