Master of Science in Human Resource Development


The Human Development and Consumer Sciences department currently offers a Master of Science (MS) degree in Human Resource Development (HRD).

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Human Resource Development (HRD) is designed for the professional who seeks advanced preparation in facilitating sustainable learning and change in diverse organizations. Students examine e-learning and instructional design processes, tools and strategies; and build an understanding of adult learning and change theories. In addition, students utilize HRD research and evaluation techniques to create value for individual and organizational transformations. Students focus on critical thinking, the theoretical foundations of the field, the application of state of the art instructional design strategies and the use of appropriate assessment techniques to measure program effectiveness, impact, and continuous quality improvement in organizational environments.

Three distinctive features of the HRD program include:

HRD's performance-oriented curriculum focuses on mastery (skills), expertise (knowledge), and relevance (credibility).

  • Foundational, contemporary, and research-oriented curriculum offers balanced perspective
  • Curriculum incorporates real-world experiences into classroom
  • Dedicated to meeting individual student needs through customized attention.

HRD's E-Learning capabilities are pioneering the development and delivery of online learning.

  • Strong experience in e-learning and instructional design
  • Striving to make the on-line experience high-tech and high-touch as alternatives to traditional instruction
  • Alignment between e-strategy and e-learning initiatives

HRD's extensive community outreach involves actively working with the local business community to keep abreast of best practices and opportunities for internships and jobs.

  • Meet regularly with external HRD Advisory Board
  • Offers expertise to professional community through speaking, publishing, and consulting
  • Partner with ASTD for joint planning of special programs