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College of Engineering & Science - Louisiana Tech University

Graduate Studies

Financial Support

in the 2016/2017 academic year COES graduate students received a combined total value of about $1.38 million in funding and $1.2 million in out-of-state tuition waivers.

Graduate Assistantships

More than 130 teaching, research, and graduate assistantships are awarded annually. Graduate and teaching assistantships are vital resources with the primary purpose being to support the teaching mission of the University, and to enhance research and graduate studies within the academic programs.

Every student who applies to a graduate program, within the College of Engineering and Science, is considered for an assistantship, but students are advised to submit a resume/CV with their application. 


1. Students are eligible for GA/TA awards starting the first quarter of enrollment.
2. To be eligible for financial support during the first quarter of graduate enrollment, new graduate students should satisfy at least one of the following academic standings:
     a) For MS level graduate assistantships: most graduate assistants received a score higher than 300 in the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.
     b) For PhD level teaching assistantships: most teaching assistants received a score higher than a 302 in the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.
     c) Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.50.
3. Currently enrolled students who do not have assistantships would be considered for support as positions become available, provided their Louisiana Tech Graduate GPA is at least 3.25 on courses in their Plan of Study.

COES MS Thesis Funding Program

The COES MS Thesis Funding Program (MS-TFP) will provide $320/month stipend towards a graduate assistantship for 10 hours/week effort, for a maximum period of 2 quarters (6 months), for qualified and selected MS students whom fulfill the requirments for the program. The assistantship will come with an out-of-state tuition waiver.


1. Must be currently unconditionally enrolled full-time in the MS-ENGR, MS-CSC, MS-MSNT, MS-Math or MS-Applied Physics program.
2. Must have a corresponding online MS Plan of Study approved by the Graduate School.
3. Must not be concurrently enrolled in the Ph.D. program. 
4. Must have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA in a LA Tech MS program (new students that do not currently have a LA Tech GPA can also apply).
5. Must have completed no more than 21 hours of graduate coursework required for the completion of the MS degree, as noted in the approved Plan of Study.
6. Must be enrolled in the thesis-track or willing to switch to a thesis-track in the MS program.
7. Must not have an existing active assistantship appointment covering the quarter in which the student is applying for the MS-TFP. 

Vincent A. Forte Graduate School Scholarship

The Louisiana Engineering Foundation awards the Vincent A. Forte Graduate School Scholarships annually to students enrolled in a graduate program in engineering who expresses a sincere desire to enter the teaching profession at the University level upon completion of his/her graduate education. The award is named to honor Vincent A. Forte, P.E., a founder and first president of the Louisiana Engineering Foundation. Each year, the Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies solicits applications from eligible students and forwards them to the LEF.


1. A candidate shall be a full time graduate student who is presently attending, or who is applying to enter, a graduate program in engineering at one of the recognized Colleges of Engineering in Louisiana, which has one or more ABET accredited engineering programs.
2. A candidate shall be a resident of the State of Louisiana and a U.S. citizen.
3. Preference will be given to a candidate who has two or more semesters of academic work remaining before the completion of the engineering graduate degree program.
4. Applications will be available to all eligible College of Engineering by Oct. 1.
5. Candidates shall file applications with their college deans by March 1.
6. By March 15, college deans shall submit final recommendations to:
Louisiana Engineering Foundation
P.O. Box 2683
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
7. Fellowship announcement by the LA Engineering Foundation not later than May 31. Formal presentation of the Fellowship at an appropriate meeting.
8. Fellowship proceeds shall be deposited in the name of the recipient in the appropriate account at the selected graduate school no later than Aug 31. Failure to enroll as scheduled may cause cancellation of the award.

Mercedes-Benz Scholarship

The Mercedes-Benz Fellowship award is available annually to a graduate student specializing in the area of Engineering. The amount is determined by the earnings of the Mercedez-Benz Endowment.


1. Candidate must be a doctoral student whose research topic has relevance for Environmental Engineering.
2. Candidate must be in good academic standing.

Minority Doctoral Fellowship Program

These fellowships are available to qualified African-American doctoral students. The program was created to encourage and assist African-American students to pursue doctoral degrees and become college-level teachers. The ultimate goal is to increase the available pool of qualified minority applicants for college-level faculty positions. The Minority Doctoral Fellowship includes a cash stipend of $15,000 per year for a maximum of four years. Evaluation and selection are based upon the applicant's academic record, brief statement of professional intentions, and a personal interview. Strong preference will be given to Louisiana residents. Fellows are expected to devote full time to study and research. The award requires a commitment to teach at least one academic year per year of scholarship support and provides support for up to a maximum of four years.


Additional Information on Financial Support

Louisiana Tech University
College of Engineering and Science
Graduate Studies Office
P.O. Box 10348
Ruston, LA 71272

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