Villanova's Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development have been designed to accommodate the needs of all types of students. Courses are offered in the evenings, on-line and on weekends, allowing students to both work and pursue their education simultaneously. We offer a Master of Science, Pre- and Post-Master's Certificates, and a five-year option to accommodate a range of student needs. Also, core courses have been approved to qualify for recertification of those who have a PHR or SPHR professional credential. Courses are taught by leading consultants and practitioners who bring current trends and thinking to the classroom. To review individual HRD courses consult the catalog or view the listing here.
Program Points of Excellence
For a complete listing of program distinctions, please see the Why Villavanova HRD page and the testimonials that appear throught our site.
The success and professional involvement of our HRD alumni attest to the quality of our programs. Many alumni serve on the boards of local Society for Human Resource Management chapters and have aided in the development of strong HRD program ties to corporations. Alumni serve on our Senior Alumni Advisory Board, act as guest speakers and many are our adjunct faculty members. These alumni are also active in helping our students find internships and full-time employment upon graduation.
Master of Science
The Master of Science in Human Resource Development degree is a generalist program that provides students with a comprehensive overview of the HR field. The courses provide a practical environment where students have the opportunity to perform many of the business activities that practitioners regularly encounter.
The degree programs offers flexibility to choose courses from other graduate programs in the College to customize your studies. For example, you could choose two elective courses in Public Administration, Non-Profit Management or Communication.
For professionals who want to update their skills and to enhance their strategic vision, Villanova offers both a Pre-Master's and a Post-Master's Certificate. These credentials allow students to combine special 1-credit weekend seminars and traditional courses to meet their professional goals. Additioanlly, individual three-credit courses can be considered for recertification credit to maintain the PHR or SPHR credential.
Five-Year B.A./M.S. Programs
We also offer two five-year bachelor's/master's program options. The first B.A./M.S. program combines a BA in Psychology with an MS in Human Resource Development. The second B.A./M.S. program combines a BA in BIS (Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies) General Studies or Leadership Studies with an MS in Human Resource Development. In both programs, students take graduate and well as undergraduate courses during their senior year. Several of the graduate courses count for both graduate and undergraduate credit, allowing the master’s degree to be obtained in only one additional year.
Interested undergraduate students should contact the HRD Senior Administrative Assistant, email@example.com for further information.
If you have prior expereince in Human Resources, you are eligible to enroll in our fully on-line degree program. To find out further information on this option, please visit, www.villanovaU.com.