The Human Resource Development (HRD) program combines behavioral sciences, management and adult learning to prepare professionals for top positions in their chosen fields. Interactive courses support the critical thinking process, offering a strategic approach to talent development and organizational performance. In this unique program, students become dynamic leaders able to:
- Evaluate and resolve real-world business issues using cost effective alternatives
- Identify performance gaps and improve productivity
- Foster innovation and creativity amongst teams
- Communicate and manage organizational change
- Create programs that develop human capital
In addition to the master’s degree program, the Human Resource Development program also offers a certificate in Project Management to prepare students to function as project managers.
To earn a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Development (HRD), students must complete ten (10) core courses and three (3) electives for a total of 39 credit hours, and also successfully complete a comprehensive exam.
Students can transfer up to two graduate courses (six credit hours) with a grade of B or better from other accredited graduate programs with approval from the program coordinator. Courses accepted for transfer to the HRD program must have been earned at a college or university that is recognized by a regional accrediting body authorized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or better (on a 4.0 scale).
- Applicants with a cumulative grade point average between 2.5 - 2.75 may be granted conditional admission. Conditional admission will be removed with the attainment of a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better after completion of the first nine graduate credit hours.
- GPA Exceptions: In cases where an applicant is returning to school with varied professional experience and does not meet the GPA standard, the applicant should appeal to the HRD graduate committee for admission consideration.