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

Graduate Program

Graduate Advisor:  Dr. Jill Trepanier

Graduate Manual

*Applications for 2022 are now open.

Required Application Materials:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • All Transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Acceptable GRE scores are a Departmental requirement as of Spring 2022 applications. There is no minimum score requirement.
  • An applicant whose native language is not English and/or who has been educated outside of the U.S. in a country or province where English is not the only official language must demonstrate proof of English proficiency by submitting either a TOEFL, an IELTS, or PTE score before the application is evaluated for admission. Depending on the country, and any imposed sanctions, international applicants are able to take the TOEFL iBT Home Edition exam.  

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.

Funding of Graduate Students

G&A currently funds approximately 20 students through departmental teaching assistantships.  All applicants who submit complete applications by the deadline will be considered for funding.  We seek highly qualified students who will contribute to expanding the diversity of the disciplines of Geography and Anthropology.  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.

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 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

If you have any questions regarding curriculum, coursework or other particular aspects of our MS, MA, or PhD programs, please contact the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Jill Trepanier. If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Erika DeLeon, at gradsec@lsu.edu or by phone at 225-578-6246.  In addition, students are invited to reach out to any faculty member regarding classes and specialties.