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Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) program (ISDS) learn to blend information management techniques and advanced statistical methods to distill critical business information from complex and often massive data sets. The program is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in business, mathematics, statistics, engineering, or computer science with strong quantitative skills.
Students will complete 36 hours of intensive coursework over a twelve month period. The MSA curriculum integrates relevant topics from statistics, operations research, information systems, and communication. The program uses a cohort–based learning model that emphasizes teamwork and presentation skills using state-of-the-art visualization techniques. Specific curricular requirements are listed below:
- A total of at least 36 hours of credit at the graduate level.
- At least 21 hours of the graduate credit must be at the 7000 level or above, excluding thesis hours.
- Six hours of thesis/project work (two three-hour sections of ISDS 7990 taken consecutively in the fall and spring semesters).
- A passing grade on the final examination.
The Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems admits students to the MSA program only for the summer semester. Classes start the first week of June and end with commencement the following May. The application deadlines for the MSA are December 15 for international applicants and March 31 for US citizens and permanent residents. Students may pursue the MSA program on a part-time basis if they are accepted into the program, recognizing that the part-time student must follow the MSA full-time course scheduling.
All applicants must meet the minimum requirements for LSU, which are listed on the Graduate School website. Preference may be given to applicants with higher GPAs and higher scores on the GMAT or GRE, and particularly to those with higher scores on the quantitative portion of the GMAT or GRE.