MS IN HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

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The Master of Science in Human Resource Development (MSHRD) 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.

Students may choose to study the MSHRD in either an on-campus or online format.
 

PROGRAM DETAILS

The Master of Science in HRD is a 36 credit program, of which 27 credits are required courses. Students take an additional 9 credits in electives. Some students are eligible to have the 6 credits of prerequisite courses waived (see below). Students must either complete or receive waivers for the two prerequisite courses (3 credits each) prior to beginning the MSHRD program. All 3-credit courses are 8 weeks, and 1.5 credit courses are 4 weeks. Students also complete a capstone experience prior to graduating. 

View the Course Catalog for descriptions of courses.


Prerequisite Courses (3 credits each)

With one or more years of HR experience, students are eligible to waive the Intro to HR in the Business World course. With prior research writing experience, students are eligible to waive the Critical Evaluation and Research Writing course. 

  • HRD 8101: Introduction to HR in the Business World
  • HRD 8102: Critical Evaluation & Research Writing

Total Credits of Prerequisite Courses: 6


Required Courses (3 credits each)

  • HRD 8419: Foundations of Strategic HR
  • HRD 8003: Financial & Human Capital
  • HRD 8215: Employment Law
  • HRD 8210: Strategic Workforce Planning
  • PSY 8475: Training & Development
  • PSY 8875: Organization Development
  • HRD 8006: HR Analytics

Total Credits of Required Courses: 21


Elective Courses (9 credits)

The HRD Department offers both 1.5-credit and 3-credit elective courses to complete 9 credits of electives. Not all electives are currently available online. 

3-Credit Electives

  • HRD 8212: Total Rewards - Compensation
  • HRD 8213: Total Rewards - Benefits
  • HRD 8214: HR Technology
  • HRD 8421: Diversity in a Global Economy
  • PSY 8425: Organizational Behavior
  • HRD 8420: Strategic & Global HR Leadership
  • HRD 8007: Quantitative & Qualitative Research Methods (6-credit course/16 weeks)


1.5-Credit Electives (4 week courses)

  • HRD 8345: Relational Capital
  • HRD 8303: Ethics
  • HRD 8899: Contemporary Special Topics in HR

Total Credits of Elective Courses: 9


Total Program: 36 credits

To utilize evidence-based HR expertise to support the organization’s strategic goals

  • Use evidence-based HR expertise to set the strategic direction of the HR function necessary for pursuing organizational goals and maintaining a satisfied and engaged workforce.
  • Establish practices and initiatives that allow the organization to meet its talent needs, enhance the capabilities of employees, promote positive relationships, develop a total rewards program and leverage HR functions.
  • Deploy evidence-based interventions to facilitate organizational change and development initiatives.
  • Manage organizational risks and threats to the safety of employees and comply with applicable laws and regulations.

To lead, empower, and support the growth of people through meaningful work experiences

  • Use evidence-based HR expertise to set the strategic direction of the HR function necessary for pursuing organizational goals and maintaining a satisfied and engaged workforce.
  • Establish practices and initiatives that allow the organization to meet its talent needs, enhance the capabilities of employees, promote positive relationships, develop a total rewards program and leverage HR functions.
  • Deploy evidence-based interventions to facilitate organizational change and development initiatives.
  •  Manage organizational risks and threats to the safety of employees and comply with applicable laws and regulations.

To integrate diversity and inclusion into HR practices and initiatives

  • Cultivate inclusive work environments regardless of employees’ culture, ethnicity, and personal background or lifestyle.
  • Enable HR professionals to develop a diversity-oriented mindset as a professional trait.
  • Create strategies that are adjusted to different cultural backgrounds and international environments.

To create a team-oriented mindset and the highest levels of professionalism

  • Create and maintain a network of professional contacts.
  • Build and maintain professional relationships.
  • Work as an effective member of a team.

To cultivate analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills

  • Develop an ability to source, analyze, and understand the meaning of scientific research, organizational data, professional expertise and stakeholder perspectives.
  • Cultivate an ability to evaluate organizational data to accurately understand key drivers of business and HR strategy.
  • Assimilate the data in an organizational context to generate recommendations and effective solutions.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • 3.0 or better undergraduate GPA
  • Resume
  • Statement of Goals
  • Academic writing sample*

Waivers

  • *Students may apply for a waiver of the HRD 8102: Critical Evaluation & Research Writing course by including an academic writing sample with their application.
  • Students may apply for a waiver of the HRD 8101: Intro to HR in the Business World if they have one or more years of HR experience.

Below a 3.0 Undergraduate GPA

Students with below a 3.0 undergraduate GPA are considered for admission based on work history, GRE/GMAT scores, or other demonstration of ability to handle graduate level work. Please contact the HRD office to discuss your individual situation.

See application details and begin your application.

     

     

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St. Mary's Hall, Suite 119
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085 

 

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DEADLINES

MARCH 1: For admission with funding consideration for the fall.

AUGUST 1: For admission without funding for the fall.

DECEMBER 18: For admission without funding for the spring.

APRIL 10: For admission without finding for the summer. (Please note, international students are not eligible to apply for the summer term.)

ONLINE: Rolling with courses beginning every eight weeks.

Please contact Keith Grohowski with questions related to admissions.

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