Business & Industry

Supporting economic development in Louisiana
and beyond. 

Louisiana is our laboratory. The E. J. Ourso College of Business prepares students and the local business community to apply what they learn within our walls to strengthen our economy, innovate from within, steward our vast natural resources, and create shared prosperity and upward mobility for every corner of our state.

Our innovative degree programs go beyond the classroom to provide fresh learning opportunities, ground-breaking research, intellectual capital, and partnerships that support lifelong learning and economic growth for Louisiana’s business community.



Executive Education 

Never stop learning.

LSU Executive Education offers leadership development, professional business education, enterprise education, and industry certification programs. Built around current research and trends in industry, our programs will help you address current workplace challenges while providing situational frameworks that you can apply throughout your career. You’ll learn from world-renowned LSU faculty members, seasoned industry practitioners, and experts who incorporate innovative and interactive learning exercises and techniques in our programs.

Executive Education Programs:

Executive Development Program | Rising Stars Program 
Project Management Professional Prep | CFP Certification Program 
Entrepreneurship for Veterans | Certified Public Manager Program
Custom Courses & Assessment

Explore the LSU Executive Education Programs



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Training Programs & Thought Leadership

We bring together our expert communities of faculty, scholars, and industry partners to create and share transformational knowledge and modern standards in business practice for business leaders and industry. Many of our training programs qualify for CPE/CLE credits.

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Fraud & Forensic Accounting Conference

Hosted by LSU Department of Accounting, the Fraud & Forensic Accounting Conference features speakers from around the country — discussing topics including corporate fraud across various industries, red flags in investment fraud, what auditors look for in investigating fraud, and the role of technology in identifying fraud. The next conference is slated for July 18-19. 

Fraud & Forensic Accounting Conference Details

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LSU Tax Seminar

A must for the tax practitioner, the course emphasizes preparing the latest year’s income tax returns and gives hints that reduce taxes through effective planning. This practical hands-on approach to tax preparation and planning includes up-to-the-minute coverage of key tax issues that affect practitioners and their clients. 

Tax Seminar Details

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Internal Auditing Conference

LSU Center for Internal Auditing & Cybersecurity Risk Management hosts a two-day training conference designed for internal auditors to share knowledge and experiences, gain continuing professional education, and network. The program is designed for all experience levels and includes a broad range of internal auditing topics covering governance, risk, controls, analytics, and technology. The next conference will be held on September 23-24.

More about the LSUCIA&CRM Conference 

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Credit Analyst Education Program

The challenges facing the banking industry are numerous, and the need for trained personnel has never been greater, particularly for credit analysts who understand the banking industry and can underwrite complex commercial credits. The Department of Finance provides training for new hires and experienced bankers transitioning into commercial lending.

More about the CAE Program

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LSU Sales Symposium

The LSU Sales Symposium is for business leaders, sales professionals, business owners, or anyone in a front-line decision-making position at a company. Attendees will get the latest insights on sales methodologies, new and emerging roles in sales, and the technologies that support these roles.

More about the PSI Sales Symposium 

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Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs

Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs is a six-week training program and follow-up consulting projects for local adult entrepreneurs, including visionaries with ideas, early-stage ventures, and growing businesses. Registration is open through June 28 for the next session to be held on Saturdays from July 20-August 24.

More about the Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs


Let’s Solve a Business Challenge Together

As Louisiana’s flagship higher education institution, LSU strives to merge local corporations with the world of academia for mutual benefit. The E. J. Ourso College of Business partners with leading corporations to solve real-world issues, provide access to a wide range of business research, and share connections to top talent in every industry of business. 

Explore the extensive resources available to local business and industry professionals through the Ourso College. 

Knowledge Centers & Institutes

Our research centers, institutes, and labs serve as headquarters for innovative research. These units make a positive difference in business policy and practice and serve as scholarly thought-leaders to business and governmental organizations. Collectively, we are producing critical economic forecasting, training future entrepreneurs and sales leaders, and developing software that revolutionize entire industries, to name a few. 

Work with an Ourso College center or institute on your next research project or training program. 

The Center for Analytics & Research in Transportation Safety (CARTS) collects, maintains, integrates, analyzes, and distributes crash-related data captured from law enforcement and other agencies throughout the state of Louisiana. CARTS utilizes this data to develop business intelligence (BI) and GIS tools, perform research studies, and produce an annual factbook. These tools and publications are used by decision-makers to identify potential problem areas, create countermeasures, set policies, and establish programs to improve the safety of our roadways in Louisiana. 


The Center for Economics, Business, and Policy Research (CEBPR) conducts applied business, economics, and public affairs research. Our mission is to provide relevant, timely research and insights that inform decision-making, shape policy, and advance the fields of business, economics, and public affairs, ultimately improving the overall health and well-being of the state of Louisiana and its residents.

Work with CEBPR

The LSUCIA&CRM program, considered the premier internal auditing program in the world, is a unique and dynamic educational program. This innovative program helps students and industry professionals develop a philosophical and functional understanding of internal auditing, compliance, and risk management at an enterprise scale. 


The Professional Sales Institute is a partnership between LSU and industry, dedicated to discovering and disseminating sales knowledge and developing professional sales leaders. 


The Real Estate Research Institute studies trends in the Louisiana real estate market to benefit growth and development throughout the state. 


The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute offers several programs and events designed to promote innovative approaches to identifying needs and solving problems through an entrepreneurial view of opportunity, recognition, and realization. 


The Behavioral Research Lab is a state-of-the-art facility to conduct cutting-edge, technology-based marketing research.

Work with the Behavioral Research Lab

Subject Matter Expertise

Work with our faculty to solve a business challenge or engage with our scholars on complex, industry-specific research. Our faculty are world-class researchers who combine current theories and methods with hands-on learning and real-world projects in their courses. They publish articles in top academic journals, write textbooks, and are entrepreneurs, resulting in a well-rounded education from theoretical and real-world perspectives. Contact to be connected with a subject-matter expert. 

  • Business and politics
  • Cybersecurity risk management
  • Environmental, social & governance (ESG) reporting
  • Financial reporting
  • Financial fraud
  • Taxation

  • Applied Economics
  • Bayesian Econometrics
  • Development Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Economic Education
  • Economic Growth
  • Economic History
  • Economics & Economic Impact
  • Economics of Crime
  • Economics of Policing
  • Energy Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Economics
  • Forecasting
  • Health Economics
  • Indian Economy
  • Industrial Organization
  • Inequality
  • International Finance
  • International Trade & Finance
  • Labor Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Measuring Discrimination
  • Monetary & Fiscal Policy
  • Political Economy
  • Public Economics
  • Regional Growth
  • Trade & Productivity
  • Urban Economics

  • Behavioral Theory of the Firm
  • Configurations & Equifinality
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Crowdfunding
  • Disaster Management & Planning
  • Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Entrepreneurial Networks & Social Capital
  • Family Business
  • Innovation Strategy
  • Interfirm Collaboration
  • Organizational Virtue & Ethics
  • Real Options in Technology
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship
  • Venture Capital

  • Allocation of corporate capital and financial engineering
  • Analyst Forecasts
  • Application of Machine Learning
  • Asset Allocation
  • Asset Management
  • Asset Pricing
  • Asset Protection Strategies
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy
  • Behavioral Finance & Risk Psychology
  • Blockchain
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Banking
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Corporate Finance
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Decentralized Finance
  • DeFi
  • Distressed Investing
  • Dividends
  • Economic Loss Estimates
  • Empirical Asset Pricing
  • Estate Planning
  • Exchange-Traded Funds
  • Financial Analytics
  • Financial Data Science
  • Financial Debt Behavior
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Financial Intermediation & Institutions
  • FinTech
  • Fixed Income
  • Indexing
  • Investing
  • Mutual Funds
  • Option Pricing
  • Overlay Strategies
  • Payout Policy
  • Portfolio Management
  • Private Equity
  • Probability & Statistics
  • Product Market Competition
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Quantitative Investing
  • Risk Management
  • Sports Analytics
  • Stock Markets
  • Stock Repurchases
  • Successions
  • Supply Chain
  • Taxation
  • Venture Capital

  • Acceptance of New Technology
  • Agile Development & Project Management
  • Analytics Methods
  • Automobile Crash Statistics
  • Bayesian Analysis
  • Behavioral & Organizational Information Security
  • Business Intelligence
  • Classification Analysis
  • Commercial Vehicle Crash Analysis
  • Cybersecurity & Cyber Risk
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Mining
  • Data Warehousing
  • Decision Analysis
  • Digital Customer Service
  • Digital Strategy
  • Digitization of the Hospitality & Restaurant Industries
  • Diversity & Inclusion Analytics
  • Diversity in Entrepreneurship & Supplier Diversity
  • E-Commerce
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Enterprise Systems
  • Ethics & Information Technology
  • Health Analytics
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Highway Safety Analytics
  • Information Assurance
  • Information Economics
  • Inventory Management
  • IT Boundary Choice
  • IT Governance
  • IT-Business Alignment
  • Management of Information Systems
  • Optimization Models
  • Organizational Impacts of Information Technology
  • Outsourcing
  • Performance analysis
  • Philosophical Issues of Research
  • Probabilistic Models
  • Product Quality
  • Research Methods
  • Serious Games in Business
  • Statistics
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainable Consumption
  • Tech Acceptance
  • Virtual Healthcare
  • Web Analytics

  • Collective Constructs
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Disability (ADA) Law
  • Discrimination Law
  • Employee Recruitment
  • Employee PTO, Leave
  • Ethics
  • Executive Succession
  • Firm Entry
  • FLSA (Minimum Wage &  Overtime Law)
  • FMLA
  • Gender & Diversity
  • Gender & Top Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Interpersonal Dynamics in the Workplace
  • Justice & Ethics
  • Leadership Development
  • Leadership, Personality, & Individual Differences
  • Motivation
  • Nonstandard Work Arrangements
  • Obesity
  • Organizational Climate & Culture
  • Performance Pressure & Stress
  • Private & Public Sector Labor Relations
  • Regulation of Employment Practices
  • Research Methods
  • Shareholder Value Principles
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategy
  • Third-Party Observers
  • Workplace Mistreatment

  • Branding
  • Customer Relationship Marketing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Food Marketing
  • Marketing Strategy
  • New Media (Video Games, Streaming Services, etc.)
  • Nonprofit Marketing
  • Relationship Selling
  • Retail Strategy
  • Sales Coaching
  • Sales Team Strategies
  • Sales Technology
  • Sensory Marketing
  • Services Marketing
  • Social Impact
  • Social Justice Issues in Marketing
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Virtual Selling

  • Accountability
  • Economic Development
  • Energy & Environmental Policy
  • Human Resource Management
  • Local & Sustainability Policy
  • Local Non-Tax Revenue
  • Municipal Bond Market
  • Network Analysis
  • Organization Theory
  • Organizational Justice
  • Organizational Networks
  • Policy Outcomes
  • Political Institutions
  • Public & Nonprofit Management
  • Public Budgeting & Finance
  • Public Policy
  • Public Sector Compensation
  • Research Methods
  • Social Theory
  • Stereotyping & Discrimination
  • Transportation Policy
  • Workplace Diversity

Grant Assistance

The E. J. Ourso College of Business supports obtaining grants and external funding by providing staff to assist with grant writing, budgeting, and human resources. Contact us for support with your grant and funded research activities.


Graduate Programs

An advanced business degree can provide the edge you need to further your career.

The E. J. Ourso College of Business has six graduate-level degrees and three graduate certificates for you to acquire new skills, improve personal marketability, prepare for a new entrepreneurial project, or expand your global reach. A master’s degree from LSU is desirable in our highly competitive global marketplace.


Partner with Ourso

Ourso College corporate partnerships provide companies a strong return on their investment through strategic engagement opportunities with students that help build company brand awareness and meet workforce objectives.

We are grateful to our current corporate partners for their support of student programming, research, facilities, and more. Below are just two examples of how corporations are partnering with us.  For information on becoming a corporate partner, contact the LSU Industry Engagement Team


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Professional Sales Institute Corporate Partners present to students in classes, attend sales-focused career expos, and serve as judges at the internal sales competition. Hear directly from our PSI corporate partners (above) on the benefits of partnering with the college. 

Learn more.


b1Bank's partnership expands opportunities for LSU business students, military veterans, and the college's Commercial Banking Initiative. In return, b1Bank is the featured sponsor of the college stock ticker, receives high touch-points with business students, and contributes to the broader development of the Louisiana economic ecosystem. 

Learn more about the partnership.


Recruiting Ourso Students

Recruiting at LSU starts with Handshake, an online system that allows employers to post internships, full-time, part-time, and summer opportunities. Handshake is free for job seekers and job posters. With one account, an employer can recruit students from across campus. More than 80 percent of undergraduate business students use the system.


Once registered on Handshake, employers have additional options to increase their visibility with LSU students. We offer “table sits” that put your recruiters face-to-face with business students for informal conversations in the Business Education Complex Rotunda. The E. J. Ourso College of Business Slack channel is another way to ensure that our students see your job openings. Reach out to Stephanie Gandy, assistant director of professional development, to learn more about these free opportunities. 

The Olinde Career Center offers additional options to increase your visibility, including the Career Expo and Business Networking Reception. There is a cost associated with these events. For more information, download the Employer Recruitment Guide. While the college does not manage these events, Stephanie can connect any interested employer with the career center.