Academic Programs

Villanova's Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development have been designed to accommodate the needs of all types of students. Campus courses are offered in the evenings and on weekends, allowing students to both work and pursue their education simultaneously. 

On campus classes are scheduled from either 5:20-7:20pm or 7:30-9:30pm EST. Online courses are all scheduled from 8:30-10:30pm EST. All 3-credit on campus and online classes are scheduled once per week, Monday-Thursday, and run for 8 weeks at a time; 1.5-credit electives run for 4 weeks.

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Learn about Our Classes!

Read course descriptions for all of the classes offered in the HRD program!

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Learn about Our Learning Outcomes!

Read more about our program learning outcomes!

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Master of Science in HRD

The Master of Science in Human Resource Development 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.

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HRD Certificates

Each of the four HRD certificates allow for students to develop a specialization in an area of HR. Certificates can be completed independently, or in conjunction with the MS degree. Click below to view details for each certificate. 

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Combined Programs: Bachelors/Masters

For current Villanova undergraduates, we offer two combined Bachelors/Masters program options:

  • B.A. in Psychology with an M.S. in HRD
  • B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (General Studies or Leadership Studies) with an M.S. in HRD


In both programs, students take both graduate and undergraduate courses during their senior year. Several graduate courses count for both graduate and undergraduate credit.

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Notices for Online Prospective and Current Students

The following includes important information regarding the University’s authorization status, students’ responsibilities related to relocation and programs leading to professional licensures, and the complaint process for online students.

Contact Information

Campus Programs
St. Mary's Hall, Suite 119
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085
(p) 610-519-4582
(f) 610-519-5826
gradhrdoffice@villanova.edu

Online Program
MS in HRD - Learn more!
(p) 1-866-220-0017