University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Pursue your passion
With more than 30 graduate programs, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is an impressive public university with more than 2,500 graduate students seeking a degree. We’re an incomparable family of collaborative students and inspired faculty—teachers, researchers, scientists, engineers, nurses, and problem-solvers—generously working and learning together.
Faculty scholars bring real problems and pressing research questions to the classroom. Do aquatic animals have the potential to adapt to changing temperatures? What’s the best way to revitalize a hurricane-prone town? Could alligator fat be a practical, renewable source of fuel? Students contribute to the answers. They also create new solutions. They built a house that flexes its public and private spaces, adapting to big parties or solitary contemplation when needed. They helped design the University’s new bike path. Honors students regularly present original research. The possibilities are limitless.
Graduate students are an essential part of the community of scholars at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where we strive to create an environment that promotes scientific inquiry and stimulates the creative process. We believe that William Butler Yeats was absolutely correct when he stated that “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” We encourage you to take a closer look at our graduate degree programs and learn how we can help nurture the fire that burns inside of you.
With your passion for knowledge and excitement for exploring the unknown, earning your master’s or doctorate is the next step in your career or scholarly pursuits. Our academic colleges offer a substantial variety of both master’s and doctoral-level degree programs aimed at preparing the next generation of scholars, researchers, practitioners, and leaders in both the private and public sector.
Our graduate programs hone your professional skills while challenging you to think critically and do research. We offer degrees and certificates in disciplines that span the arts, liberal arts, sciences, education, and more. A number of our graduate programs offer online components to fit your busy life and schedule—a few programs are even offered exclusively online.
Support and resources
The #1 priority of the Grad School Office staff and faculty is to provide first-rate service to prospective and current graduate students. In collaboration with the academic deans, program coordinators, and graduate council, we provide leadership and vision for graduate education. We manage the application process, monitor student progress, and ultimately approve students for graduation—including the final review of theses and dissertations—among many other services.
In grad school, you’ll master the tools you need to succeed while increasing your earning potential. We offer opportunities for students to ensure they have the means and funds to complete their programs through assistantships, fellowships, and other forms of financial assistance. Learn more about available financial support on our website. Most of all, we’re here to help you pursue your passions so you can learn more than you ever imagined. Apply today or contact us with questions.
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Research is an essential part of our University. UL Lafayette has achieved the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning’s elite R1 designation, ranking us among the nation’s top public and private research institutions. We specialize in applied research that solves real-world problems and improves people’s lives. Through research, our faculty and students contribute to an ever-growing body of knowledge. This emphasis directly affects the classroom because our professors excel at teaching and research—and they can’t wait to tell their students about their latest discoveries. We also offer students the chance to gain hands-on experience—early and often—in their fields of study.
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