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 three additional members of the graduate faculty, including the dean’s representative, such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for graduate committees are satisfied.
The PhD degree is a research degree requiring a dissertation. A minimum of 80 hours of credit at the graduate level must be earned including formal coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 20 hours in the formulation and execution of original research, as demonstrated by production of a dissertation. The curricular requirements include:
- At least 39 hours at the 7000 level or above.
- A primary area consisting of a minimum of 60 hours of earned credit in a specified field of study
- A minimum core requirement of at least 15 credit hours, primarily in Research Methods and Statistics
The student must pass a general exam consisting of both a written and an oral portion exam. The student must also pass a final exam, dissertation defense.