The Graduate School• Professional Programs


The following sections describe two professional programs, in library and information science and in social work, offered through the Graduate School, as well as the professional DVM program offered through the School of Veterinary Medicine. A complete list of degree programs offered through the Graduate School is provided earlier in this chapter. For detailed descriptions of the various graduate programs, see the Graduate Bulletin.


OFFICE • 267 Coates Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-3158
FAX • 225-578-4581

The School of Library & Information Science provides education for careers in all types of libraries and information centers leading to the master’s degree (MLIS) and the Post-Masters Certificate in Library and Information Science (PMLC). The School’s master’s degree is accredited by the American Library Association, and the School is a member of the Association for Library and Information Science Education.

A broad general education is the best preparation for library and information science. Undergraduates are advised to develop strong subject emphases in the areas of their special interests and abilities, since every field of knowledge is useful in the information professions. The school does not require a foreign language for admission; however, course work in one or more foreign languages is advisable for those who expect to prepare for careers in research or technical libraries. Students who expect to become librarians in elementary or secondary schools should plan their undergraduate programs with state teacher certification requirements in mind.

Students working toward the master’s degree or the Post-Masters Certificate are enrolled in the Graduate School; therefore, applicants must meet the general Graduate School requirements in addition to the School of Library & Information Science requirements. Application forms may be obtained from the office of the dean. Admission will be based on the candidate’s scholastic record and aptitude for a career in the information professions.

Requirements for the Master of Library and Information Science degree are as follows:

The Post-Masters Certificate in Library and Information Science is a degree program tailored to the needs of professional librarians who desire formal education to achieve their career goals. Specializations in library automation, academic library administration, youth services, adult literacy, or collection development will provide in-depth opportunities to individuals already holding the accredited master’s degree in library and information science. A minimum of 24 hours of graduate credit is required.

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OFFICE • 311 Long Fieldhouse
TELEPHONE • 225-578-1351
FAX • 225-578-1357

The School of Social work, a professional school within the Graduate School, provides two years of social work education leading to the degree of Master of Social Work (MSW). It also provides the PhD in social work and, in addition, offers an undergraduate minor in corrections as well as other undergraduate courses in social work in cooperation with other colleges of the University.

Undergraduate Minor in Corrections • The minor in corrections provides undergraduate students an opportunity to acquire substantive academic emphasis in applied correctional policy and practice. Students minoring in corrections must complete a total of 18 hours. All students must complete 12 hours in SW 3007, 4003, 4022, 4080. The remaining six hours may be taken from SW 2000, 3003, 4020, 4080, 4090, 4099.

The school is a charter member of the Council on Social Work Education and is accredited by its Commission on Accreditation at the master’s level. Graduates of the MSW program are eligible for membership in the National Association of Social Workers.

The primary mission of the LSU School of Social Work is to prepare the next generations of highly competent and ethical social work practitioners, researchers, educators, and policy advocates, through our masters and doctoral programs. We dedicate ourselves to the task of providing our various constituents with the knowledge they require to improve and advance professional practice. Embedded within our commitments is a professional dedication to culturally competent practice and service to diverse people and communities, with particular concern for the most vulnerable citizens within our communities, especially the impoverished families of Louisiana. As part of our service mission, we are committed to providing leadership and consultation to individuals and organizations supporting our dedication to constituents. Our mission of engagement in knowledge development and dissemination, advocacy, and service to others reflects a commitment to our core values of social and economic justice, respect for the dignity and worth of each individual, and the centrality of human relationships to well-being.

Master of Social Work • Our mission takes concrete shape in three overarching goals:

Minimum requirements for the MSW degree are as follows:

Minimum requirements for the PhD degree are:

Students who receive a baccalaureate degree in social work in a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may be eligible for admission into the advanced instruction phase of the MSW program. Such students are normally exempt from taking the foundation courses, with the exception of SW 7010, Differential Diagnosis. This course must be taken in the summer session prior to the student’s fall start date. They may, however, be required to take additional field internship courses or other course work as deemed necessary.

PhD in Social Work • The program’s objective is to provide an advanced interdisciplinary degree that will equip graduates for important roles in policy analysis and development, research, teaching, and the development of new intervention technologies.

Admission to the MSW and PhD programs is granted by the school’s faculty on the basis of the applicant’s undergraduate record and personal qualifications. No academic credit is granted for work or life experiences. Admission requirements and procedures are described in the School of Social Work Bulletin and the Graduate Bulletin. Students enrolled in other divisions of the University who have appropriate standing may register for social work courses numbered below 5000 for which they have the specific prerequisites. Graduate students in other departments who have the necessary prerequisites may register for social work courses with the permission of the instructor and the associate dean of the school. They may not register for social work practice or field internship courses.


OFFICE • 1102 Veterinary Medicine Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-9900
FAX • 225-578-9916

Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences

OFFICE • 2510 Veterinary Medicine Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-9889
FAX • 225-578-9895

Department of Pathobiological Sciences

OFFICE • 3315 Veterinary Medicine Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-9684
FAX • 225-578-9701

Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

OFFICE • 1842 Veterinary Medicine Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-9551
FAX • 225-578-9519

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine admitted its first students to the professional curriculum during the 1973-74 academic year. The original entering class consisted of 36 students, all residents of Louisiana. Class size has increased significantly in recent years.

The school participates in the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB) program for education in veterinary medicine. Training contracts negotiated through SREB provide a limited number of entering spaces for qualified candidates from Arkansas. A limited number of entering spaces is also allocated for highly qualified nonresident applicants under the school’s special admission policy.

The school received full accreditation from the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association in April 1977, which was reaffirmed in 2002.

The School of Veterinary Medicine offers the professional degree, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Interdepartmental Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in veterinary medical sciences are offered through the Graduate School.


Admission Requirements

Students contemplating a career in veterinary medicine should acquire a sound foundation in the biological and physical sciences and a general knowledge of the arts and humanities in both high school and college. In addition, they should be motivated by a liking for animals, a sincere desire to serve the public, a propensity for the biological and medical sciences, and a deep interest in promotion of the health of animal and human populations. They must have a high aptitude for scientific study and must possess an excellent moral and ethical character.

Candidates for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree must complete a minimum of six years of college education. This includes two or more years of preveterinary training and four years of professional training. The preveterinary requirements may be completed at LSU or any other accredited college or university offering courses of the quality and content of those prescribed in the LSU General Catalog. (See the section of this catalog titled “College of Agriculture” for the preveterinary medicine curriculum at LSU.)

The minimum requirement of 66 semester hours, including 20 hours of elective courses, may be completed in two years. Successful completion of a preveterinary program does not ensure admission to the school for professional training. Currently, there are more qualified applicants each year than there are spaces available in the entering class. Instruction in the four-year program is available only through the School of Veterinary Medicine at LSU.

Scholastic achievement is measured by performance in the prescribed preprofessional courses. A minimum gpa of 3.00 (“A” = 4) in these courses is required for consideration for admission. A grade of less than “C” in a required course is unacceptable. Physical education activity courses may not be used as electives for meeting minimum preprofessional requirements. Credit earned through advanced standing is acceptable, but is not used in the computation of gpas. Evaluation of each applicant’s record in the preprofessional program is made in accordance with LSU procedures.

Credit is not granted for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) General Examinations. Granting of credit for CLEP subject examinations may be considered in those subjects recommended by various departments of the University upon receipt of test scores indicating the student meets the minimum acceptable scores required by those departments.

Admission Procedures

Admission to the School of Veterinary Medicine is granted only for the fall semester of each school year and only on a full-time basis. A prescribed number of student spaces is planned for each class and formal application material with all supporting credentials is required of each applicant. Students admitted and enrolled in the school must be capable of satisfactorily meeting all requirements of the curriculum in veterinary medicine. Eligible candidates are chosen to be interviewed by members of the Faculty Committee on Admissions and Scholastic Standing and are carefully selected to ensure that they are properly motivated, competent to undertake the rigorous courses of professional study, and capable of meeting the demands of a professional career.

The Faculty Committee on Admissions and Scholastic Standing is responsible for determining the application procedure and for selecting the entering class in the professional curriculum. All pre-professional requirements must be completed by the end of the spring semester before fall matriculation in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Formal applications must be submitted no later than October 2, 2008 at noon (EDT). Applications must be submitted through the Veterinary Medical Colleges Application Service (VMCAS). Along with the VMCAS application materials, a supplemental application must be completed and submitted directly to the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Admissions Office, as well as all official undergraduate/graduate transcripts, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. Please visit the Admissions Office’s Web site at for greater details on the application process. Students reapplying must submit a completely new application for each application period, including all transcripts, GRE scores, supplemental applications, etc.

Academic and non-academic qualifications are considered in the selection process. Selection for admission is based on the sum of the objective and subjective scores. The exact combination of each component to the total score may vary slightly from year to year and is determined by the admissions committee and the dean.

The objective evaluation is based on scholastic achievement and standardized test scores. Official transcripts of college course grades are examined to determine scholastic achievement. The total objective score is derived from the grade point average on required courses, the grade point average on the most recent 45-60 semester hours of course work, and the results of the GRE. New knowledge, especially in the sciences is accruing at a rapid rate, so if a student has completed the pre-professional requirements several years prior to application, records will be carefully scrutinized. It is advised that all required science courses should be completed within six calendar years immediately prior to application. At least one course in organic chemistry, biology, and physics must be completed within the last six years.

Only animal science, physical science and biological science courses are included in the Required Course gpa. Social science, humanities, business, kinesiology, and any general education courses are NOT calculated into the Required Course GPA, but are still calculated into the Last 45 Credit Hour gpa, except for kinesiology courses.

The subjective evaluation of applicants is based on non-academic qualifications considered relevant to the determination of the applicant’s prospective performance in the veterinary medical curriculum and in the practice of veterinary medicine. Motivation, maturity, attitude, interest, and other characteristics will be evaluated for all qualified candidates, along with work experience, familiarity with animals, and reference information submitted in support of by two separate committees. The first committee reviews the supporting documents (autobiography, letters of recommendation, transcripts, work experience, and familiarity with animals). The second committee evaluates the individual through a personal interview. These appraisals result in an average subjective score which is added to the objective score to produce the total numerical evaluation of the candidate. Through this process, the professional judgment of several faculty members is included in arriving at a final decision of recommended students for the new class. Interviews are not granted to every Louisiana and Arkansas applicant, and only select out-of-state applicants will be invited to interview.

The final decision rests with the dean of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. The Faculty Committee on Admissions and Scholastic Standing makes their recommendations to the dean who then finalizes the offers of admission.

Under exceptional circumstances, a limited number of applicants not selected under the above criteria may be admitted. Factors to be considered by the Faculty Committee on Admissions & Scholastic Standing include undergraduate experience, GRE score, advanced academic work, work experience, or participation in special educational programs, as well as those special attributes possessed by the applicant that add to the cultural, educational, and/or geographical diversity of the entering class.

Please visit the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Admissions Office Web site at for more information on admission requirements, residency, classifications, minimum prerequisites, admissions procedures, statistics, important dates and deadlines, and much more.

Minimum Prerequisites for Admission (66 sem. hrs.)

Pre-veterinary students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with admission requirements for the professional program at the School of Veterinary Medicine. Students should seek knowledgeable pre-veterinary counselors and/or advice from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s Admissions Office ( when enrolled in pre-professional programs other than at LSU. A minimum of 66 total semester hours is required for consideration for admission into the professional DVM program. This must include the 46 semester credit hours of the courses listed below. More specific details regarding course descriptions can be found at the School of Veterinary Medicine Admissions Web site at

Biological Science, 12 sem. hrs. • Must include at least eight sem. hrs. (two-semester course sequence with laboratory) in introductory zoology or general biology at a level appropriate for premedical students. Must also include at least four sem. hrs. (onesemester course with laboratory) in microbiology at a level appropriate for premedical students. LSU courses—BIOL 1201, 1208, 1502, 1509, and 2051.

General Chemistry, 8 sem. hrs. • Must include laboratory and must be at a level for science or engineering majors. LSU courses—CHEM 1201, 1202, 1212.

Organic Chemistry, 3 sem. hrs. • Must cover aliphatic and aromatic compounds with an emphasis on the biological aspects of organic chemistry. LSU course—CHEM 2060.

Biochemistry, 3 sem. hrs. • Must include three sem. hrs. of basic concepts and an introduction to the nature and physiological uses of natural substances. LSU course—BIOL 2083.

Mathematics, 5 sem. hrs. • Must be at the college algebra/trigonometry level or higher. LSU courses—MATH 1020/1021, 1022. Students who qualify for more advanced math may substitute MATH 1023 (5 sem. hrs.) for 1020/1021 and 1022.

Physics, 6 sem. hrs. • Must be at a level for science majors and must include mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, and topics in modern physics. LSU courses—PHYS 2001, 2002.

Communication Skills, 9 sem. hrs. • Must include six sem. hrs. of English composition and three sem. hrs. of a public speaking or interpersonal communication course. LSU courses—ENGL 1001, 1002 and CMST 2010 or 2060.

In selecting the remaining required courses for admission to the professional program, applicants should consider the following:

Students who are enrolled at accredited institutions other than LSU must determine that courses taken conform in content and quality to descriptions contained in the latest issue of the LSU General Catalog, which can be obtained upon request from the LSU Office of the University Registrar ($3 per copy). If there are any questions regarding equivalency of courses, please contact the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Student Affairs Office by e-mail ( or telephone (225-578-9538).

All requirements must be completed by the end of the spring semester of the year in which admission is sought. All application materials must be received by the appropriate deadlines. Application materials received after the given deadlines will not be accepted, and will result in the applicant being removed from consideration. Please visit the School of Veterinary Medicine’s admissions Web site at for application deadlines.

Information concerning LSU’s preveterinary medicine program is contained in this LSU General Catalog or may be obtained from the dean of the College of Agriculture.


The consolidated program in veterinary medical sciences provides graduate academic training in veterinary medicine. It includes intensive research training in various specializations. Most students engaged in advanced studies in veterinary medicine will have received the DVM degree and elected to pursue intensive postdoctoral training in one or more of the disciplinary or specialty areas of veterinary medicine.

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