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Human Resource Development MS

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Linda Underhill, Department Chair and Graduate Program Director
(585) 475-7359, lmuism@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/cast/servicesystems/human-resources-development.php

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 completion of a minimum of 36 semester credit hours. Students are required to complete a comprehensive exam at the conclusion of their course work. Students may opt to complete a graduate project or thesis in place of the exam. These options require 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, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
HRDE-700 Research Design and Methods 3
HRDE-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-712 Breakthrough Thinking, Creativity and Innovation 3
HRDE-795 Comprehensive Examination* 0
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

* Students typically complete the Comprehensive Exam (HRDE-797), Integrated Problemsolving, and Breakthrough Thinking, Creativity and Innovation (SERQ-770). However, with department approval, students may request to complete a capstone project plus Breakthrough Thinking, Creativity and Innovation (SERQ-770), or a thesis (which requires no additional course work).

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 three 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 88-89 (Internet-based) are required. Scores from the International English Language Testing Systems (ILETS) will be accepted in place of the TOFEL. The absolute minimum scroe 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 semester credit hours of graduate work in the program.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

The master of science degree in human resource development prepares students to influence 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 to this program are often experienced human resource practitioners eager to build new competencies in training, instructional design, talent management, and employee development; managers who want to encourage employees to reach their potential; and individuals interested in starting a career in the human resource field. Courses are offered in the evening and online.

Curriculum

The degree requires completion of a minimum of 48 quarter credit hours, and can usually be completed in four consecutive quarters. However, the majority of students attend part time and take three years to complete the program.

Students choose electives that best meet their career interests. Courses may be taken in other graduate-level programs at RIT, with permission. A maximum of 12 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. Together, the student and adviser develop a plan of study. For specific questions about courses and a plan of study, the adviser or program chair should be consulted.

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their graduate program adviser with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Human resource development , MS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0625-708 Library Research 1
0625-790 Research Methods 4
0626-755 Graduate Writing 3
0626-780 Human Resource Management I 4
0635-781 Human Resource Management II 4
Choose two of the following: 8
   0626-710    Theories of Organizational Development  
   0626-720    Theories of Career Development  
   0626-730    Strategic Employee Development  
  Professional Electives 16
0625-895 Comprehensive Exam* 0
0625-794 Integrated Problem Solving 4
0625-844 Breakthrough Thinking, Creativity and Innovation 4
Total Quarter Credit Hours 48

* Students typically complete the Comprehensive Exam (0625-895), Intergrated Problemsolving (0625-794), and Breakthrough Thinking, Creativity and Innovation (0625-844). However, with department approval, students may request to complete a capstone project plus Breakthrough Thinking, Creativity and Innovation (0625-844), or a thesis (which requires no additional course work).

Human resource development, MS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
HRDE-700 Research Design and Methods 3
HRDE-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
  Integrated Problemsolving 3
SERQ-770 Breakthrough Thinking, Creativity and Innovation 3
HRDE-797 Comprehensive Examination* 0
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

* Students typically complete the Comprehensive Exam (HRDE-797), Intergrated Problemsolving, and Breakthrough Thinking, Creativity and Innovation (SERQ-770). However, with department approval, students may request to complete a capstone project plus Breakthrough Thinking, Creativity and Innovation (SERQ-770), or a thesis (which requires no additional course work).

Concentrations (semesters)
Organizational learning Sem. Cr. Hrs.
HRDE-720 Theories of Organizational Development 3
HRDE-722 Talent Development 3
HRDE-721 Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management 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 three 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 550 (paper-based), or 79 (Internet-based) are required. Upon arrival at RIT, international students may be asked to take an English Language Proficiency exam. Those who do not meet the minimum standard may be required to take additional English language courses.

All required admission materials must be submitted and reviewed by faculty prior to the completion of 12 quarter credit hours of graduate work in the program.