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Human Resources Development, M.S.

The Master’s in Human Resources Development prepares you to help organizations run more efficiently and to help people reach their professional goals.

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Program Cost
$19,510
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Total credits
36

About the Program

The Master’s in Human Resources Development (HRD) program provides students with opportunities to study current theories and practices while preparing for success in the rapidly changing workplace. Our program attracts people from industry, nonprofit, and governmental organizations, including managers, technical specialists, and human resource professionals. This program is appropriate for recent bachelor's degree graduates zeroing in on career goals, experienced professionals advancing their careers, and individuals interested in making a career change.

Why McDaniel for Human Resources Development

We’ve designed our program to make sure it meets the needs of real people trying to advance their careers.

  • Convenience. Classes are offered online, in-person, and in hybrid formats. Most classes are held on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings so you can continue working full-time. Most students with full-time jobs complete the degree within 2.5 to 3 years
  • Cohorts that count. You’ll progress through the program in a cohort of 10 to 15 of your peers, building lasting relationships, and an important professional network.

How It Works

We’ve thoughtfully designed the program to be accessible and practical for working adults. Here’s how it works:

  • The HRD Program offers two consecutive 8-week courses per-semester.  This approach allows you to complete two courses in each semester without course overlap.
  • The program consists of a mix of online, on campus, and hybrid courses.
  • Classes are held twice each week during the semester:  Wednesday evenings, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday mornings, 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

The 36-credit hours (including all coursework, the required practicum, and the portfolio project) are designed to be completed within a two-and-a-half to three-year period.  

Requirements for an M.S. in Human Resources Development

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must submit:

  • Completed application for graduate study
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75
  • Three official professional or academic letters of recommendation. These requests will be emailed directly to the recommenders through your application.
  • A personal goal statement (approximately 500 words) describing how your participation in the graduate program will help you to achieve your career goals

Degree Requirements

  • Complete 36 semester hours
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA with limit of one course at or below “C”
  • Successful portfolio review documenting professional growth and mastery
  • 3-credit field practicum

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High Standards, Great Reputation

McDaniel’s graduate programs are respected in Maryland and across the region—we’re proud of our reputation as a college that helps students earn practical degrees that advance their careers. The Human Resources Development Program:

Advancing Your Career

Graduates of the Human Resources Development program find employment as specialists in the following Human Resources areas:

  • Organizational development
  • Training
  • Instructional design
  • Staffing and recruiting
  • Career development
  • Executive development
  • Compensation and benefits
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Spotlight Profile Alumni Spotlight Fasil Oman BaSharahil M.S. ’17

What does leadership mean for you? For Fasil Oman BaSharahil M.S. ’17, it’s an opportunity to hone his Human Resource Development skills and further his education. Fasil is attending Alvernia University in Reading, PA to pursue his Ph.D. in Leadership. Fasil, a native of Yemen, earned his bachelor’s degree at The National University in 2005 and a master’s degree from the Sudan University of Science and Technology in 2010 before coming to the U.S. to study at McDaniel.