Prospective Graduate Students
Welcome from the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University. We hope the information at this site will help you in your selection of a university for your graduate studies. Please explore our site to learn more about our Department, the Divisions, our Faculty and our Graduate Program.
Our graduate program is designed to be flexible in order to meet the many needs of our students. We have two degrees, biochemistry and biological sciences. The biochemistry degree is the more rigorously defined of the two, with more specifically required courses. Since the biological sciences degree is applicable to more fields, the specific courses required are tailored to meet individual student requirements.
All accepted students receive support from the department for the normative time (6 years for the Ph.D., 3 years for the Masters) assuming that they continue to make progress toward their degree. This support may come as a Research Assistantship (arranged via the major professor) or as a Teaching Assistantship. Stipends are presently $22,440 per year for the first four years, dropping $3000 per year thereafter (although this is often picked up by by the major professor).
We encourage you to use the information contained here to help select an area in which you are interested. Our faculty listing includes research descriptions, as well as recent publications lists. The LSU Graduate School pages are also a good resource.
To ensure full consideration of your application, please submit all material by September 28 (for Spring admission) or January 3rd (for Fall admission). Applications may stack up over the winter holiday, so earlier
submission for Fall admission (by 17 December) is encouraged.
To apply to our program, follow the link to the LSU Graduate School. They will request that you complete a form with several sections, not all of them exactly what we need. To aid in the selection process, we would appreciate applications that have been tailored to our interests as follows:
Academic Experiences - Use this section to highlight experiences that have prepared you for the research you aim to pursue.
Statement of Purpose - Use this to explain why you want to go to graduate school (history of interests, career goals), what you hope to learn (specific fields and techniques), and how our faculty match your needs. We encourage you to contact specific professors who match your interests before applying. To assist us in reviewing your application, at the end of this statement please include a line indicating which section (BMB, CDIB, SEE) you are most interested in and listing 1-4 professors you are most interested (this list is not binding).
We do not require or use a writing sample (that's one of the things we use your Statement for). As of Fall 2020, we no longer require a GRE score.
If you are an International student or on tight finances and would like to have your application pre-evaluated, send your GPA and TOEFL scores, and statement of purpose, along with references for any publications, to Dr. Hellberg directly (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please be aware that international students are rarely admitted to the Masters program; again, inquire to Dr. Hellberg if you have a question regarding this. If you have further questions or need additional information, you may contact us at:
Department of Biological Sciences
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803 USA
LSU is an equal opportunity/access university