Geography M.S.  Anthropology M.A.  Geography Ph.D.  Anthropology Ph.D.

Graduate Program

LSU offers an M.A. in Anthropology, M.S. in Geography, Ph.D. in Geography, and Ph.D. in Anthropology.

*Deadline for Fall 2019 applications is January 25, 2019

Degree Requirements

Requirements for the M.S. degree in geography and M.A. in anthropology include a minimum of 30 credit hours, including 6 credits for a thesis. A master’s degree is typically attained within two years if students attend as full time status.

Requirements for the Ph.D. in Geography and Ph.D. in Anthropology include a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree or 30 hours beyond the master’s degree. Students at minimum take Intro to Grad Studies, Research Methods, a 7000 level seminar, a 7000 level course, a 4000 or 7000 level course, and 9 hours of dissertation research; and student must select either an external minor or nine credit hours in approved cognate fields (including 7000 level seminar).

External Minor or Cognate Field

Departmental policy requires either an external minor or nine hours in approved cognate courses for the completion of the doctoral degree. The cognate courses or minor must be listed on the student’s program of study.

Requirements for a graduate minor are determined by the department issuing the minor (for example History, French Studies, Geology) and not by Geography & Anthropology. Students pursuing an external minor must have one member from the minor department on their committee. Geography PhD students may pursue a minor in Anthropology.

The cognate field requirement is composed of a suite of courses—nine hours in cognate fields outside of Geography  —of which at least three credit hours should be in an upper-level seminar (usually 7000-level). The courses need not be within a single discipline.   The development of the cognate field may be quite flexible, and the specific suite of courses is developed by the student in consultation with the major professor and advisory committee.  The cognate field may include traditional disciplines and emerging interdisciplinary fields, including, for example Oceanography, Geology, History, Atlantic Studies, Disaster Science Management (DSM), Anthropology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Performance Studies).    Students pursuing the Anthropology concentration may select Geography as their cognate and vice-versa.

Recruitment and Funding of Graduate Students

G&A currently funds 20 students through departmental teaching assistantships. Additional graduate assistantships are funded through research grants by the NSF, NOAA, BOEM EDA, and others. Others are funded by allied units within the university.

We seek highly qualified students who will contribute to expanding the diversity of the disciplines of Geography and Anthropology. Huel Perkins Fellowships support recruitment of highly qualified Ph.D. students from communities underrepresented in their field. The Pruitt Fellowship supports the advancement of women in the Master’s and Ph.D. programs.
The Graduate Student Conference Travel Award provides an additional $100 for travel for graduate students who are presenting papers at a conference and have secured approval and funding from the Graduate School.

The Graduate Student Travel Award provides financial support to qualified graduate students who attend professional conferences to present the results of their research.

The Robert C West and R J Russell Grad Student Awards support graduate students research (travel) on a competitive basis with grant competitions twice a year.

Graduate Placement

Our Ph.D. graduates are now working in top Ph.D. granting departments in the country. Others work in public service, the private sector, and the NGO/non-profit sector, including USGS, EPA, DEQ, FEMA, FBI, NPS, LDFR, Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, and LA Governor¹s Office. 

Graduate Office

Graduate Advisor:  Prof. David Chicoine, (225) 578-8105 /

For more information on the graduate programs in both geography and anthropology – including the master’s and doctoral examinations, steps toward master’s and doctoral degrees, and other information not given here – please contact the Department of Geography and Anthropology’s Graduate Office. Students are also encouraged to visit the LSU Graduate School website for general graduate regulations and information. In addition, students are invited to speak to any faculty member involving classes and specialties. 


Contact the graduate secretary in the Department of Geography & Anthropology:

Graduate Secretary
227 Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Both current and prospective students can start their enrollment by applying to the LSU Graduate School.

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