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LSU’s online Master of Science in Leadership & Human Resource Development enables students to become skilled, versatile organizational development professionals. Delivered by one of the country’s leading human resources master’s programs, the MS is designed for people who want to advance their HR career, lead change, and develop people and organizations. Our graduates are successful Organizational Development specialists, Chief Learning Officers, Human Resource Directors, Human Resource Development consultants, HR Specialists, and Training Directors. They work in the health sector, education, manufacturing and business, IT, community development and non-profit organizations, international development, and hospitality and tourism.
With 36 credit hours that can be completed in as little as 12 months, LSU’s Master in Leadership & Human Resource Development is ideal for aspiring or current human resources professionals who want to advance their careers or transition into rewarding positions in human resource development. The program is taught by an award-winning faculty comprising educators who are among the best in their fields, ensuring that students receive the highest-quality education possible.
A Graduate Certificate in Workforce Development and a Master in Leadership in Human Resource Development with a Concentration in Workforce Development are also available from LSU Online.
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Students can complete the program’s required 36 credit hours in 12 months.
The program fully covers leadership development, applied research methods, human resource analytics, and more.
Not only does the degree prepare students to become HR leaders in multiple industries, but LSU’s expansive alumni network can help open doors to opportunities in those fields.
LSU’s professors are recognized as thought leaders in their fields, ensuring that the online experience is as rewarding as that of an on-campus classroom.
Join more than 250,000 alumni worldwide from the flagship institution of Louisiana.
School of Leadership & Human Resource Development Director Reid Bates, Ph.D discusses the world-class faculty who will guide students earning their Master of Science in Leadership and Human Resource Development.
LSU Online Master of Science in Leadership & Human Resource Development 2018 graduate Wesley Vanderhoff talks about the journey to earning his degree.
Total credit hours per program: 36 credit hours
Cost per credit hour: $481
Total cost with fees: $17,316
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Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:
The requisite undergraduate cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) for regular admission to the MS program in Leadership & Human Resource Development is 3.0. However, if a student's cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 but is above a 3.0 for the last half-degree requirement of his/her undergraduate work, then she/he is eligible for regular admission. In addition, if a student has a cumulative and last 60 hours GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 and has a graduate GPA above a 3.0 with at least 9 credit hours, she/he is eligible for regular admission.
Applicants with an undergraduate cumulative GPA between 2.75 – 2.99 can be admitted to the program "on probation" at the School's discretion. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 will not be considered for admission to the MS program.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Requirements:
Applicants who are considered for probationary admission, and/or have less than three years of full-time work experience must submit GRE scores. The minimum composite (verbal + quantitative) GRE score must be in the 300 range.
Applicants to the MS program may have the GRE requirement waived if they meet the GPA requirement for regular admission, demonstrate at least three years full-time work experience, AND provide a GRE Waiver Essay. The essay must be 1,000 words or less and use specific examples from your professional work experience to demonstrate:
Change is the new normal for all types of organizations. For-profit Fortune 500 companies, state and national government organizations, nonprofit community organizations, and civil society organizations are all increasingly challenged to respond to changes in social values and adapt to dynamic social, ecological, economic, technological factors. As a result, there is a large and growing demand for professionals who can facilitate and lead positive change.
Our program leading to an MS degree in Leadership & Human Resource Development (LHRD) is an applied program designed to develop in students the leadership, planning, analytical, problem solving, and change management capabilities that today's globalized organizations need to be successful. The knowledge and skills graduates acquire enable them to:
The passion and excellence that LSU stands for have earned the school a coveted "Tier One" spot in U.S. News & World Report's “Best Colleges.” As the state’s flagship university, LSU has been preparing students for rewarding careers for nearly 150 years. Today, LSU is equally proud of its strides to make education more accessible through innovative online degree programs that are every bit as rigorous as its on-campus programs.
Through the dedication of an exceptional faculty and staff, LSU is one of only 30 universities in the United States designated as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution. In addition, LSU is the only public top-tier university—and the only university in Louisiana—to receive the honor of being placed in the "very high research activity" category by the Carnegie Foundation.
The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. The disclosure for the Master of Science in Leadership & Human Resource Development can be found here.
LSU’s Master of Science in Leadership & Human Resource Development or Graduate Certificate in Workforce Development prepares students to improve effectiveness at a range of professional organizations. Graduates often excel in senior HR leadership and consulting roles. The programs enable students to feel confident in their ability to identify and analyze workplace conflicts and develop solutions, help organizations achieve their business and leadership goals, and use evidence-based practice to help companies make lasting, organizational changes. Additionally, online classes and a curriculum that can be completed in 12 months provide invaluable flexibility to working professionals.
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