M.A. in OLPD
Human Resource Development

Human resource development is a growing field focused on how workers manage internal knowledge creation and productive processes in their organizations, continuously grow and change, and develop leadership capabilities. This Human Resource Development (HRD) track program will help you gain valuable industry experience, learn key models and strategies in training and development, and prepare to enter into a number of research-focused fields and careers.


M.A. students in Human Resource Development gain the capacity to:

  • Explore a variety of development approaches and options and make recommendations based on an organization’s goals.
  • Increase an organization’s or unit’s effectiveness through research-driven strategies and programs.
  • Prepare for a doctoral program or to work in training and development research.
  • Develop a deep understanding of the field and easily translate that understanding to skills and leadership for different industries and contexts.


  • Faculty at a 2-year community college
  • Director of learning
  • Manager of talent development


  • Plan A option: 36 credits (with master's thesis) completed in 2 years for full time students
  • Plan B option: 34 credits (additional coursework - no thesis) completed in 2 years for full time students
  • Curriculum
  • HRD internship information


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