Mar 02, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The University

Strategic Vision Statement

The University of Louisiana Monroe will be recognized among the best-performing regional universities in the South.

Strategic Mission Statement

The University of Louisiana Monroe seeks students who will find value in our programs; preparing them to compete, succeed, and contribute in an ever-changing global society through a transformative education.

Board Role, Scope, and Mission Designation

The University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM) is a teaching and research university whose mission is the successful education of both undergraduate and graduate students and delivery of services that support economic developments, especially to employers and communities in its region. ULM uses a traditional admission process based on courses completed, GPA, and standardized test scores.

  1.  - ULM is responsible for serving:
    • Those who have completed high school and are seeking either a college degree or continuing their professional education;
    • Two-year college transfer students, particularly those from Louisiana Delta Community College;
    • Employers, both public and private, including school districts, health care providers, local governments, private businesses and community agencies seeking technical assistance and applied research;
    • Economic development interests and entrepreneurs in the region;
    • The state, in targeted efforts such as the production of professional pharmacists and small business development; and
    • The area community, by providing a broad range of academic and cultural activities and public events.
  2. Array of Programs and Services
    • Arts and sciences programs appropriate to a university with a predominantly undergraduate student body.
    • Baccalaureate and master’s programs in the professional fields of communications, criminal justice, education, social work, nursing and allied health, construction and business.
    • Doctoral programs in curriculum and instruction, marriage and family therapy, and pharmacy.
    • Support for area K-12 schools seeking college general education courses for advanced students and assistance in ensuring that their graduates are college- and career-ready.
    • Services specifically designed to meet the needs of regional economic development.
  3. Special Programs/Features
    • Comprehensive allied health sciences, including pharmacy and toxicology.
    • Unique programs in atmospheric sciences, gerontology, and marriage and family therapy.
    • Biomedical research, especially in the basic pharmaceutical sciences and supporting disciplines.
    • Agricultural sciences, including agribusiness and a concentration in food safety toxicology.
    • Workforce and economic development services including
      • the Northeast Louisiana Small Business Development Center
      • the Center for Business and Economic Research
      • the Small Business Risk Management Institute, and
      • the BBA in Risk Management and Insurance


Location and Historical Sketch

The University of Louisiana Monroe has a history almost as rich and beautiful as the bayou that winds through its 238-acre campus.

From its inception, the university was created with one goal in mind-to serve the educational needs of northeast Louisiana and to enlighten those from all over the world.

Founded in 1931, ULM has served its scholars exceptionally well for more than 85 years.

One of nine universities in the University of Louisiana System, ULM strives to achieve a standard of excellence for its students, faculty, and staff.

For the third year in a row, ULM has received the prestigious designations as a Carnegie R3 Doctoral University and a U.S. News & World Report Best National University (2018 and 2019).

In the fall of 2017, ULM attendance totaled 9,290 students from all 64 parishes, 44 states and 49 countries. A record number of diplomas were awarded at the 2018 spring commencement totaling 923.

ULM provides new, renovated and modern housing options for students as well as student life activities that keep students involved and interacting with their peers. They enjoy performances from Visual and Performing Arts, and numerous athletic events throughout the year for students seeking the thrills of competition.

ULM offers traditional and online degrees from four different colleges including the College of Arts, Education and Sciences, the College of Business and Social Sciences, the College of Health Sciences, and the College of Pharmacy.

Students at ULM excel in many of these fields with 100 percent passage rates on licensure exams for students in Nursing, Speech Language Pathology, Radiologic Technology, and Dental Hygiene.

Below are just a few more of ULM’s recent accomplishments:

  • A recent study found the University of Louisiana Monroe contributed $566.8 million to the Northeast Louisiana economy in Fiscal Year 2017-2018.
  • The University of Louisiana Monroe is now offering a dual degree program for a Doctor of Pharmacy and a Master of Business Administration.
  • The Accounting program has remained above or near the national passage rate on the CPA exam for the past five years.
  • The School of Construction Management, now over 50 years old and the first in the country to receive accreditation, was ranked no. 6 in the nation.
  • The Risk Management and Insurance program was ranked no. 9 in the nation.
  • ULM has more students participating in internships than any other institution in the state-2600 internships with a $16 million-dollar impact.
  • For the fifth straight year, the ULM mock trial team finished as one of the top teams at the American Mock Trial Association Regional Tournament.
  • The ULM student newspaper, The Hawkeye, won first place for “Best Newspaper” at the College Media Association Conference.

Accreditation and Professional Affiliation

Accreditation and Professional Affiliation

The University of Louisiana at Monroe is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Louisiana Monroe.

The University is committed to the development of student learning assessment plans and the analysis and use of results for program improvement. Many of the departments and schools which make up the university are accredited by specialized or professional accrediting agencies.

Several of the disciplines in the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences have earned specialized or professional accreditation. The teacher-preparation programs at the bachelor’s and masters of teaching level are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP); master’s of education and doctoral degree level programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The University is a member in good standing of the National Association of Schools of Music. The University also holds membership in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (non-accrediting, professional group) and is an Academic Affiliate of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (non-accrediting, professional group).

In the College of Business and Social Sciences, the business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. The Accounting program also has separate accreditation by AACSB-International. The Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The School of Construction Management is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education.

In the College of Health Sciences, there are numerous accreditations. The counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Marriage and Family Therapy clinical programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing at the University of Louisiana Monroe Kitty DeGree School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 200001, 202‑887‑6791.  The University also holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (non-accrediting, professional group). The graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by The Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The associate’s and master’s degrees in the Occupational Therapy program are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The Exercise Science programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The Radiologic Technology curriculum is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT). The Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

In the College of Pharmacy, the Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The College of Pharmacy is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, an organization whose mission is to promote pharmaceutical education and research. The University also holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (non-accrediting, professional group).

The University also holds membership in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (non-accrediting, professional organization); ULM is in CASE District IV.