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The graduate programs in Human Resource Development provide a curriculum aligned with the essential professional disciplines determined by the Society for Human Resource Management.

The breadth of the HR field draws individuals of diverse backgrounds, stengths and interests. You can choose to specialize, to become an HR generalist or move into a variety of business leadership positions. Graduates of Villanova's programs have also pursued doctoral degrees to move into academic roles.

Consider your many possibilities ....

Career Paths

To learn more about these in-demand professional areas, you can review information on the SHRM website  or read information in the Alumni and Faculty Spotlight sections of  the HRD webpages.  (Links highlighted in blue  below are directly connected to individuals with that background.) These HR disciplines and areas of busineess include

Business Leadership Academic - Research/Instructor Consulting           
Benefits & Compensation
Organizational Development Entrepreneurship
HR IS & Technology
Military Leadership   
Global HR 
Staffing and Talent Management
Labor Relations     
Diversity - EEO
Safety & Security  HR Analytics
Sustainability & Ethics

Maintain Your Professional Certification

Experienced HR professionals  who have attained their PHR or SPHR designation can keep competitive by completing courses in the HRD program which earn HRCI credits to maintain the professional credential pf PHR ( Professional in Human Resources) or SPHR (Senior Professional in HR). 

Those who have not yet attained this credential are encouraged to attend a course offered through the  Villanova Office of Continuing Studies. to learn more about certification, click here..

Posting Jobs and Internships

Students and alumni of the HRD Graduate Programs benefit from the numerous job opportunities and internships that are made available through our relationships within the area business community. Major corporations and organizations who want to hire our HRD graduates notify us of any open positions.

If you are an HRD alum or current student looking for a job, or if your organization is interested in recruiting from our pool of talented HRD Graduate Students and alumni, please contact both  the Human Resource Development Office and the Career Services office for the best assistance.

Staff in the HRD program will post your internship or job  listing to our Linked-in group which has  over 1,000 members and we will notify current students. Additionally the Career Services Office will enter the listing into a database that can be viewed by all students and alumni. 

If you are job hunting, please join our Linked-in group, register with the Career Office and consider attending a  professional or career group which frequently meets at Villanova University.  For example, the career group of the Greater Valley Forge HR Association meets here monthly. For a long list of area transition groups, click here ...

A Few of Our Graduates

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Our recent traditional graduates are hard at work!

These 2011 student leaders are working in a variety of roles, including, Human Capital Management Business Partner at Gamesa, PhD Student, Entrepreneur, HRIS Generalist at Bentley Systems, Compensation, as well as the HR Leadership Development Program at Lockheed. Full profiles of two of these students, Suzanne and Courtney, are seen under the Alumni Spotlight. Congratulations to Paul DeCecco, (not shown)  a December 2012 graduate whose successful internship resulted in a full-time position with the same firm.



Brooke McCourt is the Staffing Coordinator for Wegmans Food Markets’ PA Division.  She oversees recruitment, staffing and workforce planning functions for 14  locations.  She works in partnership with many talented HR and Store Operations individuals to make sure that Wegmans is hiring the best.  In addition, she is the Internship Coordinator for the PAa stores.  She is responsible for implementation of an internship program for college students interested in pursuing full-time store operations careers.

 Prior to this, Brooke was an Employee Representative. and spent a year in Store Operations.   Brooke has worked for Wegmans for almost 12 years. 

She is a 2001 graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Business Management and a 2006 graduate of Villanova University with a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development.  She received her PHR certification in 2009. Click for more in the HRD Corner Blog

Internships Make a Big Difference - Testimonial

Nick Larson

Nick Larson  -  Sr. Consultant Executive Compensation, Expedia
"Prior to Villanova’s HRD Internship Program, I knew I wanted to work in Human Resources, but was uncertain of the direction I wanted to take. As a program participant, I capitalized on an outstanding internship opportunity with Mercer Consulting, the world’s largest HR consulting firm. The internship resulted in a full-time employment opportunity that not only launched my career, but put me on the fast-track to a leadership position and defined my career ambitions."  Click here for additional internship testimonials.


Amy Masci -  HR Management (and HR Instructor)

Alumni, Staff and Faculty are Spotlighted on this website, as well as in the HRD Corner Blog.
For a sample,

Click for the  full interview with Amy

Recent Employers

Many organizations have enriched Villanova's Graduate HR Programs by employing our graduates, students, and adjunct faculty members. To hire a Villanovan, please post yuor position with the Villanova Career Services office and send a copy to our office c/o  Some of these employers are:

Abbott Laboratories MBNA  
Accenture Merck  
Ametek Merrill Lynch  
ACSYS Methodist Hospital  
Advanta MidAtlantic Employers Assoc.
American Homecare Supply Morgan Stanley  
ARAMARK Phillips Lighting  
AstraZeneca PJM Interconnection  
Avis-Budget Rental Cars Pricewaterhouse coopers  
Certainteed/Saint-Gobain Rohm & Haas (Dow)  
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia SAP Americas  
Dupont Sesame Place
Eastern University Siemens
Exelon The Rosen Group  
Glaxo Smith Kline Towers Perin  
GE Unisys  
Harvard University Vanguard  
Health Advocate Verizon  
Independence Blue Cross WaWa  
Johnson and Johnson W.L. Gore  
Lockheed Martin Wyeth-Ayerst