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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.

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.

Applicants are often experienced human resource practitioners eager to build new competencies in training, instructional design, talent and employee development; managers who want to encourage employees to reach their potential; and individuals interested in starting a career in the human resource development field. Courses are offered in the evening and online.

Curriculum

The degree requires a minimum of 36 credit hours. Students are required to complete a comprehensive exam at the conclusion of their course work. Students who wish to complete a graduate project or thesis in place of the exam must have the approval of the faculty and department chair.

Electives are chosen by the student and are used to fulfill their career interests. Courses may be taken in other graduate-level programs, with permission. A limited number of credit hours (not counted toward another degree) may be considered for transfer credit from another college or university.

Upon matriculation, each student is assigned an adviser who will work with the student to develop a plan of study.

Human resource development (comprehensive exam option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701 Research Design and Methods 3
GRCS-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
HRDE-710 Foundations in Human Resource Development 3
HRDE-711 Program Evaluation and Design  3
HRDE-712 Performance Analysis and Development 3
  Concentration Courses 12
  Elective 3
HRDE-794 Integrated Problemsolving 3
SERQ-770 Breakthrough Thinking, Creativity and Innovation 3
HRDE-795 Comprehensive Examination 0
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Human resource development (project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701 Research Design and Methods 3
GRCS-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
HRDE-710 Foundations in Human Resource Development 3
HRDE-711 Program Evaluation and Design  3
HRDE-712 Performance Analysis and Development 3
  Concentration Courses 12
  Elective 3
SERQ-770 Breakthrough Thinking, Creativity and Innovation 3
  Graduate Project 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Human resource development (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701 Research Design and Methods 3
GRCS-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
HRDE-710 Foundations in Human Resource Development 3
HRDE-711 Program Evaluation and Design  3
HRDE-712 Performance Analysis and Development 3
  Concentration Courses 12
  Elective 3
  Thesis 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Concentrations

Organizational learning Sem. Cr. Hrs.
HRDE-720 Theories of Organizational Development 3
HRDE-721 Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management 3
HRDE-722 Talent Development 3
HRDE-723 Group Dynamics and Leadership 3
Training and development  
HRDE-730 Theories of Adult Learning 3
HRDE-731 Team Process and Facilitation Skills 3
HRDE-732 Learning Transfer 3
HRDE-733 Instructional Design and Technology in HRD 3
Global HRD  
HRDE-740 Strategic HRD for Global Organizations 3
HRDE-741 Global HRD Leadership 3
HRDE-742 Change Leadership Development 3
HRDE-743 Training for Global Organizations 3

A customized concentration of four courses may be developed, but requires department approval. A customized concentration cannot include additional business-related courses.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in human resource development, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (or evidence of relevant professional performance),
  • Submit two letters of reference,
  • Submit a writing sample designated by the department,
  • Participate in an interview with a faculty member (when possible), and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (Internet-based) are required. Scores from the International English Language Testing Systems (ILETS) will be accepted in place of the TOFEL. The absolute minimum score for unconditional acceptance is 6.5. Upon arrival at RIT, international students may be asked to take an English language proficiency exam. Those who do not meet the minimum standard will be required to take additional English language courses.

All required admission materials must be submitted and reviewed by faculty prior to the completion of 9 credit hours of graduate work in the program.


Career Outcomes

Job Titles

Human Resource Specialist, Career Counselor, Technical Recruiter, Trainer, Consultant

Functions

Personnel administration, training, counseling, consulting, human resource planning

Recent Employers

Eastman Kodak, Xerox, RIT


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