Workforce Development
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The Bachelor of Science in Workforce Development is an online bachelor's degree completion program designed for busy working adults seeking flexible and convenient way to finish their degree. Prospective majors have completed a two-year associate degree (typically AA or AS) and are interested in pursuing a career in either management (leadership and supervision) or work in human resources in business and industry. The Bachelor of Science in Workforce Development is an ideal program for those who are work bound and cannot attend on-campus classes at a college or university.

To be eligible for the program, students must have completed a 64-hour or more associates degree of science or art and meet the 25-hour general education requirements. Those not completing an associate degree must complete all PSU General Education requirements.



  • Total per credit hour


  • Credit hours
  • Total tuition = $17,880*
    ( $262 per credit hour + $36 electronic access fee) x 60 credits
    *Cost per credit hour and total tuition is based on 2018-2019 academic year tuition rates and assuming all coursework is completed online in the 2018-2019 academic year. Cost per credit hour and total tuition will vary if studies span over one or more academic year.

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  • Program Outline
  • Typical Job Titles and Career Options
  • Companies that Employ our Graduates
  • Student Testimonials

The courses required in this program are sequenced over three years with a maximum of three courses (9 credit hours) offered each fall and spring semesters and two courses (6 credit hours) in the summer. Being enrolled for nine hours allows for financial assistance but as a part-time student. This is not a program for students who need to be enrolled as full-time students. Students who enroll in additional courses or who do not consistently enroll, may find some semesters that they will not have a full course load. It is important to remember that by following the sequence, students will know that they will be able to complete the program with the least amount of problems.

Program Outline for HRD

Summer 1 TM 606: Industrial Supervision
HRD 598: Talent Management
Fall 1 HRD 575: Instructional Media in HRD
COMM 629 Theories of Communication
MGMKT 330: Basic Marketing
Spring 1 TM 350: Societal Influence of Tech
TM 390: Trade and Job Analysis
TM 399: Tech. Mgt Professional Development
Summer 2 TM 653: Workforce Preparation
TM 699: Senior Assessment in Tech Mgt
Fall 2 HRD 630: Employee and Labor Relations
SOC 360: Community Sociology
TM 390: Trade and Job Analysis
Spring 2 HRD 596: Intro. to Human Resource Dev
TM 520: Leadership in the Workplace
MGMKT 444: Legal & Social Env. of Bus
Summer 3 TM 679: Presentation Skills
JUST 223: Basic Interviewing/ OR Phil 105
Fall  3 EST 393: Intro. to Industrial Safety
PSYCH 575: Industrial and Org. Psychology
HRD 598: Talent Management

Year 1 (Summer 2017 - Spring 2018)
Year 2 (Summer 2018 - Spring 2019)
Year 3 (Summer 2019 - Fall 2019) 

Schedule repeats beginning with Year 1 (Summer 2020)

  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Human Resources Coordinator
  • Training and Development Specialist
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Program Coordinator
  • Senior Risk Analyst
  • Recruiter
  • Director of Safety
  • Director of Employee Engagement
  • Instructor
  • Office Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Shipping Manager
  • Account Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Production Manager
  • 3M
  • John Deere
  • FedEx
  • CBRE
  • Dyno Nobel
  • Joplin R8 School District
  • Missouri Career Center
  • Jack Henry & Associates
  • SEK Educational Service Center
  • JB Hunt
  • Kansas City Southern Railway
  • Cessna
  • TREKK Design Group, LLC
  • Coffeyville Community College
  • Hopkins Manufacturing

“As a working professional with a wife and two active kids, the BSWD program allowed me to continue my education without having to shuffle around my work schedule or my home life.  I was still able to attend all of my kids activities while still getting a quality education.  The benefits of the program is that you can control the pace at which you complete the program to match your busy schedule, you can still maintain your home life, even on-line I had many of the classes with the same individuals and was able to interact inside the on-line classroom.  I choose the BSWD program because I was already working in manufacturing operation management rolls.  The degree with an emphasis in Industrial Supervision and Leadership was right in-line with my career and long term career goals.”

-Joe Jones, Class of 2015
Employer:  Dyno Nobel Inc., Carthage, MO
Occupation:  Dynamite Production Manager
(Last Dynamite Manufacturing Plant in North America)


"Pittsburg State University's Workforce Development program prepared me for a successful career in human resources. My instructors were very knowledgeable and provided me with excellent resources that I will continue to use in the future. As a non-traditional student and mother of two small children, I loved the convenience and flexibility of the online courses. I'm very happy that I chose to further my education at Pitt State."

–Angela Weidert, Class of 2018


“I chose Pitt State's Workforce Development program because of how flexible and affordable it was. It allowed me to work full-time while attending school full-time, which has helped me so much in my young career due to the fact that I was able to graduate with my Bachelor's debt-free. The program itself is unique, in my opinion, because the skills and knowledge you will learn can translate to so many different positions in the workforce whether it's sales, operations, management, etc. The professors will be there to help you every step of the way, not just in the classroom, but heading into your career as well. I couldn't be happier that I graduated from Pitt State with a BS in Workforce Development. My career wouldn't have progressed as rapidly as it has, had I not attended.”   

–Michael Anderson, Class of 2017

About Technology and Workforce Learning Department

The Department of Technology and Workforce Learning includes several undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Programs of study include two-year associate and certificate programs as well as several undergraduate degree programs in the Workforce Development, Vocational Teacher Education, Technology and Engineering Education, and Wood Technology.  Graduate programs in Career and Technical Education, Technology, and Human Resource Development are also available.  In addition, one post-graduate program in Workforce Development and Education (Ed.S) is also available.

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