Human Resource Development

Major: Human Resource Development
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.1005
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The MS in Human Resource Development program, with its strong emphasis on learning, psychological, human capital, and systems theory, is designed to prepare students with the competencies for success in promoting individual, group, organizational learning, and effectiveness worldwide. The online curriculum is both practice-oriented and research based. Drexel's program is unique in the inclusion of a substantial capstone experience.

In today's increasingly complex world, organizational leaders must be innovative, adaptive, and global in both thought and action. In the rich, interdisciplinary field of human resource development, the focus is on improving learning and performance at the individual, group, and organizational level, as well as community and society contexts through several domains of practice, including:

  • Human resource development strategy
  • Training and development
  • Career development
  • Organization development and change
  • Performance improvement (HPT/HPI)
  • Talent development and management
  • Leadership and management development
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Program evaluation
  • Workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion

Become a Leader of Workplace Learning, Performance, and Change

The MS in in Human Resource Development (MSHRD) program prepares graduates to become “strategic partners” to senior leaders. Using current research, best practices and cutting-edge technology, students will learn how to facilitate workplace learning and change, while maximizing performance at all levels of the organization.

Additional Information

For more information, contact the School of Education or view the master's degree online on the Drexel University Online website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the program will follow the university standards for admission to graduate study. Prospective students must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission (graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA). Provisional admission may be granted with a GPA between 2.80 to 2.99. In addition, prospective students are required to submit the following:

  • Completed application form, including official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Resume
  • Additional requirements for international students

The admissions committee will evaluate the applicant's potential and commitment to succeed in graduate study in the online environment. The applicant's potential to contribute to the overall quality of the program of study will also be considered.

Interviews, in person or by phone, may be conducted by the admissions committee with those applicants who meet Graduate Admission's standard admissions criteria.

Decisions will be made using dates corresponding to the regular university schedule for rolling admissions in Graduate Admissions.

Additional Information

For more information, contact the School of Education or view the master's degrees online on the Drexel University Online website.

For additional details about how to apply, please visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
EDCR 510Leadership in Educational Contexts and Systems 3.0
EDCR 512Using and Integrating Learning Technologies 3.0
EDCR 514Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice in Education 3.0
EDCR 518Evidence-Based Evaluation3.0
Human Resource Development Requirements
EHRD 500Foundations of Human Resources Development3.0
EHRD 602Coaching and Mentoring for Sustainable Learning3.0
EHRD 611Organization Development and Change 3.0
EHRD 612Strategic Human Resource Development3.0
EHRD 660Principles of Adult Learning3.0
Capstone Requirements
EDU 780Capstone Research3.0
Students have the option to select from the Practitioner or Thesis capstone track.
EDUP 780Practitioner Capstone Course I3.0
or EDUT 780 Thesis Capstone Course I
EDUP 781Practitioner Capstone Course II3.0-4.5
or EDUT 781 Thesis Capstone Course II
Professional Electives *9.0
Total Credits45.0-46.5

In consultation with the program manager/advisor, students may choose any graduate level course that is available and scheduled during a given term.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
EDCR 5103.0EDCR 5143.0EDCR 5183.0EHRD 6123.0
EHRD 5003.0EHRD 6023.0EHRD 6113.0Professional Elective*3.0
 6 6 6 6
Second Year
EDCR 5123.0EDU 7803.0EDUP 780 or EDUT 7803.0EDUP 781 or EDUT 7813.0-4.5
EHRD 6603.0Professional Elective*3.0Professional Elective*3.0 
 6 6 6 3-4.5
Total Credits 45-46.5

In consultation with the program manager/advisor, students may choose any SOE course that is available and scheduled during a given term.

Note: Second Year Summer may be less than the 4.5-credit minimum required (considered half-time status) of graduate programs to be considered financial aid eligible. As a result, aid would not be disbursed to students this term.

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