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Master of Science in Leadership & Human Resource Development Online

Complete Coursework: as little as 12 months Credit Hours: 36 Tuition: $481 per credit hour*

One of the top human resource and leadership development programs in the United States, the LSU Master of Science in Leadership & Human Resource Development online program can help you prepare to meet the growing demand for professionals who can facilitate and lead positive change.

In this program, you can acquire the leadership knowledge and change management skills needed by all types of organizations, from business, education and healthcare, to hospitality, IT, manufacturing, and community development. Learn to confidently manage organizational change, human resource planning, compensation, international human resources, training, and project management.

Our M.S. program is designed to prepare you to:

  • Develop and leverage an organization's human capital resources
  • Collaborate with leaders, managers and employees to identify and analyze performance issues and develop and implement strategies and interventions to address them
  • Help organizations realize their strategic goals and objectives by monitoring and evaluating outcomes
  • Use cutting-edge evidence-based practice to create environments that foster change initiatives
  • Increase effectiveness as an organizational leader
  • Expand knowledge and skills needed to become a consultant, transition to new roles, or advance as an HR professional
  • Prepare for a wide range of leadership positions, including those in business, government and nonprofits.

This program consists of 12 graduate courses (36 credit hours) in an accelerated online format. It is designed and taught by a diverse, multidisciplinary, and award-winning faculty, who are among the top researchers in the field and bring a wealth of applied experience to the online classroom.

Note: As of Fall 2018, The School of Human Resource Education has changed its name to the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development. The Master of Science in Human Resource Education with a Concentration in Human Resource and Leadership Development (HRLD) is now the Master of Science in Leadership & Human Resource Development (LHRD).

*The LSU Board of Supervisors may modify tuition and/or fees at any time without advance notice.

Online Courses


Core Courses

Survey of the evolving perspectives and critical pillars that illuminate and link the fields of leadership and human resource development.
Survey of the philosophy of science underlying the scientific method in the study of leadership and human resource development.
An experiential introduction to the applied research process in organizations including the conceptualization of applied research, designing studies, analyzing data, and reporting results to stakeholders.
Systematic application of social research procedures for evaluating the conceptualization, design, implementation and utility of human resource and organization development programs.
Survey of the training and development function in modern organizations. Particular focus is given to learning theory and strategies, program design, and evaluation in applied (field) settings. A multidisciplinary perspective is encouraged.
A comprehensive look at classic and contemporary theory and research in the twin domains of leadership and leadership development.
Theory and principles used in the analysis of performance problems in organizations; emphasis on the application of performance theory and use of tools and techniques for analyzing organizational, process and individual level performance problems.
Introduction to the theory, methods and practice of organization change and development; emphasis on the role of the HRD practitioner as change agent and the interventions used to lead and manage organization change.
Human resource and organizational behavior issues will be examined through the lens of measurement, analysis, and financial impact for the organization.
Advanced study of adult learning theory and research; emphasis on learning theory and research in adult learning with implications for adult learning practice.
Survey of team and work group dynamics.
Explores the development of cross-cultural skills through examination of culture theory, cross-cultural competence models, and experiential training methods.
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