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

Business Administration, PhD (Information Systems & Decision Sciences)

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems and Decision Sciences (PBAIS)


The PhD program (PhD in business administration with a concentration in ISDS) is designed for full-time study and involves 60 credit hours at the graduate level. The program consists of 12 hours of “common body of knowledge” course work covering all other business disciplines; 12 hours of major field core courses; 9 semester hours in a minor area; 12 hours of research methodology; 6 semester hours in a supporting area; and 9 hours of dissertation studies. Individuals with a master’s degree in a business field may substitute much of their previous graduate course work for the “common body of knowledge” course work. Students should plan to spend two to three academic years (fall, spring, and summer) completing course work. The specific departmental-level academic course plan must be approved by the student’s advisory committee. The committee will include the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for graduate committees are satisfied. Both written and oral comprehensive examinations are required upon completion of the course work. Each PhD candidate is also required to design, implement, and complete an original dissertation under the supervision of an ISDS faculty member. Completion of the dissertation usually takes 12 to 18 months. Overall, the PhD program normally requires four years to finish.

Please refer to two websites for (1) additional details about the program ( and (2) the typical course work completed during the four year program (

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