E. J. Ourso College of Business

Type Public
Established 1928[1]
Parent institution
Louisiana State University
Dean Richard D. White[2]
Location Baton Rouge, LA, USA
Website http://business.lsu.edu/

The E. J. Ourso College of Business is Louisiana State University's business school and was established originally in 1928 as the College of Commerce. It is located in the Louisiana State University Business Education Complex.


As early as 1899, LSU organized a four-year course in commerce, leading to a bachelor's degree. On June 11, 1928, the University Board of Supervisors established the College of Commerce at its annual meeting. The college would be housed in Himes Hall with J. B. Trant presiding as dean. In 1959, the college was reorganized and renamed the College of Business Administration. Almost 20 years, later, the college found a new home in the Center for Engineering and Business Administration (CEBA), which has since been renamed Patrick F. Taylor Hall. Another renaming of the college took place in 1996, when "E. J. Ourso" was added to honor the college’s benefactor. In 2005, “Administration” was dropped from the college’s name. A full timeline of the college can be viewed at



Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) continuously since 1931, the E. J. Ourso College offers undergraduate degrees in:


The E. J. Ourso College offers a master’s in accounting, finance, information & decision sciences, and public administration and is recognized for its LSU Flores MBA Program. PhDs are offered in:

The E. J. Ourso College is home to several noteworthy centers and institutes and houses the LSU Center for Internal Auditing, recognized by the Institute of Internal Auditors.[3]

It is certified by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.[4]

Undergraduate Program


The E. J. Ourso College requires students seeking admittance to certain undergraduate programs to have a minimum cumulative grade point average (gpa) of 2.0 for university and business coursework. Four of the college’s eight bachelor’s programs—economics, international trade & finance, information systems & decision sciences and general business administration—admit students with a minimum cumulative gpa of 2.0 and the completion of 30 credit hours. Bachelor’s programs in accounting, finance, management, and marketing require a 3.0 gpa for admittance.



The Department of Accounting prepares students for careers in public accounting, industry, and government through required and elective courses in financial accounting, cost, audit, taxation, and internal audit.

Economics & International Trade & Finance

The Department of Economics prepares students to analyze complex economic problems, to think critically about a variety of issues, to learn beyond the confines of the classroom and to be adaptable to the ever-changing demands of the labor market. Students can choose between a BS or a BA in economics or a BS in international trade & finance. Each degree provides analytical skills and a breadth of economic understanding for careers in business, government, or for further study in economics, law, or public policy.


The LSU Department of Finance prepares students for careers in finance through courses, including investments, corporate finance, financial statement analysis, derivatives, real estate, risk management, insurance, and business law.

General Business Administration

The general business administration curriculum prepares students for a broad career in business. General business majors can partake of electives in multiple business areas and earn an official University minor.

Information Systems & Decision Science

The Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences (ISDS) prepares students to design, implement, analyze, and manage information technology (IT) systems by developing the conceptual and practical skills needed for IT management, analytics, business intelligence, e-commerce, and supply chain management.


The Rucks Department of Management prepares students for careers in areas such as organization behavior, human resources, strategy, entrepreneurship, industrial/labor relations, and international management. William and Catherine Rucks endowed the department in 1996, and are the namesakes of the Rucks Fellowship, which is awarded to several students annually.


The Department of Marketing prepares students for careers by offering a solid foundation focused on the drivers of the field. Innovative courses such as “Marketing on the Internet” and “Sports Marketing” are offered.

Residential College

The Business Residential College (BRC) is a living-learning environment where the next generations of business leaders are assisted in acclimating to the culture of the college and of business.

Graduate Programs

LSU Flores MBA Program

In the LSU Flores MBA Program students can specialize in entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, internal auditing, international business/emerging markets, marketing, supply chain management, systems audit, or create a customized curriculum. For non-traditional students, the program offers the flexible options of an Executive MBA or a Professional MBA. Additionally, students can earn a joint JD/MBA through the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU. The program’s namesake, James "Jim" C. Flores (LSU '77-'82), is the CEO of Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas (formerly Plains Exploration and Production Inc.), a subsidiary of the mining giant Freeport-McMoRan Inc. He and his wife, Cherie (LSU '86), continue to actively support the E. J. Ourso College and LSU while residing in Houston, Texas. MBA

PhD program

The E. J. Ourso College offers PhD programs in accounting, economics, and business administration. Business administration PhD students can specialize in finance, information systems & decision sciences, marketing, or management. The PhD programs provide a solid theoretical base and prepare candidates for careers in academia and research positions in government and industry.

Designed to be year-round programs of study for full-time students, the PhD programs consist of extensive coursework in the chosen discipline, supporting disciplines, and research methods. Usually, the program consists of two to three years of academic coursework, after which the student must successfully pass a comprehensive examination. The student then designs and completes their doctoral dissertation, a substantive original research project. The dissertation stage usually takes about 12–18 months to complete. Overall, our PhD program usually requires four or more years to finish. Students without a master's degree may take longer to complete the program. PhD

Growth Initiatives


The E. J. Ourso College has extended its global outreach to countries such as China, Brazil and India.

Supply Chain Management

Using the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as a catalyst, the E. J. Ourso College is working to prepare students for the Gulf Coast Region’s supply chain needs—how to build and sustain global supply chain excellence, security, and resiliency in a globally interdependent economy.


The Business Education Complex
The 156,000 square-foot facility serves as the college’s home.


The Business Education Complex is decorated with multiple grand pieces of art, all commissioned by LSU E. J. Ourso College alumnus Roger Ogden.

The Business Education Complex is home to a massive piece of art created specifically for it by renowned New Orleans-based artist Simon Gunning. Measuring five feet tall by 20 feet wide, “Sunrise at the Rookery”, is divided into five separate panels that together form a traditional Louisiana swamp scene that features indigenous flora and fauna.

Sunrise at the Rookery

Francis Pavy’s “Louisiana Wetlands”, located in the Bert S. Turner Family Lobby of The Auditorium, is a harmony of images symbolic of the state’s bayous, marshes and swamps. Featuring a wide array of colors and stenciled on elements, the five-foot tall, 20-foot wide piece was completed to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Louisiana’s statehood.

Louisiana Wetlands

The latest artistic addition, CELEBRATE, was dedicated October 29, 2013. CELEBRATE is a 20-foot tall, Corten steel sculpture with mirror finished stainless steel ends on each of the six geometric forms that comprise the work. The sculpture was created by artist Gary Slater.


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