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Master of Arts in Human Resource Development

Coordinator: Dr. Marsha E. Jackson 

This program provides an in-depth examination of theory, principles, and applications in human resource development. It is focused on practitioners who function in a variety of contexts, including: private industry, government agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations, educational institutions, military, healthcare organizations, and professional and voluntary organizations. From an adult learning perspective, the Human Resource Development (HRD) program provides the broadest interpretation of human resource development, linking it to theories and principles associated with individual, group, and organizational performance improvement. Emphasis is placed on training and curriculum design, leadership development, management, strategic planning, adult education, and technology. Areas covered include design, delivery, implementation, evaluation, and assessment of programs aimed at meeting the needs of employees and organizations. Program graduates will be able to assist business, industry, and government in increasing productivity through improved human resource management. Incorporated within this program design are management disciplines, such as organizational behavior, organizational development, and human resource management, which further enhance the skills, knowledge, and behavior of the learner. The program provides students the opportunity to share professional experiences with peers and to apply learned skills in organizational settings. The program combines lectures and practical applications based upon appropriate concepts that individuals can apply in practical situations.

The program is offered during the evening to accommodate working adults and may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. Both traditional and online courses are available. Courses are scheduled weekly with two eight-week sessions per semester. Students should consult with an academic advisor to ensure proper sequencing of courses as there are advanced courses that require certain prerequisites. Thirty-nine (39) credit hours must be completed to meet degree requirements. For more information regarding Tuition and Fees.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have a grade point average of 2.75 or better (on a 4.0 scale). Students should have strong writing and communication skills.

Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of a total of 39 credit hours
  2. A written qualifying/comprehensive examination
  3. A written seminar paper
  4. 100 hours of Practicum

Core Courses 

Required for MA in HRD

HURD 601 - Human Resource Development

HURD 690 - Fundamentals of Adult Education

HURD 730 - Consulting in HRD

HURD 732 - Organizational Behavior & Small Group Dynamics

HURD 736 - Practicum in HRD

HURD 741 - Organization Development

HURD 764 - Training I: Process & Practice

HURD 765 - Training II: Process & Practice

HURD 799 - Qualifying/Comprehensive Exam

HURD 806 - Research and Analysis, Interpretation, and Proposal Writing

HURD 880 - Integrative Seminar (Pre-requisite: completion of 30 hours)


ELECTIVES - List of courses used to develop a concentration/complete a Program of Study

HURD 608 - Career Development & Occupational Assessment

HURD 620 - Principles of Management/HRD

HURD 656 - Technology Use in Development

HURD 668 - Skilled Facilitation and Presentation in HRD

HURD 700 - Special Topics

HURD 702 - Mediation and Conflict Management

HURD 748 - Leadership Development

HURD 766 - Compensation and Benefits

HURD 774 - HRD: A Strategic Approach

HURD 783 - Fundamentals of Project Management

HURD 881 - Research Advisement



Click here to view Gainful Employment Disclosure information for Project Management Graduate Certificate Program 

The Human Resource Development Program's Certificate in Project Management will prepare students to function as Project Management Professionals (PMPs)®.  In keeping with Bowie State University's mission of preparing professional practitioners and scholars who are competent to serve various populations in the application of project management interventions, the Project Management Graduate Certificate Program (PMGCP) will promote diverse opportunities through its course offerings, theoretical and applied orientations for the purpose of increasing organizational outcomes.   The program will (1) provide the opportunity for students to gain knowledge and skills required for effectively managing a variety of projects (2) offer a strong foundation in project management, strategic assessment, humanistic applications, planning and control, intervention techniques, organizational consultation processes and practice in a variety of settings and (3) meet the education requirements to apply for the PMP® certification examination.  Additionally, PMGCP will be linked to the suppositions and principles associated with human resource development functions including: learning, performance improvement, organizational development, and change management and will be applied in diverse settings and organizations.  To enhance the learning experience, we have incorporated Project Management Simulation Gaming Software within our curriculum, to help aid in providing a real world practical experience.


This certificate program is designed to provide the student with the specific skills necessary to function as a project management practitioner.  To enter the Project Management Graduate Certificate Program (PMGCP), applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in behavioral sciences, human services, management, or a related field.

  • Applicants will be expected to meet general admission requirements established by the graduate school.
  • Applicants are not required to be enrolled into the Human Resource Development Master's program for entry acceptance.
  • Applicants must complete 12 semester hours to receive a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Project Management.

Courses will be offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. All courses are four (4) weeks in length except for HURD783 Fundamentals of Project Management; which is eight (8) weeks and meets one (1) day per week from 4:55 pm - 9:55 pm.  The remaining courses are offered either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm, and one (1) Saturday during the 4-week period from 9:00am - 5:00pm.  Selected courses can be taken in parallel of each other. Estimated program completion is sixteen (16) weeks or one (1) semester.

For more information regarding the Project Management Graduate Certificate Program, please contact (301) 860-3100.

Project Management Concentration

Materials used for this program are based on the Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013.    


Course Number  & Course Title (Course Descriptions)

HURD 783 - Fundamentals of Project Management

HURD 785 - The Human Development Side of Project Leadership

HURD 787 - Strategic Viewpoints on Project Management

HURD 789 - Advanced Project Management in HRD

HURD 791 - Project Planning & Control Concepts 


PMP and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

The Project Management Graduate Certificate Program has been approved by the University System of Maryland, Office of the Chancellor and by the Maryland Higher Education Commission as a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (P.B.C.).



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