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Online Bachelor of Science In Leadership and Human Resource Development

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Cost Per Credit Hour


Application Deadline: August 12, 2024

Fall 1 2024 classes start on August 26, 2024

Develop Human Capital to its Full Potential

Worldwide, all types of organizations (for-profit, non-profit, governmental, and community development) are challenged to keep pace with changing social, ecological, economic, and technological systems. In addition, organizations increasingly understand that the key to their success and the key to successfully navigating today's changing landscape is their people.

Graduates of the Online Bachelors of Science in Leadership And Human Resource Development program develop the knowledge and skills to help organizations develop their people to meet the challenge of change. Our graduates learn how to make the people, the human capital in organizations, more agile, prepare the workforce for change, connect and re-energize people with their work, and recraft jobs and increase workforce flexibility. You will earn recognition as a human capital professional capable of conducting data-driven analysis; engaging with organizational leaders; identifying, implementing, and leading innovative solutions to organizational performance issues; and functioning as a strategic partner in helping organizations reach their goals.

Save Time and Money - Apply Your Past Experience to Earn Credit Towards a Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Human Resource Development.

SHRM Academically Aligned U.S. News and World Best Online Bachelor's Program 2024 logo US News Best Online Program for Veterans 2024
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Learn in a SHRM Academically Aligned Program

Students can earn a SHRM-CP credential, which provides a competitive advantage in the job market.

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Connect with an expansive alumni network

LSU’s expansive alumni network can help open doors to opportunities for HR leaders in multiple industries.

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Flexible format, Same award-winning faculty

Earn an online leadership and HR development degree learning from the same faculty teaching the on-campus courses.


Experience for the Real World

Students will graduate from the program with experience in a paid internship or course work associated with their current job.

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Omega Nu Lambda Online Honors Society

Students enrolled in this program are eligible for membership in the Omega Nu Lambda (ONL) Honor Society. Created to recognize the academic excellence of online students, ONL provides access to exclusive networking opportunities, scholarships, and a lifelong community of like-minded achievers. Enrich your college experience and connect with peers globally through Omega Nu Lambda!

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"Industry articles from USA Today, Time Magazine, Monster, and Forbes point to the importance of leadership and soft skills in the workforce, as well a shortage of these fundamental skills from recent college graduates. The LSU program provides graduates with a high level of emotional intelligence to meet these concerns. Our graduates exit the program as professional and dynamic leaders with a real-world understanding of human resource development."

Edward Gibbons, MBA, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, School of Leadership & Human Resource Development

Explore This Program

Cost Online Leadership and HR Development

The final cost of this program will be determined once all transfer credits are evaluated. For the BS in Leadership and Human Resource Development program, you are able to transfer up to 75% of previous credits. Your academic advisor will work with you to determine if and how any prior college credits earned will apply toward your LSU degree.

Total credit hours per program: 120 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $399

Total cost with fees and maximum amount of credits allowed to transfer into the program: $11,970

Total cost with fees: $47,880

LSU Online also offers several ways to help you pay for your degree including financial aid and veteran education benefits. Learn More

*For further information about the approval for transfer credits and other requirements, please visit this site.

The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

Course Listings Online Leadership and HR Development


Core: 20 courses Credit Hours
LHRD 2000 Ethical & Legal Issues in Human Resource Development 3
LHRD 2723 Introduction to Leadership Development 3
LHRD 3071 Principles of Human Resource Development 3
LHRD 3171 Instructional Design for Training 3
LHRD 3271 Leading Learning in Human Resource Development 3
LHRD 3331 Strategic Career Development/Planning 3
LHRD 3571 Needs Analysis in Human Resource Development 3
LHRD 3723 Leadership Concepts and Principles 3
LHRD 4025 Principles of Adult Education 3
LHRD 4068 Project Management & Team Leadership 3
LHRD 4464 Worker Stress & Health 3
LHRD 4568 Teams & Groups in Organizations 3
LHRD 4569 Applied Leadership 3
LHRD 4573 Managing the Human Resource Development Function 3
LHRD 4581 Adv Organizational Psychology & Work Behavior 3
LHRD 4585 Consulting in Organizations 3
LHRD 4603 Evaluation in Human Resource Development 3
LHRD 4723 Adv Leadership Development 3
LHRD 4804 Professional Development Capstone 3
LHRD 4870 Diversity in Global Learning Env 3
Total Required Credit Hours 60


General Education Credit Hours
CMST 2061 Communications for Business and the Professions 3
ECON 2030 Economic Principles 3
ENGL 1001 English Composition 3
ENGL 2000 English Composition 3
MATH 1021 College Algebra 3
MATH 1029 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics 3
PSYC 2000 Introduction to Psychology 3
MGT 3200 Principles of Management 3
INTL 2000 Contemporary Global Issues 3
ISDS 1100 Introduction to Management Information Systems 3


General Education Art  Credit Hours
MUS 1751 Music Appreciation 3


General Education Humanities Credit Hours
ENGL 2029 Drama 3
ENGL 2025 Fiction 3
WGS 2500 Introduction to Women’s & Gender Studies 3


General Education Natural Science Credit Hours
ENVS 1126 Introduction to Environmental Sciences (Life Science) 3
ENVS 2126 Environmental and Anthropogenic Impacts of Microbes (Life Science) 3
GEOG 2050 Physical Geography The Atmosphere (Physical Science) 3


Electives: 3 Courses Credit Hours
Elective 1 3
Elective 2 3
Elective 3 3
Total Required Credit Hours 9

Admission Requirements Online Leadership and HR Development

First Time Freshman

  • 3.0 Core GPA on the 19 units of college-preparatory high school courses as outlined in the LSU Core
  • LSU is a test-optional institution which means applicants will have the choice to select if they wish to have their ACT or SAT scores considered for admission. Click here to learn more!

Transfer Student General Admission Requirements

  • 30* or more transferable (academic, non-remedial) credit hours from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • 2.5 academic GPA on all transferable college work attempted
  • A grade of “C” or better in a college-level English course that fulfilled a general education requirement at the institution where it was taken
  • A grade of “C” or better in a college-level Math course that fulfilled a general education requirement at the institution where it was taken

*Students who will not have 30 transferable credit hours by the time they plan to enroll at LSU can still be considered for admission if they meet all remaining transfer requirements.

To see about transfer credits please check out the TIGER TRANSFER TABLES

Re-Entry Student Admission Requirements

Students interested in applying for re-entry to LSU must have a 2.0 GPA on all LSU coursework and must meet the requirements for their prospective senior college. Students who have attempted 30 or more hours at another institution must also have a 2.5 cumulative GPA on all college work attempted. For your senior college specific requirements please check out the Re-Entry Student Requirements per College.

If you feel like you do not meet any of the above qualifications please reach out to your Enrollment Coach team member as there are different evaluation pathways for non-traditional students to take.

Undergraduate students who are reviewed and admitted by meeting LSU A&M general admissions requirements but do not meet the admittance requirements to a senior college have two admissions options:

Option 1

Students can start with The University College Center for Freshman Year (UCFY). This academic unit is designed for new freshmen and some transfer and re-entry students. Their mission is to prepare incoming students for success at LSU and to help define their academic and career goals. Students typically exit the UCFY at the conclusion of the freshman year and enter one of the degree-granting senior colleges at LSU.

Option 2

Students can start with The Center for Advising and Counseling (UCAC). This administrative unit serves as the academic home for students who have attempted 30-plus hours of college credit and who do not yet meet the admission requirements for one of the University’s degree-granting senior colleges.

For a list of specific senior college requirements please visit the LSU A&M Undergraduate Admission page.

Career Opportunities Online Leadership and HR Development

  • Training and Development Specialist
  • Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialist
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Talent Acquisition Manager
  • Corporate Recruiter
  • Diversity Manager

What Will I Learn? Online Leadership and HR Development

Students enrolled in this online leadership and HR development program will gain the skills to maximize their company’s human capital through training and organizational development.

Graduates will learn the following: 

  • A comprehensive introduction to the field, principles, profession and practice of Human Resource Development (HRD) Training and Development
  • Leadership theory, concepts and research; emphasis on understanding the foundational concepts of modern leadership
  • Project management strategies and the leadership and development of project teams in human resource and leadership development
  • An introduction to workplace health and stress, including how to develop a resilient workforce through employee health and wellness
  • Career development and planning through career decision-making, networking and linking personal competencies to organizations

Why Choose This Program? Online Leadership and HR Development

With a BS in LHRD students will earn recognition as a human capital professional capable of conducting data-driven analysis; engaging with organizational leaders; identifying, implementing, and leading innovative solutions to organizational performance issues; and functioning as a strategic partner in helping organizations reach their goals.

SHRM Aligned

The LHRD Undergraduate Program is a Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Academically Aligned Program. Programs, such as the LHRD program, are recognized as SHRM academic partners, and as such, are seen as a top choice for students seeking a career in Human Resources. Students enrolled in a SHRM HR aligned program are provided with the opportunity to earn their SHRM-CP credential prior to graduating. In many cases, HR professionals can work up to five years before having the appropriate credentials to earn their SHRM-CP credential. Graduates of the LSU program this graduate with a competitive advantage in the job market.


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