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: Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development
Program Webpage 
Academic Plan Code(s): See Degree Requirements, with Concentrations tab.

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 three degree options, a standard degree variation and two concentrations which further emphasize specific aspects of this field:

  • Master of Science in Human Resources and Organizational Development (MS HROD)*, which can be completed in a traditional format or entirely online.
  • MS HROD, concentration in Health Professions Education—Education, learning, leadership, and organization change for health-care settings.
  • MS HROD, concentration in Career and Technical Education—Performance development and learning in career and technical education through discovery and critical inquiry.

*Two previously offered concentrations in Workplace Learning and Performance (WLP) and Human Resource Leadership (HRL) were combined into the standard (no concentration) degree program, effective spring 2019. No new applications will be accepted for those concentrations.

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 Graduate School.
  • 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:
    Graduate School
    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 credit 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 Information

The program requires eleven courses, either 33 credit hours (portfolio/fieldwork) or 36 credit hours (thesis option–not available in all academic plans).

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

MS in Human Resources and Organizational Development

Academic Plan Code(s): HRODMS, HRODMS_O

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

Core Coursework18
Leadership in HROD
Strategic Human Resources
Evidence Based Research in HROD
Adult & Organizational Learning
Organizational Analysis
HROD Integrative Capstone
Electives 15
Choose 15 hours from the following:
Workplace and Information Ethics
Program and Organization Evaluation
Talent Acquisition and Management
Global Human Resources Development
Performance Management and Rewards
Diversity and Inclusion
Methods of Facilitation
Organizational Change and Consulting
Performance Improvement
Instructional Design and Development
Advanced Leadership Theory
Independent Study: HRE or IT
Minimum Total Hours33

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 

MS in HROD, concentration in Health Professions Education

Academic Plan Code(s): HRODMS_HPE

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.

Core Coursework 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 Core12
Foundations of Health Professions Education 2
Teaching and Learning in Health Professions Education 2
Instructional Strategies in Health Professions Education 2
Evidence-based Practice in HPE 2
Elective3
Choose one 3 credit hour course:
Organizational Change and Consulting
ELFH 612Talent Acquisition and Management3
Minimum Total Hours36-39

Students are required to take 33 credit hours minimum. In the case that a concentration course does not meet enrollment requirements, students will work with their advisor to find a suitable alternative. 

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

MS in HROD, concentration in Career and Technical Education

Academic Plan Code(s): HRODMS_CTE

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

Core Coursework 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 Core12-15
Teaching Career and Technical Education (New Teacher Institute/NTI students only) 2
Methods of Facilitation
Instructional Design and Development
Graduate Seminar: Leadership, Foundations and Human Resource Education
Learning Theory and Human Growth and Development
Learning Theory and Human Growth and Development
Introduction to Exceptional Children
Exceptional Children in the Regular Classroom
Elective0-3
Non-NTI students choose 3 credit hours from the following:
Principles of Educational Leadership
e-Learning Design and Development
Educational Resource Management in Postsecondary Education
The Two-Year College
Minimum Total Hours33-36

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