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Human Capital Development MS – Executive Format
Program Overview

You are already invested in the relationships between individuals and the organizations they work for, which means you understand the value of human capital development. The Master of Science in Human Capital Development is designed to provide students with the information and tools they need to ethically develop human capital while learning practical techniques.

This convenient and affordable degree program allows working professionals to continue their education while managing their personal life. Our graduates learn to think strategically to design and develop interventions that will positively impact workplace learning and performance. Let Online at Southern Miss help you achieve your educational goals from anywhere, at anytime. Your life, plus college.

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Qualifications

The minimum standards for regular admission include:

  • An applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution approved by a recognized accrediting agency.
  • The applicant must be eligible to re-enter in good standing the last college or university attended.
  • An applicant must present evidence, by official transcript, of a grade point average of at least 2.75 (figured on an A equals 4.0 scale) for the last two years of undergraduate study.
  • An applicant must have at least three (3) letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess the applicant’s readiness for graduate study.
  • An applicant must submit test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
  • Applicant must submit proof of immunization for two MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccinations.
  • An applicant whose native language is not English must achieve a TOEFL score of 575 or more.

In exceptional cases, students may be admitted conditionally.  In such instance, students must earn a 3.0 on the first (9) semester hours of coursework in order to qualify for regular admission. The department chair and college dean must approve the recommendation of conditional admission.

Southern Miss Graduate Studies
Graduate Admissions
118 College Dr. #10066
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
graduateschool@usm.edu

Submit the following to the Office of Graduate Studies via the online Graduate School Admissions portal:

  • Completed application form
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official report of GRE test scores
  • Immunization Record
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Statement of Qualifications, Goals, and Career Objectives
    • This statement is an important part of the application portfolio. Applicants should use the title, “Statement of Qualifications, Goals, and Career Objectives,” with name and the degree you are applying for in the upper right hand corner. The statement should address the following: reasons this graduate program was chosen, how the applicant plans to relate the specialty area to his or her education and experience, expected career benefits from this program, and any other matters that should be taken into consideration. Maximum of three pages, double-spaced.

Submit the following to the Workplace Learning and Performance Institute:
The University of Southern Mississippi
Jack and Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute
730 East Beach Blvd.
Long Beach, MS 39560

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Statement of Qualifications, Goals, and Career Objectives
    This statement is an important part of the application portfolio. Applicants should use the title, “Statement of Qualifications, Goals, and Career Objectives,” with name and the degree you are applying for in the upper right corner. The statement should address the following: reasons this graduate program was chosen, how the applicant plans to relate the specialty area to his or her education and experience, expected career benefits from this program, and any other matters that should be taken into consideration. Maximum of three pages double-spaced.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

1. Students must complete a project and develop a degree plan to be approved by a faculty adviser and the Human Capital Development coordinator prior to the completion of more than nine (9) hours of graduate work.
2. Students must satisfactorily complete 27 hours of core courses and 6 elective hours.
3. Students must perform satisfactorily on a comprehensive examination that is required for graduation. This exam is normally administered during the final semester of graduate work.
4. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on all graduate courses completed.
5. Please refer to the Master’s Degree Requirement in the General Degree Requirements section of the Bulletin.

Frequently Asked Questions


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Yes. All students must take the GRE or GMAT and have recent scores (less than 10 years old) sent to The University of Southern Mississippi. Please visit the GRE Web site at http://www.gre.org for more information. There is an option to take up to three courses as a non-degree student before being accepted into the program. If you choose this option, you must complete the entire application (including test scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume, and statement of qualifications) and be accepted for admission before you will be allowed to enroll in additional courses.



The successful completion of 33 semester hours is required. This consists of 27 semester hours of required coursework and 6 semester hours of electives. A minimum of 18 semester hours must be completed at the 600 level.



Many of our students enroll full time while working, but the program is a big commitment. The courses are more demanding than undergraduate-level courses.



You can complete this degree in an executive formatted program, in which some classes would be on campus and other courses would be completed online. However, we also offer this degree fully online, in which all courses could be completed online.



May I start the program if I am not in a human capital and development-related career?

Yes. Many of our students are not yet in the field, but are looking to gain knowledge and skills to become more marketable in a new career path.


Is it possible to complete any courses without visiting The University of Southern Mississippi campus?

Yes. This program is in executive format, which means you can complete some of your degree requirements by participating in online courses. Other courses will be completed through a combination of online interaction with other students and the instructor, and weekend, in-person class meetings. However, it is not possible to complete the entire program without visiting the Southern Miss Gulf Coast campus.


What do you mean by “online” courses?

As rigorous as courses offered in an on-campus delivery format, the MSHCD online courses use the Internet for course delivery, offering the convenience and flexibility of accessing class from any location where you can connect to the Web.


What is the HCD “executive format?”

Executive format is designed for professionals who want to be leaders in today’s training and development world by training students in the use of the latest tools and methodologies. This format is structured to accommodate the lifestyle demands of a professional. The program includes the full course load of a traditional graduate degree program. However, some classes are scheduled in a flexible format of online delivery, while other classes combine online interaction with in-person, weekend meetings.


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Do you accept transfer credit?

Yes. We accept up to 6 semester hours of graduate credit from other accredited institutions. However, a total sum of no more than 9 semester hours of transfer work and non-degree work may be applied toward a degree.


Do you give credit for life/work experience?

No. Students must earn 33 semester hours in graduate coursework.


In how many classes should I enroll each semester?

The Executive Format Program is designed for students to enroll in 12 hours during the fall and spring semesters and 9 hours in the summer to complete the program in 12 months. You may, however, take fewer classes.


How quickly can I complete the degree program?

How quickly you complete the degree program depends on many factors. If you start in the fall semester, you can complete the program in 12 months. This is the shortest completion time possible and requires enrolling in four courses during the fall and spring semesters and three courses in the summer. However, if you take one or two courses per semester, it will take you two years or longer.


Is financial aid available?

The Financial Aid Office determines individual eligibility. Contact Financial Aid for more information http://www.usm.edu/financialaid/.


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What other online degrees are offered by Online at Southern Miss?

Please visit our programs page here: https://online.usm.edu/programs/


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