Human Resource Development MS


Graduate Admissions Counselor

Matt Stever
585-475-5529, mesges@rit.edu


Department Contact

Linda Underhill, Ph.D.
585-475-7359, lmuism@rit.edu


Online Program Available

This program may be completed online. Visit RIT Online for additional information.

Please contact the admissions counselor below for additional information about applying to the online program.

Matt Stever
585-475-5529, mesges@rit.edu


Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? Yes
Application Deadline Rolling
Admit Term Fall/Spring/Summer - Executive
Entrance Exam None
Other
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 88 - 89
IELTS 6.5
PTE Academic 62

 

Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

Program overview

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.

Plan of study

The degree requires a minimum of 33 credit hours. Students are required to complete a comprehensive exam at the conclusion of their course work. Students who wish to complete a graduate project or thesis in place of the exam must have the approval of the faculty and department chair.

Electives

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.

Curriculum

Human resource development (comprehensive exam option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
HRDE-710 Foundations in Human Resource Development 3
HRDE-711 Program Evaluation and Design  3
HRDE-712 Performance Analysis and Development 3
HRDE-733 Instructional Design 3
HRDE-785 Strategic Human Resource Development 3
  Elective or Concentration Courses 9
  Electives 6
HRDE-795 Comprehensive Examination 0
Total Semester Credit Hours 33

Human resource development (project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
HRDE-710 Foundations in Human Resource Development 3
HRDE-711 Program Evaluation and Design  3
HRDE-712 Performance Analysis and Development 3
HRDE-733 Instructional Design 3
GRCS-702 Principles of Research Communication 3
  Elective or Concentration Courses 9
  Elective 3
HRDE-797 Capstone Project 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 33

Human resource development (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
GRCS-702 Principles of Research Communication 3
HRDE-710 Foundations in Human Resource Development 3
HRDE-711 Program Evaluation and Design  3
HRDE-733 Instructional Design 3
HRDE-712 Performance Analysis and Development 3
  Elective of Concentration Courses 9
  Elective 3
HRDE-798 Thesis 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 33

Concentrations

Organizational learning Sem. Cr. Hrs.
Choose three of the following:  
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 Facilitation Skills 3

 

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in human resource development, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application. 
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) (or evidence of relevant professional performance).
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • 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 TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • 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.

 

Additional information

Advising

Upon matriculation, each student is assigned an adviser who will work with the student to develop a plan of study.


Career Outcomes

The RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education website provides information pertaining to student skills and capabilities, salary data, career information, job outcomes, and contact information for the Career Services Coordinator by program.


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