Curriculum and Degree Requirements
Master of Science in Human Development and Leadership
The HDL program consists of 33 total credit hours, with 21 core hours and 12 concentration hours. Core courses are the same for all HDL students, and students can choose individual concentrations to gain a depth of knowledge in current of future career fields. Detailed information regarding course availability of HDL core courses is available in Section III.
*The HDL degree and the concentrations do not lead to teacher licensure, certification, or rank change.
Core Requirements: 21 hours
Concentration Areas: 12 hours
Human Development and Leadership Certificate
The Human Development and Leadership Certificate program is designed for individuals working in positions such as administrative, program development, or direct information and provides skills for those with leadership responsibilities or for those wanting to move toward assuming a greater leadership role. The four courses focus on the self, working with diverse individuals and cultures, developing an understanding of and how to utilize assessments in non-clinical settings, and understanding the process of working in and with groups. The successful completion of the Human Development and Leadership Certificate is indicated on the student’s transcript.
Dual Master's in Human Development and Leadership and Nonprofit Leadership Studies
The dual master's degrees in Nonprofit Leadership Studies (NLS) and Human Development and Leadership (HDL) at Murray State University enable students to take a five-semester or six-semester sequence of courses leading to two degrees – a master’s degree in NLS and a master’s degree in HDL. Students are required to comply with the specific policies set up by the dual master’s degree in which they have been admitted.Click the arrow for more information
Admission and Academic Standards
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education and must declare at the time of application the intention to pursue a dual degree in NLS/HDL. The normal criteria for admission to each program apply. Students may be conditionally accepted in one or both programs of the dual degree, per individual programs’ policies. Conditionally admitted students will have to adhere to the policies set in place by the program(s) that granted the conditional admission. If a student only meets the admission criteria of one program, the applicant must apply separately to that single degree program and is then required to meet the graduation requirements of that program.
Grade point averages (GPA) in the two programs are computed separately. To continue with the dual NLS/HDL degrees, students must meet the academic standards in each program. Students failing in one program but meeting academic standards in the other may reapply for admission to the degree program in which the student is able to meet the academic standards and may transfer in completed course work that is applicable to that program.
Students are required to work consistently toward both degrees. Students will be assigned one advisor from each program to support students’ successful course progression, and students are expected to meet with each advisor at least once each semester to ensure both programs are being completed in a timely manner.
Students in the NLS/HDL program meet graduation criteria of each program. The final capstone course will fulfill the comprehensive examinations requirement of both programs. The degrees in NLS and HDL must be awarded at the same time.
Human Development and Leadership Courses: 21 hours
HDL 625 Legal & Ethical Issues
HDL 655 Social Intelligence: Interpersonal Processes
HDL 660 Developing Human Potential Seminar
HDL 670 Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Leadership
HDL 675 Assessment of Human Potential
HDL 692 Individual, Group, and Team Dynamics
Nonprofit Leadership Studies Courses: 21 hours
NLS 601 Seminar on Nonprofit Organizations
NLS 602 Financial Resource Management and Development for Nonprofit Organizations
NLS 625 Nonprofit Organization Development, Management, and Leadership
NLS 665 Policy, Legal Issues, and Advocacy for Social Change in Nonprofit Organizations
NLS 675 Social Entrepreneurship
NLS 685 Seminar on Leadership Development
Research and Capstone Courses: 6 hours
ADM 630 Methods of Research
One of the following:
HDL 683 Assessment and Application of Leadership Research
NLS 680 Special Problems in Nonprofit Organizations