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Graduate Programs

Graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts at UL Lafayette include three Masters of Arts programs (English, French, and History), four Masters of Science programs (Communication, Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Speech Pathology and Audiology), and three Ph.D. programs (English, Francophone Studies, and Applied Language and Speech Sciences). Together these graduate programs produce nearly 100 graduates a year.

Ph.D. in Applied Language and Speech Sciences

This doctoral program studies communication processes, language use and acquisition, communication disorders, and related areas. Students are expected to concentrate their work in one or more areas of active faculty research. The program is designed to produce research professors for colleges and universities and/or researchers for schools, clinics, and hospitals.

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M.S. in Communication 

The Master of Science in Communication degree program is ideal for aspiring scholars, as well as for current professionals who aim to improve their readiness for high-level careers. Graduate students may concentrate their studies on traditional areas of communication (Advertising; Interpersonal/Organizational/Leadership Communication; Journalism; Broadcasting; Public Relations; International and Intercultural Communication) or opt to explore the newest research and practice avenues on topics such as Artificial Intelligence; Health Communication; or Interactive Digital Entertainment, to name just a few. In addition to their area of concentration, all students receive substantial preparation in research, theory, and communication management.

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Ph.D. in English

The Ph.D. program in English affords students close professional contact with and guidance from a diverse and accomplished graduate faculty, distinguished in its commitment to both teaching and research. All doctorates in English receive a foundation in studies of British and American language and literature, part of a broad education in the discipline that prepares them to teach effectively at any college level and provides the background for advanced research in their areas of particular expertise.  Students have the flexibility to fashion a unique course of study in a number of specialized areas which may include critical theory, African American literature, women's folklore and literature, children's literature and many more.

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M.A. in English

The degree of Master of Arts with a major in English is designed to satisfy the needs of a variety of students; those who wish to prepare themselves for college teaching on the freshman and sophomore levels or for continuation into doctoral studies; those who are currently high school English teachers and wish to broaden their knowledge of their specialty; those who plan to enter high school teaching; and those who wish to receive training in professional writing. Students may concentrate in English or American literature and language; in creative or professional writing; in rhetoric; in linguistics or ESOL studies; in folklore; or in American culture, which emphasizes American literature with additional coursework in other American studies such as history or sociology.

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M.A. in French

The Master's program in French is designed to provide a broad knowledge of the French language, literature, and culture as part of a dynamic, innovative, and interdisciplinary program. Students can expect to take courses in a wide range of Francophone areas, including France, Belgium, Quebec, Acadia, Louisiana, the Antilles and Haïti, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Maghreb.  Both thesis and non-thesis tracks are available.

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Ph.D. in Francophone Studies

The doctoral program in Francophone Studies embraces an interdisciplinary approach and provides students with advanced study of all the regions of la Francophonie individually and as a whole. The program regularly offers specialized courses on the literatures, cinema, and cultures of France, Belgium, Quebec, Acadia, Louisiana, the Antilles and Haïti, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Maghreb. The French faculty consists of a diverse group of scholars who bring a wide array of expertise and who are committed to providing excellent mentorship of PhD candidates in both scholarship and teaching.

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M.A. in History 

The M.A. program in history provides intensive graduate training in European, Latin American, United States, and Public history. It prepares the student to teach history at the secondary, community or junior college levels, or to find employment in public history or some other related field.  It also provides a rigorous study in the humanities for those in non-academic professions.

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M.S. in Psychology

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology provides foundational training in the science of psychology and strives to promote the study of psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare. Coursework includes foundational training in core areas of psychology, including history of psychology, professional ethics, research design and analysis, and exposes you to key content areas in psychology: developmental, cognitive, physiological, and social. Elective coursework allows students to customize their training to meet their professional or academic needs. All students complete an empirical thesis project. The program is intended to prepare students for entry into doctoral programs in a variety of disciplines like clinical, developmental, social, and cognitive psychology. The psychology master's degree is not intended for students seeking master's-level professional licensure.

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M.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology

The Master's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology introduces students to advanced study and specialization in communicative disorders, instructs them in methods of independent investigation, enables them to satisfy the academic requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and to acquire the requisite skills to become responsible professionals in Speech-Language Pathology.

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M.S. in Criminal Justice

The Master of Science degree program in Criminal Justice is designed to build students' individual, agency, and community capacity to understand, prevent, intervene, and respond innovatively to juvenile delinquency and crime, using evidence-based practices and policies, in ways that ensure justice. Our program benefits students looking for the tools to understand the complexity of today’s youth and their entanglement within the criminal justice system.

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For more information about these and other graduate programs, contact

Graduate School
P.O. Box 44610
Lafayette, LA, 70504-4610