Skip to content
Master of Science in Leadership & Human Resource Development with a concentration in Workforce Development Online photo

Master of Science in Leadership & Human Resource Development 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 Leadership and Human Resource Development offers a Master of Science in Leadership & Human Resource Development with a concentration in Workforce Development online to provide graduate training to economic development and workforce development professionals throughout Louisiana and beyond.

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.

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 Workforce Development is now the Master of Science in Leadership & Human Resource Development with a concentration in Workforce Development (WFD).

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

Online Courses

Core Courses

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Systematic application of social research procedures for evaluating the conceptualization, design, implementation and utility of human resource and organization development programs.
Survey of team and work group dynamics.
Human resource and organizational behavior issues will be examined through the lens of measurement, analysis, and financial impact for the organization.
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.
Comprehensive introduction to the theory, principles, research and practices of instructional systems design (ISD) in human resource education (HRD) and training.


Survey of the evolving perspectives and critical pillars that illuminate and link the fields of leadership and human resource development.
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 the philosophy of science underlying the scientific method in the study of leadership and human resource development.
Explores the development of cross-cultural skills through examination of culture theory, cross-cultural competence models, and experiential training methods.
A comprehensive look at classic and contemporary theory and research in the twin domains of leadership and leadership 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.
Request More Information!
Request More Information!
*All fields required.

or call 877-670-4521

By submitting this form, I agree, via my digital signature, that Louisiana State University (LSU) may email me or contact me regarding educational services by telephone and/or text message utilizing automated technology at the telephone number(s) provided above. I understand this consent is not required to attend LSU.