Rochester Institute of Technology

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Human Resource Development MS

Program Overview

The Master of Science degree in human resource development prepares students to influence and develop the human assets of an organization to positively impact organizational outcomes.

Every organization has people; this means every organization needs Human Resources (HR) professionals. HR helps manage and develop the people in an organization. Sometimes called "Personnel" or "Talent Management," HR is the function in charge of an organization's employees, which includes finding and hiring employees, helping them grow and learn in the organization, and managing the process when an employee leaves. Human Resources professionals take care of people from the time they're interested in the organization to long after they leave.

Typical HR responsibilities are focused in major areas such as recruiting and staffing, compensation and benefits, training and learning, labor and employee relations, and organization development. Most HR professionals have experience in one or more of these specialty areas. These areas all deal with helping employees in an organization perform more effectively and satisfactorily on the job.

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Science


  • Approximately 48 students currently enrolled.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Not required

Salary Information

Co-op:   $13.92                     $10.00 - $22.00

MS Salary Information – Median pay (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015)

Human Resources Generalists - $55,680
Human Resources Managers - $102,780
Compensation and Benefits Specialists - $60,600
Compensation and Benefits Managers - $108,070
Training and Development Specialists - $57,340
Training and Development Managers - $101,930

Student Skills & Capabilities

The program requires students to build competencies in effective employee and talent development practices as used by world-class organizations, outcome and evidence-based training and learning, instructional design and delivery, career development, and workforce development. The curriculum combines a competency-focused program with solid scholarship, writing, and analytical skills required of today’s human resource professional.

Nature of Work

Human resources managers plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They oversee the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees. 
Human resources managers typically do the following:
•     Plan and coordinate an organization’s workforce to best use employees’ talents
•     Link an organization’s management with its employees
•     Administer employee services
•     Advise managers on organizational policies, such as equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment
•     Coordinate and supervise the work of specialists and support staff
•     Oversee an organization’s recruitment, interview, selection, and hiring processes
•     Handle staffing issues, such as mediating disputes and directing disciplinary procedures
 (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Training / Qualifications

Candidates need a combination of education and several years of related work experience to become a human resources manager. Although a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for most positions, some jobs require a master’s degree. Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills.(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Outlook

Employment of human resources managers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As new companies form and organizations expand their operations, they will need more human resources staff to oversee and administer their programs. Very strong competition can be expected for most positions. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Titles

Job titles of RIT Human Resource Development graduates:
Human Resources Manager, Recruitment Manager, Talent Acquisition Specialist, HR Analyst,  Training Specialist, VP of Diversity and Inclusion, Payroll Supervisor, Operational Risk Officer, HR Consultant, Recruiter, Employee Relations Manager

Significant Points

  • Potential areas of specialization: Organizational Learning, Training and Development, or Global HRD Potential employers of Human Resource Development graduates include: Human resources professionals are employed in nearly all industries including:
  • • Financial institutions • Hotel, restaurant, and retail chains • Manufacturing firms • Hospitals and healthcare organizations
  • • Transportation companies • Educational institutions • Employment and staffing agencies • Professional employment organizations (PEOs)
  • • Other medium and large size organizations • Nonprofit organizations • Labor unions • Federal government agencies including:
  • Department of Labor, Employment Security Commission, Bureau of Labor, Local and state government agencies, Consulting firms

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Excellus BC/BS, HR Works, The Bonadio Group, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, The Pike Company, Partner MD, Catholic Family Center, Lidestri Foods, ProCredit Bank, M&T Bank,  Paychex, Burns Personnel, RIT, Coopervision, Mario’s Restaurant

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Lisa Monette, the career services coordinator who works with the Human Resource Development program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Lisa Monette, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7413; 585.475.2301
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
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