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Human Resource Development - Master of Science Degree

The Depart­ment of Technology and Workforce Learning offers courses leading to the Master of Science de­gree with a major in Human Resource Develop­ment. The program is nationally accredited by the Human Resource Development Accreditation Association.  The curriculum is planned to provide graduate-level preparation for individuals involved in employee training, education and development, performance improvement, and organization­al development in business, industry and private or public service organizations.  Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in human resources, education, business, or a related area. HRD 596 Introduction to Human Resource Development is a required prerequisite for admis­sion to the program.

Candidates for the degree must meet require­ments for either Option I, Option II or Option III as found on page 63 of this catalog. A mini­mum of 18 semester hours must be completed in 800-level courses and 29 hours in courses numbered from 700-899. A maximum of six semes­ter hours may be ap­proved in 500 and 600-level courses.  Candidates under Options II and III are required to satisfactorily pass comprehensive examinations.  Candidates under Option I must satisfactorily defend a thesis.

  • Emphasis 1 is designed for individuals interested in HRD management or consulting.
  • Emphasis 2 is for individuals interested in HRD program development and delivery.  The candidate's program of study will be developed based upon their education and work experience as well as their present and future career goals.

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