LSU E. J. Ourso College, LSU Engineering Announce Joint Degree

09/11/2014 10:35 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU College of Engineering and the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business have announced they will offer a dual Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Master of Business Administration degree program. The effective date for the combined degree program is fall 2015.

According to E. J. Ourso College Dean Richard D. White Jr., the program will allow highly capable students the ability to earn both their industrial engineering bachelor’s degree and MBA in just five years, instead of six.

“This 3-2 program will make our graduates even more viable in markets that are becoming increasingly competitive,” White said. “We hope to continue establishing these types of collaborative ventures with on-campus partners and appreciate all of the diligence on the College of Engineering’s part to make this happen.”

Students participating in the new joint degree program will be required to complete 162 total course credit hours, with 125 credits for their bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, 52 credits for their MBA and 18 credits of overlap. Students may begin pursuing the required courses for the program but cannot complete the degree program until fall 2015. Students will receive their bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and MBA concurrently at the end of their fifth year.

“Pursuing an MBA will help engineering undergraduate students gain a theoretical and pragmatic view of business through our core curriculum, and it will also create opportunities to enhance their professional and career development,” said LSU Flores MBA Program Interim Director Dana Hart. “We look forward to working with Dr. Craig Harvey and the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering to enhance our respective college offerings and promote new opportunities for students at LSU.”

To be considered for the program, students must take the GMAT during their junior year and apply for admission to the LSU Flores MBA Program at the end of their junior year. While there is a minimum requirement of 3.0 overall GPA and 600 GMAT/314 GRE to apply, special emphasis is given to assessing students’ maturity and likelihood of success in program. If admitted, students pay the MBA tuition for their final two years. In addition, students must earn a 3.0 or higher on all coursework applied to the MBA program.

The mission of the LSU Flores MBA Program is to remain competitive in the national and regional markets, while fostering learning, leadership and networking in a global business environment. Full-time, professional, executive and online tracks are offered and provide schedule flexibility for those wishing to pursue their MBA from a nationally recognized program. For more information, visit or call 225-578-8867.

Founded in 1908, the LSU College of Engineering offers 11 undergraduate degree programs and confers approximately 650 bachelor’s degrees per year, ranking it in the top 10 percent nationally for graduates. In 2013, it became the largest academic college in the LSU System and the fifth fastest growing engineering college in the nation. One-hundred and thirty-five faculty members engage in education, research, and commercialization with a strategic focus on research indigenous to Louisiana: energy and environmental sustainability, and natural and built infrastructure. For more information about LSU’s College of Engineering visit

Wendy  Marx 
E. J. Ourso College of Business

Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2014