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Human Resource Development
Master of Science
Saunders College of Business
Graduate Program Contact Linda Underhill

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.

  • Price

    $1,191 per credit hour (2020-21)

  • Duration

    33 credit hours required

    A full-time student could finish the program in 18-24 months, and a part-time student could complete the program in 4 years.

  • Courses
  • Jobs
    • Vice President of Human Resources
    • Human Resource Development Specialist
    • Chief Knowledge Officer
    • Workforce Recruitment and Retention Specialist
    • Director of Talent Recruitment and Development
  • 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)
    • A test of English Language aptitude (TOEFL) is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. The minimum TOEFL scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (internet-based) are required.  Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Pearson Test of English (PTE-Academic)  are accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. The minimum PTE score is 62. Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic 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.
    • Certain countries are subject to comprehensive embargoes under US Export Controls, which prohibit virtually ALL exports, imports and other transactions without a license or other US Government authorization. Learners from Syria, Sudan, North Korea, the Crimea region of the Ukraine, Iran and Cuba may not register for online courses at RIT. Nor may individuals on the United States Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the United States Commerce Department’s table of Deny Orders. By registering for online courses at RIT, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.

    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.