Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Please visit this web page from the Office of the Registrar to access current Academic Bulletins for information regarding curriculum requirements and course descriptions.

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.

Possible Concentration Areas:
Criminal Justice
Educational Administration (non-certification)
Educational Data Management and Analytics
Environmental Education (non-certification)
Industrial Supervision
Instructional Development
Intercultural Communication
Leadership Development
Nonprofit Leadership Studies
Public Administration
Individualized (customized concentration developed with Academic Advisor)

The HDL 675 Assessment of Human Potential course can be used as a substitute for any one concentration course and will qualify most students for the HDL Certificate.

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.

Admission and Academic Standards

  • Application and Admission
    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.

  • Academic Standing
    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.

  • Course Progression
    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.

  • Graduation Criteria
    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.