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Combined Programs: Bachelor/Master Degrees

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

The combined BA in Psychology & MS in HRD & Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies & MS in HRD program is 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 & MS in HRD

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Major GPA of at least 3.2
  • Villanova Psychology major with at least Junior status
  • Completion of at least five Psychology courses, which must include:
    • PSY 2000: Statistics
    • PSY 2050: Research Methods
    • PSY 4200: Biopsychology OR PSY 4500: Cognitive
    • PSY 2700: Industrial/Organizational OR PSY 2800: Human Factors

See the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences' webpage for details on the combined BA PSY/MS HRD program.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (majors in General Studies, Leadership, and Organizational Development and Management) & MS in HRD

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum 3.2 technical GPA
  • Completed all 45 credits in the core curriculum
  • Earned a minimum of 90 credit hours

See the College of Professional Studies' webpage for details of the combined BA IS/MS HRD program.


Once admitted into the BA/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. 


How to Apply

The program is limited to 5 students at a time in each major (5 students from Psychology, 5 students from Interdisciplinary Studies).  

  1. Complete the first 3 pages of the application for Graduate Studies.
  2. Obtain an official transcript documenting your undergraduate courses.
  3. Write a 2 page (maximum) personal statement describing your career objectives and reasons for pursuing a Master's Degree.
  4. Submit 2 letters of recommendation from faculty members assessing your potential for success in the combined program. Recommendation forms are in application for Graduate Studies.
  5. Submit your completed application to the Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development, ATTN: Michelle Kulla, St. Mary's Suite 119.

SAT scores will be assessed.


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 here on the Graduate Studies' webpage

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

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