Leadership and Human Resource Management, B.S.

Effectively leading and managing workers is one of the critical challenges for organizations and can be the basis of sustained competitive advantage. Leaders and human resource managers foster positive interpersonal relationships and organizational cultures. Saint Louis University's leadership and human resource management major at the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business helps students develop the skills to effectively select, develop, reward and lead others. 

SLU's leadership and human resource management program has fostered my intellectual and personal growth through outstanding experiences, professors, and mentors. As I begin my career, I am confident that this program has prepared me well as a leader and professional. " — Kylie Barta, Class of 2023

Students may also choose to pursue a minor in human resource management in addition to their chosen major. 

Curriculum Overview

SLU's leadership and human resource management undergraduate program gives students experiential opportunities both within and outside of classes to enhance their understanding of interpersonal and organizational dynamics. In learning about both the technical and behavioral aspects of leadership and human resources, students will appreciate the art and science of management.


St. Louis’ metropolitan location provides many internship opportunities that allow students to gain career-related work experience while applying classroom experiences to practice. Most internships are paid, and students may earn academic credit. Leadership and Human Resource Management students have recently interned with prestigious organizations in the St. Louis area and elsewhere, including Advantage Capital, Enterprise, Reinsurance Group of America and The Borgen Project.


Employers and graduate schools know the value of a Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business degree. In a survey of SLU's most recent leadership and human resource management graduates, 100 percent of 2023 graduates were either employed or attending graduate school within six months of their graduation date. Graduates join a global network of nearly 20,000 alumni from the Chaifetz School of Business, having careers in fields such as:

  • Strategic consulting
  • Project management
  • Leadership development
  • Compensation and benefits management
  • Recruiting
  • On-boarding and orientation
  • Nonprofit volunteer coordination

Admission Requirements


Begin your application for this program at www.slu.edu/apply. Saint Louis University also accepts the Common App. 

All applications are thoroughly and carefully reviewed. Solid academic performance in college preparatory coursework is a primary criterion in reviewing a freshman applicant’s file. 

To be considered for admission to any Saint Louis University undergraduate program, the applicant must be graduating from an accredited high school, have an acceptable HiSET exam score or take the General Education Development (GED) test. Beginning with the 2021-22 academic year, undergraduate applicants will not be required to submit standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) in order to be considered for admission. Applicants will be evaluated equally, with or without submitted test scores.


Begin your application for this program at www.slu.edu/apply

Applicants must be graduates of an accredited high school or have an acceptable score on the GED. An official high school transcript and official test scores are required only of those students who have attempted fewer than 24 transferable semester credits (or 30 quarter credits) of college credit. Those having completed 24 credits or more of college credit need only submit a transcript from previously attended college(s).

Transfer students must have a cumulative 2.70 GPA to be admitted to the accounting program and a 2.50 GPA for all other majors. In reviewing a transfer applicant’s file, the office of admission holistically examines the student’s academic performance in college-level coursework as an indicator of the student’s ability to meet the academic rigors of Saint Louis University.

International Applicants

Begin your application for this program at www.slu.edu/apply

All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students, along with the following:

  • You must demonstrate English Language proficiency.
  • Proof of financial support must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding your time at Saint Louis University.
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of your study at the University.
  • Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.


Tuition Cost Per Year
Undergraduate Tuition $54,760

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:

  • Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, service, leadership and financial need.
  • Financial Aid: Financial aid is provided through grants and loans, some of which require repayment.

Saint Louis University makes every effort to keep our education affordable. In fiscal year 2023, 99% of first-time freshmen and 92% of all students received financial aid and students received more than $459 million in aid University-wide.

For priority consideration for merit-based scholarships, apply for admission by December 1 and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

For information on other scholarships and financial aid, visit www.slu.edu/financial-aid.


The Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world’s largest business education alliance and accrediting body of business schools, ensuring continuous quality improvement in terms of curriculum, instructional resources, student selection, career placement and intellectual contributions and qualifications of the faculty. Approximately 5% of business schools worldwide have achieved AACSB accreditation. 

  1. Graduates will be able to understand essential business concepts and how the various functional areas of business are related.
  2. Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge of ethical concepts and corporate social responsibility and be able to evaluate business problems from multiple ethical perspectives.
  3. Graduates will be able to identify and structure business problems and propose actionable solutions to business problems and when applicable utilize appropriate technology.
  4. Graduates will be able to demonstrate effective written communication.
  5. Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to work effectively in teams.
  6. Graduates will be able to assess and promote organizational diversity.

Eighteen credits in addition to MGT 2000 Legal Environment of Business I (3 cr)MGT 3000 Management Theory and Practice (3 cr) and MGT 4000 Strategic Management and Policy (3 cr), which are taken as business CBK requirements.

Program Requirements15
Business Common Body of Knowledge (CBK)48
Leadership and Human Resource Management Requirements
MGT 3100Organization Behavior3
MGT 3300Management of Human Resources3
MGT 4101Fundamentals of Leadership3
Leadership and Human Resource Management Electives6
Select two of the following:
Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
Failing Forward: Leadership in Turbulent Times
Current Problems in Management
Talent Management
Leadership & Human Resource Management Internship
Leadership and Human Resource Management Breadth Electives3
Select one of the following:
Managing Ideas in Entrepreneurial Firms
Social Entrepreneurship
Intro to Sports Management
Project Management
Legal Environment of Business II
Any option from the Leadership and Human Resource Management Elective list not used to satisfy that requirement can be taken as a breadth elective.
Total Credits120

In addition to completing lower and upper-division coursework in all areas of business, each student typically selects a business major before or during the first semester of the junior year. 18 major-specific credit hours are required as determined by the appropriate department. To broaden their expertise, students may complete more than one major in business, or a major and a minor in business. Outside of the Business Common Body of Knowledge (CBK), however, a maximum of one business course (3 credit hours) may be used to fulfill requirements in two business majors/minors.

General electives may be selected from any area of study within the University, giving the student the opportunity to diversify their experiences.  Students should consider University Undergraduate CORE attribute requirements when selecting electives.

Continuation Standards

Leadership and human resource management students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA in all courses used to fulfill the major-specific course requirements.  

​Students will be on program probation if their GPA in major-specific courses used to fulfill major requirements falls below a 2.00. Students will have one semester to increase their major-specific cumulative GPA to a 2.00; if not, students will not be allowed to register for 3000- or 4000-level major-specific courses.

Students will be automatically placed on university probation if any of the following occur:

  • Their Saint Louis University cumulative grade point average falls below 2.00
  • Their Saint Louis University semester grade point average is below a 1.00
  • More than two "incomplete" or two "in-progress" grades on their academic transcript

During the probationary period, advisors help students achieve academic success by closely monitoring their academic performance.

In order to improve scholastically and demonstrate their ability to make progress toward a degree, students on probation may not register for more than 12 credits in the fall and spring semesters, three credits in the winter term, and no more than one course/four credits in any single summer session term.

The conditions under which a student is dismissed from the school include:

  1. Inability to eliminate probationary status within the two semesters subsequent to the assignment of probation or
  2. A grade point average deficit of more than 15 points.

For more information, see University Academic Policies and Procedures.

Graduation Requirements

To be certified for graduation, a student must complete all course requirements and meet all of the following conditions:

  • Apply to graduate.
  • Complete the University Undergraduate Core.
  • Earn a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in overall SLU coursework, in business school coursework, and in major-specific courses. (B.S.-Accounting students must earn a minimum 2.70 cumulative GPA in overall SLU coursework, a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA in business coursework, and grades of C or higher in all courses that fulfill the major-specific requirements.)
  • Complete 30 of the final 36 credits at the St. Louis campus or an approved study abroad program.
  • Complete at least 50% of business coursework in residence at the St. Louis campus.*
  • Complete major-specific course requirements in residence at the St. Louis campus.*
  • Students transferring from the Madrid campus must complete a minimum of 40 credits of coursework, including a minimum of 30 credits of business coursework in residence at the St. Louis campus.*

Students may pursue the economics, international business or marketing majors at the St. Louis campus and/or at the Madrid campus. The residency requirement then applies to courses taken at either campus.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
CORE 1000 Ignite First Year Seminar 1 2
BIZ 1000 Business Foundations (meets CORE 1500) 1 1
CMM 1200 Public Speaking (meets CORE 1200) 2 3
CORE 1900 Eloquentia Perfecta 1: Written and Visual Communication 1 3
CORE 3800 Ways of Thinking: Natural and Applied Sciences 3
Elective in Business or Other Areas (MATH 1200, if appropriate) 3
MATH 1320
Survey of Calculus (meets CORE 3200) 2
or Calculus I
PSY 1010 General Psychology (meets CORE 3600) 3
THEO 1600 God-Talk (meets CORE 1600) 3
BIZ 1100/1002 Business in Action 1
BTM 2000 Introduction to Business Technology Management 3
ECON 1900 Principles of Economics 3
Year Two
CORE 2500 Cura Personalis 2: Self in Contemplation 0
PHIL 1700 The Examined Life: Ultimate Questions (meets CORE 1700) 3
ACCT 2200 Financial Accounting 3
BTM 2500 Data Modeling, Analysis and Visualization 3
MKT 3000 Introduction to Marketing Management 3
OPM 2070 Introduction to Business Statistics 3
CORE 3400 Ways of Thinking: Aesthetics, History, and Culture 3
ACCT 2220 Accounting for Decision Making 3
BIZ 3000 Career Foundations (meets CORE 3500) 3 1
ECON 3120
Intermediate Macroeconomics
or Intermediate Microeconomics
IB 2000 Introduction to International Business (meets University Core Attribute: Global Interdependence) 3
MGT 3000 Management Theory and Practice 3
Year Three
CORE 2800 Eloquentia Perfecta 3: Creative Expression 3
PHIL 2050 Ethics (meets University CORE Attribute: Dignity, Ethics & a Just Society) 3
ECON 3120
Intermediate Macroeconomics
or Intermediate Microeconomics
FIN 3010 Principles of Finance 3
MGT 3100 Organization Behavior (Leadership and Human Resource Mgt. Major requirement) 3
Elective that Satisfies University Core Attribute: Identities in Context 3
MGT 2000 Legal Environment of Business I 3
MGT 3300 Management of Human Resources (Leadership and Human Resource Mgt. Major requirement) 3
Leadership and Human Resource Mgt. Major elective 3
OPM 3050 Introduction to Management Science and Operations Management 3
Year Four
CORE 4000 Collaborative Inquiry 3
CORE 4500 Reflection-in-Action 0
Elective that Satisfies University Core Attribute: Writing Intensive 4 3
MGT 4101 Fundamentals of Leadership (or Leadership and Human Resource Mgt. Major elective) 3
Leadership and Human Resource Mgt. Major elective 3
Elective in Business or Other Areas 3
MGT 4101 Fundamentals of Leadership (or Leadership and Human Resource Mgt. Major elective) 3
MGT 4000 Strategic Management and Policy 5 3
Electives in Business or Other Areas 7
 Total Credits120

Must complete in first 36 credit hours at SLU.


Must complete in first 60 credit hours at SLU.


Must take second semester sophomore year unless studying abroad.


ENGL 4000-Professional Writing highly recommended.


Must have completed all other Business Common Body of Knowledge courses.