The MSHROD online program is ranked 29th in the nation among best online human resource master’s degrees.Source: Human Resources MBA
The labor market data are clear: there is a growing demand for baccalaureate and graduate degree attained human resources staff, managers, and leaders within positions of human resources, organizational development, talent management, and human capital. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupational outlook for managers and specialists in the field of human resources is expected to grow 116% by 2024 (N = 6820) in the State of Kentucky alone, and national levels indicate similar signs of exponential growth. The most recent projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook places employment of human resources managers at 9 percent through 2024, faster than average relative to other occupations, nationwide.
If you value the performance, development, learning of people and organizations, we hope you will consider joining our program!
Our innovative master's programs have a common emphasis on leading performance, development, and learning through discovery and critical inquiry.
|Health Professions Education||Education, learning, leadership, and organization change for healthcare settings|
|Human Resource Leadership|
Ranked 25th in the U.S. by Eduniversal
|Strategic and tactical human resource leadership for generalists and specialists|
|Workplace Learning and Performance||Workplace learning, training, performance improvement, and instructional design|
|Career and Technical Education||For more information please contact Mary Stratton or Brad Shuck, Program Director|
The Master of Science in Human Resources and Organization Development can be completed 100 percent online.
Our Human Resource Leadership and Workplace Learning and Performance Concentrations can be completed entirely or partially online. A majority of the Health Professions Education concentration can be completed online. Students who take all courses online are not required to visit Louisville at any time during the program. All courses require a time each week when students participate in live synchronous online class sessions. Courses are offered through an online course management system called Blackboard, provided as part of UofL tuition. Our online courses allow students to do the following...
The biggest benefit of online learning is that you can earn your degree from home while raising your family, working full time, or while experiencing other life circumstances that make commuting to class difficult or impossible. At UofL, we offer online courses with the same instructors and same requirements as face-to-face courses.
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To request information. UofL Online Learning Request Form.
Online learning is not for everyone. Successful online students...
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The Course Schedule Planner [PDF] outlines the semester in which courses will be offered. The program requires 11 courses--33 hours (portfolio/fieldwork option) or 36 hours (thesis option).
Our curriculum in all three concentrations is centered around five program goals:
You can learn more about the specific course requirements by visiting the concentration pages:
New students can begin courses in the fall, spring, or summer terms. The HROD Admissions Committee has three review cycles each year:
|Admission Cycle||Deadline for Submission of ALL Materials||Term for Admission|
|Fall Admissions Cycle||June 15th||Fall|
|Spring Admissions Cycle||October 15th||Spring|
|Summer Admissions Cycle||February 15th||Summer|
Please note: If you cannot complete the application prior to the final admission cycle deadline, contact the HPE Program HROD Program Representative, to determine whether space remains so that you can be considered for admission.
Admission is competitive. Meeting the GRE and GPA minimums does not guarantee acceptance into the program. The HROD Admissions Committee requires the following materials to make a decision about admission:
Applicants who have attended a college or university outside of the United States are also required to submit an evaluation of their transcript through either WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators). Please note that transcript evaluations can sometimes take several weeks.
Please have transcripts sent to:
School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
If transcripts are sent electronically,
please have them sent to the following e-mail: gradadm @ louisville.edu
If you have questions about applying to the program, please contact Delsie Essig, Admission Counselor, at 502-852-0953.
The Master of Science in Human Resources and Organizational Development (MSHROD) is officially aligned with, and recognized by, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the premiere professional home for professionals in the Human Resource field, as being a partner program. Being SHRM aligned ensures prospective students that the MSHROD prepares graduates within SHRM’s recommended guidelines for excellent Human Resource education at the graduate level. Prospective students can be sure that the MSHROD program offers a broad and comprehensive curriculum in Human Resources that reflects industry agreement regarding the standards that constitute a broad and deep education in the field of Human Resources.
The MSHROD at the University of Louisville is the only school based in Kentucky recognized by SHRM as an aligned school. Guidelines for SHRM alignment are revalidated every three to five years.
Starting Fall 2017, students who are in their last semester of the MSHROD will be eligible to sit for the SHRM-CP exam. To qualify for this incredible benefit offered only through SHRM aligned programs, students must be in their final semester of course work from a SHRM aligned program such as the MSHROD, be in good standing for graduation, and have a minimum of 500-direct hours of hands on, real world experience in the areas of human resources (hours can include in-course projects as well as course-related field work and experiences such as those in the MSHROD). The SHRM-CP is the standard in certification for Human Resource professionals across the globe, and according to SHRM is "among the first HR certifications that is focused on teaching and testing the practical, real-life information HR professionals need to excel in their careers today."
More information about the SHRM-CP exam can be found here:
For students in the Training and Development (Undergraduate) or Workplace Learning and Performance (Graduate) tracks, the Association for Talent Development (ATD), is the premier national organization for learning and development professionals. ATD is heavily vested in higher education, especially in the areas of talent development, training, and organizational development. ATD offers professional certifications, scholarships, and dissertation awards in addition to many other content-related services.
Curriculum in the T&D; and WLP tracks at the University of Louisville are aligned with the newest ATD standards and competencies. Each class throughout our undergraduate and graduate programs is grounded in real-world practice and designed for the scholar-practitioner. Students who complete their degree at the University of Louisville will be well prepared to sit for either the Certified Professional in Learning Performance Certificate (CPLP) or the Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) certifications. More information about each of those certifications can be found here (hyperlink to this website: https://www.td.org/Certification).
Below is a comprehensive list of resources that ATD provides for students enrolled in aligned curriculum:
There is likely a local chapter of ATD in your area that you could join at a reduced cost. These chapters promote student activity through service work, presentation opportunities and above all networking opportunities. The local chapter in the Kentuckiana area is located right here in Louisville (http://atdky.org) with an ATD Geographic Interest Group (GIG) in Lexington, which is part of local Louisville-based chapter. Both of these organizations meet monthly on different dates.
For more information on chapters nation-wide, check out the National Chapter Locator.
For current tuition information, please see the FAQ tab.
Once you are admitted to the program, you may request to transfer up to 6 credit hours if the HROD Program Committee approves the request. Courses can be transferred only if they cover the same content as a course in our program. After HROD approval, transfer requests are submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.
Tuition amounts may change each year as determined by the UofL Board of Trustees. For current tuition rates, please visit the Bursar's Office Tuition page.
Please note: Our program at the Ft. Knox Extended Campus is offered at a rate of $16,500 ($1,500 per 3-hour course), if the program is completed in four years.
Our program concentrations have a common emphasis on leading performance, development, and learning through discovery and critical inquiry. The Health Professions Education concentration emphasizes education, learning, leadership, and organization change for healthcare settings. The Human Resource Leadership concentration focuses on strategic and tactical human resource leadership for generalists and specialists. The Workplace Learning and Performance concentration emphasizes learning, training, performance improvement, and instructional design in work settings.
Our student population is very diverse. Students range from recent college graduates to seasoned HROD professionals with years of experience. Approximately 30 percent of our students currently work in HROD-related positions, 30 percent are full-time students, and the remainder work in other full-time positions.
All courses require readings, smaller assignments, and a Hallmark Assessment. The Hallmark Assessment is the culminating large project that requires that you integrate most of the course content into one large task. Most Hallmark Assessments require that you conduct a project in a real organization. For example, rather than learning about how to conduct a needs assessment of an organizational problem, you will actually conduct a real needs assessment in an organization.
This graduate program is intense. The faculty expect that you work hard, think deeply, and apply what you've learned to real-life situations. The courses require that you think seriously and use sound ideas, in order to move beyond fads and temporary trends. You'll find that each course requires you to apply what you've learned to the HROD field. These projects can require more work than you might find in other courses, but our students report that the reward is worth the extra effort.
Full-time students need at least a year and a half to complete the degree. Most part-time students complete the program in 2-3 years; however, you can take up to six years. Students with full-time jobs cannot take more than two courses per semester.