The school-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 degree program includes both thesis and non-thesis options. The thesis option requires 24 semester hours of graduate coursework and a research-based thesis for six semester hours (30 hours total). The non-thesis option requires 36 semester hours of graduate coursework with a maximum of six hours earned as independent study credit. The curricular requirements for both the thesis and non-thesis options include:
at least 18 hours at the 7000 level or above
a minimum core requirement of six credit hours in research methods and design
a primary area consisting of a minimum of 12 credit hours in a specified field of study:
Students in non-thesis programs of study must pass a written comprehensive final examination that will be given by the student’s advisory committee and should be approximately three hours in length. For students in the thesis program, the final examination will be an oral examination with all the committee members present. The format and content of this examination will be determined by the advisor and committee members.