Master of Science in Human Resource Development

Admission Requirements

Individuals applying for admission to the Master of Science in Human Resource Development (MS HRD) program must meet the following admission requirements:

  • The student must apply to and meet all criteria for admission to the Graduate School.
  • Bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited in the United States or its equivalent from a school in another country.
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher for all upper division credits taken at the undergraduate level.
  • The student must write a Statement of Intent for the Master of Science in Human Resource Development.

General Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours for the Master of Science in Human Resource Development, featuring MS HRD Course Requirements (12 credits) for all MS HRD majors. Students electing the MS HRD will complete the HRD Studies (12 credits). Students electing the MS HRD, CTE Emphasis will complete the CTE Studies (12 credits). All MS HRD students will complete the Research Studies requirement. The Research Studies Thesis Option includes two research courses, a thesis, and an oral defense (9-12 credits); the Research Studies Professional Option includes a research course, and one of the advisor-approved options listed below.

Required Courses

MS HRD Course Requirements (12 Credits)12
OLP 6601Evidence-Based Practices in HRD3
OLP 6602Principles of HRD3
OLP 6621Theories of Adult Learning3
OLP 6661Performance Improvement3
Select either the HRD Studies or the Career and Technical Education option:6
HRD Studies Option (minimum of 12 credits)
HRD Studies option includes OLP graduate electives (including OLP 5599, 6699 electives) or other advisor-approved electives.
Career and Technical Education Option (minimum of 12 credits)
CTE 5501Foundations of Career and Technical Education3
CTE 5502Analysis and Course Construction in Career and Technical Education3
CTE 5503Methods of Teaching Career and Technical Education3
CTE 5504Evaluation in Career and Technical Education3
Research Studies coursework and capstone includes 6-9 semester hours depending upon selection of either the Thesis or Professional Option.
Research Studies: Thesis Option9
EDUC 6601Research and Writing3
or OLP 6632 Research in Organizations
EDUC 6610Applied Educational Statistics3
EDUC 6650Thesis3+
Research Studies: Professional Option6
EDUC 6601Research and Writing3
or OLP 6632 Research in Organizations
In consultation with Advisor, select one of the following:
Additional OLP course at the 6600 or 7700 level (including OLP 6699 course or an advisor-approved elective)
Applied project
Paper for publication
Total Hours30+