Catalog Home

Graduate Programs at Tulane

Tulane University offers the following research-oriented graduate degrees: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Master of Arts (M.A.), and Master of Science (M.S.) through the following schools:

The Master of Fine Arts degree (M.F.A.) is offered by the School of Liberal Arts. The Master of Liberal Arts (M.L.A.) and the Master of Professional Studies (M.P.R.) programs are offered by the School of Continuing Studies.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered in the fields of Aging Studies, Anthropology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences (biochemistry, human genetics, microbiology and immunology, pharmacology, physiology, and structural and cell biology), Business Administration (finance and management), Cell & Molecular Biology, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry,City, Culture and Community, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Economic Analysis and Policy, French, History, International Development, Latin American Studies, Latin American Studies and Art History, Linguistics, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Public Health (Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Epidemiology, Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Global Environmental Health Sciences, Global Health Systems and Development, and Tropical Medicine), and Spanish and Portugeuse.

A Ph.D. may also be earned in an interdisciplinary field.

The Master of Arts degree is offered in the fields of Anthropology, Art History, Classical Studies, English, FrenchHistory, Latin American Studies, Music (musicology and composition), Philosophy, Economics, Political Science, Spanish and Portugeuse, and Theater and Dance.

The Master of Science degree is available in the fields of Anatomy, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences (Human Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, and Pharmacology), Cell & Molecular Biology, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Clinical research, Clinical Research Methods, Computational Science, Disaster Resilience Leadership, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, EpidemiologyInternational Development, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics,Psychology , and Statistics.

The Master of Fine Arts degree is offered in the fields of Art (studio), Music (performance), and Theater (design and production).

For information on professional degrees, consult the catalogs of the Schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Law,  Medicine, Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and Social Work.

Rules and Regulations

Upon admission, students are held responsible for compliance with the regulations Tulane University has set forth in this catalog and in other current or subsequent official statements. They should familiarize themselves with these regulations.

The university reserves the right to change any of its courses and charges without advance notice and to make such changes applicable to students already registered as well as to new students.

The Graduate Council

The Graduate Council establishes and maintains university-wide procedures, rules and standards for the Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), Master of Liberal Arts (M.L.A.), Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree programs. The council approves new degree programs and major curriculum changes in existing programs, performs periodic program reviews, and advises the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost on graduate education issues. The voting membership of Graduate Council consists of the Provost, who serves as its chair, and twelve elected faculty members each elected by a vote of the graduate faculty of their respective schools. More details on the council’s membership and functions are available at:

Graduate and Professional Student Association

The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA)  is responsible for addressing issues which affect graduate and professional students university-wide, and for allocating budgets for all graduate and professional organizations.  GAPSA’s parent body is the Associated Student Body (ASB).

Unified Code of Graduate Student Academic Conduct

Tulane University expects students to conduct their academic endeavors with honesty and integrity. As part of the University community, graduate students have certain responsibilities regarding work that forms the basis for the evaluation of their academic achievement. Any student behavior that has the effect of interfering with the education, pursuit of knowledge, and/or a fair evaluation of the student’s performance is considered a violation of the proscribed academic conduct, as set forth in the Unified Code of Graduate Student Academic Conduct. The Code also outlines procedures to be followed if there is a suspected violation. Students are expected to be familiar with the Code.   Principles and activities not covered by the Code may fall under the purview of university or departmental research and/or ethics committees. Questions concerning jurisdiction should be addressed to the dean of the respective school. 

Code of Student Conduct

The university requires of all of its students behavior compatible with its high standards of scholarship and conduct. By accepting admission to Tulane University, a student accepts its regulations, including the Code of Student Conduct, and acknowledges the right of the university to take conduct action, including suspension or expulsion, for conduct judged unsatisfactory or disruptive. The Vice President for Student Affairs is responsible for formulating appropriate procedures and, as set forth in the Code of Student Conduct, regulations concerning student behavior and for the resolution of conduct cases.