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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 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 Monroe is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.  Questions about the accreditation of the University of Louisiana Monroe may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679‑4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Please direct all general accreditation questions to the University of Louisiana Monroe, Office of Academic Affairs, 700 University Avenue, Monroe, LA 71209 or 318-342-1025.


Many of ULM’s colleges, schools, departments and programs which make up the university are accredited by specialized or professional accrediting agencies.



The University of Louisiana Monroe also holds membership in the following professional but non-accrediting agencies:

Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures

The University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM) ensures that its educational programs meet professional licensure or certification requirements mandated by the State of Louisiana. However, professional licensure and certification requirements vary from state-to-state, so ULM makes every effort to determine whether ULM’s educational programs meet licensure/certification requirements of other states.

Requirements in other states could include, among others, professional and criminal background checks, discipline-specific examinations, fingerprinting, years and types of professional experiences, etc. Students who plan to work outside of Louisiana should investigate the professional licensure and certification requirements for the state in which they hope to work by contacting the appropriate licensure board to obtain additional information before beginning the professional program at ULM.

This page is dynamic and intended to serve as an initial resource for students interested in one of the professional programs at ULM that require licensure or certification for employment. Students should access the program’s website for information about requirements.

Students should be aware that state licensure requirements are subject to change. Licensure information on this site is reviewed and updated annually in June. Students should note, however, that changes in laws and other requirements may impact the alignment between curricula and licensure requirements. Students should confirm licensure requirements with the appropriate board.

Students who decide to transfer from ULM to the same program at another university or relocate to a different state need to remember that licensure and certification requirements vary by state and could affect eligibility to pursue the same degree, degree progression, and/or financial aid. Prior to transferring, students are encouraged to contact their advisors in both the current and prospective programs to determine how the transfer will impact their degree completion and eligibility for licensure or certification.

ULM wishes all students the best on their academic journey.

If you are interested in viewing licensure/certification requirements by state, please click here:  https://www.ulm.edu/professional-licensure-disclosures/index.html