Master of Science in Human Resource Development
The master of science degree in human resource development prepares students to influence the human assets of an organization to positively impact organizational outcomes. Students in this program explore the effective talent management and employee development practices used by world-class organizations.
These skills range from excellence in recruiting and performance rewards to building a flexible workplace that is ready to adapt to change. The program is designed to provide students with the practical experience, tools, and techniques needed to successfully execute organizational strategies related to human capital, and manage and develop talent to realize a higher return on investment. This may include workforce capability, improving customer and employee retention, and forming human capital and increasing employee engagement alliances.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. The curriculum combines a competency-focused program with the solid scholarship, writing, and analytical skills required of today’s human resource professional.
Applicants to this degree 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. Courses are offered in the evening and online.
Admission requirements for the MS degree include:
- a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university,
- a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, or evidence of relevant professional performance,
- two letters of reference,
- a writing sample designated by the department, and
- an interview with a faculty member.
International applicants are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (Internet-based) is required. Upon arrival at RIT, students whose native language is not English will be asked to take an English Language Proficiency exam. Those who do not meet the minimum standard may be required to take additional English language courses.
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Last updated April 25, 2018