M.S. Expectations

In SLHRD, the M.S. is a practice-based degree in which we anticipate students will join us with the expectation and excitement of developing a range of skills that will help you make a positive impact in your workplace and community. The faculty in SLHRD will help you develop these skills along with a deep understanding of human resources and leadership development.

The M.S. program is 36 hours (12 courses) in which at least half of the hours must be in coursework numbered 7000 and above. The degree program includes a 30-hour block of core human resource and leadership development courses with an additional 6 hours of electives.  Selection of elective coursework depends on the student’s background, experience, and career objectives.  The coursework is designed to provide the knowledge, skills, tools, and perspectives to build students’ competence in fostering change and developing human resources in organizations.  Students enhance their ability to:

  • Assess, design, develop and evaluate integrated change initiatives in community and organizational settings.
  • Manage and sustain effective change in ways that leverage human capital toward improved performance. 
  • Foster more functional leadership and human resource functions to enable higher performance and greater organizational effectiveness.

The program is designed for business, government, and non-profit professionals responsible for developing human and organizational capacity; human resource professionals; training managers and directors; performance improvement and management professionals; and Individuals who are transitioning to new roles and are interested in human resource and leadership development.

We expect our students to adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards, such as those set out by the Society for Human Resource Management (click here to review the SHRM Code of Ethics), the Association for Talent Development (click here to review the ATD Code of Ethics) and the American Evaluation Association (click here to review AEA’s Guiding Principles). These codes outline our expectations for professional conduct, ethical behavior, and quality work.