Pre-Master's Certificate

MS Campus

For students who are interested in learning more about the field of HR or for current HR professionals who want to update their skills and enhance their strategic vision, Villanova offers a Pre-Master's Certificate in HRD. All credits can transfer directly into the MS in HRD program, should students choose to continue. 


The Pre-Master's Certificate in HRD requires a total of 15 credits. See below for the breakdown of credits that must be completed.

Click here to view the Graduate Studies Course Catalog for descriptions of both required and elective courses.

Required Courses
(3 courses, 3 credits each = 9 credits)

  • HRD 8419: Foundations of Strategic HR (formerly HRD 8319: Intro to HR)
  • HRD 8210: Strategic Workforce Planning
  • PSY 8875: Organization Development

Total Credits of Required Courses: 9

Elective Courses
(6 credits)

Students must take a total of 6 credits of elective courses.

3-Credit Electives

  • HRD 8003: Financial & Human Capital
  • HRD 8006: HR Analytics
  • HRD 8012: Individual Research in HRD
  • HRD 8212: Total Rewards - Compensation
  • HRD 8213: Total Rewards - Benefits
  • HRD 8214: Human Resource Technology
  • HRD 8215: Employment Law
  • PSY 8425: Organizational Behavior
  • PSY 8475: Training & Development
  • HRD 8421: Topics: Diversity in a Global Economy

1.5-Credit Electives

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

Total Credits of Elective Courses: 6

Total Program: 15 credits

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Contact Information

Campus Programs
St. Mary's Hall, Suite 119

800 Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085
(p) 610-519-4582
(f) 610-519-5826

Online Program
M.S. in HRD
Call 1-866-220-0017 or visit