Workforce Development
Online Major

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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 a flexible and convenient way to finish their degree. There are two options for students to enter this degree:

1. Students who have completed an associate's degree can complete this 60-hour degree program to earn their Bachelor of Science degree.
2. Students who have not completed an associate's degree must complete the 60-hour degree program, include the Pitt State Pathway requirements* for the Bachelor of Science degree and elective credits to meet the 120-hour requirement for a bachelor's degree. Please note that while all 60 hours of the program requirements are offered online, not all Pathway requirements and electives may be offered online.

All 60-hours of coursework are available online and can be completed in two years. Students may enroll as either full-time or part-time depending on their needs.

*Pitt State Pathway Requirements

Students not possessing an associate degree must complete the Pitt State Pathway requirements associated with the traditional bachelor of science degree at Pittsburg State University. These courses are in addition to the 60 hours offered online for the Workforce Development program by Pittsburg State University.

Total, 120 hours required for Bachelor of Science with a Major in Workforce Development degree.



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  • Credit hours
  • Total tuition = $17,940*
    *Cost per credit hour and total tuition is based on 2023-2024 academic year tuition rates and assuming all coursework is completed online in the 2023-2024 academic year. Cost per credit hour and total tuition will vary if studies span over one or more academic year.

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  • Outcomes
  • Typical Job Titles and Career Options
  • Companies that Employ our Graduates
  • Student Testimonials
1. Demonstrate knowledge of leadership skills, including team management, performance management, and communication, by successful completion of paper-pencil examinations, and real-world applications documented in a portfolio applicable to their technical area.
2. Demonstrate safety knowledge and skills for the workplace setting, by successfully completing a series of projects and real world applications documented in portfolio applicable to their technical area (e.g., Technology Management Portfolio in TM 699).
3. Demonstrate competence in thinking skills–thinking creatively, decision making, problem solving, troubleshooting and diagnosing, and reasoning by successfully completing a series of projects and real world applications.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of the management professional, elements of professionalism, assessment practices, and the role of these in career development, by successful completion of paper-pencil examinations, experiential projects and real-world applications documented in a portfolio.
5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the use of educational and instructional technologies associated with workforce development programs, as documented in a portfolio.
6. Demonstrate technical and professional knowledge that reflects current trends and practices, based on recommendations by related advisory committees (i.e., Workforce Development Advisory Council).
  • 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 Workforce Development, Vocational Teacher Education, Technology and Engineering Education, and Wood Product Manufacturing.  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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