Overview | LSU Department of Finance

About Us


As a CFA® University Affiliate, we prepare students for careers in investments through coursework related to the program and help them develop knowledge in studies related to real estate, risk management, insurance, and business law. Our vision is to be recognized among the Top 20 departments of finance at public universities for excellence in the production, dissemination, and application of financial knowledge.

Our faculty has compiled a strong record of excellence in research and teaching, creating exciting educational opportunities for our students. Additionally, major media outlets seek out our faculty members often because of their expertise in the financial world.

The Department of Finance offers the following:

Students in finance have multiple opportunities to participate in various groups and organized events, including:

Students in finance can take advantage of our innovative, challenging, and high quality learning experiences, including the Securities Markets Analysis Research & Trading (SMART) Lab. Complete with Bloomberg terminals, the SMART Lab is a simulated trading floor that students use to research firms and to advise the LSU Foundation on how to invest in LSU’s Tiger Fund.


LSU Finance Undergrads at the NYSE

Bachelor of Science in Finance

A 120-hour program that focuses on how individuals, businesses, and organizations acquire and utilize capital (i.e. money). Two basic elements of finance include the tradeoff between expected returns and risk and the importance of timing of future cash flows.

MS Finance Program Students

Master of Science in Finance

A 36-hour program of non-thesis course work that is intended to be a full-time, three-semester program. Students are required to successfully complete at least 18 hours of finance courses, including three required courses.

Accelerated MS Finance students in class

Accelerated Master of Science in Finance

An accelerated program, allowing students to accumulate graduate credit while still pursuing an undergraduate degree in finance and earn both in four or four-and-a-half years, is also available.


JD/MS Finance students

JD/MS in Finance

Students may also pursue a JD/MS in finance, offered concurrently with the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

Finance PhD Program

PhD in Finance

A curriculum that teaches students how to critically analyze the extant literature and empirical evidence of the theory of finance to devise and execute new research and to demonstrate functional knowledge of finance through effective teaching. 

CFA Students in the SMART Lab

CFA® University Affiliation

CFA® University Affiliation recognition provides a signal to potential students, current students, and the marketplace that the E. J. Ourso College's curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA exams. Because of this partnership, LSU is able to offer a CFA Capstone class, which helps students prepare for the Level I CFA exam, and CFA University Affiliation scholarships for all levels, which greatly reduce the cost of the exams.