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OLPD M.A. curriculum
Human Resource Development

M.A. students choose between Plan A and Plan B options. Plan A students register for thesis credits, write a master's thesis, and meet with their committee members for an oral defense of the thesis. Plan B students write a final examination paper that they submit to their committee members for review and approval.

Plan A | Plan B

Plan A (36 credits)

General aspects (3 credits)

  • OLPD 5801—Survey: Human Resource Development and Adult Education (3 cr)

Research (7 credits)

  • OLPD 5819—Evaluating and Using Research in Organizations and Education (3 cr)
  • OLPD 8815—Ethics and Responsible Research (1 cr)
  • Plus an 8xxx qualitative or quantitative research course (3 cr)

Program core (16 credits)

Adviser can substitute courses as appropriate.

  • OLPD 5201—Strategies for Teaching Adults (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5605—Strategic Planning through Human Resources (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5607—Organization Development (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5615—Training and Development of Human Resources (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5696—Internship: Human Resource Development (4 cr required; no more than 6 credits count toward the program)

Related fields

The master’s degree requires at least 6 semester credits be taken outside the HRD program track that directly relate to the student’s area of study. Courses should be selected in consultation with the adviser and should constitute a solid coursework foundation for the student’s thesis. These courses may include additional methods courses taught outside the department.

Electives

Credits to total a minimum of 36 graduate-level coursework credits.

Thesis credits (10 credits)

  • OLPD 8777—Thesis Credits: Master's (10 cr)

Plan B (34 credits)

General aspects (3 credits)

  • OLPD 5801—Survey: Human Resource Development and Adult Education (3 cr)

Research (7 credits)

  • OLPD 5819—Evaluating and Using Research in Organizations and Education (3 cr)
  • OLPD 8815—Ethics and Responsible Research (1 cr)
  • Plus an 8xxx qualitative or quantitative research course (3 cr)

Program core (16 credits)

Adviser can substitute courses as appropriate.

  • OLPD 5201—Strategies for Teaching Adults (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5605—Strategic Planning through Human Resources (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5704—College Students Today (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5615—Training and Development of Human Resources (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5696—Internship: Human Resource Development (4 cr required; no more than 6 credits count toward the program)

Related fields

The master’s degree requires at least 6 semester credits be taken outside the HRD program track that directly relate to the student’s area of study. Courses should be selected in consultation with the adviser and should constitute a solid coursework foundation for the student’s thesis. These courses may include additional methods courses taught outside the department.

Electives

Courses selected in consultation with adviser to meet 34 total credit requirement.

Plan B project or paper (3-6 credits)

Plan B project/paper is prepared under the guidance of adviser and committee - must represent no fewer than 120 hours of work.

  • OLPD 5893—Directed Study in OLPD (1-4 cr)

Contact

Louis Quast, Coordinator
Human Resource Development Graduate Programs
612-626-4849 | louquast@umn.edu