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As one of the longest-running graduate human resource programs in the country, the Villanova University Graduate Program in Human Resource Development (HRD) shapes global thought leaders who drive dynamic, innovative approaches to HR. Built for working professionals and offered on campus and online, our programs will help you take the next step in your in your career.


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Build Your HR Community

Develop specialized HR skills at Villanova to enhance your day-to-day community and work. Villanova HRD graduates share similar interests and learn about current HR issues. Villanova Chapter SHRM (VUSHRM) members meet regularly to discuss the latest issues in the HR world. VUSHRM also holds an annual summit with local chapters that provides an opportunity for students and members to network and interact with like-minded professionals.

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Classes That Fit Your Schedule

Gain an edge on your preferred schedule with flexible, eight-week courses. Online, on campus or hybrid, students connect and engage in small classes that promote mentorship and community building. Our online experience includes live, synchronous classes, meaning you meet each week virtually with your instructor and classmates. Join our vibrant alumni network and meet the rising demand for inclusive HR leaders — no GRE required.

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Mentorships That Matter

The Villanova HRD program is a great choice for professionals who want to learn from mentors who are experienced practitioners and have honed their skills in the human resources field. All programs are taught by instructors who have worked or who are currently working in the field, and who are able to share practical applications and real-world examples of course topics. Our faculty are willing mentors who are invested in your success!


Our program provides students with a strategic overview of the HR field through evidence-based education and applied experience. Students come from a variety of backgrounds including healthcare, military, retail, technology, finance and education at a variety of levels.

  • Eight-week classes allow students to balance academic, professional and personal life
  • Online, on-campus and hybrid learning formats
  • 36-credit program: No GRE required
  • 3,000 Villanova HRD alumni 
  • Four graduate certificates to fit your career interests 
  • SHRM- & HRCI-certified classes



Earn a Master's of Science degree in Human Resource Development. The Villanova Graduate Program in Human Resource Development (HRD) is committed to its vision of developing global thought-leaders who drive high performing, inclusive organizations and create meaningful work experiences.

The Villanova Graduate Program in HRD offers five concentration certificates, which can be earned independently or in conjunction with the master's program.

The HR Business Partner Certificate will provide students with a strong foundation in the major human resources functions which integrate to support the overall objectives of the business.

The HR Leadership Certificate is designed for HR professionals who will assume leadership roles in their organization.

The Inclusion & Diversity Strategy Certificate will prepare students to support and lead strategic inclusion and diversity efforts in a variety of organizational settings.

The Certificate in Organization Development will prepare students to evaluate overall organization effectiveness and lead planned change initiatives in their organization resulting in positive organization change.

Villanova's College of Professional Studies offers a robust suite of professional education programs and courses including SHRM courses.

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.

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