M.S. in Engineering
An official GRE score is required for admission. A minimum score of 300 total in the Verbal and Quantitative (V+Q) sections of the GRE is used as a guideline for all student admissions, and is especially important for international students. U.S. students with a lower GRE score may also be admitted if they have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8 from an ABET-accredited Engineering program.
International students must also submit an official TOEFL score-- minimum of 550 (paper based) or 80 (internet based) -- to qualify for admission. Additional information for international students is available at the Graduate School's International Requirements & English Language Proficiency page.
Areas of Concentration
The M.S. in Engineering at Louisiana Tech offers students the opportunity to specialize in certain areas of Engineering by taking a certain number of courses in that area and by conducting research leading to a thesis or a practicum in that area. The available areas of concentration and the Coordinators for those areas are as follows.
Biomedical Engineering combines biology and engineering with a research focus on health and control of biological systems. As an interdisciplinary field, biomedical engineering sees students from many backgrounds from mechanical engineering to medicine. Research includes work on prostheses, diagnostic such as clinical or imaging equipment, regenerative tissue growth, pharmaceutical drugs and therapeutic biologicals, biomaterials and implants and combating Alzheimer's disease.
Program Coordinator: Associate Professor Steve A. Jones
Chemical Engineering is the study of chemical systems. The formation of reaction systems within operational plants, process design and transport phenomena such as fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and mass transfer are all a focus of chemical engineering. Chemical engineers are found in everything to energy production to computer chip manufacturing to waste management.
Program Coordinator: Assistant Professor Eric Sherer
Civil Engineering is the field of design and construction of man-made structures such as roads, buildings and dams. Civil engineering focuses on structural elements and functionality in the world while architects focus on design and aesthetics and functionality for the users in the structure. Civil engineers include construction, materials environment and surveying. Urban development, control systems, transportation are all professions civil engineers might find themselves in.
Program Coordinator: Associate Professor Nazimuddin Wasiuddin
Electrical Engineering deals with the research and development of electrical components and electrical systems. Electrical engineering finds use in many areas including circuits and power systems, telecommunications and signal processing, digital computing, control systems and instrumentation, and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Engineers with a degree in electrical engineering might find themselves in fields spanning from power electronics, mechatronics, nanotechnology to hardware engineering.
Program Coordinator: Professor Chester Wilson
Industrial Engineering involves optimization and performance of process and professional systems. This includes quality control, analytics, cost and safety, operations, management and logistics, supply chain management and statistics. These engineers help plan industry activity, layout and associated support systems to increase productivity and decrease waste. These engineers find jobs in industry as management and logistics, policy planning for industry, and operational management.
This program is broken into two subprograms, an online and an on-campus version. Our online version focuses on professional development and is only available in a coursework only option. Our on-campus option places more emphasis on depth of knowledge and research applications.
On-Campus Program Coordinator: Associate Professor Jun-Ing Ker
Online (Coursework Only) Program Coordinator: Senior Lecturer Beth Hegab
Mechanical Engineers design and build machines and mechanical components and systems. These can be as small as a microprocessor an aircraft. Mechanical engineering is extremely diversified to the huge amount of machinery and surrounding systems used not just in industry but by consumers and researchers as well. Due to this, mechanical engineers have a large job market and ample opportunity to focus their studies into a field that interests them.
Program Coordinator: Associate Professor Henry Cardenas
Specialized tracks for the M.S. in Engineering are being developed for the Shreveport-Bossier metropolitan area, including Construction, Energy, and Manufacturing. Courses are already available in Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering which meet these goals, and new courses are being developed.
Additional information about each program area can be obtained by contacting the coordinators named above.
The College of Engineering and Science provides a limited number of Graduate Assistantships to M.S. students. These assistantships are typically awarded by the areas of concentration (see above), and are primarily aimed at meeting the instructional support needs (grading, lab proctoring, etc.) of the program.
Research Assistantships are also available to M.S. and Ph.D. students through the Research Centers and individual faculty members with research grants.