The world of work is changing. Organizations of all types are increasingly challenged to respond to changes in social values and adapt to change in social, ecological, economic, and technical systems. Graduates from our programs will be at the forefront in sculpting how individuals, teams, and organizations of all kinds respond to these forces.
Our BS, MS, PhD and certificate programs are designed to develop the leadership, planning, analytical, problem solving, and change management capabilities that today's globalized organizations need to be successful. The knowledge and skills graduates acquire are highly transferable and can be applied in a wide range of positions and settings. For example, our graduates are employed as organization development specialists, chief learning officers, human resource directors, international consultants, training directors, and others. They work in a wide range of local, state, national and international organizations including for-profit Fortune 500 companies, state and national governmental organizations, non-profit community organizations, and civil society organizations. Their skills are applied in the health sector, education, manufacturing, IT, business, community development, and hospitality and tourism.
The MS degree program is an applied program designed to develop in students the leadership, planning, analytical, problem solving, and change management capabilities that today's globalized organizations need to be successful. The knowledge and skills graduates acquire enable them to develop and leverage an organization's human capital resources, collaborate with leaders, managers, and employees to identify and analyze performance issues, develop and implement strategies to address high priority performance issues, create enabling environments to maximize the potential for change, monitor and evaluate the outcomes of strategies and interventions, use cutting-edge evidence-based practice to foster change, and help organizations realize their strategic goals and objectives. Capabilities learned through this program are highly transferable and can be applied in a wide range of positions and settings.
The PhD offers a research-oriented, broad-based program of study that can be modified to fit student interests. The program is strongly grounded in leadership, human resource and organization development, and change management theory. The curriculum is focused on foundational and advanced theory and evidence-based practice to ensure relevance in today's challenging organizational environments. The goal of the PhD program is to develop highly skilled and innovative researchers and scholar-practitioners. This effectively prepares students for a wide range of careers ranging from academicians at leading educational institutions, professional consultants, human resource and organization development leaders, and other careers in which advanced research, analytical, and organization change capabilities are required.
The LSU online MS program provides students with the advanced skills and techniques needed to improve the operational effectiveness and foster change across a diverse range of employees, groups, and professional organizations. Students have the option to earn a Graduate Certificate in Workforce Development for 18 credit hours. With the Master of Science, students can finish in as little as 12 months. Both tracks offer the ability to hone skills at the Leadership Development Institute to become an expert in human resource development.
The Master of Science of Leadership and Human Resource Development with a concentration in Workforce Development program is designed to prepare students to meet the challenges of workforce globalization, talent development, and changing technology through a holistic approach to human resource strategy. Students will expand their knowledge as workforce development professionals equipped for leadership roles in a wide range of fields, including business, healthcare, manufacturing, and community and economic development, as well as in government and non-profit sectors.
Certificate Program (Online)
This program approaches workforce development as a holistic human resource strategy whose purpose is to develop people to meet the needs of for-profit, not-for-profit, and governmental organizations in Louisiana and the region. Graduates will develop the skills necessary to approach workforce development strategically, analyze skill and competency needs in the workforce, and implement workforce development processes that enable organizations to develop employees in ways that meet the current and future challenges associated with global competition, talent development, changing technology, and other pressures.