Human Resource Development (HRD) Graduate Programs
The graduate programs in the Human Resource Development (HRD) track have long been among the very top of HRD programs at major research universities around the world. The programs began in 1980, among the first in the United States. The HRD program at the University of Minnesota was ranked first in the nation in a University of Illinois study; it has received an Award of Excellence from the Southern Minnesota chapter of the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD); and it received the Excellence and Quality Program Award from the international Academy of Human Resource Development.
Faculty in the program are experienced researchers who conduct various types of research studies on HRD-related topics and publish their work in top HRD journals. The faculty also provide leadership in the field's leading professional organizations, and are active consultants working with leading public- and private-sector organizations on talent development, merger and acquisition integration, and talent strategy topics. Graduates of the HRD programs have moved into a wide range of professional positions across the United States and around the world, including: faculty positions at leading universities and colleges; HRD leadership roles in a variety of private-sector organizations, government agencies, and NGOs; and innovative thought-leaders with a number of regional and global consultancies.
There are a number of related graduate degree programs in the HRD program track, as listed here:
Master of Education/Initial Licensure (M.Ed.)
Master of Education/Professional Studies (M.Ed.)
- Adult Education (AdEd)
- Agricultural Education (AgEd)
- Human Resource Development (HRD)
- Work and Human Resource Education (WHRE)
- Adult Basic Education (ABE)
- Agricultural Education
- Work-Based Learning (WBL)
For questions regarding the admissions process, admissions documents, or general information about the program contact:
Specific questions regarding course content should be directed to the program coordinator:
Revised November 19, 2015