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Department of Management

M.S. Human Resource Leadership


  • 30 Hours / Full Time
  • Online
  • Completed in 3-6 semesters
  • Start in Fall
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Become a Leader with HRL

Originally from Elkview, West Virginia – about 15 minutes outside of Charleston – Haley Wiseman was attracted to the online MS Human Resources Leadership program because of the flexibility it offered. 

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By focusing on developing advanced professional knowledge, data-driven decision-making skills, and leadership capabilities, our 30 credit-hour, online M.S. in Human Resource Leadership graduates will be positioned to compete in a growing market and see continued upward movement along their career-path.

Our M.S. Human Resource Leadership students will be subject matter experts with the ability to make data-driven managerial decisions, and graduate with the skills to assume leadership roles within their organizations. Students will possess both the technical Human Resource Leadership skills in demand by national employers, as well as the “soft” or “people” skills frequently absent from on-the-job training.

Our students will be educated in how to understand business practice and strategy from an integrated perspective that is not limited to a functional “silo.” Students will apply their learning to improve the performance of organizations in local, state, and federal contexts by leveraging the diverse talents of human capital.

Academic Alignment

SHRM Aligned

As of July 23, 2023, West Virginia University aligned its M.S. in Human Resource Leadership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Throughout the world, over 500 programs in approx. 425 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines -- created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010, 2013 and 2017 -- are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

Graduate Programs Advising

Our graduate advisors are here to help guide you through the graduate school experience and should be the first person you turn to for questions about your plan of study, course registration, or any issues that come up while you are completing your degree.

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304-293-2333 |

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Meet our recruiter, Aaron

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Whether you are a veteran, a reservist, a National Guardsman, or still serving on active duty, West Virginia University is a great place to further your education. The Military Times ranked WVU as the 14th Best College for Vets in 2023. At WVU you will find faculty, staff, and students who want to support you and help you succeed.

WVU offers several resources for current and former military personnel and incentives for online programs as well.


WVU is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, meaning that the university agrees to waive a portion of tuition not covered by the GI Bill. Unlike most universities, WVU participates in the program for all graduate and professional programs.

All active-duty military personnel are able to complete this degree at $250/cr hr. 

Program Highlights


Hours / Full or Part Time
Completed in 3-6 semesters


$965 per credit hour |
$28,950 total


  • Recruitment, Assessment, and Selection
  • Total Reward Systems
  • Performance Management Systems and Strategies
  • Human Resource Development
  • Decision Analytics for HR Executives
  • HR Leadership

More Info

Application deadlines:

  • Fall – July 1
Late applications accepted as space allows.

  • HRL 503 Performance Management Systems & Strategies
  • HRL 510 Recruitment, Assessment, and Selection
  • HRL 541 Total Rewards Systems
  • HRL 551 Human Resource Development
  • HRMG 548 Strategic Management for Human Resources
  • BADM 621 Business Research
  • BADM 633 Leadership
  • BADM 641 Decision Analysis for Executives
  • BADM 644 Legal Environment and Ethics
  • ECON 571 Economics of Labor


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