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First Time Graduate Checklist

1) International Student Application for Admission

  • Be sure to select your application type as “International Graduate”.       

2) MCNEESE Affidavit Of Support Form and Official Bank Letter.pdf  (For F-1 Students Only)

  • Please read and follow the instructions very carefully. You must provide an official bank statement/bank letter verifying that your sponsor currently has the equivalent of  $27000 for the first year of study in U.S. dollars deposited in a bank account.                

3) Proof of Immunization form PDF (May be submitted upon arrival)     
4) $30.00 application fee (Payable within the online application)
5) Official transcripts and diplomas

  • Students seeking admission for graduate study do not have to submit their high school transcripts/diplomas.
  • Official transcripts and diplomas/provisional certificates from all universities/colleges attended, including any US universities/colleges, must be sent directly to McNeese from the school or by the applicant in a sealed envelope once grades are posted for the last semester attended. All documents must be certified by the school’s registrar, controller of exams or attestation officer. 
  • Your GPA will be calculated using the Credential Evaluation (#6 below).

6) Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

  • Official (sent directly from the evaluation company) Course-By-Course Evaluation of credentials for all college/university credit earned from foreign institutions are required.  McNeese accepts evaluations from WES (World Education Services, Inc.) or GCE(Global Credential Evaluators). Detailed instructions for ordering can be found on each evaluator’s website.

7) Official TOEFL or IELTS score

  • TOEFL scores must be mailed directly from the testing agency to McNeese (Code=6403)​A copy of the IELTS score report form can be sent

  • Required scores can be viewed on the chart below.

*​If you have attended a U.S. university/college for at least two semesters we will waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.  
8) Official GRE or GMAT (for MBA graduate applicants) 

  • GRE/GMAT scores must be mailed directly from the testing agency to McNeese (Code=6403 for GRE and GMAT).

Minimum Requirements for Graduate School Departments
MBA 2.75 286(Q+V) 400 NO 6.0 79 Six foundation courses. Academic computer course credit.
Engineering 3.00 300(Q+V) NO 6.0 75
Environmental Science 

≥286(Q+V) YES (3) 6.0 75




YES (3)


Integrative Biology 2.50 ≥286(Q+V) NO 6.0 72






Instructional Technology

Formula: 740 > (150 x UG GPA + GRE [V + Q])

6.0 71
Mathematics/Computer Science 2.75 291 (Q+V) NO 6.0 71 Calculus Sequence, Linear Algebra together with 12 hours of Mathematical Sciences at the junior/senior level.
Psychology > 2.5 > 285 [V + Q] NO 6.0 71 Three hours of statistics plus a minimum of 18 hours in psychology.
G.C Business 2.50 NO 6.0 79

9)Academic Scholarship Application PDF (optional)

  • To be considered for the academic scholarship this form must be received in our office before the applicant arrives at McNeese.  Eligibility requires a GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  • For more information on scholarships please visit or email
  • Please note that students who are sponsored by a government or government-affiliated scholarship program are NOT eligible to request any scholarships through McNeese.

10) On Campus Housing Application (optional)

11) 3 Recommendation Letters PDF are required for environmental science/chemistry graduate applicants only. 

Mail Your Documents

If you are in the U.S. and using a United States Post Office, either address will normally work, but any other delivery method may require one address or the other.

The mailing address for McNeese State University is:
McNeese State University
International Programs
Box 90180
Lake Charles, LA 70609, USA

Some couriers require the exact street address which is:

McNeese State University International Programs HC Drew Center 150 Beauregard Drive 4205 Ryan Street Lake Charles, LA 70605 USA

A final admissions decision cannot be made until we have received all required documents.
Once we receive your application and supporting documents, you will be contacted at the email address on your application within three to ten business days.
We might contact you at this point to:

  • Notify you of missing requirements
  • Ask you for additional documentation
  • Notify you of acceptance
  • Notify you of denial

Application, Admissions, and Post Acceptance Process

If you have been accepted and have not submitted any type of scholarship application and have never attended a U.S. university or language center, our office will now create your I-20. Once created, you will be contacted for delivery details.

If you are accepted and have submitted McNeese scholarship applications and have never attended a U.S. university or language center, our office will now submit your scholarship documents to our campus’ Scholarhsip Office for a scholarship decision. Once we receive their scholarship decision, we can create your I-20. At this point our office will contact you for delivery details.

Once you arrice at campus your FIRST stop much be the International Office. We will need to make copies of your visa, passport, and any previous I-20s. During this visit, you will be notified of the International Orienations date (mandatory for new MSU students) and we will remove any existing holds that would prevent you from registering for courses. 

Please feel free to contact us at with any additional questions.