Entry requirements


Entry requirements vary by programme, and are listed on the individual undergraduate degree programme webpages. We express our standard offers in terms of GCE A levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB), but we consider a range of qualifications.

Below we have listed our various A level grade requirements and their equivalency in the Advanced Placement (AP) tests. Please note that the US High School Diploma by itself (without AP courses) is not sufficient for entry to LSE.

US AP equivalency
A level grade  LSE Advanced Placement requirements

Five APs at grade 5, taken over a maximum of three years. 

Subjects may be specified as part of an offer. See the note below about subject combinations.


Three APs at grade 5, and two APs at grade 4, taken over a maximum of three years. 

Subjects may be specified as part of an offer. See the note below about subject combinations.

Maths A*/A Calculus BC grade 5

Subject combinations

AP Seminar and AP Research are excluded and do not count towards our AP requirement.

Only one of AP Calculus AB or Calculus BC may count towards an offer. For programmes requiring A level Mathematics, only Calculus BC is acceptable.

Applicants should also bear in mind our general preference for a broad mix of traditional academic subjects to be offered.

AP Language and Culture courses may be excluded where students have significant prior exposure to that language.

AP Cambridge Capstone Program

LSE does not consider this programme as part of its minimum entry requirements for American AP exams.

The SAT Reasoning Test (formally called Scholastic Aptitude Tests)

The SAT Reasoning Test does not form part of any entry requirement for LSE programmes.

The ACT (American College Testing)

The ACT does not form part of any entry requirement for LSE programmes.

Students applying from an American university

Students applying from American universities should have a minimum GPA above 3.3 and preferably a 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale), or above 4.0 (on a 5.0 scale), or a minimum average of 80 per cent overall.

Accepted international qualifications

Whilst not an exhaustive list, the following are international qualifications with which applicants may be eligible for consideration by LSE:

• A University of London International Programmes qualification
• A foundation programme (See EducationUK for more detail)

Applicants offered a place on the basis of a foundation programme or university studies may be asked to sit the Undergraduate Admissions Assessment (UGAA).

Competition for places

Please note that, due to the intense competition for places, meeting or exceeding the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission. In addition to the general entry requirements, applicants should also refer to the individual undergraduate degree programme descriptions, especially for quantitative programmes, where the advanced study of Mathematics up to school-leaving age is often required.

Find out how to apply. Note that the closing date for applications is 15 January in the year that you hope to start at LSE.

Study Abroad (The General Course)

Applicants to LSE’s year-long study abroad programme, the General Course, should usually have completed at least two years of university level study by the time they join the School. Applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.3/4 for acceptance to qualitative courses (anthropology, political science, sociology etc.) or at least 3.5/4 for quantitative courses (economics, mathematics and statistics). 


Master's (MSc/MA/MPA/LLM)

To be considered for admission to a master's programme we require a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.5 on a 4 point scale, or 4.3 on a 5 point scale or 85 per cent overall. If the only grading scheme used is a letter-grade system, we require a B+ average.

This is our general minimum requirement; however, some programmes have specific requirements in terms of degree result required and subject background. Many of our quantitative programmes also require that a GRE or GMAT score is submitted. Please see the individual graduate degree programme descriptions for specific programme requirements and information about the application process.

Research (MPhil/MRes/PhD)

To be considered for a place on a research programme we require a two year master's degree with a GPA of 3.5/4.0, 4.3/5.0, or 85 per cent overall or, if a lettered grading scale is in place only, a B+ average.