The Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development prepares students to manage the human resources of their organization and maximize each person’s workplace potential. To achieve this, students will build competencies in workforce development and change management. Graduates of the program will be able to conduct research into human resource issues, communicate effectively in writing, apply analytical skills to gather data, and use this information to resolve problems in the workplace.
Students can design their own academic program based on the area they wish to specialize in given their career in human resources and their areas of interest. For instance, a concentration in workforce training and instruction prepares students to become Chief Knowledge officers in their organizations. This program is applied—projects, research and presentations will prepare graduates to address current industry topics and concerns.
$1,035 per credit hour (2017-18 AY)
33 credit hours required
A full-time student could finish the program in 2 years, and a part-time student could complete the program in 4 years.
- Research Methods (3 credits)
- Foundations in Human Resource Development (3 credits)
- Program Evaluation and Design (3 credits)
- Performance Analysis and Development (3 credits)
- Instructional Design (3 credits)
- Concentration or Elective Courses (9 credits)
- Elective Course (3 credits)
- Capstone (6 credits)
Choose Concentration OR 9 credit hours of Electives:
- Theories of Organizational Development (3 credits)
- Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management (3 credits)
- Talent Development (3 credits)
- Group Dynamics and Facilitation Skills (3 credits)
- Strategic HRD for Global Organizations (3 credits)
- Leading Change (3 credits)
- Information Systems in HRD (3 credits)
- Theories of Career Development (3 credits)
- Internship (1–3 credit)
"Capstone" Completion Strategies (6 credits)
- All students must complete a thesis, capstone project, or comprehensive exam as a culminating experience, which allows for the demonstration of competencies for theory and application material for the discipline. Students will be informed by the program advisor and/or program faculty as to which option is most appropriate or them based on career goals and objectives. In the program the default is to complete the comprehensive examination upon completion of required and elective course work. If a student seeks to complete a thesis or capstone project, this alternative strategy is possible if the faculty adviser and department chair agrees with the student in their ability to complete this strategy.
- Vice President of Human Resources
- Human Resource Development Specialist
- Chief Knowledge Officer
- Workforce Recruitment and Retention Specialist
- Director of Talent Recruitment and Development
- Resilience Group
- Eastman Kodak
- Rochester General Hospital
- University of Rochester
- BadFish Consulting LLC
- Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
- CHRO at United Heritage Credit Union
- 95% of RIT graduates enter the workforce or continue to go on for further education
- RIT alums hail from more than 147 countries and work for more than 3,723 employers
- Upon graduation, you’ll become a member of the 121,000-strong RIT alumni community
- We build programs based on real-time employer demand
- The same faculty that teach on-campus, teach online
- RIT faculty have extensive experience in the classroom, in research, and in their professional fields
- We provide the same library services and resources, including a dedicated librarian, for online students
- Our career specialists provide advisement to help you plan, prepare for, and meet your career goals
- We provide enriched personalized academic advising
- You receive the same RIT credential as traditional on-campus graduates
Applications may be submitted any time during the year. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your intended start date.
To be considered for admission to the master of science in human resource development program, candidates must complete the online application form and fulfill the following requirements:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
- 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 required by department)
- 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) and Pearson Test of English (PTE) will be accepted in place of the TOFEL. The absolute minimum score for consideration for admission is 6.5 for the IELTS and 62 for the PTE. 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.
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