The Graduate Community at LSU
In sum, the Graduate School serves approximately 6,000 students (FTE of about 5,000), about 20% of whom are international students hailing from over 100 different countries. Approximately 1,000 of LSU’s graduate students are professional students in the Paul M. Hebert Law Center or in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. While the Law Center and the Veterinary Medicine school offer professional degrees with somewhat distinct administrative procedures, students from these programs are essential parts of the graduate community at LSU and represent key strategic assets for the university and the state of Louisiana. Additionally, LSU offers graduate degrees at the master’s level through the LSU Online modality. This component of graduate education has grown rapidly to about 1,500 over the past two years and is another important component of the LSU graduate community. Finally, the Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC) and the Agriculture Center (Ag Center) are important components of the LSU system’s research and graduate training infrastructure, and their faculty regularly work with LSU graduate students. The presence of these applied research entities provides additional world class faculty expertise to LSU’s graduate community, especially for students and faculty interested in the application of natural, biomedical, and social science skills to the study of chronic disease and agricultural innovation.
Driving this scholarly community at LSU, the 1,800 members of the Graduate Faculty at LSU are mostly comprised of the tenure-stream faculty at the LSU A&M campus, but also include lecturers, research and other non-tenure-stream professors, as well as other professionals not employed by the university who demonstrate through their educational credentials or professional standing that they have the background and experience needed to offer LSU’s graduate students excellent scholarship and professional perspectives. Additionally, LSU invests significant support in graduate stipends and tuition assistance to over 2,400 Graduate Assistants. LSU’s substantial investment of finances and human resources in graduate education has led it to become one of the nation’s top performing institutions in graduate education, with a unique institutional academic profile.
LSU offers doctoral programs in 57 major fields of study. These programs offer opportunities for advanced training and research in all areas of the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Master’s degree programs are offered in 77 major fields. These range from Master of Fine Arts degrees in fields such as creative writing, studio art, and theatre to professional degree programs in social work, business administration, chemical engineering, and computer science. Graduate Certificates are available in 31 areas of study. These programs have had a long history of training the next generation of faculty in Louisiana, nationally, and across the globe, as well as of providing scientific and cultural insights that positively impact communities locally and globally.