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Masters Programs

There are infinite reasons for pursing a master’s degree, and no one is limited to just one reason. Whether starting a new career, preparing for a PhD, looking to acquire new skills, improving personal marketability, preparing for an entrepreneurial project, or seeking to expand global reach, a master’s degree is desirable in our highly competitive global marketplace. Increasingly, job eligibility and job security depend on an advanced degree.

Whether you are seeking professional development or personal development, the E. J. Ourso College of Business has a curriculum that will allow you to customize the program path you need and want with electives and specializations.

The E. J. Ourso College offers master’s degrees in the following:

Master of Accountancy

Candidates who wish to sit for the Certified Public Accounting exam in Louisiana must complete 150 hours of college-level coursework, subject to specific course requirements. Students can meet the 150-hour requirement and obtain a graduate degree in five years by completing the bachelor’s in accounting (121 hours) and the master’s in accountancy (30 hours). Ultimately, the challenge is to instill the breadth of knowledge necessary to cope in today’s complex environment. The MAcc curriculum at LSU is designed to meet that challenge. With special emphasis on fundamentals and business decision making, the curriculum prepares students for a lifetime of continual learning and development.

Master of Analytics

The Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences offers the Master of Science in Analytics. This degree’s curriculum prepares students for careers in the rapidly growing fields of business analytics and business intelligence. Students learn how to use state-of-the-art tools for data management, statistics, and data mining. The MSA program emphasizes teamwork and communication skills. Team projects focus on practical problems, using data from real organizations. Students with backgrounds in business, economics, engineering, statistics, math and computer science will benefit the most from this intensive 12-month program. An analytics specialization​ can also be earned through the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business’ LSU Flores MBA Program.

*This degree is available in an online format through LSU Online.

Master of Business Administration

The LSU Flores MBA Program provides five distinctive paths for those seeking to earn their MBA:

  • the traditional 22-month Full-time (day classes, summer internship) MBA program.
  • One-year MBA, completed in 11 months, for students with business undergraduate majors.
  • the Online MBA program.
  • the 20-month Executive MBA Flex (online and one weekend per month).
  • the 4-year campus-based cooperative JD/MBA program (which awards a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), a Juris Doctorate (JD), and a Master's of Business Administration (MBA).
  • the 3/2 Industrial Engineering (IE) / Master of Business Administration (MBA) program provides high-achieving IE students an option to complete both a Bachelor of Science of Industrial Engineering (BSIE) degree in the College of Engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in the E. J. Ourso College of Business in five years.

Students in the LSU Flores MBA Program can specialize in analytics, energy, finance, global entrepreneurship, human resource management, internal audit, management consulting, marketing analytics, sports business or create a customized curriculum. The joint JD/MBA is offered in conjunction with the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU.

*This degree is offered in an online format through LSU Online.

Master of Finance

The goal of the Master of Science in Finance curriculum is to provide students with the analytical and communicative skills necessary for effective financial decision making through the application of financial theory and quantitative techniques. With ever-increasing financial globalization and competition for employment in the financial sector, it is crucial that professionals prepare for the increasingly complex world of finance by building a solid foundation. The curriculum offers a challenging, advanced degree that prepares students to become the leaders of this rewarding and dynamic field. The JD/MS program allows students to obtain both a Master of Science in Finance from the E. J. Ourso College of Business, and a juris doctor/graduate diploma in comparative law from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

Master of Financial Economics

The Master of Science in Financial Economics (MSFE) is a 36-hour, non-thesis master’s degree program designed to be completed in less than one year (students may take longer if desired). The MSFE provides academically distinguished and industry-oriented students the opportunity to obtain a rigorous, graduate-level finance and economics education in an intensive 10-month program.

Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration is designed for professionals in non-profit, healthcare, and government relations industries. The LSU MPA Program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Administration and provides outstanding educational opportunities for those already in the workforce who wish to advance their careers as well as those who seek an MPA immediately after earning their undergraduate degree. The Public Administration Department also offers a four-year campus-based cooperative JD/MPA program which awards a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), a Juris Doctorate, and an Master's of Public Administration (MPA).

*This degree is available in an online format through LSU Online