Human Resource Development M.S.
Degree: Master of Science
Program Director: Dr. Abby Mello
The Master of Science in Human Resource Development (HRD) is a broad-based program designed to provide students with specific knowledge and practical skills within a variety of human resource fields. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of individuals with varied academic backgrounds and professional experience. The program emphasizes the application of theory and research to practical human resource issues within business, government, nonprofit organizations and education.
The HRD plan of study is designed for working professionals. The program is ideal for HR professionals seeking opportunities for skill development and career advancement and working adults looking for a career change into an HR role. Applicants do not need prior work experience in human resources to be eligible for conditional admission.
Application deadlines and a full listing of materials required for admission can be found on the website.
Students must complete a minimum of 36 units as prescribed by the curriculum and approved by an adviser. In addition, students must provide evidence of completing a minimum required level of professional-level work experience in the HR field (Field Work Milestone). This requirement can be met by providing a portfolio of one’s work in a suitable HR position, providing proof of professional HR certification (SHRM or PHR), or by completing the Internship (HRD 696) or Practicum (HRD 697) course. Students with a minimum of 3 years experience as an HR manager or director may request to waive HRD 601 and replace it with an approved elective. Students who complete a thesis project in compliance with Towson University's Graduate Thesis Guidelines can substitute HRD 699 (3) and three units of electives with PSYC 897 (6) or PSYC 898 (6).
|INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN RESOURCES
|APPLIED RESEARCH IN HRD
|MANAGING ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE
|TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
|CAPSTONE IN HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
|Select a minimum of 12 units (4 courses) from the following list; the additional 6 units can be from this list or from another department with prior approval.
|STAFFING, RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION
|COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS MANAGEMENT FOR THE HRD PROFESSIONAL
|MANAGING EMPLOYEE RELATIONS
|HUMAN RESOURCE INFORMATION SYSTEMS
|LEADERSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE
|GROUP DYNAMICS AND TEAM BUILDING
|ADVANCED TOPICS IN ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT: CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND RESOLUTION
|EMPLOYEE WELLNESS AND HEALTHY WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT
|TALENT MANAGEMENT AND HUMAN CAPITAL
|MANAGING WORKPLACE DIVERSITY
|HUMAN RESOURCES RISK MANAGEMENT AND REVENUE GENERATION
|INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RESOURCES: ISSUES AND APPLICATIONS
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
|INDEPENDENT STUDY 1
|INTERNSHIP IN HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT 1
|PRACTICUM IN HRD 1
|FOUNDATIONS IN LEARNING TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN
|E-LEARNING DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
|DEVELOPING DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA MATERIALS FOR LEARNING DESIGN
|INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
|EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND TECHNOLOGY
|PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES IN THE WORKPLACE
|ADVANCED EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN I
|ADVANCED EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN II
Students can complete the 36-unit requirement of the program by selecting from courses provided in other programs and departments. Prior written approval from the director of the Professional Track program is required.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the human resources management and development, and the organizational behavior and change fields;
- Demonstrate presentation skills in order to communicate ideas and information effectively and clearly in a variety of written, public-speaking, and technology-mediated venues and formats;
- Demonstrate interaction skills in working effectively with others in such a way as to be influential in a leadership capacity, to work well with others in team formats, and to respect and constructively support others in a diverse operating workplace;
- Access and apply information relevant to the HR field using appropriate technology.