PhD ISDS | LSU Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems


PhD Information Systems & Decision Sciences

The Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems (SDEIS) welcomes applications from inquisitive minds. We are interested in individuals who have a passion for research and new discovery, who are always trying to understand how things work and why, and who are excited about the potential impact of information technology (IT) in business and society.

Software is eating the world, as Marc Andreessen wrote in the Wall Street Journal. The dominance of Amazon in the retail sector; the growing dominance of Facebook and Google on advertisement; and the emergence of Uber, Airbnb, and many other “technology” companies that are revolutionizing entire industrial sectors show the central role that information systems play in the modern world. Advances in cloud computing and software as a service, artificial intelligence, deep learning, and the “Internet of Things,” enable any firm in any industry to reconsider their value proposition. We believe that the above trends are not just technology changes. Computer scientists will continue to push the boundaries of the capabilities of IT. If it is true that “software programs are eating the world.” it is important to be able to "code the programs." However, it is as important to know “what programs to write,” and this is the domain of information systems research.

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The department welcomes applications from highly qualified individuals who are considering a career as academics or in industry. Through coursework and independent research, you will hone your analytical and technology competence and your skills in research design, project management, teamwork, and the communication of research findings to both academic audiences and practicing managers. This blend of skills is valuable if you are interested in pursuing a career as an academic researcher and university professor or you intend to work in industry as a data scientist.

The department maintains a cohort of 10-15 students and has many strengths that can help you make key investments in your intellect and lay the foundations for your career:

  • An active faculty -- You can see some of the current research projects by visiting the Digital Data Streams Lab, Center for Analytics & Research in Transportation, or the individual faculty web pages;
  • A limited and selective enrollment that provides students opportunities to develop personal and professional ties with faculty and fellow students;
  • Admitted students generally receive a competitive level of funding through departmental research or teaching assistantships. Students are also eligible for fellowships and ​other awards offered by the LSU Graduate School;
  • Access to all of the resources of the LSU Academic community, allowing you to pursue your interests in related fields, such as any of the business disciplines, computer science, experimental statistics or any other field you deem important to your development; and
  •  A culture of collegiality that encourages students to work with multiple faculty and PhD students.

Graduates of the program have enjoyed successful careers in both academia and industry, achieving placement at Bentley University, Cornell University, Dell Computers, ExxonMobil Corporation, i2 Technologies, IESE Business School, and Oklahoma State University, among others.

How to Apply

If you are interested in our PhD program, we encourage you to reach out to us. You can email the PhD director or any individual faculty member whose research interests align with yours. You should also review the policies and procedures followed by the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems (SDEIS) and the requirements of the LSU Graduate School. The information contained here is not designed to supplant the LSU Graduate Catalog, and students are responsible for knowing current catalog rules and regulations, especially various calendar deadlines.


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