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Master of Science in Analytics

The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) at LSU is an exciting degree offered by the Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences (ISDS) in collaboration with the Department of Experimental Statistics (EXST) and the Department of Marketing. It is designed to prepare students to use data-driven methods to contribute to organizational effectiveness and guide decisions.
 MSA Students in Computer Classroom
The curriculum emphasizes the use of business analytics, business intelligence, and information technology to solve problems, reduce costs, increase revenues, streamline processes, and improve decision-making. Students learn specialized skills and knowledge drawn from the fields of computer science, statistics, operations research, and quality management to achieve results through a mixture of classroom instruction, hands-on exercises, and team-based projects.

​MSA Program​ ​
​Degree: ​Master of Science in Analytics (MSA)
​Year Established:
​Director: ​Joni Shreve, PhD
​Address: Master of Science in Analytics
Louisiana State University
​Business Education Complex, Nicholson Extension
Suite 2147
Baton Rouge, LA 70803 USA
​Phone: ​+1 (225)578-4500
​Fax: +1 (225)578-2157
​Email: ​​
​Credit hours: 36 (summer, fall, spring)
​Format:  Full-time, on-campus only
​Duration: 12-months, beginning each year in the first week of June and ending the first week of May
​Application: Apply online at the Graduate school​
​Deadlines: Applications may be submitted starting in September.
International applications are due before December 15. 
Domestic applicants are due before March 31. 
All applicants are encouraged to apply early. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis.
​Tuition: Estimated cost of tuition and fees for the 12-month program is:
$16,200 for Louisiana residents
$37,500 for non-residents
For more information on tuition and fees​
​Financial aid: Students are expected to be self-financed through personal savings or educational loans.
​Entrance exam: Either the GRE or GMAT is required for admission​
​Language: Demonstrated proficiency in English is required for non-native English speakers, with few exceptions.
​​STEM designation: The MSA is a designated STEM degree. The CIP code is 52.1301: Management Sciences
Resources: Graduate School Admission FAQ
Academic Calendar
Registration Calendar
University Bursar Operations
Office of International Services​
Prerequisites: There are no official prerequisites required to apply. However, previous coursework including mathematics, statistics, engineering, science, computer programming, business, and economics is necessary to be successful. The program is suitable for recent graduates and experienced professionals. Many applicants have completed prior graduate coursework, including MS, MBA and PhD degrees.

Application Deadlines: Applications are reviewed in the fall and spring for the class beginning in June. Students may apply online through the LSU Graduate School​ website September through March preceding the start date of the program. However, we recommend applying as soon as possible since we review and admit students on a rolling basis until the class is full. Applications can be submitted prior to submitting supporting documents, such as transcripts and test scores.

International Applicants: The deadline for international students to apply is December 15. International students residing in the U.S. are encouraged to apply by this deadline as well. Applications can be submitted prior to submitting supporting documents, such as transcripts and test scores.
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