Nicholls State University

Graduate Studies

Graduate Degree Programs

Welcome to the University Graduate Studies website at Nicholls State University. Each of the graduate programs at Nicholls provides meaningful, quality graduate experiences in a personalized environment.



Master of Arts

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

This graduate program helps students develop the counseling skills needed to serve different client populations in a variety of settings. Students get hands-on experience through the on-campus Counselor Training Clinic and an externship. 


Whether you are pursuing a degree in curriculum and instructioneducational leadershipschool counselingclinical mental health counseling or school psychology, you will find a dedicated faculty ready to assist you in obtaining your graduate degree.

Evening, Online & Hybrid MBA

The Nicholls MBA curriculum combines and integrates knowledge from the functional areas of business. Specifically, you are exposed to finance, accounting, statistics, economics, marketing, management, information systems, strategic management, leadership and ethics. This well-rounded curriculum effectively addresses the quantitative and qualitative areas of business and focuses on real-world application of business concepts.

Executive MBA

The MBA faculty bring an outstanding combination of business and academic credentials to the classroom by ensuring the curriculum and classroom experiences are delivered around three principle goals. These goals are to develop you as a professional capable of: making financially-savvy decisions; engaging in superior written and oral communication; and, conducting yourself as a leader capable of making ethical decisions. As a result, this approach translates into you immediately offering value-creating ideas and solutions to your current and/or future employer. 

Master of Education

Curriculum and Instruction

The Nicholls master’s degree programs in curriculum and instruction allow educators to advance their careers while mastering their skill areas.  The Curriculum and Instruction Master’s degree includes five concentration areas in which candidates can specialize.  These are as follows: Early Childhood Education, High Incidence Disabilities with Applied Behavior Analysis option, Reading Specialist, Elementary Education or Secondary Education.  Further information is provided within each area of concentration.

Educational Leadership

Educational leadership, which replaced the former education administration and supervision program, offers concentrations in K-12 school leadership,  higher education administration and Educational Technology Leadership.  Students analyze current school curricula, discuss the financial and legal side of education and learn how to plan for institutional effectiveness.

Today, school counselors do much more than help students get into college and give advice. School systems look to them as advocates for the success of all students.

The Nicholls State University Master of Education in School Counseling program prepares students to provide a variety of counseling and guidance services in diverse educational settings.

Master of SCIENCE

If you are a prospective educator for a community, technical, or junior college, secondary or post-secondary teacher seeking professional development or a person seeking a Master of Science degree in Mathematics then this program is for you!

Marine and Environmental Biology

This program allows students to take an expedition through Louisiana’s swamps, marshes and coastal areas. With state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and easy access to multiple field sites, our graduate students are well prepared for real world marine and environmental careers when they finish their graduate school expedition at Nicholls.

Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Leadership

This program is for students who want to complete their master’s degree to be eligible to take the CDR Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam. By enrolling in our 100% online Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Leadership, students will have the opportunity to earn their master’s degree in as little as 2 years.  Students also enrolled in the Dietetic Internship Program will be able to use some of those credits toward the master’s degree.

Whether you are a prospective or current student, an alumnus, faculty colleague or friend, we appreciate your interest in our MSN program. The master’s degree program in nursing at Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing (Consortium of McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, and University of Louisiana at Lafayette) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.


School Psychology (Specialist)

Throughout the program, applied supervised field experiences are emphasized in the following core areas:

  • psychological foundations;
  • educational foundations;
  • psycho-educational foundations;
  • intervention, consultations, and foundations;
  • practicum and externship experiences and
  • internships.

Certification and Non-Degree Programs

The Teacher Certification-Only Program is an innovative recruitment initiative at Nicholls State University to attract outstanding community members to become teachers in schools that need them the most. A background in education is not needed, only a strong commitment to children.

The DI program is a post-baccalaureate certificate program of study. That includes a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice at affiliate healthcare institutions.  The DI provides a verification statement to the student upon successful completion of the program which qualifies him/her to sit for the National Registration Examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) administered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Commission on Dietetic Registration. 

Individuals holding a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree(s) may enroll as non-degree students within the:


Dr. Chris Bonvillain

Director of University Graduate Studies, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Office Phone: 985-449-7116
Office Location: 129 Dr. O. Cleveland Hill Hall

Mr. Grant Ordoyne, MEd

Coordinator, University Graduate Studies
Office Phone: 985-448-4438
Office Location: 132 Dr. O. Cleveland Hill Hall


Nicholls State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. 

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