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  • 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:

    Job Title

    Median Salary*

    Career Coach

    $52,050

    Human Resources Business Partner

    $104,850

    Human Resources Consultant

    $75,200

    Human Resources Manager

    $110,120

    Human Resources Specialist

    $60,350

    Performance Improvement Specialist

    $89,600

    Training and Development Manager

    $108,250

    Training and Development Specialist

    $60,360

    *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.

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    Curriculum

    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 Common Capstone Research Course 3.0
    Choose from one of the following: 6.0 - 7.5
    Thesis Track  
    EDUT 780 Thesis Capstone Course I  
    EDUT 781 Thesis Capstone Course II  
    Practitioner Track  
    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  
    Professional Electives 9.0
    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

    Admissions Criteria

    • 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

    Required Documents

    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
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Tuition

    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 AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • 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.

     

    Academic Calendar

    2018-2019 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2018

    September 24, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    Winter 2019

    January 7, 2019

    March 16, 2019

    March 18, 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Spring 2019

    April 1, 2019

    June 8, 2019

    June 10, 2019

    June 15, 2019

    Summer 2019

    June 24, 2019

    August 31, 2019

    September 3, 2019

    September 7, 2019

     

    2019-2020 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2019

    September 23, 2019

    December 7, 2019

    December 9, 2020

    December 14, 2019

    Winter 2020

    January 6, 2020

    March 16, 2020

    March 17, 2020

    March 21, 2020

    Spring 2020

    March 30, 2020

    June 8, 2020

    June 9, 2020

    June 13, 2020

    Summer 2020

    June 22, 2020

    August 30, 2020

    September 2, 2020

    September 5, 2020

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