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

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

    $1,035 per credit hour (2017-18 AY)

  • Duration

    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.

  • 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 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
  • 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)
    • 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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