Master of Science in Human Resources and Organization Development

100% Online Degree

Master of Science in Human Resources and Organization Development online degree at the University of Louisville Online

Relevant. Rigorous. Research-based.

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The Master of Science in Human Resources and Organization Development (MS HROD) from the University of Louisville is designed for HR professionals who want to advance their career, acquire new skills and knowledge in their field, and expand their expertise through hands-on learning during the program.

Our master's in Human Resources degree provides graduate students with the opportunity of taking the knowledge from the classroom directly into their workplace and applying learned HR and organizational development methods and concepts immediately. This learning method is unique to our program and highly regarded by students and employers, as it yields the best learning outcomes and adds value in the workplace.

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The MS in Human Resources and Organization Development program is...

Relevant. Each course in the program has a strong emphasis on hands-on, real-world projects that provide direct application to the field. Our instructors have experience as practitioners in the field and many currently hold workplace-learning related positions in Louisville and around the country.

Rigorous. Expect to work hard and complete challenging assignments. Our goal is to help you develop the skills to think unconventionally about conventional problems.

Research-based.  The program is designed around research-based competencies from the American Society for Training and Development, International Society for Performance Improvement, and the Society for Human Resource Management. Faculty members have strong theoretical and conceptual backgrounds that guide both their teaching and their practical approach to the field. The MS HROD is SHRM aligned with the recommended requirements for HR degree programs.

The MS HROD program is officially recognized as fully aligned with SHRM guidelines and standards.

SHRM alignment ensures that the MS HROD program prepares its students within SHRM’s recommended guidelines for Human Resource education at the graduate level.

Graduating MS HROD students who qualify* are eligible to sit for the SHRM-CP exam.

*Students must be in their final semester of coursework from a SHRM aligned program (MSHROD), be in good standing for graduation, and have a minimum of 500-direct hours of hands on, real world HR experience.


All classes meet via live synchronous online class sessions at a designated time each week (in the evening). Our online courses are delivered through an user-friendly platform (Blackboard) that allows students to:

  • Read the required 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 the instructor
  • Participate in case study simulations

The MS HROD degree is offered 100% online and/or face-to-face.

Our innovative curriculum and award-winning faculty provide an educational experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Degree Benefits

  • Earn your degree 100% online, from start to finish
  • Gain skills through relevant, real-world projects
  • Learn from expert professors with substantial experience in the field
  • Collaborate with fellow students who work in a variety of organizations
  • Start when you’re ready – multiple entry points available per year
  • Get help with your degree planning from professional student advisers

MS HROD Online Program Structure

As an online student, you will complete an initial assessment, coursework (33 credit hours), a midpoint assessment, exit assessment and a portfolio. You can earn your Master of Science in Human Resources and Organization Development in as little as two years, taking 100% of your courses online.

Credit Transfer

If you have received graduate credit from another institution, up to six credits may be transferred, if they directly replace course in the program. Approval must be granted by the program.

Career Opportunities

About 136,000 human resources managers were employed nationwide in 2006.  Human resource managers can be found in virtually any industry, and 13 percent of human resources managers and specialists worked for the government.  Beyond typical wage-and-salary jobs, about 17,000 were self-employed, serving as consultants for public and private employees.

Employment of human resources specialists is expected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be good overall, especially in the employment services industry.
-U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,

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