Advance your career with a Human Resource Leadership master's degree.

A Master of Science in Human Resource Leadership (MSHRL) will expand your knowledge of human capital management, HR services and delivery. Interpersonal relations and communication are also covered. If you're a working HR professional or another managers who manages people, you will find the degree program useful.

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science

Get to know the program.

Dr. Teri Daniel is the Dean of the MSHRL program.

What type of person would this program appeal to?

The MSHRL program would appeal to you if you have an undergraduate degree or are a working adult who wishes to advance your career by becoming a mid-level HR manager or above.

What specific skills or knowledge are taught in the program?

The curriculum is based on the six bodies of knowledge (strategic management, workforce planning and employment, human resource development, total rewards, employee and labor relations, and risk management) that are recommended by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the national organization for HR professionals. In addition, the program is one of the first in the nation to offer a course in HR analytics, which SHRM has confirmed as a key competency for HR professionals in the future.

What are potential jobs or employment settings for graduates?

Most of our graduates find employment in either corporate or government settings, with jobs focused on compensation, benefits, employment, recruiting and training and development. Titles typically range from HR Specialist to HR Manager or Director.

What is the most important or unique aspect about this program?

There are three key factors that make our HRL programs stand out:

  1. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has confirmed that Sullivan's MSHRL program fully aligns with the SHRM's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates (which define HR educational standards and help business schools develop solid degree programs that follow these standards).
  2. Our program is among the first to recognize the importance of human capital analytics as a key HR competency and we have developed a course devoted entirely to this emerging topic.
  3. Finally, the program's capstone course prepares you to seek PHR or SPHR certification at the completion of your studies, further enhancing your skills and marketability.

What are good resources for finding out more on this career field?

The primary source of information is the Society for Human Resource Management (, the national organization for HR professionals with more than 250,000 members worldwide. Also, most cities have local chapters, which can also be a good resource.

Program Success

Program Success


Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.

Course Titles Credit Hours
CMM 521 Managing Organizational Conflicts
HRL 520 Workforce Planning and Staffing
HRL 530 Human Resource Development
HRL 540 Compensation, Benefits and Security
HRL/MGT 580 Strategic Human Resource Management
HRL 610 Employee and Labor Relations
HRL 621 HR Analytics and Technology
HRL 690 Integrative MSHRL Capstone
LAW 545 Employment Law
MGT 510 Managerial Communication Skills
*ELECT* Free Electives
Total Credit Hours

*Courses subject to change.

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