Five academic colleges have responsibility for supervising degree program requirements and determining program specific admission criteria that can be more selective or restrictive than the minimum admission standards established by the Graduate Council for the University. Admission deadlines may vary by degree program. Each student is responsible for becoming knowledgeable of Graduate School policies and procedures and any specific program requirements. Students are encouraged to contact individual colleges for additional information.
Master's degrees are offered in Biology, Molecular Science & Nanotechnology, Health Informatics, Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as graduate certificates in Rural Development and Dietetics. An interdisciplinary PhD in Molecular Science & Nanotechnology is offered beginning in Fall 2012.
A doctoral degree is offered in six concentrations of Business Administration. A master's degree is offered in ten concentrations of Business Administration including Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Information Assurance, Innovation, Management, Marketing, Telecommunications, and Quantitative Analysis. Students may also choose to pursue a master's in Professional Accountancy. Also available is a graduate certificate in Information Assurance.
Doctoral degrees are offered in Educational Leadership, Counseling Psychology, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Master's degrees are offered in various areas of teaching in early childhood, elementary, middle school, and secondary education. Also, many teaching certification areas are available for professional development. Master's degrees are offered in Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership, Counseling & Guidance, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Kinesiology. An interdisciplinary graduate certificate in the Dynamics of Domestic Violence is especially valuable to those employed in the Social Work areas. A new Human Services area of concentration is being offered under the Counseling & Guidance master's program. Applicants should contact departments for information on the concentrations available in each of the degree programs.
A new interdisciplinary PhD program is offered in Molecular Science & Nanotechnology beginning in Fall 2012. Currently, there are four doctoral degree programs and seven master's level programs available with several being interdisciplinary programs. Concentrations have been added to the doctoral program in Engineering. Interest in the doctoral program in Biomedical Engineering remains strong. Interdisciplinary master's degrees are offered in Engineering & Technology Management, Microsystems Engineering, Molecular Science and Nanotechnology, and Engineering (six concentrations). Also, master's degrees are available in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Applied Physics. A graduate certificate offered in Communication Systems remains popular.
The doctoral degree in Audiology has quickly developed into a quality program. There are six master's programs offered in architecture, art, history, English, speech, and speech pathology. Several areas of concentrations are available and applicants should contact the college for more information. A graduate certificate in Technical Writing & Communication is another popular choice.
Dual Degrees and Second Master's Degree
Students may pursue a maximum of two degrees simultaneously and must consult with the college(s) to determine Primary and Secondary program status. Appropriate admission procedures must be followed and separate applications submitted for each degree program. Additional application processing fees are required. Degree audits are required for each program being pursued, and students must meet all program requirements for each degree. Each degree program must be supervised by an appropriate Advisory Committee with all paperwork, including Plan of Study, completed and submitted for each program. The Primary program must be completed first. All published guidelines, policies, and procedures are applicable to these programs.
If two master's degrees are sought simultaneously, the requirements for "A Second Master's Degree" apply to the secondary program requiring students to earn a minimum of 15 additional graduate hours at Louisiana Tech and must satisfy the requirements for a minimum number of exclusive graduate courses, in addition to the thesis or practicum if required, to be taken in the area in which the second degree is being earned. A maximum of one-half the credits required for the second degree may be allowed to apply from a previous graduate degree. Transfer hours will not be approved to apply towards a second master's degree. International students wishing to pursue a second master's degree or advance to a doctoral program need to obtain a new I-20 to comply with immigration regulations.