Human Resource Leadership M.S.

Next Start Date August 17, 2022


Courses Required


cost per credit hour


Total Credit Hours

Contact an Advisor to Learn More

Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

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.

Learning Formats
  • Low-Residency
  • Online Courses
Start Date
  • August 17, 2022

Meet Kelly Legg

Your personal admissions and enrollment coach

“I am a graduate of the WVU School of Business and Economics with a degree in business administration. I am here to service, support and simplify the enrollment process. Our online programs are the perfect opportunity for working individuals to pursue another degree.”
Kelly Legg WVU Online Admissions Counselor Portrait

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.

Higher Learning Commission Logo

AACSB International

Go for Success Today

Talk to an advisor about the Human Resource Leadership M.S.