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Human Resource Leadership M.S.

Aug. 17, 2022

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$820

Cost Per Credit Hour

30

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Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

John Chambers College of Business and Economics

Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Human Resource Leadership

Develop Your Leadership Capabilities

The Master of Science in Human Resource Leadership offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics focuses on giving students advanced professional knowledge, data-driven decision-making skills, and leadership capabilities. Graduates will be positioned to compete in a growing market and see continued upward movement along their career path. They will be subject matter experts with the ability to make data-driven managerial decisions and will possess the skills to assume leadership roles within their organizations. This includes both the technical human resource leadership skills in demand by national employers, as well as the “people” skills frequently absent from on-the-job training.

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Learning Formats

Online Courses
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Start Date

August 17, 2022


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Program Details

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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 and 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.

Students in the program are expected to develop skills that include the following:

  • Explain choices in human capital policies and procedures using established theory
  • Evaluate the impact of HR practices on organization and individual-level performance and strategic goal attainment
  • Recommend, implement, and assess changes to human capital management both to increase organizational performance, and in response to externalities and change in organization strategy
  • Effectively lead teams and organizations through change management initiatives
  • Foster the creation and growth of positive work environments and effective organizational cultures
  • Utilize data and business analytics to assess performance and value-creation
  • Effectively communicate across all levels of organizational hierarchy

In attaining the M.S. in Human Resource Leadership degree, those with HR-related undergraduate degrees will benefit by strengthening their data analytic skills and strategic mindset. Additional prospective students will include individuals seeking to transition their current careers into the HR function. This group will acquire specialized knowledge and skills they have not had the opportunity to receive working in other business functions.

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." Graduates will apply their learning to improve the performance of organizations in local, state, and federal contexts by leveraging the diverse talents of human capital including the residents of West Virginia and the world.

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Admission Requirements

  • One-page personal statement. Describe your academic background and work experience (roles and responsibilities) that prepare you for a graduate degree in human resource management. Give reasons why you would like to pursue the online M.S. in Human Resource Leadership program at WVU.
  • Current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official undergraduate transcripts (not required for current WVU students and alumni)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis once all parts of the application are received.

For non-WVU students, please have your undergraduate institution send your official transcript to:
WVU’s Office of Admissions
One Waterfront Place
PO Box 6510
Morgantown, WV, 26506-6510
or electronically to graduateadmissions@mail.wvu.edu.

International Students

The John Chambers College of Business and Economics TOEFL requirement is higher than the University’s requirement. Applicants must have a TOEFL score of 580 (paper), 237 (computer), or 92 (internet-based). If applicants have taken the IELTS instead of the TOEFL, the minimum score is 7.0.

International students who have completed an undergraduate degree in the United States, United Kingdom, or Canada are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.


Admissions

Admission to the M.S. in Human Resource Leadership program is determined by a committee of faculty members. The committee acts upon individual applications within a short period of time after receipt of the completed application.

Domestic students should submit their application by July 1 (fall start).

Note: International students complete their application well in advance of March 1 (fall start).

The GRE/GMAT is not required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better.

Program Admissions Details

Estimated Tuition and Fees

Human Resource Leadership M.S. requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $820.

Total Degree Cost

$24,600 – Residents and Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $820
3 $2,460
6 $4,920
9 $7,380

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.

The WVU Financial Aid Office will work with you to access federal student loans to assist with the costs of your master’s degree education. You can contact the WVU Financial Aid Office at (304) 293-5242 or https://financialaid.wvu.edu/.

For additional resources to help fund your graduate education, please review the following:

  1. Federal Direct Student Loans
    • Direct Unsubsidized Loans are loans made to eligible graduate and professional students, but the student does not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for the loan.
    • Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year.
    • They must be degree seeking (graduate certificate programs are not eligible, as they are non-degree).
    • The maximum annual amount is $20,500 (unsubsidized only) or cost of education.
    • Students must be enrolled at least half-time (a minimum of 4 credit hours in fall/spring and 3 credit hours in summer) during the term for which the loan is processed.
  2. Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans
    • Direct PLUS Loans are loans made to eligible graduate and professional degree students who need to borrow more than the maximum unsubsidized loan amounts to meet their education costs.
    • These are credit-based loans (a credit check will be done).
    • Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year.
    • They must be degree seeking (graduate certificate programs are not eligible, as they are non-degree).
    • The maximum annual amount is the cost of attendance minus any other financial assistance received (including a Federal Direct Student Loan).
    • Students must be enrolled at least half-time (a minimum of 4 credit hours in fall/spring and 3 credit hours in summer) during the term for which the loan is processed.
  3. Private Loans
    • Private student loans are non-federal loans, made by a lender such as a bank, credit union, state agency, etc.
    • These are credit-based loans (a credit check will be done).
    • Students must submit application materials directly to the private lender.
    • Eligibility, interest rates and repayment provisions will vary by lender.
    • You have the right to select the private lender of your choice.
    • Access the list of lenders used by WVU students. (No specific endorsements of these lenders are intended by WVU, the Financial Aid Office or the Chambers College).

Important Information about the Financial Aid Process

To allow sufficient time for processing, submit the FAFSA at least 8 weeks prior to the term in which you want financial aid.

In order to have aid processed in a timely manner, you must accept any aid offered to you that you wish to use. Information about your financial aid is available through the MIX/STAR system—Mountaineer Information Xpress (MIX), and Student and Technology Achieving Results (STAR). The WVU Financial Aid Office uses your MIX email to communicate with you. If you do not have your MIX email formally set up, please contact the WVU Financial Aid Office directly at (304) 293-5242 or https://financialaid.wvu.edu/, to inquire about your financial aid.

You must be pursuing a master’s degree. Financial aid is not available to non-degree students or students in graduate certificate programs.

Students who use federal loans will have to complete a promissory note and review loan counseling information if there is no record of previous borrowing through federal programs.

Financial aid may be adjusted if you alter your enrollment during the fall/spring/summer terms or if you do not earn at least one passing grade in a term. Previously awarded aid may be adjusted if you obtain additional funding that was not originally part of your financial aid package. Adjustments to financial aid may result in the need to return funds to WVU.

You must maintain a certain level of academic progress in order to retain potential eligibility for aid, also known as satisfactory academic progress. Students must successfully complete 67% of all attempted credits and maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average. For more details, review the entire policy on satisfactory academic progress for graduate students.

WVU Employee University Tuition Waivers

WVU Graduate Education and Life allows eligible employees to receive waivers for six hours of University tuition per semester while pursing the Human Resource Leadership program. Payment of the remaining College Tuition and Online Learning Fee is the student’s responsibility.

Additionally, if a student on employee waiver exceeds 6 credit hours per University 16-week semester, they will be responsible for paying the full amount for those credit hours.

In order to apply as a University tuition-waived student, applicants are required to identify themselves as qualified to receive an employee University tuition waiver on the graduate application by indicating that they currently work for WVU.

Admission to the program is competitive. The Human Resource Leadership program reserves the right to deny admission to any employee applicants who do not meet the qualifications required by the program.

Military Friendly

Military Discount

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 Human Resource Leadership program.


Career Paths

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the M.S. in Human Resource Leadership degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Information Technology Project Manager
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Administrative Service Manager
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Business Continuity Planner
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Financial Manager
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Human Resources Manager
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Agent or Business Manager
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Business Intelligence Analyst
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Treasurer and Controller
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Administrative Service Manager
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook


Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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