LSU Board of Supervisors Approves Four New Graduate Certificate Programs

01/30/2015 01:17 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU increased its total number of graduate certificate programs to 23 on Friday, as the LSU Board of Supervisors approved four new programs at its January meeting in Shreveport.

Graduate certificate programs in Fisheries Science and Assessment, Geographic Information Science, School Librarianship and Workforce Development were approved. The board had also previously approved certificate programs in Behavior and Health, Life Span Studies, Mathematics for Advanced Secondary Instruction and Econometrics at the last board meeting in December.

These certificate programs allow students to enroll in post-baccalaureate, inter-disciplinary programs that offer specialized training that can be completed in a shorter time than a typical master’s or Ph.D. program.

The Fisheries Science and Assessment certificate will offer an 18-hour curriculum centered on fish ecology, resource management, resource economics, human dimensions and quantitative methods. The program is the only one in the Gulf of Mexico region.

The Geographic Information Science certificate will be a 12-hour course offered through the Department of Geography and Anthropology, College of Art & Design, Department of Economics, School of the Coast and Environment, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Computer Science.
The certificate in School Librarianship will be the only program accredited by the American Library Association and American Association of School Librarians in the state of Louisiana. It will be available both on campus and online through the LSU School of Library and Information Science.

The Workforce Development certificate was developed in consultation with Louisiana Economic Development’s FastStart program, and will help students understand what workforce development systems are, how they function and the key concepts and underlying principles of high-performance workforce development systems.

The LSU Graduate School administers more than 120 graduate degree programs offered at LSU. As the state’s center of academic research and advanced studies, the Graduate School administers a more extended and comprehensive program than any other educational institution in Louisiana. For information on available LSU graduate programs, visit

LSU Board of Supervisors agenda details and support materials are available at

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015