Dec 09, 2019  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Human Resource Development, MS


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College of Technology  > Department of Human Development and Consumer Sciences  > Human Resource Development, MS


The Master of Science (MS) degree in Human Resource Development (HRD) is designed for the professional who seeks to lead and execute talent development, talent management and performance strategies in diverse organizations. With a strong emphasis on data and value, students evaluate assumptions, clarify problems or opportunities, design and execute interventions (i.e. learning strategy, on boarding, process improvement, e-learning, performance evaluations etc.). Students evaluate the impact and value of these strategies through the lenses of change, learning and performance.

Here are 5 challenges organizations face today:

  1. Embedding learning in the flow of work
  2. Addressing learning through the performance lens
  3. Identifying  the value and impact of talent related strategies
  4. Building capability for competitiveness and sustainability
  5. Executing strategies as “change”

The HRD degree addresses these concerns (and more) by partnering with companies to create situated learning experiences that unearth the application of theories, and concepts. In doing this students elaborate concepts, transfer learning, gain work experiences, and build networks. We strive to retain a timely and meaningful link between academic learning and the work that HRD professionals do in organizations.

For further information please see the MS in Human Resource Development website.

Admission Requirements


  1. Submit an online application www.uh.edu/graduate-school/admissions/how-to-apply/.
  2. Application Fee: The application fee for all applicants to graduate programs in the College of Technology is $75 for domestic applications and $150 for international applicants.
  3. An Official Transcript from all institutions of higher education previously attended.
  4. 3 Letters of Recommendation.
  5. Personal/Goal Statement: A personal/goal statement is a 1-2 page essay describing your current employment and your professional intentions. You may want to identify aspects of your previous experience that indicate promise in your selected goal. You may also wish to discuss special circumstances, unique experiences, etc.
  6. Resume (optional)
  7. Appropriate Exam Scores - Please submit official exam scores. Please note exams must have been completed within the last 5 years.
  8. Exam Average Score
    GRE 300 (Q&V combined); 3.5 (A)
    GMAT 550
    MAT 400
  9. GPA Requirement: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (A=4.00) on the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework. Applicants may be conditionally admitted with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average of 2.75 to 2.99 in a 4.0 scale on the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work.
  10. International applicants have additional documentation requirements, including the submission of TOEFL/IELTS scores, if appropriate. For full details, please visit www.uh.edu/graduate-school/admissions/international-students/.

Degree Requirements


The following is a list of courses required of all students pursuing the Master of Science in Human Resource Development. For a complete description of these courses, visit the University of Houston Graduate Catalog Courses  page.

Thesis Option


Choose either thesis or non-thesis option

Approved Electives


Electives must be approved by the graduate faculty advisor prior to enrollment. Nine (9) advanced hours of graduate coursework:

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