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Master of Science in Human Resource Education with a Concentration in Human Resource and Leadership 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 human resource education online program can help you prepare to meet the growing demand for professionals who can facilitate and lead positive change.

With our M.S. with a concentration in human resource and leadership development, 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.

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

Online Courses

Core Courses

Introduction to the principles and fundamental methods of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data in organizations for the purpose of informing actions and decisions related to human resource development.
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.
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.
Study of human resource development (HRD) in organizations with employees on practical application of principles for effective leadership, management and administration of the HRD function.
Nature and importance of adult education; social and psychological factors affecting adult motivation and learning; techniques for providing adult learning experiences.
Systematic application of social research procedures for evaluating the conceptualization, design, implementation and utility of vocational educational programs.
Topics in organizational science derived from research in organizational psychology, management, human resources, organizational communication, and sociology; basic understanding of the conceptual and empirical knowledge that describes and defines human behavior within organizational systems, with a particular focus on workplace organization.
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.
Comprehensive introduction and overview to the field, profession, theoretical foundations and practice of Human Resource Development (HRD).
Principles involved in formulating educational problems, hypotheses, research strategies; historical, descriptive, experimental and research methodologies.


Please choose two of the following courses to meet the six hour requirement.

Comprehensive introduction to the theory, principles, research and practices of instructional systems design (ISD) in human resource education (HRD) and training.
Application of relevant principles from leadership theory, group dynamics, social organization and organizational administration to problems of organizing extension education programs.
Principles of workforce education and development programs conducted by business, industry, government and educational institutions at all levels; relationships to adult education, career/technical education, human resource development, career development, general education and society.
Introduction to the problems, practices and models of cross-cultural competence and cross-cultural training; focus on the nature, content and function of cross-cultural training in organizations.
Principles, research, and practices of facilitating learning in human resource development (HRD) including facilitation skills for traditional classroom training, as well as informal work-based learning strategies.
Examines the process of workforce planning on a macro-level to develop students' understanding of workforce planning models, the planning process, and the capability to carry out workforce planning and analysis to meet clients' needs.
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