PhD ISDS Admissions | LSU Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems



Individuals desiring admission must make formal application to LSU's Graduate School Office of Admissions. The following information should accompany all applications submitted to the graduate school:

  • Transcript(s) of undergraduate study
  • Transcript(s) of all graduate work attempted or completed
  • GMAT score
  • TOEFL score (if an international student)
  • Statement of purpose

If the LSU Graduate School criteria are met, the documents will be sent to the E. J. Ourso College of Business for additional processing and to the Stephenson Departmen​t of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems PhD Policy and Admissions Committee for a final admission decision. The following materials should be submitted to the department:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Copies of transcripts
  • Statement of purpose

The statement of purpose submitted to the department and graduate school should include:

  • Career objectives and reasons for wanting to pursue a PhD;
  • How has the applicant’s academic or professional background prepares them for PhD studies;
  • Reasons for selecting the ISDS program at LSU;
  • As best as possible, an outline of possible research interests;
  • Any other information that may assist the department in their admission decision

To be considered for admission within the E. J. Ourso College and the department, applicants should have successfully completed course work equivalent to the MBA or MS in MSA. In general, a minimum GPA of 3.5 should have been maintained on prior graduate work and a score of 600 or above must have been achieved on the GMAT. Applicants who have graduated from non-U.S. institutions must take the TOEFL examination and receive a minimum score of at least 550; furthermore, applicants should display English language proficiency. Satisfaction of these threshold standards, however, does not guarantee admission. Final admission decisions will reflect a consideration of all relevant documents, as well as current Department resources.

The Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems uses a rolling admission process. The application deadline is March 1 for fall admissions.