Eduniversal Ranks LSU MPA in Top 20, MS Finance in Top 40

01/22/2013 09:41 AM

BATON ROUGE – Eduniversal has announced its 2012-2013 ranking of the best 4,000 masters programs for 30 majors and has included the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Public Administration Institute, or PAI, and Department of Finance in the mix. The worldwide ranking body designated PAI’s Master of Public Administration as 19th in North America and LSU’s Master of Science in Finance curriculum as 40th in North America. This is the second annual edition of these Eduniversal rankings, which are separate and unrelated to its global rankings for business schools.

PAI appeared in the same position in Eduniversal’s inaugural rankings last year, holding fast to its spot. According to PAI Director Jim Richardson, the institute is very proud of its alumni and pleased with this international recognition.

“The LSU MPA has built a reputation over 40 years,” Richardson said. “Our graduates are holding top positions in various levels of government, not for profit organizations and private industry.”

Eduniversal’s rankings are based on three criteria:

  • The reputation of the program;
  • The career prospects and the salary level of the first employment after graduation; and
  • The satisfaction feedback of the students.


According to Department of Finance Chair Carlos Slawson, the Master of Science in Finance is a challenging advanced degree that prepares students to become leaders of their chosen field.

“One of the great parts about this program is that it allows students to choose and devote 18 hours of the curriculum to supporting their career goals,” Slawson said. “That is a major part of why our students are so successful in finding a position before or right after graduation.”

The Public Administration Institute at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers a 42-hour degree program that emphasizes management and financial skills for those leading public agencies, nonprofit and healthcare organizations and for-profit organizations that interact with governmental agencies. PAI’s faculty members are student-oriented and nationally-recognized for their expertise in their fields. For more information, visit or call 225-578-6743.

The Department of Finance is a Chartered Financial Analyst, or CFA, Program Partner and a Certified Financial Planner, or CFP, Board-Registered Program that offers high quality curricula to undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking, financial planning and business law. The department boasts internationally renowned research faculty in several areas, including derivatives, asset management, banking and spatial econometrics.

The department’s Securities Markets Analysis Research & Trading, or SMART, Lab boasts the Bloomberg Professional service, the platform used by more than 300,000 leading business and financial professionals worldwide to make informed business decisions, and an extensive library of financial data bases including the Wharton WRDS System. Additionally, the department encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally renowned Real Estate Research Institute. For more information, visit or call 225-578-6291.

For more information on Eduniversal’s Best Masters Rankings, visit

Wendy  Marx 
E. J. Ourso College of Business

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013