PhD Admission Criteria

Thank you for your interest in joining the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development PhD program.  The PhD in Leadership & Human Resource Development (LHRD) is a research-based degree for individuals interested in advanced practice in LHRD, conducting and publishing applied and basic research, and/or teaching at the college level.  This page describes the admission criteria for our program.  We make every effort to review application materials as quickly as possible.  In order to do so, you will need to submit several pieces of information with your application.  Failure to submit ALL of the documents listed below in a timely fashion will slow the admission decision. 

Required Application Materials:

  • 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. This document of 1,000 words or less provides the admissions committee with information allowing them to become more acquainted with you and your interests. Your statement should address the following questions
    1. What do you want to study in our PhD program? We see leadership and human resource development as logically connected and mutually supportive areas of study and practice. Both fields have their origins in the social sciences (psychology, sociology), the humanities (ethics, philosophy), and professional and applied fields (organization development, education). Both are multidisciplinary academic fields and both are developmental insofar as they seek to create positive change in people, organizations, and communities. Within this broad sphere of research, theory, and practice where do your interests lie? Why does this make you a good match for our program?
    2. What are your research interests? Our PhD program offers a research-oriented degree in which the completion of a research-based dissertation is the capstone achievement. Describing your research interests will help our faculty gauge areas of overlap between your interests and theirs. Therefore, please provide a statement of your potential research interests. In doing so, try to situate your research interests within the larger fields of leadership and human resource development, articulate one or more broad questions you are interested in answering, and describe why the question or questions are important.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements

Admission to the PhD program requires:

  • A minimum of a 3.0 gpa in the last half (60 hours) of undergraduate coursework.
  • A minimum of a 3.0 gpa on all previous graduate coursework.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is highly recommended, but not mandatory, for applicants


Students are admitted to the fall semester only.  Perspective students must submit their application and supporting materials by January 15. 

Please note:  Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not ensure acceptance into the program. The compatibility of the applicant’s research interests with those of current faculty is considered when evaluating the applicant. Applicants will be notified of their admission after the January 15 deadline.

All applicants must adhere to the application procedures and deadlines established by the LSU Graduate School and the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development.



Melissa Turnage
Academic Program Specialist


Program Coordinator

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Erin Richard, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Associate Professor