Lamar University International Graduate

Admission Status Categories

Regular Admission: Offered to students who meet all university, departmental, and language proficiency admission requirements.

LU Pathway Program Admission (formerly known as Bridge): Offered to international graduate students who meet all university and departmental admission requirements but who have not yet satisfied the language proficiency requirement. These students will be enrolled in academic courses at Lamar University as well as language courses at Lamar.

Conditional Admission (Undergraduate Students) is offered to students who meet all university requirements except for language proficiency. Conditionally admitted students are required to enroll in ELS Language Center classes and must successfully complete Level 112 Intensive Program. Upon completion (Level 112 Intensive Program), these students are eligible for admission to Lamar University. 

Incomplete: Lamar University has not yet received all of the documents required for admission.

Departmental Review:  Graduate admission is competitive and requirements vary by academic department.  Graduate applicants are placed in “Review Status” and the file is forwarded to the academic department after all admission documents are received.  The graduate academic department then reviews each applicant and communicates their decision back to the admissions office who notifies the applicant.

Lamar University international graduate admissions

International Admission Requirements

Graduate admission at Lamar University is for international students who hold a bachelor's degree and wish to pursue a master's or doctoral degree at Lamar University. Graduate admission is competitive, and requirements vary by department. Upon receipt of all university-required documents, the Admissions Office will forward your file to your desired academic department for an admission decision. For more information on graduate degree programs, please check the websites of the individual academic departments that interest you using this directory of Academic Departments.

How to Apply for International Admission

Please use your name as it appears on your passport on your application and on all other communication with Lamar University.

1. Submit Application. All international graduate applicants should submit online applications through the Apply Texas system. Graduate applicants must select the International Graduate Application.

2. Academic Records

International Academic Records:
College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Applicants. Submit official transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions attended with an original signature of a school official or an original school seal. If transcripts are in a language other than English, an official translation from the school, recognized translator or translation verified by a United States Embassy or Consulate must accompany the native language transcript. Transcripts should arrive in a sealed envelope, directly from the sending institution or recognized translator. Faxed, emailed, and/or notarized scanned copies will not be accepted. Your transcripts will be evaluated within the College.
All other Graduate Applicants. Graduate applicants (except College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences applicants) must have an official report of course-by-course evaluated transcripts of all post-secondary work from outside the United States sent to Lamar University directly from one of the evaluating agencies listed in the previous link. Graduate students applying to colleges outside of Engineering and Arts and Sciences and enroll at Lamar University will be reimbursed the cost of the evaluation up to $200.00. The Lamar University Admissions Office does not evaluate transcripts internally, so you do not need to send official transcripts to our office. These agencies may deliver your evaluation by email at LUAdmTran@Lamar.edu, or to the mailing address listed below:

Lamar University
Graduate Admissions
PO Box 11614
Beaumont, TX 77710

Or, if sending documents by courier:

Lamar University Office of Admissions
211 Redbird Ln
Beaumont, TX 77710

United States Academic Records: Applicants who have attended institutions in the United States, must submit official transcripts from each college previously attended. This requirement applies regardless of the length of time in attendance and regardless of whether credit was earned or is desired. Students will not be considered for admission until all college transcripts are on file. Students must be eligible to re-enter all colleges and universities previously attended.

3. Submit Admission Test Scores. Applicants for the MBA program should take the GMAT. All other graduate applicants should take the GRE (use school code 6360). Score requirements are competitive and are assessed by each academic department.  Scores must be received directly from the testing agency.

4. Provide Proof of English Language Proficiency. International applicants, both undergraduate and graduate, must provide proof of English language proficiency through scores on the TOEFL or IELTS. 

English Proficiency Requirements for Graduate Students: Category I

Regular Admission Lamar University Pathway Program (formerly Bridge)
TOEFL Internet Based Total 71 61-70
TOEFL Computer Based Total 197 173-196
TOEFL Paper-Based Total 527 500-526
IELTS Total 6.0 Conditional Admission

Category I students include: Chemistry and Computer Science in the College of Arts and Sciences; and the College of Engineering

English Proficiency Requirements for Graduate Students: Category II

Regular Admission Lamar University Pathway Program (formerly Bridge)
TOEFL Internet Based Total 79 61-78
TOEFL Computer Based Total 213 179-212
TOEFL Paper-Based Total 550 500-549
IELTS Total 6.5 6.0

Category II students include: Biology, English, History, Mathematics, Nursing, Public Administration, Psychology and Teaching Spanish in the College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business; College of Education and Human Development; and the College of Fine Arts and Communications

Conditional Admission

Prospective students who do not meet the minimum required English proficiency standard, conditional admission for English may be available through ELS Educational Services.

Note: PTE test scores are also considered

English Waiver Criteria

English requirements will be waived for students who:

  • Are from an English waiver country
  • Have completed 48 credits of secondary/post-secondary school from an English waiver country
  • Have completed 48 credits of secondary/post-secondary school, taught in English
  • Have completed a level 112 of Intensive English at a U.S. institution
  • Have completed English Composition I and II, or the equivalent, from an accredited US institution with a grade of "B" or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have earned a degree from or have attended two consecutive years at an accredited U.S. institution.

Admission Status

After application materials have been received, the Office of Admissions will send the applicant an e-mail with a student identification number and a notice of any missing materials. This ID number, along with the applicant's birthdate, can be used to Check Admission Status online.

International Graduate Admissions Questions

If you have questions regarding your admission, please contact International Graduate Admissions at gradmissions@lamar.edu.

After Acceptance

Upon receiving a letter of acceptance, submit students must submit the following documents to internationaladmissions@lamar.edu for I-20 issuing:

  • Copy of your passport
  • Financial statement

Before attending on-campus classes, students who are under age 22 must either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet specific criteria for declining a vaccination. Get more information on complying with this requirement pursuant to Texas Senate Bill 1107.