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Department of Graduate Studies

College of Business
Louisiana Tech University
P. O. Box 10318
Ruston, LA 71272
Phone: 318.257.4528
Fax: 318.257.4253 (shared)

Louisiana Tech University is a state-assisted, coeducational university located at Ruston in north central Louisiana along Interstate 20. There are some 2,000+ students pursuing graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines through The Graduate School of the University. The University operates on a quarter calendar with semester hour credits and subscribes to the policy of equal opportunity.

College of Business
The College of Business at Louisiana Tech is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), International. Also, the concentration in Accounting holds separate accounting accreditation through the AACSB. The University is also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

The graduate programs are administered by the Graduate Division of the College, with approximately 100 students pursuing the degrees of Master of Business Administration, Master of Professional Accountancy, and Doctor of Business Administration. Also offered is a Certificate in Information Assurance. The College is housed in an attractive building which provides modern classrooms, offices, and student computer labs.

The Wyly Tower of Learning, a sixteen story structure located just west of the Business Building, houses a complete and modern university library including a full government depository and houses the Computing Center. Also, part of the eleventh floor of the Tower is devoted to classrooms and offices for the College of Business, including teaching assistants.

Admission to Graduate Programs

Doctor of Business Administration
A completed application to the DBA program includes the University graduate admissions application, official copies of transcripts from all universities attended, and official copy of GMAT score (can be no more than five years old). Also required is a current resume, three reference letters that address potential for success in doctoral study, and a statement of purpose. Please review the DBA admissions policy by following this link.

International students must also submit a current financial statement signed by an official of the U.S. Embassy in the applicant's country or a bank official; also a TOEFL score of 550 must be submitted (unless student has a degree from a university in the USA).

Applications for admission to the doctoral program in the College of Business are reviewed by the Departmental Doctoral Admissions Committee in order to assess personal and research interests, motivation, perseverance, and promise of success in high-level, advanced study. Applicants will be invited to an oral interview prior to the committee's final decision.

Doctoral applicants must:

  • Complete the Application for Admission to The Graduate School, Louisiana Tech University, and return with appropriate application fee to The Graduate School of the University. An application may be obtained from The Graduate School ([318] 257-2924) or the Director of the Graduate Division, College of Business (257-4528).
  • Submit official transcripts of all prior college work to The Graduate School of the University. The academic record must demonstrate sufficient scholastic performance to indicate that the applicant is qualified to perform successfully in a master's or doctoral program. For doctoral admission, more emphasis is placed on an applicant's graduate record than on the applicant's undergraduate record.
  • Submit a satisfactory current score on the Graduate Management Admission Test. Arrangements to take the GMAT may be made by writing directly to GMAT, Educational Testing Service, P. O. Box 6103, Princeton, NJ 08541-6103, or by calling 1-800-GMATNOW. When applying to take the examination, request that a copy of the score on the test be sent to school No. 6372, Louisiana Tech University. Those applying for admission to a doctoral program should also:
    1. Request three persons who know your qualifications for doctoral study to write letters of recommendation directly to the Director of the Graduate Division, College of Business, Louisiana Tech University, P. O. Box 10318, Ruston, LA 71272.
    2. Submit a current personal resume

Master of Business Administration or Master of Professional Accountancy
Any person who holds a bachelor's degree, or equivalent, from an accredited college or university will be considered for admission regardless of the undergraduate field of study.

Additionally, an applicant must meet, at a minimum, a weighted score computed from grades and GMAT score (450 minimum GMAT). This score must equal or exceed 1100 using the overall undergraduate grade point average, or 1150 using the last 60(+) undergraduate hours.

The weighted score is computed in two ways:
Overall UGPA x 200 + GMAT score = 1100 or more.
UGPA last 60(+) hrs. x 200 + GMAT = 1150 or more.

A student who meets the above requirements may be considered for unconditional or conditional admission. For unconditional admission an applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 system) on all under-graduate work attempted and a 450 minimum on the GMAT exam. The GMAT scores must not be more than five years old. Applicants not able to meet the minimum GPA or GMAT requirements may be considered for conditional admission to the MBA program. Conditional status may be changed to unconditional status when a student earns a minimum of 9 hours of graduate credit at Louisiana Tech, provided he or she has a "B" (3.0) on all work pursued for graduate credit, including no grade lower than "C" (2.0) and not more than one course with a grade of "C" (2.0).

All graduate applicants must:

  1. Complete the Application for Admission to The Graduate School, Louisiana Tech University, and return with appropriate application fee to The Graduate School of the University. An application may be obtained from The Graduate School ([318] 257-2924) or the Director of the Graduate Division, College of Business (257-4528).
  2. Submit official transcripts of all prior college work to The Graduate School of the University. The academic record must demonstrate sufficient scholastic performance to indicate that the applicant is qualified to perform successfully in a master's or doctoral program. For doctoral admission, more emphasis is placed on an applicant's graduate record than on the applicant's undergraduate record.
  3. Submit a satisfactory current score on the Graduate Management Admission Test. Arrangements to take the GMAT may be made by writing directly to GMAT, Educational Testing Service, P. O. Box 6103, Princeton, NJ 08541-6103, or by calling 1-800-GMATNOW. When applying to take the examination, request that a copy of the score on the test be sent to school No. 6372, Louisiana Tech University
All necessary official transcripts, standardized test scores, and admission application forms must be received in the Admissions Office at least four weeks in advance of registration for the session in which the student expects to enroll.

(International students must present all official transcripts, GMAT score, TOEFL score, financial statement, and admission application form two months in advance of registration.) A complete statement of admission requirements and procedure appears in The Graduate School section of the Louisiana Tech University catalog.

Catalogs are available from the Louisiana Tech Bookstore, P. O. Box 10378 TS, Ruston, LA 71272-0046, (318/257-3066).

Immunizations
All new Tech students born after 12/31/56 must provide proof of immunization against measles (2 doses live vaccine given after first birthday, in 1968 or later, without Immune Globulin); mumps; rubella; and tetanus-diptheria. Forms will be mailed upon admission to the University. Failure to complete and return the forms will result in the inability to complete the registration process.

Grade Requirement
To receive a graduate degree, a student must have an average of at least 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 on all work pursued for graduate credit at Louisiana Tech. A student will be dropped from graduate status if either his/her cumulative average or his/her average for the quarter is below 3.0 on work pursued for graduate credit for three consecutive quarters. Also, no grade lower than "C" and no more than two "C's" will count toward a degree. All courses pursued for graduate credit will be counted in the grade point average. In addition, all DBA students must present a 3.0 graduate grade point average on all 500-600 level courses pursued. Please review the Doctoral Program Gade Deficiency Policy by following this link.

Contact Information
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
Dr. Timothy Bisping
318.257.4526
tbisping@latech.edu

Master of Professional Accountancy
Director, School of Accountancy
Dr. Andrea Drake
318.257.2822
adrake@latech.edu