Master of Science in Human Resource Development

Effective development and utilization of human assets are just as critical to an organization's successful delivery of services as state-of-the-art technology. Organizations need the right people with the right competencies at the right time, in conjunction with the right systems and technology.

Program overview

The master of science degree in human resource development prepares students to influence the human assets of an organization to positively impact organizational outcomes. Rochester Institute of Technology has been offering a masters degree in Human Resource Development (HRD) for more than 25 years.

The program requires students to build competencies in effective employee and talent development practices as used by world-class organizations, outcome and evidence-based training and learning, instructional design and delivery, career development, and workforce development.

Applicants to this program are often experienced human resource practitioners eager to build new competencies in training, instructional design, talent management, and employee development; managers who want to encourage employees to reach their potential; and individuals interested in starting a career in the human resource field.

Human Resource Trends and Issues

In order to remain successful, businesses around the world are developing a competitive and productive labor force. With the globalization coming swiftly, the quality labor force is one of the crucial factors that may attract new foreign and domestic investment. It is important for government and the private sector to focus on labor issues because they impact the competitiveness of the country as an investment destination.

As Croatia and other countries in the region prepare to enter the European Union and continue their focus on the global marketplace, enterprises may find it beneficial to:

  • Ensure that workers are prepared to succeed in new jobs in new industries
  • Improve productivity through "best practice" management techniques and better use of technology
  • Introduce new technologies, workplace learning, technical training, and skills development

Our master's degree in Human Resource Development prepares you and your managers to support needed changes in human resource-related business practices and to successfully address the trends and issues your business is facing.

Sample Courses

Strategic employee development

This course provides individuals with a framework needed to successfully design learning interventions that drive performance improvements in their organizations. They examine adult learning principles and learning styles as well as best practices in organizational learning, employee development, and alternative delivery strategies. They identify how to link learning initiatives with corporate strategy and gain commitment to those initiatives from senior leaders.

Human capital strategies

This course examines how to develop a human capital strategy to acquire, retain, and engage the best available talent required for current and future success. It examines tools and techniques for human capital planning, sourcing, retention, and development. Students in this four-credit course examine benchmark practices from all industry types to derive effective strategies for their own organizations. They develop a human capital strategy and complete an integrated set of projects to implement selected components of the strategy.

Change leadership development

The goal of this course is to encourage students to carefully analyze their responsibilities and commitments in the context of leadership for change affecting the good of the organization. The course goes beyond the study of leadership; it will focus the student on developing the specific leadership skills for HRD they will need to effectively lead organizations through a change to achieve their visions and goals. Most importantly, it will guide students through a self-awareness process that will highlight their change leadership characteristics and help to establish a plan of action to increase these competencies.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS programs, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor degree (or equivalent 4-year degree) from an accredited institution,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate coursework,
  • Submit two professional recommendations,
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (i.e. 4.0 according to the Croatian grade scale) or above, or evidence of relevant professional performance,
  • Complete a graduate application.

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