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Villanova's Human Resource Development program offers a way for students to obtain their Master of Science in HRD while pursuing their undergraduate bachelor's degree in either Psychology or Interdisciplinary Studies.

The combined BA in Psychology & MSHRD and Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) & MSHRD programs are designed to offer undergraduate students a planned educational track that will prepare them for a career in the field of human resources.

Admission Requirements

BA in Psychology & MSHRD

  • Villanova Psychology major with junior status
  • a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • a GPA in the psychology major of at least 3.2
  • Completed or be enrolled in at least six psychology courses which must included:
    • PSY 2000 - Intro Statistics
    • PSY 2050 - Research Methods in Psychology
    • PSY 2700 - Industrial/Organizationl Psychology or PSY 2800 - Human Factors
    • PSY 4200 - Biopsychology or PSY 4500 - Cognitive Psychology

Learn more about the Combined BA in Psychology & MSHRD.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies & MSHRD

  • Majors in General Studies, Leadership or Organizational Development and Management
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Completed all core curriculum courses
  • Earned a minimum of 90 credits

Learn more about the Combined BIS & MSHRD.


Once admitted into the BA/BIS & MS program, you will enroll in three graduate HRD courses during your senior year. You must choose three courses from the five listed below. Only grades of B or higher will be counted toward the graduate degree. These courses will count toward both your BA IS degree and your MS in HRD:

  • HRD 8006: HR Analytics*
  • PSY 8425: Organizational Behavior
  • PSY 8475: Training & Development*
  • HRD 8419: Foundations of Strategic HR*
  • PSY 8875: Organization Development*

*These courses are required courses in the MS in HRD program. The remaining graduate courses required for the MS in HRD can be taken in the summer after the senior year and following graduation.

Graduation Requirements & Academic Performance

The grade in each graduate course while a senior must be a B or higher. Once a student in the combined program acquires formal graduate student status (after graduation with the BA), the student's GPA in their graduate courses must meet the minimum 3.0 requirement. Once students have been awarded their BA degree, the student is then formally admitted into the graduate program in HRD. 

Tuition Remission

As part of the combined program, students will receive tuition coverage for the last two graduate courses taken in the combined program. Details for the financial arrangements of this policy can be found on the Graduate Studies webpage