Admission Classifications

Degree Status

Degree Status includes all graduate students intending to pursue a graduate degree.
The listing of regular, provisional, and contingent admission status does not mean
that all programs admit students in each of the classifications.

A bachelor’s degree is required of any individual admitted for graduate study.


Regular Admission

Graduate programs may prescribe requirements for regular admission in addition to
those described below. In addition to holding an undergraduate degree, an applicant
who receives regular admission status must satisfy one of the following minimum graduate
admissions requirements based on the level of work completed at the time of the application
and program/degree specific admission requirements.

  1. 2.50 GPA on the undergraduate degree or

  2. 2.75 GPA on the last two years (approximately 60-70 semester hours or 90-100 quarter
    hours) of upper level undergraduate academic course work or

  3. 2.75 GPA on 30 or more semester hours undergraduate credit after earning the first
    bachelor’s degree or

  4. 2.75 GPA on the last two years (approximately 60-70 semester hours or 90-100 quarter
    hours) of undergraduate academic course work and a 3.00 GPA on fewer than 24 hours
    graduate course work or

  5. 3.00 GPA on 24 or more graduate hours or

  6. An earned master’s degree or higher-level degree and

  7. Earned satisfactory scores on the standardized tests required by the individual degree

  8. Be in satisfactory academic standing at the last institution attended.

An applicant not satisfying the academic standards noted above (minimum GPA) may be
admitted to a degree program as a provisional student if recommended by the graduate
coordinator of the academic unit offering the degree program.

A student in a Regular admission status is eligible for a graduate assistantship.


Provisional Admission

The University offers provisional admission status to students who do not meet one
of the academic standards noted under regular admission. Some graduate degree programs
do not admit students with provisional status; therefore, a student must check the
specific program requirements. A student admitted in provision status must advance
to regular status as prescribed below:

A student admitted to provisional status is eligible (not guaranteed) for advancement
to regular status after receiving a 3.00 GPA on the first nine hours of regular graduate
level courses taken during the first semester at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Part-time students will be allowed a maximum of 12 consecutive months in provisional
status in order to complete the required nine hours with a 3.00 GPA in all courses
taken while in provisional status. A student must be continuously enrolled to achieve
the nine hour requirement. Graduate programs will specify for each student admitted
in provisional status the academic requirements that must be met to advance to regular
status. Once the required nine hours is met an admission decision will be made. Neither
transfer credits nor credits earned while in Unclassified status can be used to satisfy
this nine-hour requirement. A student in provisional status may be dismissed from
the graduate program if the student does not complete the required 9 hours within
12 consecutive months, or if the required 3.00 GPA on all courses taken while in provisional
status is not attained. Otherwise, the student’s status will be changed to Regular
or Unclassified as appropriate. Academic departments may set higher standards for
students admitted provisionally into their programs. While in the provisional status,
a student is not eligible to hold a graduate assistantship; however, an exception
may be granted by the Director of Graduate Studies in well-justified cases if approved
by the academic department head and/or academic dean.

Contingent Admission

A student needing the final transcript recording the bachelor’s degree or to provide
particular scores, .e.g., GRE, GMAT or PRAXIS scores may be admitted in contingent
status. For example, if the applicant has met all admission requirements but is in
the final semester of a bachelor’s degree, the applicant will be admitted in contingent
status until receipt of the official verification documents that the degree has been
awarded; at that time the applicant will advance to regular admission status. A contingent
admission can also be changed to regular when the Office of Graduate Admissions receives
GRE/GMAT or other required test scores.

An applicant may also be admitted with one or more departmental contingencies, requirements
the department expects the student to fulfill by a certain deadline. Departmental
contingencies are monitored by the department and usually are prerequisite courses,
standardized tests, or another similar requirement.

A student in contingent status is eligible for a graduate assistantship. Continued
eligibility for a graduate assistantship beyond the initial semester would require
that any such graduate assistants advance to regular status by the completion of the
initial semester. Students may not be moved from contingent status to provisional
status. Failure to qualify for regular admission status will prevent the student from
registering for the next semester.

Non-Degree Classified

An applicant not wishing to pursue a graduate degree but wishing to achieve a special
certification or Master’s plus 30 for teaching purposes (applicant must have a Master’s
degree), would apply for admission to the University through the Office of Admissions
as a Non-degree-seeking ALT CERT, ADD-ON, or Masters plus 30 student. A student enrolled
at least half-time in this status is eligible for specific types of financial aid.
Individuals should contact the Student Financial Aid Office for additional information.
Students seeking admission as non-degree classified must meet or exceed the university
minimum requirements for admission (see minimum requirements stated under Regular


Unclassified Admission

A student wishing to pursue graduate-level study for purposes other than advanced
degree, certificate program, or master plus 30 credit hours for teachers may be admitted
in unclassified status. Upon completion of one semester in unclassified status a student
wishing to be considered for admission to a degree is eligible to apply. No more than
nine (9) graduate hours of work received as an unclassified student may be counted
toward credit for a degree program. For courses taken in the unclassified status that
are to be counted for credit toward a graduate degree the student must have earned
a grade of B or A and the courses must be approved by the department graduate coordinator
and department head. In cases where a student has a graduate advisory committee, approval
of courses to count toward the graduate degree must be approved by the student’s graduate
committee and the departmental graduate coordinator. Hours completed in this status
may not be used to satisfy provisional admission requirements. Financial aid may be
limited for student in unclassified status. Contact the Student Financial Aid Office
for additional information. Students seeking admission as unclassified must meet or
exceed the university minimum requirements for admission (see minimum requirements
stated under Regular admissions).

No more than 9 hours earned by a student in Provisional, Contingent, Non-Degree Classified,
or Non-Degree Unclassified Status may be counted towards a graduate degree, provided
the Director of Graduate Studies approves the credit that is recommended by the appropriate
graduate coordinator/director or graduate faculty adviser.

In order to be admitted in unclassified status, an international student who does
not meet criteria under English Language Requirements for International Students must
submit an appropriate TOEFL score for admission.


Steps for application and registration as an unclassified graduate student are as

  1. The student must submit an application for admission and an official transcript showing
    proof of an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution to the Office
    Admissions, SLU 10752, Hammond, LA 70402 (on campus address: North Campus Main Building).
    All applicants must submit a non-refundable application fee.

  2. To register for classes, the student must seek permission from the academic department
    in which she/he wishes to take a course(s).

  3. The student can complete registration once the authorization is provided.