Masters in Humane Leadership

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with an MS in Humane Leadership will be able to:

  • Evaluate the role that non-profits have within the context of animal protection.
  • Apply and synthesize knowledge of the principles, strategies, resources, and skill sets required to efficiently and ethically manage a non-profit organization.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills of effective communication strategies in a non-profit leadership position.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking that will inform decision making strategies and skills.
  • Conceive, formulate, and execute a publishable independent study that advances the effectiveness of animal protection organizations.

Degree Requirements

A Master of Science in Humane Leadership is granted upon successful completion of 36 HSU graduate credit hours. Effective for students admitted after June 1, 2012. For the previous degree requirement list click here.

Foundation Courses (12 credits):
AP601 Animal Protection as a Social Movement
HL606 Applied Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving
HL607 Communication Skills for Animal Protection Professionals
HL640 Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

Core Courses (12 credits):
HL631 Human Resources and Volunteer Management
HL632 Organizational Culture and Leadership
HL633 Fundraising for Animal Care and Protection Organizations
HL638 Measuring Organizational Performance and Impact for Animals

Elective Courses* (3 credits):
*Any graduate course offered may be taken as an elective except for HL650, HL652, and HL659. See Animal Studies, Animal Policy & Advocacy, and additional Humane Leadership graduate courses for elective course options.

Field Placement and Thesis Courses (9 credits):
HL797 Humane Leadership Field Placement
HL798 Humane Leadership Thesis I
HL799 Humane Leadership Thesis II

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