M.S. in Human Resources and Organization Development

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In-Person Info Session
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. ET
Building 65 Quartermaster Street, Ft. Knox, KY 40121
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Online Info Session
Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 12 - 1 p.m. ET
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If you value the performance, development, learning of people and organizations, we hope you will consider joining our program!

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Program Options

Our innovative master's programs have a common emphasis on leading performance, development, and learning through discovery and critical inquiry.

ConcentrationFocusLocation/Delivery
Health Professions EducationEducation, learning, leadership, and organization change for healthcare settings
  • Downtown Louisville (Health Science Campus)
  • Louisville (Clifton Center)
  • Partially online
Human Resource Leadership
Ranked 25th in the U.S. by Eduniversal
Strategic and tactical human resource leadership for generalists and specialists
Workplace Learning and PerformanceWorkplace learning, training, performance improvement, and instructional design
  • Louisville (Clifton Center)
  • Online

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Distance Learning

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...

  • Read the course materials
  • Submit papers and assignments
  • View grades
  • Participate in live, online class sessions using a headset and/or webcam
  • Discuss case studies or course content with classmates on a discussion board
  • Watch and listen to short lectures from your instructor
  • Participate in case study simulations

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.

For more information. UofL Online Learning website.

To request information. UofL Online Learning Request Form.

How you be a successful online learner...

Online learning is not for everyone. Successful online students...

  • Have a desire to learn online
  • Are highly self-motivated
  • Have strong time management and organizational skills
  • Can work independently
  • Are not afraid to speak up when problems arise

For more information, visit the UofL Online Learning website.

Courses/Schedule

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:

  • Investigate Gap
  • Produce Interventions
  • Implement and Lead Change
  • Evaluate Outcomes
  • Integrate Foundational Knowledge and Skills

You can learn more about the specific course requirements by visiting the concentration pages:


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Admission Requirements

New students can begin courses in the fall, spring, or summer terms. The HROD Admissions Committee has five review cycles each year:

Admission CycleDeadline for Submission of ALL MaterialsTerm for Admission
Cycle 1February 1Summer or Fall
Cycle 2April 15Summer or Fall
Cycle 3August 1Fall
Cycle 4October 1Spring
Cycle 5December 1Spring or 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.

Download Step-by-Step Application Instructions [PDF]

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:

  • Graduate School Application: Complete the online application to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies or submit a paper application.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. Unconditional admission requires a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for all coursework taken.

    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

  • GRE Scores (required for some): For applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and no terminal degree (e.g., M.D., D.D.S., Ph.D.), you must submit GRE scores.
    --GRE scores prior to August 1, 2011 must be a minimum of 800 (combined verbal and quantitative) for consideration for unconditional admission.
    --GRE scores under the current exam must be a minimum of 146 (verbal) and 140 (quantitative) for consideration for unconditional admission.
    Please note: when submitting GRE scores through ETS, have scores sent to the general University of Louisville code, 1838.
    Need help preparing for the GRE? Sign up for a GRE Information Session.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Score (required for some): For international students from countries where English is not the native language. Students holding a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. are exempt from this requirement.
  • Two letters of recommendation [PDF]. If you have studied at a college or university in the last five years, the admissions committee prefers to see at least one letter from a faculty member. Other references can include work supervisors. Personal references (e.g. family, friends) are not accepted.
  • Goal Statement Sheet [PDF]. The Admissions Committee evaluates applications based on how an applicant's goals, professional experiences, and commitment to education are an appropriate fit with this program.
  • Current Resume

If you have questions about applying to the program, please contact Delsie Essig, Admission Counselor, at 502-852-0953.

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Sherry Duffy
Associate Director for Community Relations and Recruitment
502-852-0568

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Financial Aid

  • Graduate Assistantships (full-time Louisville-based students)
  • Scholarships (full-time students)
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Student Loans (available if taking more than 4.5 credit hours per semester, 3 hours in summer). Please visit the Student Financial Aid website for additional information.
  • Payment Plans. Click on the "Financial Settlement Options" for your semester to learn more about University of Louisville tuition payment plans.
  • Tuition Reimbursement Payment Plan. Click on the "Financial Settlement Options" for your semester to learn more about tuition deferment for students whose employers will reimburse tuition after the semester is over.

For current tuition information, please see the FAQ tab.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have some credit hours from another program/university. Can the credit be transferred?

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.

What is the cost of the program?

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.

What is the difference between the three concentrations?

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.

What's the typical student like?

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.

What are the assignments like?

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.

How much work does the program require?

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.

How long does it take to complete this degree?

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.