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2014-2015 General Catalog 
2014-2015 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdepartmental Studies in Business Administration (Graduate Program)

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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



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.

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.


    Doctor of PhilosophyMaster of Business AdministrationJuris Doctor/Graduate

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