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M.S. Information Systems and Analytics  

Data is everywhere – and proliferating at an increasing rate. People who can manage, process, preserve, secure, analyze, and interpret it are in demand. Managed well, this data can offer businesses great competitive advantages, reveal new scientific insights, and help solve complex problems. The growth of “Big Data” has created demand for skilled individuals in information systems and business intelligence.

The MSISA program prepares students for leadership positions in which they can move beyond managing a business to improving it through information technology and business intelligence.

Learn more about the new program





 Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Major


B.A. Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship

Top Skills Learned in an Entrepreneurial Degree:

  • Recognize opportunities

  • Customer development

  • Risk mitigation

  • Financial management

  • Communicate vision

  • Business Plan/Model

  • Development

  • Creativity

  • Resource acquisition

Learn more about the new program



Lutgert College of Business News


January 23, 2018:
Student researches classroom motivation

Nora JohnsonN
ora Johnson (Finance, 2017) goes above and beyond on her own initiative, embodying the findings of her undergraduate research project. While at the Lutgert College of Business, Johnson did an independent research project with management professor Brian Schaffer to see if a 60-year old workplace theory applied to students in the classroom by “study[ing] student motivation versus faculty perceptions of student motivation….” She found that higher expectations of students will lead to better student performance. She presented her findings at the 2016 National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Asheville, N.C. Immediately after her fall 2017 graduation, Johnson began her new career as a green coffee financial analyst with Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA in New Jersey.

Johnson believes the chance to do research as an undergraduate was “invaluable”. “This experience really gave me my first taste of data analysis — and I loved it,” Johnson said. “Thanks to the intimate learning environment that FGCU allows, you can have opportunities like this, to study one-on-one with professors, identifying novel conclusions to questions that nobody else in the world has studied.”

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Read even more about Nora Johnson in this Q&A

January 18, 2018:
Gartner Sales Center
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Gartner Sales Center - Grand Opening - Ribbon Cutting

Left to Right:
Bob Gregerson (Dean, CAS), James Llorens (Interim Provost, FGCU),
Greg Arlington (Vice President, Gartner), Mike Martin (President, FGCU),
Kevin Price (Vice President, Gartner; Member of FGCU Board of Trustees), and Bob Beatty (Dean, LCOB)

Read more about the Grand Opening

January 18, 2018:
Gartner Sales Center
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Gartner Sales Center - Grand Opening - Psi Sigma Epsilon

Students leaders of Pi Sigma Epsilon, Eta Eta Chapter with Amy Scott, LCOB Advisor

Read more about the Grand Opening

December 8, 2017:

EXPO DAY 2017 - Overhead View

EXPO DAY 2017 as seen from above

EXPO DAY 2017 - Judges

 Our 2017 Judges

EXPO DAY 2017 - Live Love Shine
2017 EXPO DAY Winners
Live Love Shine

EXPO DAY 2017 - Oceanic Saviors

Ocean Saviors

EXPO DAY 2017 - Supersonics


Around 25 student teams from all MAN 3046 (Team and Group Processes) classes
displayed their Service Learning projects for non-profit organizations in the area.


Fall 2017:

Pi Sigma Epsilon Logo

Members of the LCOB Eta Eta chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon,

the only national co-ed fraternity for Sales, Marketing and Management

Sincerely thank the students in the
Eta Theta Chapter at California State University, Chico

for their aid after Hurricane Irma

Your donation will help our chapter recover and grow!




October 2017:

What Kind of Decision Maker are You?

Read the full article at

View the entire October/November 2017 Issue of Gulfshore Business


Summer 2017
Hertz Global hosted 12 interns during the Summer representing
Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Marketing, and Real Estate disciplines

Hertz Summer Interns 2017

At a recent Ice Cream Social Farewell several of our outstanding students posed with Amy Scott,
Internship and Business Program Coordinator at the Lutgert College of Business


2017 LCOB Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year
*** Amy Ridgway ***

Amy Ridgway, LCOB 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year

Amy graduated Magna Cum Laude from FGCU in 2015 with a B.S. degree in Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and also was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society. In 2016, as a graduate student, she was selected to attend the Beta Gamma Sigma Global Leadership Summit in Dallas, Texas where her team took first place in the Go Energy Strategy Case Competition. Amy is currently enrolled in the MBA program while also working full time as Program Coordinator for the LCOB Institute for Entrepreneurship. As Program Coordinator for the Institute, Amy coaches more than 80 student entrepreneurs each semester in the Runway Program, an FGCU incubator program designed to help students start their own businesses, and the CEO Academy, a one-week entrepreneurial boot camp for high school students.

Read more about Amy

2017 LCOB Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year
*** Lucas Edelman ***

Lucas Edelman, LCOB 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year

Luke is pursuing a B.S. degree in PGA Golf Management with a minor in Entrepreneurship. In 2013, Luke began working with the US Green Building Council as a volunteer team leader on a newly proposed LEED initiative. Over more than three years, Luke and his team developed a certification system for golf facilities that measures the environmental “friendliness” of the facility, including water usage, carbon footprints and habitat conservation. He has also volunteered countless hours for the US Building Green Council and the First Tee of Lee County. Most recently, he interned as the Marketing and Business Development Manager for the film project “Tommy’s Honour”, a major motion picture focusing on the founding family of golf, starring Sam Neill and Jason Connery.

Read more about Lucas


Industry Diversification Chart

January 5, 2017
Industry Diversification Report Cited

The Industry Diversification Report is published quarterly by Economics Professor Dr. Chris Westley, with assistance from John Shannon, also of the Economics Department, and two student editors. The report has been cited both in Florida Trend and the Fort Myers News-Press. 

Read the News-Press story

December 27, 2016
FGCU Veterans Entrepreneur Program for ‘Hard Chargers’

If you are a veteran, regardless of age and a Florida resident, Florida Gulf Coast University’s Veteran’s Entrepreneur Program may be that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity . . . Under the guidance of Dr. Sandra Kauanui . . .

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Convict Tattoos

December 24, 2016
Dr. Kaitlyn Harger's Research Discussed in The Economist

Dr. Kaitlyn Harger of the LCOB Economics faculty has done statistical studies on the subject of prison tattoos. Her research is discussed in The Economist, one of the most respected publications in the field.

See the story in The Economist

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December 22, 2016
Entrepreneurship - The Runway Program

The Institute For Entrepreneurship's Runway Program provides future business owners with the resources, tools and experience they need to succeed. FGCU students develop cutting-edge companies at the Emergent Technologies Institute using advanced prototyping machinery, including 3-D printers, computers and high-end cameras. Students in the Fall 2016 class produced an Instagram video about the program.

See the Video


March 22, 2017:

Dr. Mark A. Livingston: "Doing the Right Thing In the Face of Serious Consequences: The Case of a U.S. Congressional Whistleblower" lecture

February 11, 2017:

2017 Florida CFA (Chartered Financial Analysts) Investment Research Challenge

January 13, 2017:

Dr. Totterdale Elected to Technology Partnership Board

November 1, 2016: Veterans to Entrepreneurs
October 17, 2016:
BB&T Free Enterprise Lecture Series
August 22, 2016: Dr. Kaitlyn Harger's research cited in recidivism story
July 2016: Performance Newsletter - Faculty and Staff Accomplishments
June 19, 2016: LCOB Finance Students learn Real Estate Fundamentals
June 29, 2016: Video: FGCU grad Cathleen Wong featured on Golf Channel
June 16, 2016: Entrepreneurship Program Profiled in Florida Weekly
May 18, 2016: SWFL Distinguished Entrepreneur Award Winners
May 1, 2016: LCOB Spring Graduation... View a collection of photos taken by a local photographer
April 8, 2016: LCOB Student Wins Dean's Award at Research Day
April 5, 2016:
LCOB Econ Major Honored by The Association of Private Enterprise Education, Petra Besenhard Receives Award at APEE event in Las Vegas
April 3, 2016: Recent LCOB Grad Honored as one of "12 Under 40"
April 1, 2016: News Report on LCOB's Entrenepreneurship Program
February 25, 2016: LCOB participates in Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program
February 4, 2016: LCOB's Dr. Kauanui describes Veterans Entrepreneurship program



College of Resort and Hospitality Management News

March 2, 2017: Q&A with RHM's James Fraser...
"From food service to faculty, his career spans the globe" in the Naples Florida Weekly
November 17, 2016: RHM's Dr. Mary Wisnom Wins RCRA Fellowship Award
November 15, 2016: PGM's Joe Groch Wins PGA Award
November 2, 2016: FGCU Golf Team Takes Jones Cup Second Place
October 2016: RHM Student Kelsey Brink Wins Scholarship
June 1, 2015: RHM's Sherie Brezina quoted on "staycations" on
February 24, 2015: RHM Grad Answers Call at South Seas Resort
February 16, 2015: RHM grad now a mentor at Residence Inn
January 27, 2015: Meet Randall Upchurch, new Director of RHM Program
October 1, 2014: PGM Director Tara McKenna Profiled in PGA Magazine
March 31, 2014: The game of golf is all business at FGCU



Small Business Development Center at FGCU Events

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), based in the College, presents events providing education, training and consulting to current and prospective small business owners.

See a listing of upcoming Southwest Florida Events and Workshops



Alumni News and Events

Visit the FGCU Alumni Association for news and events information


The MSISA program prepares students for leadership positions in which they can move beyond managing a business to improving it through information technology and business intelligence.

the only national co-ed fraternity for Sales, Marketing and Management.