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Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Undergraduate Studies:

Graduate Studies:


Ph.D. in OLPD: Human Resource Development (HRD) Program


Applications are due December 1, 2017 for 2018 Fall semester start.

Fall semester start only.

Only students accepted in the December review are considered for assistantships.

Admission requirements

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Fall 2017 online application will be available starting August 2017.


The doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) program in the Human Resource Development (HRD) track is among the very top HRD Ph.D. programs at major research universities anywhere in the world. Faculty in the program are experienced researchers who conduct various types of research studies on HRD-related topics. The faculty also provide leadership in the field's leading professional organizations, and are active consultants working with leading public- and private-sector organizations.


This Ph.D. program is designed for students who are interested in HRD research and leadership. Students in the program will learn how to develop well-designed research studies and to apply their research knowledge at different levels of organizations, including countries and public-and private-sector international and local organizations.

Program Details

HRD Curriculum

Ph.D. curriculum details

This Ph.D. program requires 48 course credits and 24 thesis credits including coursework in foundations of human resource development and in adult education. Students in the program are also required to take coursework in research methods.

Attending full time, students may complete the degree requirements in three to five calendar years. Many students are employed and spread their coursework over more time. All degree requirements must be completed within eight years after starting the program.

Future Ph.D. HRD Students

For admission process and requirements see the graduate degree application page.


For questions regarding the admissions process, admissions documents, or general information about the program contact:

Dr. Jeremy Hernandez
Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Specific questions regarding course content should be directed to the program coordinator:

Dr. Louis Quast
Coordinator of Human Resource Development Graduate Programs

Revised September 25, 2015