School of Professional Studies

Human Resources Leadership

Master's of Professional Studies: Human Resources Leadership 
Accredited Online Master's Degree and Certificate Program
-No GRE required

  • Course Outline & Descriptions

    Master's of Professional Studies | Human Resources Leadership
    Course Requirements & Descriptions

    Human Resources Leadership Degree 30 Hours

    12 Hours Core Courses:

    • PRST 6100 - Professional Environment Issues and Ethics (3)
      Overview of ethics in general, with practical tools for assessing ethical dimensions of professional life, diagnosing or identifying the moral issues at hand, and then developing reasonable options to address particular moral and ethical issues.
    • PRST 6110 - Leadership and Communication (3)
      This course focuses on leadership as a function of communication behavior. Through discussion, cases and exercises, participants will explore effective communication strategies within an organizational setting. The course will cover team leadership skills, rhetorical sensitivity, charisma and practical suggestions for improving leadership effectiveness. 
    • PRST 6300 - Research Methods (3)
      The student and application of research methods appropriate to professional studies. The course will provide a general introduction to research methods, as well as providing practical exposure to Problem Statements, Literature Reviews, Writing the Research Proposal, and Organization of the Research Report. Quantitative and Qualitative Research methodologies will be covered.
    • PRST 6998 - Professional Project
      Taken during the final semester of the program. Students should begin planning the project when they enter the program. Please consult with your advisor about appropriate topics and submit your proposal for approval prior to entering the final project course.
      The Professional Project is the last requirement for the MPS Degree, serving as the integrative culmination of the program of study. It should be a substantial piece of independent research or a significant professional project that is logically consistent with the theme and content of the program of study. Student’s work should demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of a body of professional literature related to a specific topic. The Project should grow out of the program of study and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the knowledge gained from this program of study.

      Choose 15 Concentration/Certificate Hours:

    • PRST 6040 - Human Resources Management (3)
      Analysis of theories, policies, procedures, practices and regulations relevant to attracting, retaining and directing a competent work force. Analysis of the basic personnel function with emphasis on the fact that all managers are “personnel managers.” Integration of scientific theory, procedures, instruments, and federal regulations into personnel selections, placement, and security programs.

    • PRST 6105 - Project Planning and Scheduling (3)
      Contemporary methods used in project planning and scheduling; emphasis on critical path method (CPM) with computer application; solution of actual problems stressed.

    • PRST 6200 - Globalization and the Professions (3) 
      The purpose of this course is to assess the impact of globalization on professional life. The course examines globalization as it relates to commerce, information flow, mass media, government, health care and education.

    • PRST 6310 - Leadership in Organization (3) 
      Designed to inform the individual about the structure and behavior of actors at all levels of the organization. Through various exercises such as written assignments and discussion, the student will be able to understand “why” and “how” organizations operate and function under dynamic leadership.

    • PRST 6421 - Strategic Organizational Program (3) 
      Developing a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of strategic organizational program planning and evaluation with a focus on relevance of strategic planning, effective and efficient program delivery plans with formative and summative evaluations for intentional learning and practical application in the workplace. 

    • PRST 6500 - Foundations of Leadership (3) 
      Students will study leadership from a historical and contemporary perspective. Topics cover historical development, leadership theories, personal assessment, values and ethics, motivation, power, followership, group dynamics, diversity, controversy with civility, change process, and citizenship.

    • PRST 6700 - Conflict Management and Negotiation (3)
      Negotiation and Conflict Management presents negotiation theory—strategies and styles—within an employment context. A different topic will be presented each week. In addition to the theory and exercises presented in class, students practice negotiating with role-playing simulations in threaded discussions and chat. Students also learn how to negotiate in difficult situations, which include abrasiveness, racism, sexism, whistle blowing, and emergencies. The course covers conflict management from two perspectives. From a first party perspective you will be directly engaged. As a third party, you will develop and enhance your skills in helping others deal directly with their conflicts, mediation, investigation, arbitration, and helping the system change as a result of a dispute.

    • PRST 6721 – Managing Emergency Volunteers (3)
      This course will focus on the management and benefits of using Internal Volunteer Organizations, External Volunteer organizations and Spontaneous Volunteers to support an agency’s preparedness and increase capacities during crises response to incidents, emergencies, or disasters. (The course includes an overview of Managing Community donations.)

    • PRST 6781 - The Science and Application of Contact Tracing (3)
      During the COID-19/SARS-CoV-2, many members of the public learned about contact tracing for the first time. During the pandemic response, we saw the media speak about the many hours of work were undertaken by these contact tracers. Relatively few individuals know much about the science of contact tracing. In this course, students will learn the principals of contact tracing, the management of identified cases, and best practices for managing teams of contact tracers. Students will learn the necessary investigative skills needed for contact tracing and various strategies that can be used to jog the memory of an infected patient. Principles are also taught dealing with secretive patients, and even more importantly, the principles of case management for infected patients. Students will also learn the principles of leading a contact tracing team. This course is taught using a seven-week accelerated class curriculum.

    • PRST 6800 - Organizational Skills and Development (3)
      Analysis of theory, practice and skills involved in leading organizational change, including: aligning change with the organizational strategy, understanding changes as part of a system, understanding the dynamics of and managing resistance to change, creating a vision to inspire others to become a part of the change process, the use of goal setting, feedback and incentives to promote change, and aligning individual’s roles to support change. The course will blend learning from the texts and skill building.

    • PRST 6810 - Internship (3)
      Internships offer the student an opportunity to observe and work in a professional setting while gaining valuable “on the job training”. Internships for the Master of Professional Studies program should fit within the framework of the intern’s concentration area (Strategic Leadership, Human Resource Leadership, Training & Development or Healthcare Administration). The intern must complete ten hours of work per week for 15 weeks (one semester) to receive three hours of credit. Course objectives will be established by the instructor in collaboration with the intern and field supervisor for the internship. The field supervisor will coordinate the work of the intern and provide an evaluation at the conclusion of the internship while the instructor for the course will be responsible for assigning the final grade.

    • PRST 6910 - Employment and Human Resources Law (3)
      This course provides an overview of legal issues affecting the administration of employment issues and human resource management and leadership. It focuses on policies and laws that impute human resource decisions in organizations. the content includes laws, regulations, and court decisions covering labor-management relations and other human resource issues. Prerequisite - PRST 5040/6040/7040

    • PRST 6920 - Diversity in the Workplace (3)
      This course examines the impact of diversity, culture, and ethnic origin on the work experience, and is designed to better prepare individuals to meet the challenge of cultural diversity in organizations. Attention is given to how language, tradition, gender, race, education, economic structure, and organizational philosophy interact to create a set of rules for acceptable behaviors in complex organizations.

    • PRST 6930 Compensation and Benefits (3)
      This course focuses on management tools designed to ensure that the right people get the right pay for achieving organizational objectives in the right way. Students will examine the application of compensation principles to achieve organizational objectives and explore the strategic use of compensation systems for attracting, motivating, and retaining employees, including managerial aspects of paying employees at all organizational levels.

    • PRST 6940 - Recruitment, Selection and Retention (3)
      Employment selection is one of the most important issues in business. Students develop a critical understanding of the theory and practice of organizational staffing. In addition to staff planning, students will learn, step by step, the employee selection process, from pre-recruitment through hiring. Specific strategies for attracting potential employees, interview preparation and interview techniques, and reference checking will be examined. Students will examine the usefulness of various methods used in job analysis, testing and measurements, internal and external market analysis, and retention plans.

    • Elective (3):

      Choose any PRST 6000 course or course approved by advisor.  

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About Human Resources Leadership

The master's degree concentration in Human Resources Leadership prepares you for a leadership role providing you the fundamental knowledge necessary to invest in human capital through strategic human resource management, overseeing compensation and benefits, improving employee relations, ensuring compliance with labor laws, and developing new approaches to worker participation.


Program Overview

  • Human resource professionals are increasingly becoming an integral part of an organization's strategic planning process. Company executives turn to HR professionals for policy directives and creative ways to use human capital for improved performance results.
  • The Human Resources Leadership concentration focuses on a variety of workplace factors (economic, environmental, ethical, legal, political and administrative) and the impact they can have on organizational productivity, performance and behavior.
  • The objective of this program is to help students develop a strong foundation in HR principles and procedures, as well as develop critical thinking skills required to make good decisions and solve problems concerning the human side of business.
  • An interdisciplinary studies approach to this field is a perfect fit - succeeding in human resources requires a variety of skills, abilities, experiences, knowledge and the excellent graduate-level degree education you'll receive through this flexible and rewarding program.
  • This degree also contains an embedded certificate in Human Resources Leadership.


For more information on the Human Resources Leadership M.P.S. program, contact Kandy B. Smith at 931-372-6267 or



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