This Master’s program prepares professionals who will be responsible for the training, education, and development of employee adults in organizations involved in business, health care, human services, and government. The program has been developed especially for those wishing to move into HRD field in a management or planning capacity, as well as for current practitioners desiring more formal training.

The program is designed to develop the ability to:

  1. assess the nature of performance problems;

  2. apply needs and task/content analysis techniques;

  3. assess the relevant characteristics of learners/trainees;

  4. design training, education, and instructional programs for adult learners/trainees;

  5. determine the effectiveness of training/education/instructional programs;

  6. communicate and interact effectively with groups and individuals;

  7. consult with managers to address employee and organizational development needs;

  8. manage human resource development projects and programs;

  9. work effectively across an organization in order to plan, develop and implement performance improvement.

Requirements for Admission to the Program:

Applicants must fulfill the requirements for admission to the Graduate College, as follows;

  1. B.A. degree from an accredited college or university (transcript required.)

  2. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 (students not meeting GPA can apply for faculty review.)

  3. Two letters of recommendation from professors, employers, or supervisors which provide evidence of an applicant’s qualifications.

Individuals who fail to satisfy requirements under number 2 may be asked to complete undergraduate course work in Human Resource Development or other subjects prior to admission. The courses to be taken will be determined by the program advisor and will be based on a review of the individual’s academic record and work experience.

Requirements for the Degree:

Required Courses
HRD-400Hrd And The Organization3
HRD-401The Adult Learner I3
HRD-403Presentation And Facilitation Strategies For Hrd3
HRD-405Needs And Task Analysis In Hrd3
HRD-406Instructional Design In Hrd I3
HRD-407Measurement And Evaluation In Hrd3
HRD-408Instructional Design In Human Resource Development II3
HRD-411Consulting In Human Resource Development3
HRD-415Seminar In Human Resource Development- Organizational Development3
HRD-416Practicum In Hrd I3
HRD-462Instructional Strategies In Hrd3
or HRD-490 Multimedia: Design And Application
Select one of the following:3
Applied Technology In Human Resource Development
Practicum In Hrd II
Topical Seminar: Strategic Planning In Human Resource Development
Topical Seminar: Human Performance Technology In Human Resource Development
Topical Seminar In Global/Cultural Issues In Human Resource Development
Topical Seminar: Group Dynamics In Human Resource Development
Project In Human Resource Development
Thesis Seminar In Hrd
Total Hours36

NOTE: For all students in the program, the following will be required:

  1. A total of 36 credit hours of study are required for completion of the Master's Degree program.
  2. The successful completion of the Departmental Comprehensive Examination.

Thesis Option

The thesis option is available by invitation only. The invitation will be based on a consensus agreement of the program’s faculty and the desire of the student to select the thesis option. Students doing a thesis will complete HRD-420 Thesis Seminar, for 3 credit hours.

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your HRD program advisor. This is a sample which does not reflect all degree hours or requirements. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.

First Year
Term 1Hours
HRD-400Hrd And The Organization3
HRD-401The Adult Learner I3
 Term Hours6
Term 2
HRD-405Needs And Task Analysis In Hrd3
HRD-406Instructional Design In Hrd I3
 Term Hours6
Term 3
HRD-403Presentation And Facilitation Strategies For Hrd3
 Term Hours3
Second Year
Term 1
HRD-407Measurement And Evaluation In Hrd3
HRD-411Consulting In Human Resource Development3
 Term Hours6
Term 2
HRD-408Instructional Design In Human Resource Development II3
HRD-415Seminar In Human Resource Development- Organizational Development3
HRD-416Practicum In Hrd I3
 Term Hours9
 Total Hours: 30