Ph.D. Expectations

We expect our students to adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards, such as those set out by the Society for Human Resource Management ( review the SHRM Code of Ethics), the Association for Talent Development ( review the ATD Code of Ethics) and the American Evaluation Association ( review AEA’s Guiding Principles). These codes outline our expectations for professional conduct, ethical behavior, and quality work. 

In SLHRD, the Ph.D. is a research-based degree. We expect that you will join us with a general sense of one or two big questions that you will want to empirically study (these should be described in your Personal Statement). It’s very common for students in Ph.D. programs to change the questions they want to explore, but the earlier you have a sense of your focus area, the more you can tailor your experience in SLHRD to ultimately completing your dissertation. The faculty in SLHRD will help you establish the skills to answer these questions with credible evidence as you develop a deep understanding of Human Resources and Workforce Development.

There are normally three steps in the process leading to the doctoral degree: 1) completion of all coursework, 2) general examination (oral and written), and 3) the completion of the dissertation.

90 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree are required. Coursework within the degree will be divided into a research block, a workforce development core, and one or more minors.

  • The basic research block will consist of a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work including the dissertation. The exact makeup of this block will be determined by the student and his/her major professor and graduate committee. The research block will contain coursework in research design, statistical procedures, and interpretation of data.
  • The workforce development core will consist of a minimum of 18 semester hours of coursework available within the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development. Following the guidelines of the School, the core will be composed of coursework selected to ensure a broad understanding of the field.
  • Minors may be drawn from a discipline either within or outside of the school. Parameters relative to the minor will be consistent with LSU Graduate School regulations.
  • The final coursework requirements will be determined by the student and his/her graduate advisory committee. The student will work with his/her chairperson to determine recommended coursework. Coursework to remove deficiencies may count as part of the student’s program. Serious deficiencies may require work that, although necessary, will not be counted towards the degree requirement. All recommendations will be presented to the student’s advisory committee for final approval.