Master of Science


The MS in HRD is based on generalist preparation,emphasizing strategic planning, organizational development, statistics,business development and organizational training. The program is ideal for students pursuing jobs in corporate human resource departments or in human resource consulting organizations. The degree program offers students the flexibility to choose up to two elective courses from other graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences such as Public Administration or Communication.

* HRD Masters Degree Requirements.pdf
M.S in HRD Degree Requirement Checklist (campus)

Program Requirements

Required Courses (8 courses)
HRD 8003 Financial Management for Profit 3
HRD 8006 Metrics 3
HRD 8010 Internship in Human Resources 3
HRD 8210 Workforce Planning 3
HRD 8319 Introduction to Human Resources 3
PSY 8475 Organizational Training 3
PSY 8875 Psychology of Organizational Change 3
HRD 8215 Employment Law* 3
Total Credits: 24
*HRD 8215 Employment Law is required for all students who have enrolled in the program in Fall 2013 and later.
Elective Courses
Three and one-credit elective courses (students may take up to six one-credit elective courses)

Total M.S. Degree Program Credits: 33*


  • M.S. in HRD candidates must complete and pass one of the following final exams to complete the degree requirements:
    • Villanova Written Comprehensive Examination
      • Comprehensive Examination Policies    
    • Assurance of Learning Assessment
  • For more information on the final examination requirement, visit our page on Professional Certification.

*Total required credits can be reduced to 30 with the following approved waivers:

  • HRD 8010 Internship in HR can be waived with sufficient prior HR experieince. Consult with advisor for more information.
  • HRD 8319 Introduction to Human Resources can be waived with sufficient prior HR experience, however a student must take another elective course in its place.

  • Average Time for Completion: 1 1⁄2 -2 years full-time;
    3-4 years part-time.
  • Maximum Time Allowed for Completion: 6 years
  • Approved electives (up to 6 credits) can be completed from other degree programs in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences. Must consult advisor before registering.

  • Application for admission online.
  • Application fee: The fee is waived for students with a Villanova degree and participants of the Graduate Open House (held in the fall and spring semesters).
  • Transcripts:
    •  Step 1 - You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts in the online application in order to receive an admission decision. However, those who are offered admission must complete the following process in order to enroll.
    • Step 2- Official transcripts of all previous college work undergraduate (and graduate where applicable), must be sent directly from your registrar's office to the Office of Graduate Studies at Villanova. (Applicants in their last year of undergraduate study who have not completed their bachelor’s degree should provide a transcript of all courses completed at the time of application, and submit an official transcript when the undergraduate degree is completed.)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Please note that GRE scores from tests taken more than five years before the date of application will not be accepted.
    • Waiver of GRE Requests:
      • Requestors must have at least 10 years of experience
      • Official request must submitted in writing (via email) to the HRD Program Director (please copy Marie Pelcin in the email). 
      • Requests should include the following items:
        • Personal Statement (why the request is being made)
        • Resume
        • Unofficial Transcripts
      • Waiver requests must be submitted prior to beginning the application process.
  • Personal Statement: This statement should explain your interest in the field of Human Resources, as well as your interest in the program offered at Villanova University.
  • Current Resume


Alumni Views

Mary Gill

Attending Villanova for my master's degree (in HRD) was one of the best professional decisions I ever made.

I found the program rigorous and rewarding. The faculty offered current and comprehensive industry knowledge. The core curriculum was grounded in the business of human resources; the electives were varied and relevant. The course designs complemented the subject matter, and there was an appropriate balance of individual and group projects.

The support of both faculty and students contributed to my success in the program. I highly recommend the Villanova (HRD) Program.

Mary Gill

HR Client Services Manger
Princeton Helthcare System