Human Resources and Organization Development (MS)

Master of Science in Human Resources and Organization Development (HRODMS)
Unit: College of Education and Human Development (GE)
Department: Organizational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development
Program Webpage: louisville.edu/education/degrees/ms-hrod

Program Description

This program can be completed in a traditional classroom format or entirely online.

This program educates professionals who lead workplace performance, development, and learning through discovery and critical inquiry.  Students and graduates work in corporations, government agencies, health-care organizations, the military, non-profit organizations, education institutions, and community-based groups.

The program has four concentrations which emphasize various aspects of this field:

  • Health Professions Education - Education, learning, leadership, and organization change for health-care settings.
  • Human Resource Leadership - Strategic and tactical human resource leadership for generalists and specialists.
  • Workplace Learning and Performance - Learning, training, performance improvement, and instructional design in organizational settings.
  • Career and Technical Education - Performance development and learning in career and technical education through discovery and critical inquiry.

Admission Requirements

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.
  • 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.
    Please note: When submitting GRE scores through ETS, have scores sent to the general University of Louisville code, 1838.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 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. 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

Admission is competitive. Meeting the GRE and GPA minimums does not guarantee that prospective students will be accepted into the program. 

Program Requirements

The program requires 11 courses, either 33 hours (portfolio/fieldwork option) or 36 hours (thesis option).

The curriculum in all four concentrations is centered around five program goals:

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

Required Coursework

Core Requirements 118-21
Evidence Based Research in HROD
Leadership in HROD
Program and Organization Evaluation
Adult & Organizational Learning
Organizational Analysis
HROD Integrative Capstone 1
Thesis or Professional Paper
Concentration Requirements (See Concentration Requirements tab for specific coursework)15-18
Minimum Total Hours33-36

Concentrations 

Concentration in Health Professions Education

Program Purpose: To prepare professionals who lead performance, development, and learning in the health professions through discovery and critical inquiry.  Students may also apply for the health professions education certificate after completion of the 12 credit hour concentration in health professions education.

Concentration Core12
Foundations of Health Professions Education
Teaching and Learning in Health Professions Education
Instructional Strategies in Health Professions Education
Evidence-based Practice in HPE
Elective3
Choose 3 credit hours:
Educational Resource Management in Postsecondary Education
Talent Acquisition and Management
Minimum Total Hours15
Concentration Hours + Degree Program Core33
36 total hours with Thesis

Midpoint Assessment: Successful progress on Hallmark Assessment Rubrics, as determined by faculty advisor

Exit Assessment: Competency Self-Assessment/Reflection, program portfolio and integration of research, theory, and practice or thesis

Degree Assessment:
  • A minimum of 33 credit hours with an overall GPA of 3.0; no more than two grades of C
  • Satisfactory completion of program portfolio

Concentration in Human Resource Leadership

Program Purpose: To prepare professionals who lead people, performance, development, and learning through discovery and critical inquiry.

ELFH 611Strategic Human Resources3
ELFH 612Talent Acquisition and Management3
ELFH 631Performance Management and Rewards3
ELFH 664Organizational Change and Consulting3
ELFH 671Performance Improvement3
Minimum Total Hours15
Concentration Hours + Degree Program Core33
36 total hours with Thesis

Midpoint Assessment: Successful progress on Hallmark Assessment Rubrics, as determined by faculty advisor

Exit Assessment: Competency Self-Assessment/Reflection, program portfolio and integration of research, theory, and practice or thesis

Degree Assessment:
  • A minimum of 33 credit hours with an overall GPA of 3.0; no more than two grades of C
  • Satisfactory completion of program portfolio

Concentration in Workplace Learning and Performance

Program Purpose: To prepare professionals who lead performance, development, and learning through discovery and critical inquiry.

Concentration Core12
Strategic Human Resources
Organizational Change and Consulting
Performance Improvement
Instructional Design and Development
Elective3
Choose 3 credit hours
Graduate Seminar: Leadership, Foundations and Human Resource Education
Methods of Facilitation
e-Learning Design and Development
Minimum Total Hours15
Total Concentration Hours + Degree Program Core33
36 total hours with Thesis

Midpoint Assessment: Successful completion on Hallmark Assessment Rubrics, as determined by faculty advisor

Exit Assessment: Competency Self-Assessment/Reflection, program portfolio and integration of research, theory, and practice or thesis

Degree Assessment:
  • A minimum of 33 credit hours with an overall GPA of 3.0; no more than two grades of C
  • Satisfactory completion of program portfolio

Concentration in Career and Technical Education

Program Purpose: To prepare professionals who lead performance, development, and learning in career and technical education through discovery and critical inquiry.

Concentration Core12-15
Teaching Career and Technical Education
Methods of Facilitation
Instructional Design and Development
Graduate Seminar: Leadership, Foundations and Human Resource Education
Learning Theory and Human Growth and Development
OR
Learning Theory and Human Growth and Development
OR
Introduction to Exceptional Children
OR
Exceptional Children in the Regular Classroom
Elective3
Choose 3 credit hours
Principles of Educational Leadership
e-Learning Design and Development
Educational Resource Management in Postsecondary Education
The Two-Year College
Minimum Total Hours15-18
Total Concentration Hours + Degree Program Core 33-36
33-36 total hours with Thesis

Midpoint Assessment: Successful progress on Hallmark Assessment Rubrics, as determined by faculty advisor

Exit Assessment: Competency Self-Assessment/Reflection, program portfolio, and integration of research, theory, and practice or thesis

Degree Assessment:

  • A minimum of 33 credit hours with an overall GPA of 3.0; no more than two grades of C
  • Satisfactory completion of program portfolio