Rochester Institute of Technology

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Human Resource Development MS

Program Overview

By incorporating a global focus into the master's of human resources degree, RIT ensures that our graduates can maximize human potential, increase productivity, and retain great talent. You will be able to successfully plan and execute corporate strategy related to human capital, develop workplace talent, retain valuable employees, and much more. Whether you’re starting a career in human resources or enhancing your competencies in training, instructional design, performance management, and employee development, you’ll graduate as a strategic leader of the human potential in your organization.

Human development is at the heart of workplace development in any organization. The MS in human resource development provides the next level of learning in creating a strategy for human capital. The program teaches professionals to leverage specific essential competencies to create a flexible workforce that adapts to change and aligns with strategic organizational goals so that human resource professionals can grow talent and remain competitive in the 21st century.

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Science


  • Approximately 15 students currently enrolled in this program.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is optional for this program
  • Minimum co-op requirement: N/A
  • Co-op availability: fall through summer

Salary Information

Co-op:                   ID
MS:                        $ 71,000 (median)

Student Skills & Capabilities

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.

Job Titles

Human Resources Manager, Recruitment Manager, Talent Acquisition Specialist, HR Analyst, Training Specialist, VP of Diversity and Inclusion, Payroll Supervisor, Operational Risk Officer, HR Consultant, Recruiter, Employee Relations Manager, Auditor. Recruiting Analyst, Staffing Specialist, Coordinator.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Excellus BC/BS, HR Works, The Bonadio Group, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, The Pike Company, Partner MD, Catholic Family Center, Lidestri Foods, ProCredit Bank, M&T Bank, Paychex, Burns Personnel, RIT, Coopervision, Sodaxo, St John Fisher College, Hilton.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Lisa Monette, the career services coordinator who works with the Human Resource Development program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Lisa Monette, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7413; 585.475.2301
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center . 57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603