Overview

Get the skills needed to help an organization with its workforce needs. By incorporating a global focus into the master's of human resources degree, RIT ensures that our graduates can maximize human potential, increase productivity, and retain great talent. You will be able to successfully plan and execute corporate strategy related to human capital, develop workplace talent, retain valuable employees, and much more. Whether you’re starting a career in human resources or enhancing your competencies in training, instructional design, performance management, and employee development, you’ll graduate as a strategic leader of the human potential in your organization.

Human development is at the heart of workplace development in any organization. The MS in human resource development provides the next level of learning in creating a strategy for human capital. The program teaches professionals to leverage specific essential competencies to create a flexible workforce that adapts to change and aligns with strategic organizational goals so that human resource professionals can grow talent and remain competitive in the 21st century.

Plan of study

The degree requires a minimum of 33 credit hours. Students are required to complete a comprehensive exam at the conclusion of their course work. Students who wish to complete a graduate project or thesis in place of the exam must have the approval of the faculty and department chair.

Electives

Electives are chosen by the student and are used to fulfill their career interests. Courses may be taken in other graduate-level programs, with permission. A limited number of credit hours (not counted toward another degree) may be considered for transfer credit from another college or university.

Industries

  • Human Resources
  • Higher Education
  • Non-Profit
  • Defense

Typical Job Titles

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Recruitment Manager
  • Talent Acquisition Specialist
  • HR Analyst
  • Training Specialist
  • VP of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Payroll Supervisor
  • Operational Risk Officer
    • HR Consultant Recruiter
  • Employee Relations
  • Manager Auditor
  • Recruiting Analyst
  • Staffing Specialist
  • Coordinator

Curriculum

Human resource development (comprehensive exam option), MS degree, typical course sequence

  • GRCS-701 Research Methods
  • HRDE-710 Foundations in Human Resource Development
  • HRDE-711 Program Evaluation and Design
  • HRDE-712 Performance Analysis and Development
  • HRDE-733 Instructional Design
  • HRDE-785 Strategic Human Resource Development
  • HRDE-795 Comprehensive Examination
  • Elective or Concentration Courses
  • Electives

Human resource development (project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

  • GRCS-701 Research Methods
  • HRDE-710 Foundations in Human Resource Development
  • HRDE-711 Program Evaluation and Design
  • HRDE-712 Performance Analysis and Development
  • HRDE-733 Instructional Design
  • GRCS-702 Principles of Research Communication
  • HRDE-797 Capstone Project
  • Elective or Concentration Courses
  • Elective

Human resource development (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

  • GRCS-701 Research Methods
  • GRCS-702 Principles of Research Communication
  • HRDE-710 Foundations in Human Resource Development
  • HRDE-711 Program Evaluation and Design
  • HRDE-733 Instructional Design
  • HRDE-712 Performance Analysis and Development
  • HRDE-798 Thesis
  • Elective or Concentration Courses
  • Elective

Concentration

Organizational learning

Choose three of the following:

  • HRDE-720 Theories of Organizational Development
  • HRDE-721 Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management
  • HRDE-722 Talent Development
  • HRDE-723 Group Dynamics and Facilitation Skills

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in human resource development, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) (or evidence of relevant professional performance).
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • Submit a writing sample designated by the department.
  • Participate in an interview with a faculty member (when required by department).
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • 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.
Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated July 8, 2019
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