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2013-2014 General Catalog 
2013-2014 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdepartmental Studies in Business Administration (Graduate Program)


For information regarding the UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM, click here. 

Program Overview

The E. J. Ourso College of Business offers two interdepartmental graduate programs, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance, Management, Marketing, and Information Systems &Decision Sciences. Graduate programs in the college have been continuously accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business since 1963.

The MBA is a professional degree designed to provide advanced business education and preparation necessary for graduates to assume leadership positions in business enterprises or in other organizations where high-level business management and analysis ability and skills are required. The program has been structured to develop the managerial and analytical skills that have become essential to effective decision making and problem solving in complex and rapidly changing environments. At the same time, the curriculum is sufficiently flexible to permit students to elect specialized course work that furthers individual career goals and enhances specific areas of professional interest. The program emphasizes practical applications, while recognizing that a foundation of solid theoretical knowledge is necessary for lifelong learning and growth.

The primary mission of the PhD program is to prepare graduates for successful careers in university teaching and research or for positions in government or industry that require similar analytical and research skills. Graduates currently hold academic and administrative appointments at major universities and colleges across the United States and around the world. Specific questions about the PhD programs should be directed to the graduate advisor in the appropriate department.


Richard D. White, Interim Dean
Judith Anne Garretson Folse, Doctoral Advisor, Marketing
Ji-Chai Lin, Doctoral Advisor, Finance
Rudy Hirschheim, Doctoral Advisor, Information Systems & Decision Sciences
Jean McGuire, Doctoral Advisor, Management
Edward F. Watson, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Director, Flores MBA Program

The Flores Master of Business Administration Program (MBADM)

Edward F. Watson, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Director of Flores MBA Program
Karen M. Garner, Assistant to the Director
Dana Hart, Assistant Director for Enrollment and Administration
Seth Thibodeaux, Assistant Director, Corporate Relations & Career Development
Bridget Conrad, Manager of Marketing, Recruiting and Outreach
TELEPHONE 225-578-8867
FAX 225-578-2421
E-MAIL busmba@lsu.edu
WEBSITE www.bus.lsu.edu/mba

Four distinct paths lead to the MBA degree: the 17-month Executive (EMBA), the 22-month Professional (PMBA), the two-year full-time MBA, and the four-year cooperative JD/MBA program (which awards both a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) and a Juris Doctorate (JD).

The Executive MBA Program (EMBA) is designed for professionals with at least five years’ work experience who are preparing for positions in executive management. EMBA students meet every other Friday and Saturday for 17 months. The program includes a two-week international residency. Tuition and MBA fees cover tuition, books, materials, parking, and international residency.

The Professional MBA Program (PMBA) offers evening classes and accommodates the schedules of professionals with at least three years of full-time work experience who are preparing for management positions. PMBA students meet on campus over a continuous, two-year period. Tuition and MBA fees cover tuition, books, materials, and parking.

The two-year full-time MBA offers daytime classes to persons seeking a solid managerial core. The program encourages summer internship between the two years of study. Students study a specially designed core curriculum and take additional electives in one or more areas of specialization.

The JD/MBA dual degree program offers a unique combination of courses that count toward both degrees, resulting in a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), a Juris Doctorate (JD), and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Students attend classes for four years. Admission to the MBA program is selective. Applicants must complete a formal application, submit scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and submit transcripts from each college or university attended. Applicants must also apply to the Paul M. Hebert Law Center.


Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School: www.lsu.edu/gradapply. 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.

Graduate Faculty

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Instruction for the interdepartmental programs in business administration is provided by the graduate faculty of the E. J. Ourso College of Business’s six academic departments: accounting, economics, finance, information systems and decision sciences, management, and marketing. Please see the individual departmental listings for names and research areas of the faculty.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to many PhD students through the individual home department.

Support is available to MBA students in the form of scholarships and graduate assistantships. All financial support is competitively awarded on the basis of academic merit. To ensure consideration for financial aid, all application materials should be submitted in accordance with deadlines established by The LSU Graduate School, and the Flores MBA Program if applying for an MBA.

Degree Programs


    Doctor of PhilosophyJuris Doctor/Graduate