MS Analytics Curriculum | LSU Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems

MS - Analytics

 

 

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Joni Nunnery Shreve
Senior Instructor
Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems
2232 Business Education Complex South
Telephone: 225-578-9073

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Gabrielle LeBoeuf
Coordinator, Masters and Undergraduate Studies
Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems
2200C Business Education Complex South
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Curriculum

The MSA curriculum emphasizes the use of advanced data management tools, applied statistics, and operations research techniques. Students use SAS, SQL, R, SPSS, Tableau, and other tools to analyze large real-world data sets to increase return on investment, improve customer retention, reduce fraud, and improve decision making.  As part of the MSA program, students complete a major team project using a large data set provided by a sponsoring organization. Students present their results and recommendations to the sponsoring organization in a formal executive decision briefing. Students with degrees in business, engineering, economics, statistics, mathematics, and the sciences will benefit the most from this degree. 

Key topics include the structured query language (SQL), multivariate statistics, clustering, data-mining, design of experiments‚Äč, optimization methods, and predictive modeling. Teamwork, written and oral communication, presentation skills and state-of-the-art visualization techniques are stressed throughout the curriculum.

Degree Requirements 

  • 36 hours of graduate level course work with a 3.0 average or above
  • Passing grade on the MSA Comprehensive Exam
  • Successful completion of a major project

A typical course list is shown below.

Full-Time Path

Summer Courses Hours
ISDS 7024 Advanced Statistical Analysis 3
ISDS 7302 Data Mining

3

ISDS 7070 Python for Analytics

3

ISDS 7510 Database Management with SQL and R

3

Total

12

 

Fall Courses Hours
ISDS 7103 Operations Research

3

ISDS 4070 Data Mining Tools

3

ISDS 7075 Business Forecasting and Applications

3

ISDS 7990 Practicum Project 3
Total

12

 

Spring Courses Hours
ISDS 7511 Business Intelligence 3
ISDS 7990 Practicum Project

3

ISDS elective Approved Elective

6

Total

12

Practicum Project

The practicum project is a team-based effort in which students work with leading organizations to solve real analytics problems. 

  • Teams include two-three students and one faculty member.
  • The teams work to understand the business problem and then clean and analyze the data.
  • The projects begin in the fall and end in the spring with a presentation to the sponsoring organization.
  • Past projects included the following industries: automotive, energy, government, healthcare, higher education, sports, and telecommunications.

Electives

Recommended electives:

  • ISDS 7220 - Supply Chain Management
  • ISDS 7401 - Healthcare Informatics
  • ISDS 4118 - Web Analytics

Other Approved Electives:

  • CSC 4740 - Big Data Tech
  • ECON 4633 - Time Series
  • EXST 7036 - Categorical Data Analysis
  • EXST 7152 - Advanced Topics in Statistical Modeling
  • ISDS 7070 - Special Topic/Project (topics vary; permission of department)

Dates and Deadlines

Term Module Start Date LSU A&M Application Deadline
 1st Fall September 2, 2019 August 19, 2019
 2nd Fall October 28, 2019 October 14, 2019
 1st Spring January 13, 2019 December 30, 2019
 2nd Spring March 9, 2020 February 24, 2019
1st Summer May 4, 2020 April 6, 2020
2nd Summer June 29, 2020 June 15, 2020
1st Fall August 24, 2020 August 19, 2020
2nd Fall October 19, 2020 October 14, 2020

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