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.
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 professional goals.
For current Villanova undergraduates, we also offer two combined bachelor master 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.
The non-matriculated student status is primarily meant for HR professionals hoping to take HRD courses to obtain HRCI credit towards professional certification. This status limits students to take up to 6 credits. Interested applicants must contact the HRD Office before applying for this status.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
The Society for Human Resource Management (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 in 219 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. 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. The guidelines, created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010, are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.
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 recertification credit."