The departmental-level academic course plan for each student will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee will include the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for graduate committees are satisfied.
The thesis option master’s program requires a minimum of 24 credits of approved course work and six hours of thesis credit. The non-thesis option master’s program (only available for the textiles, apparel design, and merchandising concentration) requires 30 semester hours of approved course work and six semester hours of project credit. In case of deficiencies in undergraduate preparation, additional courses will be required.
The degree is a thesis/non-thesis degree requiring a thesis/special project. The curricular requirements include:
- at least 12 hours at the 7000 level or above
- a minimum core requirement of at least six credit hours in Research Methods and Statistics
The student must pass a final exam consisting of a comprehensive oral exam, typically a defense of a thesis/special project.