Opened in 1931 as the Ouachita Parish Junior College, the present-day University of Louisiana at Monroe takes up a picturesque 238 acre tract of Bayou DeSiard adjacent northeast Louisiana. Today it brings in students from 44 states and 51 countries with fantastic education and business programs, as well as a thriving distance and online learning department.
Currently attracting about 9,000 graduate and undergraduate students annually, ULM offers 96 degree programs ranging through schools of Arts/Sciences, Business Administration, Education/Human Development, Health Sciences, and Pharmacy (located off campus in Bienville, with satellite locations in Shreveport and Baton Rouge, and offering the only Pharmacy PhD in the state), as well as their Graduate School.
Majors range from education (a very popular and well-covered area of study), to renowned programs in atmospheric science (again, the only one in state) and gerontology. With numerous Master’s (around 15 with several choices of specialization in most)and doctoral (Education and Philosophy PhDs) level degrees as well as solid undergraduate Associate and Bachelor tracts, there’s a little something for everyone at ULM, including non-degree certificate and specialist programs.
UL M’s distance learning is fantastic, with online degree offerings at all levels, for credit and non-credit online classes, as well as professional development courses all completely online. For two year students, there is an online Associate of General Studies, a flexible degree option that can “be developed according to individual needs” (online advisement and registration are here as well). There are 12 online Bachelor tracts including 4 B.A.s (Criminal Justice, French, History, Psychology), 2 B.B.A.s (General Business, Marketing), a Bachelor of General Studies (same as the AGS, only more), and several B.S. options (including an RN to BSN and a BS in Dental Hygiene degree completion program that require previous schooling).
For graduate online learners, there are 8 Master’s level programs (all requiring a Bachelor or equivalent) including an M.A. in Teaching with 5 specializations (e.g. Elementary Education, Secondary Special Education) and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction that offers 8 degree options all on its own (Reading, Early Childhood Education, English as a Second Language, etc). There also an online Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy (with a non-clinical concentration in Creative Systemic Studies) that can be completed in 3 years without on campus learning of any sort, yet with the same quality and depth of learning found in traditional programs.
Of course, online courses are available each semester (many of which are to be found in the degree tracts above), but there are also offerings through Continuing Education that include ed2go courses (non-credit online short courses), evening and online credit courses for working adults and high school age students, and professional educator looking to get more training and certification. Teachers can also take advantage of ULM’s eTEACH, with convenient online courses ranging from Library Science to Supervision for Student Teaching.
Lastly, there are online certificates and though the 9 or so offerings are largely in education fields (it is quite a large field of study here), there is also one in Gerontological Studies.
With a development project now entering its ninth year, ULM is looking forward, bringing in new cutting edge technology and expanding both their online and on campus offerings to stand as one of the educational leaders in Louisiana.