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2017-2018 General Catalog 
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Systems & Decision Sciences (Graduate Program)


For information regarding the UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM, click here.  

Program Overview

The Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences (ISDS) offers two graduate degree programs: the MS in Analytics and the PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in ISDS. These programs are discussed below.


Edward F. Watson III, Chair
Gabe Piccoli, MS Program Advisor
Rudy Hirschheim, PhD Program Advisor
TELEPHONE 225-578-2126
FAX 225-578-2511


Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School. Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: Graduate Student Services, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. These paper documents are stored electronically and departments have access to all materials submitted by and/or on behalf of a student applying to graduate study (see for more information).

Minor in ISDS

Students minoring in ISDS must take 12 hours of 5000-level or higher courses. At least six hours must be ISDS PhD core courses, i.e., ISDS 7950 , ISDS 7080 , ISDS 7081 .

Students with a major outside the E.J. Ourso College of Business may be required to enroll in one or more remedial courses before taking other courses in the department.

Students minoring in ISDS and with a GPA less than 3.5 in ISDS courses shall be required to take a four-hour written exam designed and evaluated by their minor professor.

The evaluation of the written exam shall be reported to the graduate advisor in the student’s major department rather than to the student.

Graduate Faculty

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Ye-Sho Chen (M) • Global eBusiness, knowledge management, technological entrepreneurship, doing business in China
Young H. Chun (M) • Probabilistic modeling, software quality management, decision analysis, information economics, data mining
Rudy Hirschheim (M) • Information systems management and development, IT sourcing, philosophy of science, service-oriented architecture
Peter Kelle (M) • Supply chain management, buyer-supplier negotiations, enterprise systems, and inventory management
Melissa Jo Lee (6A) • Innovation, Platform Business Models, and Entrepreneurship
Gabriele Piccoli (M) • Digital data streams, customer service systems, strategic information systems
Helmut Schneider (M) • Total quality management, supply chain management, data mining, and statistical analysis of crash data
Andrew Schwarz (M) • IT acceptance, adoption and use, IT governance, IT-business alignment; implementation and diffusion of technology within organizations, and future technology trends
Joni A. Shreve (3P) • Data mining and predictive modeling with an emphasis on classification analysis
James Van Scotter (M) • eCommerce and communication, IT workforce, research methods and measurement
Edward Watson (M) • Enterprise systems, digital transformation, IT innovation, decision support, simulation and serious games
Sonja Wiley (M) • Medical informatics, bioinformatics, IT adoption and diffusion, eCommerce, and organizational and social impacts of IT


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