About the College


Welcome to the College of Graduate Studies. Lamar University has world-class faculty members to engage graduate students to achieve academic success and professional preparation. We look forward to partnering with you to complete your graduate education.

– Dean Brett Welch


The College of Graduate Studies was instituted in Fall 1960 with the offering of the Master of Arts degree. In 1962, graduate degrees were begun for the Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and Master of Education. In 1965, the Master of Business Administration was initiated. Our first doctoral degree was authorized in 1970 in the College of Engineering. The Master of Engineering Management degree was begun in 1983. A Doctor of Education in Deaf Education was approved in 1993. The Doctor of Audiology degree was approved in 2003, the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership in 2004, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering in 2005. In 2007, the College of Education and Human Development initiated its online Academic Partnership degree program, which continues to evolve and add people and programming. 

The College of Graduate Studies promotes high-quality graduate education at Lamar University by recruiting, admitting, and enrolling qualified students and ensuring requirements are met.


The College of Graduate Studies provides leadership, vision, and support services to enhance graduate education at Lamar University. We encourage the establishment, growth, development, and continuous improvement of graduate programs in targeted disciplines where needs exist and faculty capabilities are or can be employed.

We will achieve our mission and vision by:

  • increasing the awareness of graduate educational opportunities within the university and the local and global communities,
  • recruiting qualified graduate students, and
  • ensuring requirements are appropriate and satisfied by each student.


The objectives of the College of Graduate Studies are as follows:

  1. Advancement of knowledge through research.
  2. Intensification within a student's chosen field of specialization and allied areas.
  3. Development of the student's skill in the methodology of research.
  4. Promotion of the power of independent thought by teaching students to take charge of their own intellectual advancement.
  5. Introduction to the profession and its organization and protocols.