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MS in Leadership and Human Resource Development

Advance your career in human resources and organizational change

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 MS 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 is also available from LSU Online.

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Finish in just one year. GRE waiver available.

Students can complete the program’s required 36 credit hours in 12 months.

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Learn from a top-tier, award-winning faculty

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.

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Develop leadership and cutting edge organization development skills

The program fully covers leadership development, applied research methods, human resource analytics, and more.

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Connect with an expansive alumni network

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.

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Join more than 250,000 alumni worldwide from the flagship institution of Louisiana


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Why a Master of Science in Leadership & Human Resource Development?
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:
  • Develop and leverage an organization's human capital resources
  • Collaborate with leaders, managers, and employees to identify and analyze performance issues
  • Develop and implement strategies to address high priority performance issues
  • Create enabling environments to maximize the potential for change
  • Monitor and evaluate the outcomes of strategies and interventions
  • Use cutting-edge, evidence-based practice to foster change
  • Help organizations realize their strategic goals and objectives
What makes this program unique?
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. Students can also directly apply scientific experiments in the Leadership Development Institute (LDI). Additionally, online classes and a curriculum that can be completed in 12 months provide invaluable flexibility to working professionals.
Why choose LSU?
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.