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Human Resource Development
Master of Science
College of Applied Science and Technology
Graduate Program Contact Linda Underhill
Graduate
Level
36
Credits

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.

  • Price $993 per credit hour (2016/17 AY)
  • Duration

    36 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.

  • Courses
  • Jobs
    • Human Resource Specialist
    • Career Counselor
    • Technical Recruiter
    • Trainer
    • Consultant
    • Professor
    • Senior Assist Vice President for Capital Projects
    • Senior Associate Director
    • Training Manager
    • Human Resource Business Partner
    • Manager of External Health Care Program
    • President
    • Human Resource Generalist
    • Corporate HR Director
    • Vice President
  • Employers
    • Resilience Group
    • Eastman Kodak
    • Harris
    • Rochester General Hospital
    • Xerox
    • University of Rochester
    • FLCC
    • BadFish Consulting LLC
    • Coopervision
    • Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • CHRO at United Heritage Credit Union
  • Program Differentiators
    • 95% of RIT graduates enter the workforce or continue to go on for further education
    • RIT alums hail from more than 130 countries and work for more than 5,900 employers
    • Upon graduation, you’ll become a member of the 118,000-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
  • Application Requirements

    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)
    • A test of English Language aptitude is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. RIT accepts TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE exams. Students must achieve the following minimum scores prior to consideration for admission: 550 paper-based or 79 internet-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or 58 on the Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE). Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, PTE-Academic, or IELTS exams if they have worked or studied in the U.S. for the last two years or they are from countries and attended universities whose native language is English. These countries include: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British West Indies, Canada, England, Guam, Ireland, Mauritius, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Virgin Islands and Wales

    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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