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  Feb 25, 2018
University Catalog 2017-2018

Graduate Programs: College of Business

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Christopher L. Martin

Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research
Doug Amyx (Interim)

Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs
Rob Blackstock

School of Accountancy
Andrea Drake, Director

Department of Computer Information Systems                                                                                                                                    
T. Selwyn Ellis, (Interim) Head

Department of Economics and Finance
Otis W. Gilley, Head

Department of Management
Tony Inman, (Interim) Head

Department of Marketing and Analysis
Barry J. Babin, Head


More information about the College of Business may be obtained by writing to the:

Graduate Division
College of Business
P.O. Box 10318
Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, LA 71272
(318) 257-4528

and by visiting


The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at Louisiana Tech University is a full-time, in-residence program of study, which primarily prepares its graduates for careers in colleges and schools of business which value outstanding teaching, as well as research relevant to private and public organizations.

Our students are expected to attain a strategic perspective on business, a command of the theoretical, technical and pedagogical aspects of their chosen field of study and develop a research agenda emphasizing both contributions to practice and discipline based scholarship.

Program Objectives

Our DBA program is designed to meet the following learning goals:

•   Graduates will possess the necessary skills to become effective teachers.

After completing their qualifying exams, DBA candidates are provided the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses in their chosen field of study. In preparation for teaching, each student completes a 3-hour seminar on pedagogical methods. Students also receive feedback through student teaching evaluations and guidance from their faculty mentors.

•   Graduates will possess the necessary communication skills to be successful in academic

Both written and oral communication are essential skills for business faculty. Students in the DBA program are assessed on both of these when they deliver dissertation proposals, research presentations and their dissertation defense. Doctoral candidates must also pass a communications skills assessment prior to working with our undergraduates.

•   Graduates will possess the tools necessary to be proficient in conceptualizing and conducting
original research

The ability to conduct original research is crucial for successful business faculty. Students are expected to demonstrate this through the development of their dissertation and their participation in regional, national and international conference presentations in their chosen field.

•   Graduates will possess comprehensive knowledge of leading edge theory and methods used
in their chosen field.

Students are expected to gain expertise in their chosen field of study. This requires knowledge of both leading edge statistical techniques as well as leading edge theory in their chosen discipline. This will be assessed via the Statistical Tools Qualifying Exam as well as the qualifying exam in their chosen field.


The College of Business is accredited by the AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Also, the School of Professional Accountancy is separately accredited by the AACSB.

Graduate Degrees Offered

Master of Business Administration

  • Business Administration (with concentrations in Finance, Information Assurance, Innovation, Marketing, Quantitative Analysis, and Telecommunications)

Master of  Accountancy

  • Accounting

Doctor of Business Administration

  • Business Administration (with concentrations in Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Quantitative Analysis)

Graduate programs in business are designed to prepare students to engage in professional and/or administrative careers in business and government, and to enter the academic community. Students may enter the master's programs any quarter. Each graduate student has an advisor to help plan his/her program and tailor it to individual needs and objectives. In the College, no grade lower than "C" in courses taken for graduate credit will be applied toward a degree program. Also, no more than two "C"s will count toward a graduate degree. All courses pursued for graduate credit will be counted in the grade point average. To receive a graduate degree, a student must have a cumulative average of at least 3.0 on all work pursued for graduate credit while registered at Louisiana Tech.

Graduate Certificates Offered

Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance

A Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance is available to students who apply and complete CIS 521  and any three of the following: CIS 522 , CIS 523 , CIS 524 , and CIS 525 . No prerequisites are needed other than a baccalaureate degree. The certificate meets 4011 and 4016 National Security Agency guidelines.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for students of high academic accomplishment. The graduate student who holds an assistantship is expected to carry a reduced course load that will vary depending on scholastic record and amount of work required by the assistantship. Teaching assistantships are awarded to doctoral students.


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