The Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems (SDEIS) has multiple missions. In addition to equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed to start a business, be a productive member of an entrepreneurial business, and become an effective manager in a growing business, it strives to produce graduates who excel in the area of information systems and business analytics.
While these goals may be different, they are equally important to industry today and help to position our graduates at the forefront of the workforce.
Our entrepreneurship curriculum is designed to teach, coach, and inspire students to be entrepreneurial in their lives. Students gain the tools and experiences necessary to creatively pursue new opportunities and innovations in the startup, social, and corporate venture arenas. Entrepreneurship courses teach students the ins and outs of understanding how to operate, grow, and manage their own business (entrepreneurship) and how to be creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial in an existing organization (intrapreneurship).
Our information systems & decision sciences curriculum prepares students to design, implement, analyze, and manage information technology systems. Research collaborations leverage the diverse research interests and expertise of our faculty in domains as varied as medical informatics, e-commerce, disaster management, IT outsourcing, data mining, quantitative modeling, privacy/ethics, global e-business, the strategic use of technology, and traffic safety. These collaborative research efforts have resulted in major grant funding received from the National Science Foundation and elsewhere. The department offers four degrees:
- The Bachelor of Science in ISDS – A 120-hour program that deals with the analysis, design, and implementation of systems to support the operations and management functions of an organization. Students prepare for careers in corporate settings, small- and medium-sized enterprises or entrepreneurial ventures, across all industries.
- The Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship - Increase your understanding of business practices and startups through a focus on business management, development, and funding strategies. This degree must be paired with another bachelor's degree from any college on campus as part of a joint-degree.
- The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) - An intensive 36 credit-hour program that is completed in 12 months. It emphasizes the use of state-of-the-art software tools to resolve real problems. This includes extracting actionable information from massive sets of organizational data. Topics include multivariate statistics, clustering, data-mining, predictive modeling, design of experiments, and optimization. Students with degrees in business, engineering, economics, statistics, mathematics, and the sciences will benefit the most from this degree.
- The PhD in ISDS – A curriculum designed to develop trained professionals who are qualified to instruct in a university environment and who are capable of conducting scholarly research. Areas of concentration include information systems, operations management, and business analytics.
- HIGHWAY SAFETY RESEARCH GROUP: The Highway Safety Research Group (HSRG) collects, maintains, analyzes, and distributes crash data to support public policy decisions in Louisiana. Through a grant obtained from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the group developed the software program LACRASH.
STEPHENSON ENTREPRENEURSHIP INSTITUTE: The mission of the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute is to promote and foster entrepreneurial practices through education, outreach, and research. We seek to inspire, innovate, integrate, and implement new ways of thinking, to positively impact students, the regional economy, the State of Louisiana, and the nation.
- LSU ISDS CAREER NETWORK