Welcome to the LSU Graduate School

The LSU Graduate School, with more than 120 degree programs, offers more extended and comprehensive programs than any other educational institution in Louisiana. LSU’s Graduate School was established because the university recognized its obligation to provide an environment for research and inquiry and to make the results of these activities available to the public. As the state’s center of academic research and advanced studies, the Graduate School administers a more extensive and comprehensive program than any other educational institution in Louisiana.

LSU offers doctoral programs in over 50 major fields of study. These programs offer opportunities for advanced training and research in all areas of the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Master’s degree programs are offered in 72 major fields. These range from Master of Fine Arts degrees in fields such as creative writing, studio art, and theatre, to professional degree programs in social work, business administration, and library and information science. Graduate Certificates are available in 19 fields of study.

The Graduate School’s primary purposes are: