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Graduate Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. I have a choice in my masters program. Should I write a thesis or not?

A1. This depends on your ultimate goal. If you intend to use your degree in the private sector simply to further your career then a thesis may not be necessary. However, it is advisable to write a thesis if you think you may want to pursue a terminal degree or are interested in university-level research and teaching.

Q2. Do I have to take a comprehensive exam?

A2. Generally speaking, all graduate students in all graduate programs at Louisiana Tech are required to take a comprehensive examination prior to graduation. However, there are occasional exceptions. You should check the requirements of your specific academic program and contact your advisor if you have any questions about comprehensive exams.