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2025 Session: May 19 – 30

75 Years

Banking Education Experience

17,018

Successful Graduates

52 Faculty Members

working for you

180 hrs

of Classroom Instruction

Graduate School of Banking at LSU

The best place to build your career

FEATURES:

– FACULTY – Leading Bankers Teaching Bankers
– CURRICULUM – Real and Applicable Topics
– ACTIVE LEARNING – Bank Simulation

BENEFITS:

– Gain deeper KNOWLEDGE and understanding of major banking functions
– OPPORTUNITY for advancement to helps further your career in banking
– NETWORK of contacts with relationships that last a lifetime

Faculty

Leading Bankers,
Educators and
Consultants teaching
future innovators.

Curriculum

A real and applicable
educational experience with
active learning through
bank simulation

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TESTIMONIALS

WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT US…

“The Graduate School of Banking at LSU transformed my career. The program’s blend of expert instruction, practical application, and incredible network of classmates equipped me with the knowledge and confidence to take on greater challenges. This program also led me to my current role. I highly recommend this program to anyone looking to elevate themselves.”

Matthew McElveen
Matthew McElveenPresident, Voyager Lending
Class of 2024

“I attended one year of graduate banking school with another program in 2022 and, then, enrolled as a first-year student at the Graduate School of Banking at LSU in 2023.  It was all “first class.”  Check-in could not have gone more smoothly and the dorm rooms were extremely nice, clean, and well-designed.  Even the food and the staff at the dining hall were exceptional. They went out of their way to make sure we had an enjoyable dining experience – going so far as saying “Thank you, have a great day and study hard!”  All of the professors were excellent and seemed to really enjoy teaching at the school, which made going to class each day a fantastic experience.  After spending two weeks with 180 other freshman students on campus, I now realize more than ever why GSBLSU is hands-down the best graduate school of banking program in the country.”

Barry Winford
Barry Winford Executive Chief Credit Officer, PriorityOne Bank, Class of 2025

“My experience with the Graduate School of Banking at LSU has helped me evolve into a more well-rounded banker, while allowing me to hone my risk management and leadership skills. The program offers foundational banking classes that build upon each other over the three years. Additionally, having the ability to choose elective classes that best compliment career goals makes the program ideal for bankers regardless of their job function.

The people, however, made the entire program exceptional. Instructors and staff are all passionate about banking and GSBLSU, which keeps the program exciting and relevant. My fellow classmates and class officers became dear friends who made the entire experience memorable and significant.”

Jamie Johnson
Jamie JohnsonRisk Quality Control Manager, Chesapeake Bank, Class of 2023

“I was looking for ways to become a more well-rounded, proficient banker – and found the perfect fit with The Graduate School of banking at LSU.   And while it was a significant investment of time and other valuable resources, it was the best investment I could make in developing my skill sets.   The case studies, amazing professors and guest lectures, combined with the bank simulation – created the perfect learning environment for me to absorb and take that knowledge back to my bank.   Above all of that, the people I was able to form meaningful and enriching relationships with will last my entire career.   I have contacts all over the country (and Mexico) that I can turn to for advice.  I couldn’t say that 3 years ago.   This program was the best decision I, and my bank, could have made for my personal and professional development.”

Jeff Dannelly
Jeff DannellySenior Vice President, Hancock Whitney; Class of 2022

“As a Mexican student from a Mexican bank, you might consider the Graduate School of Banking at LSU because it offers a unique opportunity to gain insights into international banking practices while strengthening your knowledge of the Mexican banking industry. The program’s diverse faculty and student body can provide valuable perspectives on global financial trends, which could benefit your career in the Mexican banking sector. GSB at LSU offers a rigorous curriculum tailored to the financial industry, providing in-depth knowledge and practical skills for career advancement in the banking sector.  Additionally, the school’s emphasis on practical skills and industry connections might help you establish meaningful relationships with professionals from around the world, enhancing your network within and beyond Mexico.”

Jesús González Melo
Jesús González MeloBanorte, Subdirector Banca Transaccional Mercados, Class of 2023

“Making the commitment to attend GSB at LSU was a very wise choice for me, and one that I would recommend anyone in the banking industry to make.  It truly is a commitment.  Going into my freshmen year I really did not know what to expect, even though I spoke with several graduates of the school. Nothing I can say here will prepare you for the level of instruction GSB offers!  I must say I was surprised by the intensity, and the amount of information given to us in each class.  The content of the classes are very broad, I came away with a much higher understanding of the banking industry as a whole.  I heard on numerous occasions fellow classmates expressing how they now understand why management makes the decisions they do, and to me, this makes a huge difference with many things within an organization.  The knowledge gained during my three years is irreplaceable, and is hard to obtain doing your everyday job.   For those with a little grey in your hair like mine, do not feel like it is too late!  My three roommates and I are in our 50’s, we made it, and actually did pretty well.  Last, but certainly not the least, is the friendships and the connections you will make.  This part cannot be taught, is not listed in the curriculum, but might be the most important aspect of the experience.  I do not know how they do it, but the GSB staff seems to place students in the best possible situations, I hear it over and over from graduates of the class!  So, from an individual standpoint, this commitment is a great investment, and from an organizational standpoint, an outstanding investment in your employees.”

Brett Ballard
Brett BallardSenior Vice President, Southern Independent Bank; Class of 2021

“The Graduate School of Banking at LSU provided an invaluable opportunity to expand my knowledge of bank management.  More importantly, it gave me a much broader prospective of the banking industry.  The ability to attend classes, share meals, and enjoy social functions with bankers with vastly different backgrounds from all over the United States and Mexico, gave me a perspective I could never experience anywhere else. It was truly humbling and motivating to learn from top tier instructors and from my proven, successful classmates within the industry.  My time at LSU was priceless and it was an opportunity that I will always be grateful for. ”

 Jonathan Kruckow
Jonathan KruckowVirginia State President, Skyline National Bank, Class of 2019

The Graduate School of Banking at LSU really prepares oneself for the everchanging financial world. The wide variety of class topics, along with the flexible electives, and popular bank simulation gives a great overall understanding that can be tailored to any bank setting throughout our country.

Doug Haehl
Doug HaehlExecutive VP, Citizens Bank of Lafayette
Advisory Council, Class of 2018

The school stressed knowledge, competence, relationships, community involvement, and humble leadership. The remaining two years further solidified my relationships with professors and students, continued to deepen my theoretical and practical knowledge of banking, and culminated in applying all we learned in a two-week bank simulation.

Don Hillbish
Don HillbishVice President, C&F Bank
President, Class of 2018

The school has far surpassed what I thought it was going to give me.  Lasting relationships. The incredible network of bankers and vendors to bankers. If you have any questions, your network is like having a banking rolodex that you couldn’t compile in 100 years.

Casey Christopher
Casey ChristopherFirst Vice President, CenterState Bank
Advisory Council, Class of 2015

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