Graduate Life-Long Learning Programs
Life-Long Learning programs are designed for students that have no interest in pursuing a graduate degree but want to expand their professional knowledge or increase certification areas. Students admitted to the non-degree category of Life-Long Learning are admitted on a conditional basis and will adhere to grading policies for students admitted conditionally. There is no limit to the number of courses that students may take in this category as long as the minimum grade standards set for conditional admission are maintained.
Students may apply for a graduate degree program at any time by completing another Graduate School application and by meeting the admission requirements for that specific program. Upon admission to a graduate degree program, students may file a written request with the college that up to a maximum of 12 total semester hours of graduate credit earned under Life-Long Learning be applied to their graduate degree program Plan of Study by special permission of the college and Program Chair assigned to the student's degree program. These courses will be specifically identified on the Plan of Study.
Graduate Non-Degree Admission Categories
Graduate Certificate Program
The Graduate School offers Graduate Certificate programs in several academic colleges. Students wishing to enroll in this non-degree category must complete a Graduate School application, pay the application fee, provide an official copy of a baccalaureate degree-posted transcript, meet course prerequisites, and understand that they are not admitted to a graduate degree program. Students must maintain the minimum 3.0 GPA grade standards set for Conditional admission to the Graduate School. Each academic college has the prerogative to set higher standards for its respective graduate students.
A Graduate Certificate program is a set of pre-determined subject-matter-specific graduate courses pursued to enhance an individual's mastery of a subject area without completing a master's program. As such, certificate programs are not shortened versions of existing master's programs. Successful completion of a Graduate Certificate program results in the receipt of a certificate that specifies graduate certification in a specific area and is accompanied by the appropriate posting on the official Louisiana Tech University Certificate transcript.
Graduate Certificate programs consist of a minimum of 12 to 18 graduate semester hours. No more than one-third of the 12 to 18 semester hours can be taken at the 400-level (eligible for graduate credit). Courses taken for credit toward a Graduate Degree program at Louisiana Tech University will not be counted toward the certificate without appeal to the applicable Graduate Certificate program prior to completion of the Graduate Degree program. All course work must be registered for and completed through Louisiana Tech University within a three-year (twelve-quarter) time limit.
Graduate students enrolled in Graduate Degree programs (master's or doctoral) at Louisiana Tech University can be concurrently enrolled in a Graduate Certificate program. Undergraduate seniors are not eligible for concurrent enrollment in a Graduate Certificate program. International students must be admitted to a Graduate Degree program in order for an I-20 to be issued and are not eligible to be admitted only to a Graduate Certificate program, but may pursue a Graduate Certificate in addition to a Graduate Degree program.
The Graduate Certificate is a non-degree track program. It should be noted that success in or successful completion of a Graduate Certificate program does not guarantee admission into a Graduate Degree program. Federal Title IV student financial assistance and tuition waivers will not be available for students classified as graduate certificate students.
Complete an application for admission to the Graduate School and select a Certificate program from the menu. The same deadlines for Graduate School admission procedures should be followed.
- Have earned a 4-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited educational institution.
- Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.25/4.0 (or 2.5/4.0 on the final 60 semester hours of baccalaureate degree work).
- Provide a baccalaureate degree-posted official transcript, sent directly to the Graduate School.
- Submit a completed application, and application fee to the Graduate School, including all required documentation by the application due date.
- GRE/GMAT test scores are NOT required for admissions unless specifically required by the Graduate Certificate program.
- International student applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL and/or IELTS scores before the application can be evaluated for admission. TOEFL score requirements are paper-based 550 or Internet-based 80; the minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5 (over 4 modules). Successful completion of ELS Level 112 intensive course will be accepted as demonstration of English proficiency.
Admission into a Graduate Certificate program does not guarantee admission into a Graduate Degree program, nor does admission into a Graduate Certificate program imply the waiver of any requirements for admission into a Graduate Degree program.
The decision for admission into a Graduate Certificate program will follow the procedures of review used for admission into existing Graduate Degree programs. Discipline-specific admission requirements will be monitored by the program coordinator in conjunction with the student's assigned faculty advisor.
Student Enrollment Procedures
Students admitted to a Graduate Certificate program will follow standard procedures for advising, registration, tuition/fee payment deadlines, grade reporting, and academic standards. Each student admitted into a Graduate Certificate program will be assigned a faculty advisor.
Graduate students participating in a distance learning Certificate program will follow published registration guidelines.
Graduate Certificate program students will meet the following quarterly and cumulative grade requirements at Louisiana Tech University:
- Graduate Certificate students must maintain a quarterly and cumulative 3.0 GPA on all course work.
- No grade lower than "C" and no more than two C's will be counted toward a Graduate Certificate Program.
- Failure to achieve the quarterly/cumulative GPA requirements will result in the student being dropped from the certificate program.
- Student appeals for reinstatement will follow the Graduate Status Appeals Procedure found in Chapter 15 of the Catalog.
Full-time status for a Graduate Certificate program student will consist of a minimum of 6 graduate semester hours. Graduate Certificate program students should remain continuously enrolled until completion of their program. If they are unable to do so, they must re-apply for admission upon return to the program.
Inter-Institutional Cooperative Program (ICP) and Transient Students
Students may enroll in graduate courses through the ICP program between Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University. Students must apply for transient status and follow the appropriate admission procedures. Transient admission is good for one quarter only. Courses taken through the ICP program must be included on a student's approved Plan of Study in order to count towards degree requirements, and all course prerequisites must be met. Students not in good standing at one university are not eligible to enroll in graduate courses at the other university.
Transient students admitted to a graduate program at another institution wishing to take a course(s) for transfer credit at Louisiana Tech may be allowed to take such a course(s) with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in the college in which he or she would normally enroll. Students applying for transient status must
- Submit an official copy of a transcript certifying that they are actively pursuing an advanced degree at another institution and
- Be in good academic standing at that institution.
A maximum of 12 hours of transient credit will be allowed. Transcripts shall note that such credit is associated with the transient admission. Transient admission is good for one quarter only.
Concurrent Baccalaureate/Master's Program
Graduating seniors currently enrolled in a regionally accredited institution (referred to as home institution from this point forward) who have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.20 on all undergraduate work attempted may be allowed to register for a combined load of undergraduate courses and courses for graduate credit (500 level) if they meet the following University of Louisiana System criteria. Students not meeting undergraduate preparatory requirements will not be eligible for this program. Student must obtain written approval of the appropriate Louisiana Tech University college’s graduate director/coordinator, academic dean, Dean of the Graduate School, and International Student Office, if applicable.
Students must adhere to the following requirements:
- Provide a minimum of 2 letters of reference from faculty members in the department where the student is currently pursuing the undergraduate degree along with a graduate concurrent application and processing fee.
- Not lack more than 30 semester hours to complete baccalaureate degree requirements.
- Not earn more than 12 graduate credit hours while completing baccalaureate requirements. Seniors may be allowed to take 6 graduate credit hours upon written approval of their Associate Dean/Graduate Director, and Dean of the Graduate School.
- Courses taken for graduate credit cannot be used to satisfy undergraduate requirements.
- The student retains undergraduate status at the home institution until he/she is awarded the baccalaureate degree.
- While in the concurrent program, the student shall maintain a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 and remain in good academic standing at the home institution.
- Submit official transcripts from home institution at time of application and upon completion of degree.
At the time of matriculation from the baccalaureate program and upon application to the graduate program, students seeking admission to a Master’s program other than the program in which they were granted concurrent enrollment must meet the same admission requirements as other applicants to the program to which they are seeking admission. GRE and GMAT scores may be waived for students admitted to the Baccalaureate and Master’s Concurrent Enrollment Program upon approval from the academic program provided they successfully complete a minimum of 3 graduate semester hours towards the applicable program. Each application is considered on a case by case basis.
Students failing to maintain a minimum quarterly and cumulative 3.0 graduate GPA will be dropped from the concurrent program and will need to appeal for reinstatement prior to any further graduate admission or enrollment. All Graduate School admission criteria, including appropriate test scores, will be required of any students failing to maintain appropriate graduate GPA while in the Concurrent Program.