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MS Human Resource Leadership

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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.

Plan of Study

The M.S. in Human Resource Leadership plan of study requires 30 credit hours of graduate coursework. The program is designed for working professionals with varying educational and professional backgrounds. The program requires a minimum of two years of work experience. Students may enter the M.S. in Human Resource Leadership program at the start of the fall semester, completing the program in 12 or 24-months.

Courses (all courses 3 hours unless otherwise noted)

  • Business Strategy
  • Foundations of Business Intelligence or Business Data Visualization
  • Business Statistical Models
  • Labor and Education Economics
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Recruitment, Assessment, and Selection
  • Human Resource Development
  • Labor Management Relations
  • Performance Management


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 19th Best College for Vets in 2022. At WVU you will find faculty, staff, and students who want to support you and help you succeed.


West Virginia University has worked hard to make its programs affordable for military personnel and veterans. 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. Additionally, the John Chambers College of Business and Economics offers a $100 discount per credit hour to all current and former service personnel pursuing the MS Human Resource Leadership program.


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