Current processing times

Last updated: 02 July 2020 06.08

This page shows the graduate admissions office processing times for incoming applications, emails and documents. It is updated at least once a day during the week.  We can only confirm the receipt of documents as they are processed. We cannot confirm receipt of documents waiting to be processed in the queue.

If you have confirmation from a courier that your package was successfully delivered to our post room on a particular date please add at least one working day to allow the package to be delivered to our office, add three days if your item was delivered on a Friday. 


You do not need to request a CAS. We will issue it automatically once your offer is unconditional and you have submitted your offer reply form and financial undertaking form. It usually takes about a week from when you fulfil all these criteria for us to check your details and issue your CAS, but please refer to the table below for more up-to-date turnaround times.  

*CAS queries: Please note that we are unable to give specific CAS advice over the phone.


Please only call if your documents were received before our current processing date and you have not had notification from us. Unnecessary calls slow down our processing of your documents and issuing *CAS statements. We currently have a high volume of decisions to process, which will take priority over processing How do I...? requests. You may therefore need to wait longer than usual for an update. 

We cannot confirm receipt of documents until they are processed. 


Our current phone service opening hours are 11am- 4pm UK time, Monday to Friday. Our phone service is closed between 10am-11am each Monday morning for team meetings. 

Owing to the volume of decisions and supporting documents we are receiving, we will be amending our phone service to 11am - 3pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday, until further notice.

There will be no phone service on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Counter sessons:

At the present time we are unable to offer drop-in counter sessions.

LSE for You Application Tracker changes:

The application tracker on LSE shows when updates are made on our database to your application. Confirmations of conditional offers are double checked by the senior staff in the Graduate Admissions Office, and although an applicant’s LFY account may show an update to the status of their offer, the update can only be considered official once an email has been sent to them from GAO. Please bear in mind that this confirmation won't be immediate, as this is a manual process.

Please bear in mind that around holiday closure dates, and application deadlines (also shown below), our response and processing times may be slower.


We are currently processing applications received on

To get a rough idea of when your application will be processed please make a note of the date when you received the confirmation that your application was submitted and both references received.Then check this page regularly to see which date we are processing applications from (add 2-3 working days if you submitted on a Friday or at the weekend,these applications will be received the following Monday). Once your application has been processed you will receive the final acknowledgement email and be givenyour unique LSE ID number with instructions on how you can open your LSE for You account to track your application online.


28 June 


We are currently processing supporting documents (this includes degree, TOEFL/IELTS/GRE/GMAT results, transcripts, references (to complete offers) received by email and our online How do I forms) received on and including:

Please note, we currently have no access to documents received since 17 March by post.

13 May

We are currently processing references (to complete applications) received by email on and including:

30 June

We are currently processing email enquiries received on and including:

To help us process decisions more quickly, please make sure that you read the information we supply before contacting us.

11 June


We are currently processing How Do I request forms (Add/amend programme choices, Change mode of study, Take up place again) received on and including:

Please note that your LSE for You application tracker will be updated with your new programme choices only once we have processed your request form. You will receive an email once this has been done. 

*This excludes How Do I forms submitting documents to meet conditions or for CAS - see the supporting documents date for these*

17 June 

We are now sending out pre-CAS to students who have met the requirements to receive a CAS. Hundreds of files have been checked but for practical reasons we can only release a certain number of pre-CAS each day. The order in which we are releasing them is a combination of an offer-holder's registration date and the date on which they met the eligibility criteria.

We are unable to state when any given pre-CAS will be issued so will unfortunately be unable to respond to individual queries of this nature. We appreciate your patience as we work through the queue as efficiently and equitably as possible.


We are currently issuing CAS to students who received their pre-CAS on:


25 June