Frequently Asked Questions
No. The MSA is only offered as a full-time or part-time format, on campus only.
It started in 2011 and the first class graduated in May, 2012.
No. Due to the intensity of the full-time, 1 year program, MSA students are strongly urged not to work. Part-time students are permitted to have outside employment.
No. The program offers a selection of electives that students can choose from, but does not offer concentrations or specializations.
Yes. The CIP code for the MSA program is 52.1301 and falls under the management sciences category.
No. The MSA program at LSU begins in the summer. We do not accept student to begin in the fall or spring semesters.
Yes, the LSU Graduate School requires a graduate exam score. We will accept either the GRE or GMAT.
There in not an official minimum score required to apply. However, the average GRE and GMAT scores accepted are around 315 and 640 respectively.
You need to submit your test scores to the LSU Graduate School. The ETS code is 6373.
Zero. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 does not meet the LSU Graduate School's requirements for admission.
The deadline for US citizens and permanent residents is April 15. The deadline for international students is earlier, December 15.
The LSU Graduate School will accept either TOEFL or IELTS scores.
The LSU Graduate School requires a minimum score of 79 on the internet based TOEFL exam or 6.5 on the IELTS.
We recommend classes on the following topics (if you are currently at LSU, the course
numbers are included):
ISDS 2000/2001 - Business Statistics
ISDS 3110 - Database Management
ISDS 4112 - Data Warehousing
ISDS 4141 - Data Mining
EXST 4025 - SAS Programming
No limit on 1000-level courses.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition and fee information is available from the Office of Planning and Budget. Because tuition and fee rates are set during the summer for the next academic year beginning in the fall, the rates will likely be published after you arrived at LSU and begin your course work. By law they can’t increase by more than 10%. The Full Time MSA program includes 9 credit hours in the summer, 15 credit hours in the fall, and 12 credit hours in the spring. The Part Time program is dependent upon student workload.
No, financial aid is not available specifically for MSA students.
No, in general financial aid is not available for international students.
The International Services office estimates living expenses for 12 months to cost $12,000 plus $3,600 for books, supplies, and health insurance.