There are infinite reasons for pursing a master’s degree, and no one is limited to just one reason. Whether starting a new career, preparing for a PhD, looking to acquire new skills, improving personal marketability, preparing for an entrepreneurial project, or seeking to expand global reach, a master’s degree is desirable in our highly competitive global marketplace. Increasingly, job eligibility and job security depend on an advanced degree.
Whether you are seeking professional development or personal development, the E. J. Ourso College of Business has a curriculum that will allow you to customize the program path you need and want with electives and specializations.
The E. J. Ourso College offers master’s degrees in the following:
Candidates who wish to sit for the Certified Public Accounting exam in Louisiana must complete 150 hours of college-level coursework, subject to specific course requirements. Students can meet the 150-hour requirement and obtain a graduate degree in five years by completing the bachelor’s in accounting (121 hours) and the master’s in accounting (30 hours). Ultimately, the challenge is to instill the breadth of knowledge necessary to cope in today’s complex environment. The Master of Science in Accounting curriculum at LSU is designed to meet that challenge. With special emphasis on fundamentals and business decision making, the curriculum prepares students for a lifetime of continual learning and development.
The LSU Flores MBA Program provides five distinctive paths for those seeking to earn their MBA:
- the traditional 22-month Full-time (day classes, summer internship) MBA program
- the 22-month Professional hybrid (evening classes, flexible schedule) MBA program
- the 27-month Online (anytime) MBA program
- the 17-month Executive hybrid (weekend, flexible schedule) MBA program
- the 4-year campus-based cooperative JD/MBA program (which awards a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), a Juris Doctorate (JD), and a Master's of Business Administration (MBA).
Students in the LSU Flores MBA Program can specialize in entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, internal auditing, international business/emerging markets, marketing, supply chain management, systems audit, or create a customized curriculum. The joint JD/MBA is offered in conjunction with the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU.
While the economics PhD program is designed to train economists capable of adding to the knowledge of the field, doing independent research, and teaching at the college or university level, the focus of the master’s program is to provide the training necessary for careers in government and business where original research is generally not the primary concern.
The goal of the Master of Science in Finance curriculum is to provide students with the analytical and communicative skills necessary for effective financial decision making through the application of financial theory and quantitative techniques. With ever-increasing financial globalization and competition for employment in the financial sector, it is crucial that professionals prepare for the increasingly complex world of finance by building a solid foundation. The curriculum offers a challenging, advanced degree that prepares students to become the leaders of this rewarding and dynamic field.
Master of Information Systems & Decision Sciences
The Master of Science in Information Systems & Decision Sciences (ISDS) curriculum is predominantly for students with backgrounds in business management. The department emphasizes the business applications of information technology and information systems. The student who will gain the most from the material will have an undergraduate business degree, will have worked for at least two years in industry, and will have some experience with information technology in the work place. Students without a business background are encouraged to consider the E. J. Ourso College’s LSU Flores MBA Program with an information systems specialization.
Offered by the LSU Public Administration Institute, the Master of Public Administration is designed for professionals in non-profit, healthcare, and government relations industries. The LSU MPA Program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Administration and provides outstanding educational opportunities for those already in the workforce who wish to advance their careers as well as those who seek an MPA immediately after earning their undergraduate degree.
The primary mission of the PhD program is to develop trained professionals who are qualified to instruct in a university environment and who are capable of conducting scholarly research. It is a research-oriented degree designed to prepare students to conduct original research and teach at the university level.
The PhD program is designed to be a year-round program of study for full-time students and consists of extensive coursework in the major discipline, supporting disciplines, and research methods. Students without previous coursework in business administration may be required to take additional coursework. Usually, the program consists of 2-3 academic years of coursework, after which students must successfully pass a comprehensive examination. Students then design and complete their doctoral dissertation, a substantive original research project. The dissertation stage usually takes about 12-18 months to complete. Overall, our PhD program usually requires four or more years to finish. Students without a master's degree may take longer to complete the program.