Educational Offerings for the Business Community through the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business

January 3, 2019

BATON ROUGE - The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business offers educational programs for the business community as part of its strategic initiatives to foster economic development, promote entrepreneurship, and fill the growing needs of business. Below is a list of the current offerings.

One-day Programs

Public-Private Partnerships (Jan. 7) – The Department of Finance will present the second annual Public-Private Partnership Symposium co-hosted by ULI Louisiana and the Real Estate Research Institute at LSU. This symposium attracts professionals from all corners of the industry and provides a valuable opportunity to facilitate new partnerships with industry peers and public sector partners. Attendees will learn how to manage their ownership strategies and capital stacks to create the appropriate structure and returns for their stakeholders from seasoned professionals with experience in these fields and will participate in interactive panels discussion specifically tailored to the needs of public agencies evaluating P3s.

Multi-day Programs

Executive Development Program (Feb. 17, 18, and 19, 2020 and Mar. 23, 24, and 25, 2020) - This comprehensive, six-day program combines executive coaching, self-assessment, experiential learning, and much more to prepare leaders to meet their organization’s needs of today, while still focusing on developing solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. Main objectives include preparing individuals to assume broader, general leadership responsibilities, stimulating an awareness of the environment in which his or her organization operates and the factors that determine its success or failure, and presenting a framework of practical concepts and philosophies that can be immediately applied in the workplace. The final date to register is January 20, 2019. Register at

EBV Accelerate for Military Veterans (Apr. 8 - 18 online, Apr. 29 - May 2, 2019 residency) - EBV Accelerate is a 3-phase boot camp-style program that gives military veterans who have been in business for at least three years the tools and coaching to propel their business to the next phase: sustainable growth. Topics will include acquiring growth funding, rebranding for expansion, determining a sustainable growth rate, establishing partnerships, managing cash flow, and much more. Register at

Rising Stars Program (Apr. 8-10) - This 3-day highly interactive program is designed to groom high potential employees for professional growth. This program helps organizations improve employee retention, support the growth and development of its’ employees, develop a pipeline of future leaders, and much more.

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Certification Programs

Certified Credit Analyst Program (Six monthly modules beginning fall 2019) - The Department of Finance in collaboration with the Louisiana Bankers Association has developed a six month training and certification program for new hires in banking or experienced bankers transitioning into lending positions. Based largely on American Bankers Association materials, attendees will learn from LSU faculty and industry professionals in the classroom and mentors back at their home banks between sessions about what is means to be a credit analyst in today’s banking world.

Project Management Certification (August 26-29, 2019) - This course is an intensive four-day PMI Project Management Professional Certification Prep course designed to prepare one for the Project Management Institute’s PMP Certification exam. This course is a good choice for project managers wishing to complete a certification review course in a concentrated time period. This course meets PMI’s 35 educational hour requirement for PMP certification and covers knowledge tested as well as provides certification exam testing tips and techniques to help you achieve a passing certification score.  Register at

Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Certification Program (online) – CFP Certification is a nationally and internationally recognized professional certification offered through the CFP® Board. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. awards the CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification to individuals who fulfill initial and ongoing certification requirements. Those requirements include satisfying the educational requirements, completing a minimum of three years of work experience in a financial planning field and passing the CFP Certification Examination.

Who Should Attend?

  • Financial planners interested in achieving their CFP certification so that they may achieve more credibility in their chosen field and provide a higher level of service to their clients
  • Professionals who have a desire to understand the different components of financial planning
  •  Individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in financial planning

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Academic Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate in Analytics (online) - The Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems offers an online graduate certificate in analytics.  The purpose of this certificate is to respond to the need for retraining professionals, scientists, and researchers in the use of big data and to provide credentials for having completed a set of related courses. This certificate provides working professionals with the skills needed to understand and use available technology to gain insights into data. The objective of this new certificate program is to train non-traditional students, enhancing their career opportunities and increasing their productivity in industry and government. 

A Graduate Certificate in Analytics can be obtained by earning a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the four analytics courses (12 hours) listed below. Each class is taught online for seven weeks and earns three credit hours. While there are no prerequisites to these courses, admission to the graduate school is required and an introductory course in statistics and information systems is recommended before enrolling in the course sequence.

About the E. J. Ourso College of Business

Since its establishment in 1928, the E. J. Ourso College of Business has continuously improved and expanded its offerings for students and alumni. Additionally, the college has made it a priority to provide its faculty with the resources it needs to further research in every aspect of the business world and to produce industry leaders for a global work environment. For more news and information about the E. J. Ourso College, visit

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Contact: Wendy Marx
SU E. J. Ourso College of Business