Human Capital Development

Program Description

"Aligning People Strategies to Organizational Objectives" is the  focus  of the innovative Online Master of Science in Human Capital Development (HCD) program. The HCD curriculum is designed for human resources practitioners and managers with workforce development responsibilities. It is a cutting-edge alternative to traditional human resources and business administration degrees. This program combines project-based learning theory, hands-on design experience, and management skills to provide learners with a theoretical and intellectual foundation of Human Capital Development principles, methods, and techniques.

The HCD program is offered completely online, because we understand the demands placed on busy working professionals. The curriculum was developed primarily for managers and human resources professionals working with managers who demand and expect peak productivity from their workforce, despite a tumultuous economic environment. Accomplishing this objective without diminishing the quality of work for an organizations' employees requires a different type of strategic thinking, which is problem-solving from an organizationally holistic point of view.

The Master of Science in Human Capital Development program will teach learners how to serve as internal or external advisers to management at all levels, especially senior management, working to transform the current workplace into the workforce needed in the future. Students will learn to develop, implement, and measure strategic human capital plans for their organization.

Whether learners are a project manager or regional manager, they will learn how to improve their workforce over time to meet their organizations' future needs. The program will teach participants how to develop organizational solutions that will strategically integrate their organizations' people, mission, goals, and objectives.

This multidisciplinary curriculum is designed for busy adult learners and integrates courses from psychology, management, negotiation theory, and instructional technology to offer learners a blend of theory and practice. Students are able to focus on a specific aspect of human capital development in fields such as education, healthcare, finance, global corporations, nonprofit, and government. Students also have the option of surveying many different human capital development initiatives throughout the world.

Lynnette Clement, Ed.M.

Program Director



La Salle University’s Online Master of Science in Human Capital Development program offers students a practical, innovative curriculum designed to align people strategies with organizational objectives. Through theory, meaningful research, and practical application, students are exposed to integrated business education and gain necessary skills for developing, implementing, and leading organizational strategic human capital strategies and performance. Faculty and students engage in scholarly discussion, applied research, and project-based learning methods. La Salle is a Roman Catholic institution of higher education and ensures teaching and learning enriched by the traditions of the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

Program Goals

  • To provide students with a theoretical and intellectual understanding of how HCD is strategically integrated with an organizations' people, mission, goals, and objectives.
  • To provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how a HCD framework links the organizations' workforce with its bottom line.
  • To provide students with functioning insight into the legal environment under which HCD professionals operate.
  • To teach how organizations invest in their human capital, ethically manage knowledge, and measure the development process against their bottom line.
  • To create a realistic understanding of how to direct organizational conflict towards meeting organizational goals, and mitigate the destructive impact of such conflict.
  • To enable program participants to both diagnose complex strategic challenges facing HCD professionals and develop innovative solutions to those challenges.
  • To develop a strategic leadership aptitude in HCD decision-making that is ethical and solution focused.
  • To develop superior communication skills with philosophically and culturally diverse internal and external individuals in the performance of HCD functions.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, students will be able to do the following:

  • Explain contemporary human capital development (HCD) theory and how it is strategically integrated with the organizations' people, mission, goals, and objectives;
  • Identify the link between human capital development and the organizations' bottom line;
  • Analyze the human capital development process within organizations;
  • Demonstrate strategic HCD decision making that is both legal and ethical;
  • Formulate message strategies that demonstrate effective communication within diverse situations and audiences;
  • Diagnose complex challenges facing human capital development professionals and generate innovative solutions.

Program Specific Information

Admission Requirements

The Human Capital Development program admissions committee is concerned with each applicants' interests, aptitude, and potential for achievement in graduate studies. Program applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer. The HCD Certificate program has the same admissions requirements that are required for the M.S. in HCD program.  All candidates must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution of higher learning to qualify for admission. Because oral and written communication are an integral part of many courses, students must have the ability to communicate clearly in English (written and verbal).

To be considered for admission, a candidate must:

  • Complete the Application for Admission which may be obtained at accompanied by the application fee payable to La Salle University. The application fee is waived for applications submitted online.
  • Provide evidence of successful academic achievement in completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Request an official transcript with the degree conferral date from the accredited institutions of higher education showing all undergraduate and previous graduate study (if applicable).
  • Provide a professional résumé.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation from professionals who can discuss the candidates' ability and motivation for enrollment.
  • Provide a 500-word essay stating why he/she is interested in the program and what his/her goals are related to this program.

*The GRE or GMAT are not requirements for this program.

Please refer to the University’s Nondiscrimination Policy in the General Reference section of this catalog. Admission is based solely upon applicant’s qualifications.

Most application information can be uploaded during the online application process.

All other documents should be submitted to the following:

Office of Graduate Enrollment
La Salle University
1900 W. Olney Avenue, Box 826
Philadelphia, PA 19141-1199
215.951.1100 / Fax 215.951.1462

Application Deadlines

Although, there are no formal application deadlines, we recommend that all information is received in the Graduate Admission Office by July 15 for fall admission, November 15 for spring admission, and April 15 for summer admission. International applicants should consider having their applications filed two months prior to the dates listed above.  For international students, Online students cannot obtain visas to the US if they are enrolled in an online program.

Selection Criteria

Because each applicant’s background and profile is unique, the Admission Committee does not establish specific quantitative minimum requirements for admission. The University's Nondiscrimination policy is stated in the Introduction section of this catalog. Admission is based solely upon an applicant’s qualifications.

Method of Graduate Instruction/Nature of Research Requirements

Courses are scheduled online to allow students to fulfill their employment or other obligations. Some instructors incorporate synchronous components (live, real-time) lectures and video that are also recorded and archived for later viewing. Course syllabi specify program expectations and instructional methods for each course in the program.  Course offerings can change each semester and will run based upon sufficient student enrollment.

Graduation Requirements

When an applicant is accepted into the program and enrolls in his or her first course, a maximum of seven years will be allowed for the successful completion of the program. Only in extreme circumstances will a leave of absence be granted. When a leave of absence is granted, it will not exceed a maximum of one year; and the period of leave granted will not count toward the maximum seven years permitted to complete the program.  To graduate from the program all students must complete the required courses and have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $760 (per credit hour)
General University Fee: $135 (per semester)
Technology Fee: $150 (per semester)
Graduation Fee: $100 (one-time payment)

Tuition Assistance

For information about financial aid (FAFSA and Web Institutional Data Form), please contact the Director of Student Financial Services at 215.951.1070 or  You can also visit the website at

For information about tuition payment options and the graduate deferred payment plan, please contact the Student and Accounts Receivable Office at 215.951.1055 or You can also visit their website at

Academic Requirements

La Salle’s Online M.S. in Human Capital Development program will follow the academic calendar at La Salle. A full-time graduate student is one who is matriculated and registered for six or more credit hours per semester. Completion of this program will generally take two years (for students who successfully complete two courses each semester; fall, spring, summer).  The courses will be completely online; they could meet both synchronously (live online) and asynchronously (based on the individuals schedule) and will not follow traditional classroom hours. All courses earn three credits. Students will be required to participate in discussion forums, which will take the place of classroom meetings. Currently, the fall, and spring terms are 8 weeks, and the summer term is 12 weeks, with the exception of the Senior Capstone course, which runs for 15 weeks.

M.S Degree


To earn the M.S. in HCD degree, students must successfully complete the following twelve (12) courses for a total of 36 credits in the program:

  • HCD 630   Client Communications and Consulting
  • HCD 645   Training a Global Workforce
  • HCD 652   Leadership Assessment and Evaluation
  • HCD 665   Organizational Development and Consulting Process
  • HCD 670   Human Resource Development
  • HCD 675   Theories of Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • HCD 710   Investing in Human Capital
  • HCD 720   Legal Environment of HCD
  • HCD 730   Strategic Approaches to Human Capital
  • HCD 680   Advanced Negotiation Theory and Practice
  • HCD 685   Organizational Interventions
    HCD 900   Capstone Project

Certificate program

La Salle also offers the Human Capital Development program as a Certificate program.  Students in the HCD Certificate program must apply to the Certificate program and successfully complete the following six (6) HCD courses for a total of 18 credits in the program:

HCD 670   Human Resource Development
HCD 675 
  Theories of Conflict Analysis and Resolution
HCD 680
   Advanced Negotiation Theory and Practice
HCD 710   Investing in Human Capital
HCD 720   Legal Environment of HCD
HCD 730   Strategic Approaches to Human Capital

(The HCD Certificate courses are transferrable into the M.S. in HCD program)

Course Sequence

This schedule could change in any semester, and is based upon sufficient student enrollment.  Courses can be cancelled in any semester due to low enrollment.

HCD 630 Client Communication and Consulting (Fall II)
HCD 675 Theories of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (Fall II)
HCD 710 Investing in Human Capital (Fall I)
HCD 720 Legal Environment of Human Capital (Fall I)


HCD 665 Organizational Development and the Consulting Process (Spring II)
HCD 670 Human Resources Development (Spring I)

HCD 680 Advanced Negotiation Theory and Practice (Spring II)
HCD 730 Strategic Approaches to Human Capital Development (Spring I)
HCD 900 Senior Capstone (Spring I&II, 15 weeks)



HCD 645 Training a Global Workforce (Summer)
HCD 652 Leadership Assessment and Evaluation (Summer)
HCD 685 Organizational Interventions (Summer)

Please note: The summer courses could run simultaneously (at the same time).

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Program Director: Lynnette Clement
Lecturers: Burton, Clement, Falcone, Georgo, Smith, Ugras, Viola, Williams, Willingham

Course Descriptions

HCD 630 - Client Communication and Consulting

This course provides students with the skills needed to effectively communicate with clients, including those of large and small corporations, working with global partners, coaching, and widespread teams. Drawing on real-world case studies, students will learn how to do comprehensive needs analysis for any potential client, the art of persuasion, as well as how to satisfy a client despite budget and methodology restrictions.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Online

HCD 645 - Training a Global Workforce

This course will explore the current globalization and market forces that will affect training and development in future multinational corporations. Students will learn how to use communication tools to meet with a global team and gain knowledge about cultural differences that may affect how training is designed and implemented. Students will gain a richer understanding of the barriers that still impact training global employees and customers.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Summer

How Offered: Online

HCD 652 - Leadership Assessment And Evaluation

This experiential course is focused on helping students expand their leadership/management capability through systematic assessment of their existing competencies, targeted skill development, and by providing practice in applying the newly acquired skills.  A five-step learning framework is used to “drive” this skill acquisition process.  During the skill development process, the student receives feedback from self-assessment results, faculty, other participants and co-workers.  Topics will include:  self-awareness, time and stress management, individual and group problem solving, communication, power and influence, motivation, conflict management, empowerment, team leadership, and leading positive change.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Summer

How Offered: Online

HCD 665 - Organizational Development and the Consulting Process

This course provides practicing and potential managers and consultants with an exposure to organizational change programs. It focuses on the change process by addressing organizational diagnosis, implementation of change, and the evaluation process.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Online

HCD 670 - Human Resources Development

This course reviews a variety of approaches to developing human resources in organizations. There is special emphasis on needs analysis as well as the design, delivery, and evaluation of training programs or development initiatives. The role of performance and behavioral feedback in development is also discussed. The course includes hands-on experience in the design of training programs or development initiatives. Students may also examine special topics (for example, Web-based training, coaching, expatriate training, or executive development).

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Online

HCD 675 - Theories of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

This course begins with a study of the fundamental reasons for constructive and destructive conflict in workplaces, neighborhoods, classrooms, homes, and religious institutions. The course covers conflict resolution through the use of different dispute resolution models, including arbitration, mediation, peer review, assisted negotiation, ombuds, mini-trial, , and other dispute resolution approaches collectively called Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR. The class places an emphasis on resolving conflict through mediation and mediation techniques.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Online

HCD 680 - Advanced Negotiation Theories and Practice

This course explores the theory and practice of negotiation. Successful negotiators adapt their negotiation strategies to match ever-changing circumstances. They must know when to apply a competitive, winner-take-all negotiation strategy as well as when to use a cooperative, win-win approach. The former, distributive bargaining focuses on goals exclusively, while the latter, integrative bargaining, strongly considers relationships in developing interest-based solutions. Negotiation practitioners must correctly apply the proper distributive or integrative approach to a negotiation. This in-depth study of negotiation methodologies with practical application will equip learners with superior negotiation skills for dispute resolution and deal-making.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Online

HCD 685 - Organizational Interventions

This course is designed to assist individuals interested in a career in industrial/organizational psychology in learning about the issues involved in implementing organizational change and development programs. These issues include engaging employees in the change process, diagnosing organizational problems, effective methods for implementing change programs, and the techniques needed to evaluate the entire process.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Summer

How Offered: Online

HCD 710 - Investing in Human Capital

This course will evaluate the tangible and intangible costs associated with developing people within an organization from a 360-degree perspective. Students will focus on continuous improvement of the talent management within an organization through long-term investment in leadership. Participants will learn to distinguish between management and mismanagement of human assets and then develop measurable criteria to accentuate positive practices within an organization. Calculating profit per employee (PPE) will be considered along with other measurement tools. This course will also link human capital knowledge with the strategic business activities of the organization from both theoretical and pragmatic perspectives, using case studies. Students will develop a workable theory of knowledge management concepts and tools unique to the individual's field of interest. Recognizing opportunities where knowledge management can best be enhanced within a business community and learn how to effectively share knowledge across the organization.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Online

Drawing on real-world case studies and current events, this course will provide students with a working knowledge of the HCD legal environment. This course covers employment law for managers and human capital strategists, including employment discrimination, agency, independent contractors, employment-at-will, privacy expectations, and related trends. Understanding the distinctions between legal and ethical HCD decision making is only the beginning of the decision-making process. Fashioning a sound legal and ethical strategy from competing priorities will be addressed. Appreciating both the global diversity and conflicting nature of legal environments under which HCD decisions are made will be emphasized.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Online

HCD 730 - Strategic Approaches to Human Capital

Accurately assessing and adjusting HCD policies, processes, and practices will be the focus of this course. Connecting individual and organizational learning to improve not just the organizations "bottom line," but also the sustainability of highly competent talent. This includes reshaping human capital goals to meet continuously changing global political, social, and economic environments. Advancing alternative solutions that are both tactical and ethical to long-established talent management practices will be emphasized. Creating strategic environments that will turn organizational talent into a long-term competitive advantage will be addressed from pragmatic and theoretical perspectives.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Online

HCD 900 - Senior Capstone Project

The capstone project demonstrates the learner's acquisition of knowledge from this program and ability to apply this knowledge strategically in real world situations. It is an independent exploration of a career-related aspect of human capital development that is of strong interest to the individual learner. The project is intended to stretch participants beyond what they have previously learned and to build on their skills and knowledge in ways that are relevant to their professional career goals. Participants will complete a major project such as a scholarly research paper, training manual, program design or evaluation, and final presentation. Each student presents his or her findings in an oral presentation as well as written format. In addition to working one-on-one with the capstone instructor, who provides learners with guidance and constructive feedback on their capstone project, learners will also work with each other during the stages of development of the capstone project, offering ongoing peer feedback throughout the course.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Online

Restrictions: At least 27 total HCD credits completed