Innovation is our business.
The Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems (SDEIS) develops students into leaders in entrepreneurial, IT, and analytics industries. With synergistic degree offerings, co-curricular activities, and innovative minors, students receive captivating classroom and experiential learning that prepares them to succeed in any technology-based or entrepreneurial career.
Entrepreneurship students develop an entrepreneurial mindset and gain the knowledge and skills needed to start a business or become an innovative leader within an existing organization.
Students of information systems and analytics build tech-based solutions to address complex strategic and operational challenges for all types of organizations. Developing a consulting mindset and project management skills are integral parts of each degree. While these paths are different, both are crucial to the industry and help position you at the forefront of the workforce.
Explore Our Degree Programs
Entrepreneurship students learn to identify and pursue new businesses opportunities
and adapt existing businesses for growth potential.
Information Systems & Decision Sciences students apply sophisticated analytics and business intelligence tools to solve complex challenges.
The MS Analytics prepares students to use data-driven methods to contribute to organizational effectiveness and guide decisions. This STEM-designated program emphasizes computer science, statistics, operations research, and quality management through classroom instruction, hands-on exercises, and team projects.
The mark of highest achievement in entrepreneurship and information systems scholarship. The LSU PhD in Business Administration program within SDEIS prepares graduate students for successful careers as researchers and professors. Learn more about the two distinct areas for students to focus their studies.
Researchers in entrepreneurship and information systems seek to improve the understanding of complex entrepreneurial issues and discover creative data-driven decisions that lead to operational efficiency and innovation. Learn about the ground-breaking research from the SDEIS faculty.
Our faculty are elite researchers who combine current theories and methods with hands-on learning and projects in their courses. They publish articles in top academic journals, write textbooks, and are entrepreneurs, resulting in a well-rounded education from theoretical and real-world perspectives.
Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute
The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute (SEI) fosters entrepreneurial practices through co-curricular activities and community outreach.
SEI seeks to inspire, innovate, integrate, and implement new ways of thinking to positively impact students and the regional economy. In support of its mission, SEI offers the J Terrell Brown Venture Challenge, Startup Weekend, Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs, and more.
Space to Innovate
Floating above the BEC Rotunda is the Mark and Judy Weaver Ideation Lab — a creative space for students running or starting a business while at LSU.
It is designed to meet the needs of entrepreneurship, venture development, mentorship, and engagement in the regional business community. In the lab, students can access innovative equipment, including a 3-D printer.
The Student Experience
In 2007 and 2017, LSU alumni Emmet and Toni Stephenson made generous investments in the E. J. Ourso College. Their vision and gifts enabled the establishment of the Bachelor of Science in entrepreneurship and the expansion of the Entrepreneurship Institute. Through their monumental investments, the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems and the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute were named in their honor. Entrepreneurial visionaries committed to education and opportunity, the Stephensons have left an indelible mark on LSU and the Louisiana entrepreneurial ecosystem. Learn more about these visionary entrepreneurs and philanthropists.
SDEIS Advisory Council
The dedicated supporters on the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems Advisory Board provide guidance on internships, student employment, and department promotion. These individuals are experts in their fields and bring a wide range of knowledge, experience, and networks to the college for the benefit of our students.
University of Georgia student entrepreneur Vanessa Sachs, CEO and founder of SWAKE Cosmetics, won first place in the 2022 SEC Student Pitch Competition, hosted by the E. J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University.
Louisiana State University will host the seventh Southeastern Conference Student Pitch Competition, as student entrepreneurs deliver their best presentations to a panel of judges on October 2-3.
Ceres Plant Protein Cereal, a company co-founded by LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business alumnus Branson Morgan, recently earned over $100,000 in cash and in-kind services as the winners of the 8th annual Startup St. Bernard pitch competition.