The Graduate School• Professional Programs


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CLOVIER INGRAM TORRY Director of Graduate Records
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RENÉE L. A. RENEGAR Director of Graduate Admissions
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The primary purposes of the Graduate School are:

The Graduate School administers more than 130 graduate degree programs offered at LSU.

The LSU Graduate School, considered the state center of academic research and advanced studies, provides a more extended and comprehensive program than any other educational institution in the state.

Doctoral research programs are the essential defining feature of a university. LSU’s status as one of the top 70 research universities in the nation and its classification as Research-Extensive by the Carnegie Foundation, depend chiefly on two criteria held to be prime indicators that an institution is a major center for the creation of new knowledge:

Research funding, and doctoral education, both of which ensure the training of future generations of scholars. The synergy between our nationally renowned faculty and our graduate student population helps to keep Louisiana and the nation on the leading edge of discovery.

LSU offers doctoral programs in 54 major fields of study. These programs offer opportunities for advanced training and research in all areas of the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Master’s degree programs are offered in 72 major fields. These range from Master of Fine Arts degrees in creative writing, studio art, and theatre to professional degree programs in social work, business administration, and library and information science.

Students seeking the professional degree, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), offered through the School of Veterinary Medicine, study and work in one of the most advanced and well-equipped schools of veterinary medicine in the United States. The School of Veterinary Medicine also offers master’s and doctoral degrees through the Graduate School.

Additional information about the degree programs listed below may be found in the Graduate Bulletin, which may be accessed through the LSU home page,

Additional information about specific graduate and professional programs is published in catalogs, or brochures that may be obtained from the department or school at addresses listed in this catalog.


The first graduate degree recorded was a “Civil Engineering” degree awarded in 1869. By 1890, 14 master’s degrees had been awarded, and by 1909, a total of 32. In 1909, the Graduate Department was established, with the general supervision of graduate work vested in a Committee on Graduate Courses. During the period from 1909 to 1931, 439 master’s degrees were awarded.

In 1931, the Graduate School was established and the first graduate dean, Charles W. Pipkin, was appointed. The former Committee on Graduate Studies was reorganized into a Graduate Council. Doctoral programs were also established in 1931, and the first doctorate was awarded in 1935. From 1931 through spring 2007, 8,641 Doctor of Philosophy degrees, 504 doctorates other than Doctor of Philosophy degrees, and 44,912 master’s degrees were awarded. The total number of advanced degrees awarded by LSU thus reached 54,055.

The affairs of the Graduate School are administered by the graduate dean, with the advice and consultation of the Graduate Council. The council is composed of the dean and associate dean of the Graduate School, who serve as ex officio members, and 16 faculty members appointed by the Chancellor for rotating terms of five years each. The council considers proposals for new degree programs, recommends membership classifications on the graduate faculty, and makes recommendations to the graduate faculty for changes in Graduate School policy.

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