The Master of Natural Sciences (MNS) degree, administered through the Graduate School in conjunction with the College of Science, provides the depth and breadth of study in the sciences that is required of science professionals and school teachers. The MNS program allows a combination of coursework from allied fields. For instance, certified teachers seeking the MNS can tailor their Plan of Study to include courses needed for add-on certifications in additional subject areas, or professionals in STEM intensive areas (e.g., medical technology, pre-med, forensics, environment, and computation in science) may take an array of courses to enhance their job capabilities.
Dr. Guillermo Ferreyra
Associate Dean, LSU College of Science
124 Hatcher Hall
Phone: 225-578-8859 | Fax: 225-578-8826
Both a non-thesis and a thesis option are available. A student in the MNS program must develop by the end of the second semester or upon completion of 15 or more hours of credit a Plan of Study together with an advisor in the College of Science that must have approval of the MNS program administrator.
Non-Thesis Option: The non-thesis option must include at least 36 semester hours of graduate courses distributed as follows:
At least 18 of the total 36 semester hours must be in courses numbered 5000 or above
and six of these 18 must be in the focus area. Courses below the 4000-level cannot
be counted. Courses at the 4000-level can be counted only if they are taken as graduate
courses. Although a modest number of hours in independent study or research courses
are allowed, a student may not apply thesis research (8000) hours to this degree track.
A comprehensive final oral exam administered by the student's committee is required
to complete the degree.
Thesis Option: Requirements for the thesis option include 24 semester hours of graduate course work, and six semester hours of thesis credit. Of the 24 hours of graduate course work,
The thesis must be directly related to the focus area. The final oral exam will include a defense of the thesis.
Applications must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School: www.lsu.edu/gradapply. Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: Graduate Admissions, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. These paper documents are stored electronically and departments have access to all materials submitted by and/or on behalf of a student applying to graduate study.
GRADUATE FACULTY (Check current listings selecting one of the departmental links below.)
The graduate faculty for the MNS program includes all graduate faculty in the following
cooperating departments and schools: