01/30/2014 11:21 AM
BATON ROUGE – Eduniversal has announced its 2013-2014 ranking of the best 4,000 master’s
programs for 30 majors and has included the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business’ Department
of Finance and Public Administration Institute once again. The worldwide ranking body
designated PAI’s Master of Public Administration as 22 in North America and LSU’s
Master of Science in Finance curriculum as 38 in North America. This is the third
annual edition of these Eduniversal rankings, which are separate and unrelated to
its global rankings for business schools.
According to Department of Finance Chair Carlos Slawson, the Master of Science in
Finance’s slight uptick from 40 to 38 in this year’s rankings is a signal that the
program is not only maintaining its position but improving it.
“Considering this ranking takes into account programs from both private and public
institutions in North America, being amongst the top 40 is pretty good,” Slawson said.
“We look forward to continued improvement in all of our rankings as we evaluate and
enhance our programs.”
According to PAI Director Jim Richardson, the ranking shows PAI is maintaining an
“Of the four SEC institutions that were ranked, we’re second,” Richardson said. “The
other two are outside of the top 30. Our program is strong, vibrant and growing every
year with the addition of new alumni and new faculty bringing fresh ideas to our srtudents.”
PAI’s faculty includes a fellow of the National Academy for Public Administration;
a member of the National Council for Science and the Environment; participants in
the American Society for Public Administration; members of budgeting, finance and
public policy planning associations and major contributors to state and local public
Eduniversal’s rankings are based on three criteria:
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 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 www.business.lsu.edu/finance or call 225-578-6291.
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 www.business.lsu.edu/pai or call 225-578-6743.
Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014