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Master of Science in Human Resource Education with a Concentration in Workforce Development Online

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

The LSU School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development offers a Master of Science in human resource education with a concentration in workforce development online to provide graduate training to economic development and workforce development professionals throughout Louisiana and beyond.

With our M.S. in human resource education with a concentration in workforce development, you can prepare to meet the challenges of workforce globalization, talent development, changing technology, and productivity pressures within any organization. This online degree program is appropriate for students with any type of bachelor's degree. By earning your master's, you can become a workforce development professional equipped for leadership roles in a wide range of fields including business, healthcare, manufacturing, and community and economic development, as well as in government and nonprofit sectors.

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

  • Deal with internal change initiatives across the areas of workforce development involving human resources, organization development, training and performance improvement
  • Increase effectiveness as an organizational leader in supporting strategic change
  • Transition to new HR professional roles
  • Expand skills and credentials needed to become a workforce development consultant

This M.S. online program offers basic and advanced graduate-level competencies in workforce development to create a challenging and thought-provoking learning experience which consists of 12 graduate courses (36 semester hours). 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 to the theory, principles, research and practices of instructional systems design (ISD) in human resource education (HRD) and training.
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.
Principles involved in formulating educational problems, hypotheses, research strategies; historical, descriptive, experimental and research methodologies.
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.


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.
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.
Application of relevant principles from leadership theory, group dynamics, social organization and organizational administration to problems of organizing extension education programs.
Comprehensive introduction and overview to the field, profession, theoretical foundations and practice of Human Resource Development (HRD).
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.
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