Human Resource Development M.S.

Degree: Master of Science
Program Director: Abby Mello
410-704-3364
amello@towson.edu

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 individuals seeking to enter the human resource field, mid-career professionals seeking opportunities for professional development and career advancement, working adults seeking a career change, and recent undergraduates who wish to pursue graduate study. Applicants do not need prior work experience in human resources to be eligible for conditional admission.

Please note that only one degree can be awarded in Human Resource Development; students who have completed a concentration in HRD/Educational Leadership will not receive a second degree in HRD.

Admission Requirements

This program admits fall and spring terms only.

  • No specific undergraduate major is required.
  • The minimum GPA required for admission is 3.00. Students who have a minimum GPA of 2.80 may be considered for conditional admission.

Submit online application at http://www.towson.edu/academics/graduate/admissions/apply/index.html, including the following:

  • A resume
  • Two letters of recommendation are required from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s academic background, professional experience and/or personal qualities.
  • A three- to four-page essay (double-spaced) that includes:
    1. your reason for pursing the degree and desired emphasis of study;
    2. your past work and/or volunteer experiences;
    3. yourself as a learner, including what learning activities you undertake outside of or since your undergraduate study;
    4. your expectations for graduate study; and
    5. your projected career goals.

The essay must be an original sample of the applicant’s writing proficiency.

Degree Requirements

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. This requirement can be met by providing a portfolio of one’s work in a suitable HR position 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).  

Required Courses
HRD 601INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN RESOURCES3
HRD 605APPLIED RESEARCH IN HRD3
HRD 606ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR3
HRD 607MANAGING ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE3
HRD 627TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT3
HRD 699CAPSTONE IN HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT3
Electives
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.18
STAFFING, RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS MANAGEMENT FOR THE HRD PROFESSIONAL
MANAGING EMPLOYEE RELATIONS
HUMAN RESOURCE INFORMATION SYSTEMS
LEADERSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT FUNDAMENTALS FOR THE HRD PROFESSIONAL
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 INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY
WEB-BASED INSTRUCTION IN EDUCATION
MULTIMEDIA DESIGN
INSTRUCTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND TECHNOLOGY
CAREER DEVELOPMENT
PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES IN THE WORKPLACE
ADVANCED EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN I
ADVANCED EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN II
PSYCHOLOGY THESIS
PSYCHOLOGY THESIS
Total Units36
1

NOTE: Students may earn no more than 6 units in total from HRD 695, HRD 696 and/ or HRD 697.

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.

1) Demonstrate knowledge of the human resources management and development, and the organizational behavior and change fields
2) 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
3) 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
4) Access and apply information relevant to the HR field using appropriate technology.

Courses

HRD 601 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN RESOURCES (3)

Overview of the human resource profession, including emerging trends, professional roles and professional competencies. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in HRD or consent of instructor.

HRD 605 APPLIED RESEARCH IN HRD (3)

Description, analysis and application of research methods for HRD professionals, studied in the context of key business and organizational decision-making processes. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the HRD program, completion of 6 units in HRD coursework or consent of instructor.

HRD 606 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (3)

Theoretical and applied aspects of organizational behavior through the use of psychological concepts. Individual, group, technological and structural theory are examined in the context of organizational effectiveness. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Human Resource Development Program or consent of instructor.

HRD 607 MANAGING ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE (3)

An interdisciplinary study of workplace changes. Topics to be covered are: international competition, work force demographics, information technology, changing nature of work and the learning organization. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Human Resource Development Program or consent of instructor.

HRD 627 TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (3)

Study of current trends in training and human resource development applied to various types of organizational environments. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Human Resource Development Program or consent of instructor.

HRD 629 STAFFING, RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION (3)

Study of research and application of personnel planning, recruiting and selection practices within organizations. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in the HRD general track program; HRD 605 and completion of 6 additional units in HRD coursework or consent of instructor.

HRD 630 COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS MANAGEMENT FOR THE HRD PROFESSIONAL (3)

Designed to acquaint the HRD professional with the fundamental concepts, issues and techniques associated with designing, managing and evaluating compensation and benefits programs so that the HRD professional can contribute more effectively to improving organizational performance. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in the HRD general track program; HRD 605 and completion of 6 additional units in HRD coursework or consent of instructor.

HRD 635 MANAGING EMPLOYEE RELATIONS (3)

Review of critical U.S. employment laws that define the employment relationship and how to apply those laws to everyday employee relations issues. Covers best practices in the policy development & implementations, investigations, documentations, and managing risk. Emphasizes use of case studies to lean application of law and techniques to "real" employee relation issues. Prerequisites: Admission into the HRD program; HRD 605 and completion of 6 additional units in HRD coursework or consent of instructor.

HRD 639 HUMAN RESOURCE INFORMATION SYSTEMS (3)

Assessment, selection, development, implementation, and use of HRIS solutions at the workplace. How to analyze, select, and administer HR software applications. Prerpares HR professionals as subject matters resources in HR systems analysis, design, implementation, operation, and use. Does not cover computer programming or software design. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in the HRD general track program; HRD 605 and completion of 6 additional units in HRD coursework or consent of instructor.

HRD 640 LEADERSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE (3)

Theoretical and applied foundation of leadership concepts, principles, practices and competencies; integration of theory and practice to apply various conceptual models of leadership to support management and leadership development within their organizations as well as create and implement their personal development plan. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Human Resource Development Program or consent of the instructor.

HRD 643 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT FUNDAMENTALS FOR THE HRD PROFESSIONAL (3)

Focuses on the theories, principles, practices and effects of administrative design and theory on organizational performance. Emphasis on integrating classical organizational theories with contemporary issues in organizations as they relate to management and HR. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing in HRD Graduate Program or consent of the instructor.

HRD 644 GROUP DYNAMICS AND TEAM BUILDING (3)

Psychological and organizational aspects of group dynamics and work teams. Application of theory to actual terms in workplace. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Human Resource Development Program or consent of instructor.

HRD 646 ADVANCED TOPICS IN ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT: CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND RESOLUTION (3)

The nature and effects of conflict in organizations and relationships at the workplace. Making conflict and negotiation productive and constructive. Theories supporting effective conflict management. Strategies and tactics for use and resolution. Practice of conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation methods. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in HRD graduate program or consent of the instructor.

HRD 650 EMPLOYEE WELLNESS AND HEALTHY WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT (3)

Focuses on the theories, principles, practices and effect of wellness programs in the workplace. Emphasizes developing a solid understanding of the concepts and theories related to workplace health, wellness and safety issues in the context of Human Resource Development practices as well as methods for assessing and developing employee wellness programs. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in the HRD general track program; HRD 605 and completion of 6 additional units in HRD coursework or consent of instructor.

HRD 655 TALENT MANAGEMENT AND HUMAN CAPITAL (3)

Theories and principles of managing key organizational talent in the form of human capital. Emphasizes practices and procedures for assessing, developing and administering human capital talent in organizations. Topics include approaches to strategic human capital management as well as measuring or accounting for organizational talent. Considers roles of human resource management in this process and future directions in talent management. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in the HRD general track program; HRD 605 and completion of 6 additional units in HRD coursework or consent of instructor.

HRD 658 MANAGING WORKPLACE DIVERSITY (3)

Models and methods of managing diversity in the workplace. Issues of managing diversity centering on privilege, oppression, difference, and power, Models for managing diversity and inclusion at non-profit and for-profit organizations. Emphasis on student leadership skills through increasing knowledge and understanding of diversity in the workplace and methods for managing diversity. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in HRD graduate program: HRD 605 and completion of 6 additional units in HRD coursework or consent of the instructor.

HRD 660 HUMAN RESOURCES RISK MANAGEMENT AND REVENUE GENERATION (3)

How the HR function can use entrepreneurial and risk management practicers to increase revenue and strengthen an organization's performance. Analysis tools for reducing the chances of loss from hazardous conditions. Ways to create new ventures using various HR assets, to find ways to improve the yield on existing programs and services, and how to reduce needless expenses within the HR function. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in HRD graduate program; HRD 605 and completion of 6 additional units in HRD coursework or consent of instructor.

HRD 665 INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RESOURCES: ISSUES AND APPLICATIONS (3)

The impact of national and regional culture and globalization on international human resources programs and practices. Models and conceptual frameworks of culture to understand their effects on human resource management and development, organization change, and leadership. Preparation for working in intercultural and global human resources roles. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in the HRD general track program; HRD 605 and completion of 6 additional units in HRD coursework or consent of instructor.Trip abroad mandatory.

HRD 679 SPECIAL TOPICS IN HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (3)

Topics vary, according to the instructor. Students may earn no more than 6 units credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in the HRD general track program; HRD 605 and completion of 6 additional units in HRD coursework or consent of instructor.

HRD 695 INDEPENDENT STUDY (3)

Individual and supervised study or project development in selected areas of human resource development. Students may earn no more than 6 units credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in the HRD program, 21 units completed HRD course work, or consent of instructor.

HRD 696 INTERNSHIP IN HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (3)

Technical and professional level work experience on an internship basis with private or public organization, work to be concerned with issues central to the practice of human resources. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisites: Admission to HRD graduate program, 27 units completed HRD course work, or consent of program director.

HRD 697 PRACTICUM IN HRD (3)

Supervised field experience in professional and technical human resource projects. For students working full-time in non-HR positions. Prerequisites: Admission to HRD Graduate Program and 27 units completed HRD course work, or consent of program director.

HRD 699 CAPSTONE IN HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (3)

Applies previous learning to a wide variety of projects and case studies of problems and issues found in the real of human resource development practice. Emphasizes analysis and interventions to improve and change organizational performance. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in HRD Graduate Program and completion of 27 units in HRD course work.