Academic Programs

Villanova's Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development have been designed to accommodate the needs of all types of students. Campus courses are offered in the evenings 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 graduate catalog by searching for the current term's classes.


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.



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 1-credit weekend seminars and traditional courses to meet their goals.


Master of Science - Online

If you have prior experience in Human Resources, you are eligible to apply to our fully online M.S. degree program.


The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

SHRM has acknowledged that Villanova University's M.S. in HRD fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

Throughout the world, 280 programs  have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

HR Certification Institute (HRCI)

"The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for re-certification credit."