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 - A set of pre-determined subject-matter-specific graduate courses pursued to enhance an individual's mastery of a subject area without enrolling in or 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. Students must understand that they are not admitted to a graduate degree program.
- Inter-Institutional Cooperative Program (ICP)- 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 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 must provide official transcripts certifying active pursuit of an advanced degree at another institution and must be in good academic standing. 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- Undergraduate seniors who meet the following criteria may apply for enrollment in the Concurrent Baccalaureate/Master's degree program and may be allowed to register for graduate credit. Students not meeting undergraduate preparatory requirements will not be eligible for this program. Students must
- have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 on all undergraduate work attempted.
- obtain written approval of the appropriate graduate director/coordinator, academic dean, and the Dean of the Graduate School.
- complete a Graduate School Concurrent application and pay the processing fee.
- submit a minimum of 2 letters of reference along with the graduate application.
- have fewer than 30 semester hours remaining to complete baccalaureate degree requirements.
- not use courses taken for graduate credit to satisfy undergraduate requirements.
- retain undergraduate status until the baccalaureate degree is awarded.
- maintain a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 while in the concurrent program.
- must successfully complete a graduate-level course in each quarter of enrollment in the Concurrent program to maintain graduate Concurrent status. Courses must be listed on his/her Plan of Study or in the graduate degree program for which he/she has been admitted
At the time of matriculation from the baccalaureate program and upon application to a graduate program, students seeking admission to a master's program other than the program in which they were initially 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 will be waived for students admitted to the baccalaureate/master's concurrent enrollment program provided students continue to pursue the graduate program for which they were initially admitted and must maintain all other conditions to retain graduate status.
Students failing to maintain a minimum 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 if students do not maintain good academic standing.