Jun 24, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The University

Strategic Vision Statement

The University of Louisiana Monroe will change lives by brining true equality, inclusiveness, and opportunity for all individuals in our region and beyond.

Strategic Mission Statement

The University of Louisiana Monroe prepares individuals from northeast Louisiana and beyond to compete, succeed, and contribute in an ever-changing global society through a transformative education while positively impacting society through research and service. 

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

Location and Historical Sketch

In 2021, the University of Louisiana Monroe celebrated 90 years of service to the people of Northeast Louisiana. Since 1931 ULM has grown from a handful of programs to four colleges and a graduate school.

ULM opened on Sept. 28, 1931, with 416 students enrolled. In the fall of 2020, more than 8,600 students were enrolled.

ULM is one of the nine members of the University of Louisiana System and shares its commitment to teaching, research, and community service to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of the Bayou State.

Bayou DeSiard flows through ULM’s 238-acre campus, a reminder that learning, like water, is not meant to stand still; it’s meant to keep moving.

When a student graduates from ULM, they are prepared to move forward and embrace the careers and lives of their choice. 

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


About some of ULM’s programs:

  • ULM Online’s Bachelor of Business ranks 89th, placing it among the top 100 programs in the country in 2022.
  • The Risk Management and Insurance program, College of Business and Social Sciences, is nationally recognized for its focus and coursework and is one of a few in the country that offers a curriculum that prepares students for successful careers in the wholesale insurance industry.
  • In 2021, counseling graduates had a 100% LPC had a percent passage rate. School of Education completers also had a 100% passage rate of licensure exams.
  • The College of Pharmacy had 94 graduates in 2022, whose passage rate for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination was 88.9 percent, exceeding the national average of 78.6 percent.


Other accomplishments at ULM in 2021-22: 

  • ULM began offering a graduate certificate in Interprofessional Leadership in Healthcare in the School of Allied Health, College of Health Sciences, in Fall 2021.
  • The National Institutes of Health awarded $1.65 million to fund cancer research by Seetharama Jois, Ph.D., in the College of Pharmacy.
  • ULM established the Lucy Shackelford Human Movement Center and Kitty DeGree Neuromuscular Lab as part of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
  • The National Institutes of Health awarded $1.65 million to fund cancer research by Seetharama Jois, Ph.D., in the ULM College of Pharmacy
  • ULM received a grant of more than $1 million from the federal Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities initiative. The grant will fund a High School Business Academy for college-bound high school students, managed by the College of Business and Social Sciences
  • ULM and alumnus Dhu Thompson launched the inaugural Entrepreneurship Pelican Cup in 2022. The business plan competition awarded $61,000, one of the largest cash prizes in the nation, to winning students and faculty.
  • The ULM atmospheric science program was awarded a three-year $276,000 grant to study development of tornadoes from squall lines to create better weather warnings. The grant is funded by PERiLS, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Science Foundation project.
  • The National Institute of Health awarded $347,213 to fund prostate cancer treatment research by Dr. Khalid El Sayed of the ULM College of Pharmacy. 
  • The ULM unmanned aircraft systems management program offered free drone workshops to 201 area high school and middle school students in 2022.
  • ULM’s Dr. Diana Greenlee made archaeological discoveries that show the earthworks at Poverty Point World Heritage Site are more complex than previously known. 
  • ULM, Louisiana Delta Community College and community partners created the Esther Gallow Community Garden during the 2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

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