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E. J. Ourso College of Business, Louisiana State University

E. J. Ourso College of Business, Louisiana State University


The state of achieving superior standards. A word that embodies the spirit and philosophy of the Ourso College. The outstanding faculty of the college is engaged in preparing itself and its students for the next millennium through empowered leadership, academic accomplishment, and cutting-edge technology. Innovative educational programs are designed to provide young people with the knowledge and skills to adapt to and contribute to the extraordinarily complex global marketplace of today and tomorrow. The Ourso College at LSU is part of a rich culture of excellence that inspires students to make a difference in the world of business and government through innovative thinking, ambitious aspiration, and continuous learning. Our vision is excellence in all we do.

For nearly seventy years, the Ourso College has been an integral component of Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College. Established in 1928, the College has long enjoyed a reputation for offering sound academic programs. The College was originally founded as the College of Commerce and was among the first group of public institutions to receive baccalaureate accreditation by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 1931. The College established its MBA program in 1935 and granted its first Ph.D. in 1938. In 1959, the College was renamed the College of Business Administration and gained AACSB master's accreditation in 1963. The first Executive MBA class was admitted in 1992. Accreditation for both baccalaureate and master's programs was most recently reaffirmed in November 1996. Distinguished graduates, now nearly 25,000 strong, have created successful careers in all manner of business and governmental organizations. In August of 1996, the College was renamed the Ourso College.

Program Admission Requirements

Demonstrate your commitment and readiness to succeed in business school by taking the GMAT exam – the most widely used exam for admissions that measures your critical thinking and reasoning skills.

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    E. J. Ourso College of Business Louisiana State University 3304 Patrick F. Taylor Hall,