Online Master’s Degree Program in Human Resource Development
MS in Human Resource Development
As organizations compete to thrive in an increasingly global market, an innovative approach to leadership is needed at every level. Drexel University’s online program prepares you to become a strategic partner to your organization's leaders, facilitating workplace learning and change, while maximizing employee performance at all levels of the organization. Uniquely positioned at the intersection of education, psychology, and business, the program prepares you to lead change and growth strategies within your organization.
What is a Master of Science in Human Resource Development?
An MS in Human Resource Development is the ideal human resources degree for professionals who are employee-focused. Human resource development programs prioritize the strategic aspects of human resources, like training, organizational development, employee retention, career development, and mentoring. The goal of the program is to help you facilitate learning, performance, and change across all organizational levels, regardless of the sector or industry.
Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development Online Program Features
- Recognized by the Academy of Human Resource Development as a Program of Excellence
- Aligned with the core competencies espoused by the Association for Talent Development, Society for Human Resource Management, International Society for Performance Improvement, and the OD Network
- Learn from and network with faculty who are leading researchers and practitioners in the fields of human resources and talent development
- Curriculum includes the most up-to-date technology, tools, and trends to ensure you’re familiar with the latest developments in the field
- Classes are entirely online, so you can learn around your schedule
- Members of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and other partner organizations receive a 30% tuition savings
What are the Salary Expectations for Graduates with a Master’s Degree in Human Resources?
Graduates of the Master’s in Human Resources program can work in a wide range of settings, including the government, educational sector, large corporations, non-profits, and non-governmental organizations. Some familiar job titles and median salaries for positions within the field of Human Resource Development include:
Human Resources Business Partner
Human Resources Consultant
Human Resources Manager
Human Resources Specialist
Performance Improvement Specialist
Training and Development Manager
Training and Development Specialist
*2017-2019 figures via Bureau of Labor Statistics and Wanted Analytics
Human Resource Development vs. Human Resource Management
A degree in human resource management tends to be more focused on the transactional functions of human resources such as recruitment, compensation, and compliance. A human resource development degree, on the other hand, will highlight skills such as talent development, employee engagement and retention, training, leadership development, and succession management. The goal of a human resource development degree is to help you facilitate organizational leadership growth and development.
State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.
This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.
|Foundational Education Courses|
|EDCR 510||Leadership in Educational Contexts and Systems||3.0|
|EDCR 512||Using and Integrating Learning Technology||3.0|
|EDCR 514||Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice in Education||3.0|
|EDCR 518||Evidence-Based Evaluation||3.0|
|Human Resource Development Courses|
|EHRD 500||Foundations of Human Resource Development||3.0|
|EHRD 601||Leading and Evaluating Change||3.0|
|EHRD 602||Coaching and Mentoring for Sustainable Learning||3.0|
|EHRD 604||Development of Human Resources||3.0|
|EHRD 660||Principles of Adult Learning||3.0|
|Capstone Research Sequence|
|EDU 780||Capstone Research||3.0|
|Choose from one of the following:||6.0 - 7.5|
|EDUT 780||Thesis Capstone Course I|
|EDUT 781||Thesis Capstone Course II|
|EDUP 780||Practitioner Capstone Course I|
|EDUP 781||Practitioner Capstone Course II|
|Lesson Study Track|
|EDUL 780||Lesson Study Capstone Course I|
|EDUL 781||Lesson Study Capstone Course II|
|In consultation with the program manager/advisor, you may choose any School of Education courses that are currently available.|
|Total Credits||45.0 - 46.5|
- A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPA will be considered along with undergraduate GPA—a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above may be considered)
- Provisional admission may be granted for a GPA below 3.0
- An admissions interview is required for a GPA below 2.75
With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.
- A completed application
- Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
- Two to three letters of recommendation
- Personal Statement (500-750 words) describing your interest in the program. Specifically:
- How the program relates to your previous educational and professional activities
- If changing course, why you're moving in this new direction with your educational goals
- How the program relates to your current line of work
- How you plan to apply the program to your future goals
- Additional requirements for International Students
The tuition rate for the academic year 2019-2020 is $978 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1303 per credit)
- This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
- Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations
- These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
- These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
- Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
- All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
- Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
- When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.
2019-2020 Academic Year
September 23, 2019
December 7, 2019
December 9, 2019
December 14, 2019
January 6, 2020
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April 6, 2020
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August 30, 2020
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2020-2021 Academic Year
September 21, 2020
December 5, 2020
December 7, 2020
December 12, 2020
January 4, 2021
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