Graduate Programs

We are delighted that you are considering a graduate education in one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines. The College of Engineering and Science offers several graduate degree opportunities. Many national studies have shown that an advanced degree in a STEM discipline is one of the best foundations for a bright future in a rapidly changing world. The College offers six master’s and four doctoral degrees, some with multiple concentrations.


Biomedical Engineering (PhD)

Molecular Science and Nanotechnology (PhD)

Engineering (MS)

Molecular Science and Nanotechnology (MSNT)

Computational Analysis and Modeling (PhD)

Applied Physics (MS)

Engineering and Technology Management (MS)

Online Degrees & Certifications

Engineering (PhD)

Computer Science (MS)

Mathematics (MS)

Funding College of Engineering and Science Graduate Students Received in 2016/2017

Millions of Dollars in College-Wide Funding

Millions of Dollars in College-Wide Out of State Tuition Waivers

Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

Graduate Assistantships

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 assistantship awards starting the first quarter of enrollment.

2a. To be eligible for financial support during the first quarter of graduate enrollment, a new master of science student should have a GRE score of higher than 300 or an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5.

2b. For doctoral-level teaching assistantships, teaching assistants should receive a score higher than a combined 302 GRE or an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5.

3. Currently enrolled students who do not have assistantships are considered for support as positions become available, provided their Louisiana Tech Graduate GPA is at least 3.25 on courses listed in their Plan of Study.

Vincent A. Forte Graduate School Scholarship

The Louisiana Engineering Foundation (LEF) awards the Vincent A. Forte Graduate School Scholarships annually to students enrolled in a graduate program in engineering who pledge to teach at the university level after graduation. The award is named in honor of Vincent A. Forte, P.E., a founder and the first president of the Louisiana Engineering Foundation. Each year, the College of Engineering and Science Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies solicits applications from eligible students and forwards them to the LEF.

Eligibility and Application

1. Full-time graduate students who are attending or who are applying to a graduate program in engineering are eligible to apply for the award if they are Louisiana residents and U.S. citizens.

2. Candidates who have two or more semesters of academic work remaining in their graduate programs will be given preference.

3. Applications are available to all eligible College of Engineering and Science students by Oct. 1.

4. The deadline for candidates to submit applications to the Associate Dean is March 1.

For more information, contact the College of Engineering and Science Graduate Studies Office (

Mercedes-Benz Scholarship

The Mercedes-Benz Fellowship award is available to a doctoral student specializing in an area of engineering. The amount of the award is determined by the earnings of the Mercedes-Benz Endowment.


1. Doctoral students whose research topics are relevant to environmental engineering are eligible to apply.

2. The candidate must be in good academic standing.

Minority Doctoral Fellowship Program

Minority Doctoral Fellowship Program 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 goal is to increase the 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 on the applicant’s academic record, a brief statement of professional intentions, and a personal interview. Strong preference will be given to Louisiana residents. Fellows are expected to devote full-time efforts to study and research. The award requires a commitment to teaching at least one academic year per year of scholarship support.

Additional Information on Financial Support

Contact the Louisiana Tech University College of Engineering and Science Graduate Studies Office P.O. Box 10348 Ruston, LA 71272 or by email at

Tithi Desai

Second Year Student: Ph.D. Engineering Micro and Nanoscale Systems “Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to be a scientist: I actually wanted to fly to the moon, but coming here was like landing on a star. In fact, I always wanted to work at NASA, and being here has given me the chance to work on a project for NASA. I can’t wait to visit one of the space stations to see the things I’ve researched thus far.”

Ali Alqahtani

Second Year Student: Ph.D. in Engineering Cyberspace “I attended Grambling State University for my bachelor’s degree, and afterward, I got my master’s degree at South Arkansas University. Finally, I’m here at Louisiana Tech getting my Ph.D. in cyberspace engineering. I had been wanting to attend Louisiana Tech because of its good ratings and because of its doctoral program in cyberspace engineering, which is not offered in many U.S. universities.”

Hillary Husband

Second Year Student: Ph.D. in Molecular Science and Nanotechnology “I may not be able to cure cancer, but I could help reduce the side effects of treatment, which I think is one of the worst parts of having cancer…. My personal experience with cancer has enabled me to sympathize with others fighting cancer, and I don’t want other people to experience the hardship I dealt with–that is what motivates me. I realize being here is special, and I have a purpose.”

Debojit Sarker

Second Year Student: Ph.D. in Engineering Materials and Infrastructure Systems “Back in my home country, I was working a job I felt successful at, but I wanted to continue studying the field of geotechnical engineering…. I am really glad to be here in Ruston, where I can focus on my academic work and where there are people who want to help me succeed.”