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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Resource Development

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The Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development is designed to bring theories and best practices into focus for those who serve, or wish to serve in strategic HR roles as administrators of HRD programs, training program directors, management development facilitators, OD consultants, career advisors, or leadership coaches.

Students will receive the preparation needed to be active and informed members of their professional community and to have a keen awareness of the issues and trends driving the human resource development field. Emphasis is placed on the role of change management and competencies for developing a an organizational culture of learning.

Note: Online HRD program also available - click here to learn more  

Program Director
Albert Cabral, M.B.A., M.S.

Entry Requirements  

  1. Completed Online Application
  2. Completion of the professional statement as described on the application
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges attended
    • Applicant must have completed, or will be completing, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative index of 3.0 and a “B” average in the major field by the start date of the desired term.
      • An applicant who does not meet these grade point average expectations must address them in his/her professional statement; please see the Professional Statement section of the admissions application for further information.
      • A course in introductory statistics at the undergraduate or graduate level plus a course in organizational behavior or management at the undergraduate or graduate level (student may take MGT 503 as an elective in lieu of the Management/Organizational Behavior prerequisite).
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Interview with the program director
  6. Resume

Application Deadlines:
For Summer, Fall or Spring Terms:
Rolling admission 

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply theories, models and principles of adult and organizational learning in order to increase the effectiveness of human capital in organizations.
  • Design, facilitate and assess training, career and professional development programs.
  • Identify and implement HRD practices that contribute to the creation of an organizational culture and work environment that fosters employee engagement and ethical business practices.
  • Act as a change agent by comparing, contrasting and selecting HRD initiatives that align with the priorities of the organization and enhance its effectiveness.
  • Synthesize knowledge and skills needed to be a strategic HR business partner and advocate for the development of human resources for sustainable organizational success.

Electives (9 credits)

Choose 3 courses from subjects MGT, HRM or HRD with approval from advisor.


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