Human Resource Development M.S.

Human Resource Development (HRD) is a process of developing human expertise through organization development and personnel training and development so that individual improvement enhances corporate performance. Careers in this field are available in business, nonprofit, educational, and governmental settings. The HRD program provides students the opportunity to combine study and related experiences to develop, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate knowledge of the purposes, practices, issues, and problems of private for profit and public not-for-profit organizations. Students also have the opportunity to learn how to design, deliver, and evaluate effective training programs.

Admission Requirements:

The requirements to be a graduate student in human resource development are the following:

  1. Admission to the degree program is determined primarily on the basis of predictors of success in graduate study:
    1. a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution,
    2. grade point average computed on the last 60 undergraduate hours and
    3. a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). In rare instances the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be accepted in lieu of the GMAT.
  2. Quantitative measures are integrated into an index that multiplies the applicant’s 60-hour GPA times 200 and adds the total GMAT score (60-hour GPA X 200) + GMAT = >1000. An index score of greater that 1000 is typical of a successful candidate. If the student’s 60-hour GPA is above 3.25 the GMAT may be waived.
  3. Additionally, applicants with three or more years of extensive managerial work experience (earned in the U.S. or with a U.S. government entity) may request to have the GMAT requirement waived by the Graduate Coordinator. This decision is made on a case-by-case basis; "extensive managerial experience" will typically mean a full-time supervisory or managerial position held for a significant period of time after completing the bachelor's degree as demonstrated with a resume.
  4. Consideration may also be given to other factors.
  5. No more than nine semester credit hours of graduate credit earned prior to acceptance into the program, including transfer credit, may be applied to the degree. Students seeking admission to the program who have not yet satisfied admission criteria may be admitted as conditional or provisional students and allowed to complete one semester with up to nine hours of coursework.
  6. After reviewing all credentials (official transcripts, GMAT score, other relevant information), the Graduate Programs Advisor and the Soules College of Business Graduate Admissions Committee will determine if the student may be accepted into the program. A degree plan will be prepared by the Graduate Program Advisor with the student. Students will be notified of official acceptance into the program. Full admission must occur prior to enrollment beyond nine semester credit hours including any transfer credit.

Although a student may not have completed all baccalaureate work at the time of application, a one semester, provisional admission decision will be made on the strength of the student’s permanent record before the student can be enrolled as a graduate student in business.

The student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average (4.0 basis) on all graduate work at UT Tyler. No course with a grade below "C" may be applied toward this degree.

Degree Requirements

The online Master of Science in HRD is a 36 hr. program which includes the following requirements:

Professional Core (6 hrs.):

HRD 5343Foundations of Human Resource Development

TECH 5303Research Techniques in HRD/Technology

HRD Core (24 hrs.):

HRD 5307Measurement and Evaluation in Human Resource Development/Technology Education

HRD 5336Adult Learning

HRD 5344Conflict Resolution

HRD 5347Performance Consulting

HRD 5350Leadership and Ethics in Human Resource Development

HRD 5352Organization Development

MANA 5350Strategic Human Resources Management

TECH 5320Total Quality Management

Electives (6 hrs.):

Any graduate-level course