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Online Graduate Certificate in Workforce Development

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Become a Change Agent.

The Graduate Certificate in Workforce Development 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.

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Learn from a top-tier, award-winning faculty

LSU’s professors are recognized as thought leaders in their fields, ensuring that the online experience is as rewarding as that of an on-campus classroom.


Develop leadership and cutting edge organization development skills

The program fully covers leadership development, applied research methods, human resource analytics, and more.

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Connect with an expansive alumni network

Not only does the degree prepare students to become HR leaders in multiple industries, but LSU’s expansive alumni network can help open doors to opportunities in those fields.

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Total credit hours per program: 18 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $481

Total cost with fees: $8,658

Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Exact fees may vary by program. Please consult an Enrollment Coach for the final program cost.

Course Listings

  • LHRD 7602 Program Evaluation & Design | Credit Hours: 3
  • LHRD 7571 Performance & Needs Analysis in Human Resource Development | Credit Hours: 3
  • LHRD 7171 Instructional Design for Human Resource Development | Credit Hours: 3
  • LHRD 7001 Principles of Workforce Development | Credit Hours: 3
  • LHRD 7271 Leading Learning in Human Resource Development | Credit Hours: 3
  • LHRD 7005 Workforce Planning and Analysis | Credit Hours: 3

Admission Requirements

  • Resume or C.V. with a complete and accurate chronological outline of all previous college-level education and full-time professional work experience
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • Post-baccalaureate transcripts
  • Graduate transcripts
  • Personal statement expressing your interest in the program. In 500 words or less introduce yourself to the faculty, describe your professional and academic goals, and explain how you think our graduate certificate program fits your interests and goals

What makes this program unique?

LSU’s Master of Science in Leadership & Human Resource Development or Graduate Certificate in Workforce Development prepares students to improve effectiveness at a range of professional organizations. Graduates often excel in senior HR leadership and consulting roles. The programs enable students to feel confident in their ability to identify and analyze workplace conflicts and develop solutions, help organizations achieve their business and leadership goals, and use evidence-based practice to help companies make lasting, organizational changes. Additionally, online classes and a curriculum that can be completed in 12 months provide invaluable flexibility to working professionals.

Why choose LSU?

The passion and excellence that LSU stands for have earned the school a coveted "Tier One" spot in U.S. News & World Report's “Best Colleges.” As the state’s flagship university, LSU has been preparing students for rewarding careers for nearly 150 years. Today, LSU is equally proud of its strides to make education more accessible through innovative online degree programs that are every bit as rigorous as its on-campus programs

Through the dedication of an exceptional faculty and staff, LSU is one of only 30 universities in the United States designated as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution. In addition, LSU is the only public top-tier university—and the only university in Louisiana—to receive the honor of being placed in the "very high research activity" category by the Carnegie Foundation.

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LSU Online & Continuing Education uses data from Burning Glass Technologies to pull real-time labor market information. The company's artificial intelligence technology analyzes hundreds of millions of job postings and real-life career transitions to provide insight into labor market patterns. This real-time strategic intelligence offers crucial insights, such as which jobs are most in-demand, the specific skills employers need, and the career directions that offer the highest potential for workers. Please note that your career opportunities are not limited to these options.