How to Apply

Requirements for Admission
Students who wish to enter the graduate program in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology are expected to meet the following requirements:
  1. Baccalaureate degree from a college or university approved by a regional accrediting agency.
  2. An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4 point scale is preferred, and a 3.0 grade point average for any graduate coursework.
  3. Applicants should have completed at least one year of each of the following:  Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics and Biological Science.
  4. Satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam:  a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 is preferred to be considered for admission.
Admission ProceduresThe Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology is participating in the GradCAS Centralized Application Service (GradCAS). Applicants applying to our Program will apply online using the GradCAS application by clicking here . To add our program in the GradCAS application, select Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport from the "Institution" drop down menu, and then select Molecular and Cellular Physiology from the Department subject area. 

For guidance in the application processs, visit the GradCAS Applicant Help Center.

The application deadline for the 2021/22 academic year is January 31, 2021.

  • Create a GradCAS application account at 
  • Send all information, including GRE (International applicants only) and TOEFL scores, directly to GradCAS. 
  • Send transcripts to the GradCAS Transcript processing center: 
    GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
    P.O. Box 9217
    Watertown, MA 02471

International students should have their IELTS scores mailed directly to LSU Health Shreveport at the following address: 

School of Graduate Studies
LSU Health Shreveport
P.O. Box 33932
Shreveport, LA 71130

Having trouble accessing the application? The preferred browsers are Google Chrome or Firefox.

More information is available at the GradCAS Applicant Help Center.
If you have questions about your application status, please contact your
GradCAS Customer Service Representative at (857) 304-2086 or via e-mail at

Contact Us 

Dr. Kelly Tatchell
Associate Dean
School of Graduate Studies
Phone: (318) 675-7674
Fax: (318) 675-4343

Selected applicants to the PhD program in Physiology will be reviewed by the physiology faculty.  Promising candidates will be contacted by the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology and interviewed by Skype. Following the initial interview, students may also be required to visit the department to interview with the faculty in person.  A final decision will be made and successful applicants will be notified by mail by both the Department and the School of Graduate Studies. 

Applicants who have questions concerning the application and review process should address the inquiries to:

Chris Pattillo, PhD
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
LSU Health Shreveport
1501 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71130
Phone: (318) 675-6974
Physiology students working in the lab

Application Process

Molecular and Cellular Physiology Graduate Program