Human Resource Development Ph.D.

The College of Business and Technology offers a unique doctorate that focuses on human resource development with a specialization in organizational development and change (ODC) in the context of business and industry that integrates a strategic management perspective. The program is offered in an on-campus format that is designed to prepare human resource development scholars that have a unique understanding of HRD within the context of business and management.

Doctoral Program Outcomes

The graduate of this program will be able to contribute to research and application in the areas of improving job performance, developing leadership talent within an organization, and facilitating a rapidly changing and culturally diverse workforce.

The doctoral program outcomes for candidates who successfully complete the program:

  1. Integrate knowledge from HRD and related disciplines to support the development of researchers and scholars for diverse settings
  2. Conduct research in HRD theory and practice
  3. Create, synthesize and disseminate knowledge about the discipline
  4. Provide HRD leaders in the workplace and in educational setting
  5. Collaborate with national and international leaders to promote the discipline

Admission Requirements

The following criteria must be met for entry into the program:

  1. Master's degree in HRD, business administration, management or related field from a college or university approved by a recognized national accrediting body.
  2. 3.0 GPA (on 4.0 scale) on all previous academic coursework.
  3. Submission of GMAT scores (in some cases the GRE may be accepted in lieu of the GMAT) taken within 5 years at time of application to the program.
  4. Submission of a career statement that articulates the purpose for pursing the Ph.D. in HRD and the connection of obtaining the degree with future career goals.
  5. Submission of a complete resume or curriculum vita.
  6. Submission of three original letters of recommendation that address the applicant's potential as a Ph.D. scholar in HRD.

Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. in HRD is a 60-hour program beyond the master's degree, culminating in a dissertation. For all University requirements for the Ph.D. degree, please refer to the Doctoral Policies section of the Graduate Policies and Programs chapter.

Required HRD Core (9hrs.)

HRD 6310Advanced Theoretical Foundations of Human Resource Development

HRD 6312Seminar in Contemporary Issues in the Human Resource Development Literature

HRD 6314Application of Management and Technology in Human Resource Development

Research Courses (15hrs.)

HRD 6350Disciplined Inquiry in Human Resource Development

HRD 6352Advanced Quantitative Research in Human Resource Development

HRD 6353Advanced Qualitative Research in Human Resource Development

HRD 6355Advanced Statistics in Research

HRD 6359Research Seminar in Human Resource Development

ODC Specialization (21hrs.)

HRD 6311Seminar in Organizational Change

HRD 6330Seminar in Organizational Performance and Behavior

HRD 5352Organization Development

MANA 5350Strategic Human Resources Management

9 hours of HRD 6391

Dissertation (15hrs.)

HRD 6195-6995Dissertation

Special Degree Requirements

For details on university doctoral requirements, see the general graduate section of this catalog and the UT Tyler Graduate Handbook.

  1. Continued registration is contingent upon the student maintaining a 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) or higher GPA. To remain in good standing in the HRD PhD program, a student may make no more than one C grade regardless of their overall GPA. A second C grade or any one grade below a C will subject the student to dismissal from the HRD program at the discretion of the program director and the Dean of the College of Business and Technology.
  2. Violation of the University Honor Code including cheating and plagiarism will subject the student to dismissal from the program.
  3. The Proficiency Examination may be taken after the student has completed all coursework. Students may not advance to candidacy or register for dissertation hours until all coursework is completed and all portions of the Proficiency Examination have been passed successfully.
  4. A dissertation of original research contributing to the body of knowledge in HRD will be required. Students must complete a minimum of 15 hours of dissertation credits. 
  5. Students must meet all doctoral degree requirements of the University.
  6. Students have a maximum of 9 years to complete the doctoral program. Students will have 5 years to complete the program after entering candidacy. Students unable to complete the program within the designated time limits must file for an extension.

Transfer work: Students may not transfer coursework into this program.