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  • MS in Human Resource Development


    In today's increasingly complex world, business and organizational leaders must be innovative, adaptive, and global in both thought and action. Drexel's accredited online Master's in Human Resource Development focuses on improving learning and performance at the individual, group, and organizational level with a rigorous combination of cutting-edge theory and current workplace practice.

    The online MS in Human Resource Development is uniquely positioned at the intersection of business and education. Participants gain access to Drexel's distinctive blend of theory, practice, and problem-based action learning. Students are exposed to the best of today's thought leadership and are able to utilize the tools and frameworks needed to drive learning, performance, and change in their own organizations.


    • Strategic Human Resources - Students learn the essentials of organizational leadership, learning and strategy creation in terms of designing and aligning HRD practices within the broader context of strategic human resources management.
    • Evaluation and Return on Interest - Students develop critical competencies for evaluating the quality, value and impact of HRD programs, intervention, and solutions. Focus is on evaluation models, frameworks and processes, survey construction, and other data collection methods that measure HRD's impact and ROI.
    • Instructional Design and E-Learning - Students learn instructional design and development fundamentals via a wide range of e-learning technologies associated with training and learning delivery.
    • Project Management - Students develop project management capabilities for application in a variety of fields. Coursework is aligned with the internationally-recognized Project Management Institute's Body of Knowledge (PMBOK.)

    Capstone Portfolio and Co-Op

    The program requires a culminating two-term Capstone Portfolio Co-op that provides students with an opportunity to either complete a final research project or a traditional co-op work experience. Co-op options include:

    • A defined capstone research project sponsored by a partnering organization
    • An independent research project designed by the student. A Capstone/Co-op instructor will be chosen as the project advisor.
    • A traditional co-op consisting of a part-time appointment within an organizational setting (20-25 hours per week, in person or telecommuting online) for at least 10 weeks. This option cannot occur within your current place of employment and is generally geared for those who are not yet employed or are planning on changing careers.


    Core Requirements 
    EHRD 500 Foundations of Human Resources Development3.0
    EHRD 600 Organizational Consulting3.0
    EHRD 601 Leading and Evaluating Change3.0
    EHRD 602 Coaching and Mentoring for Sustainable Learning3.0
    EHRD 604 Development of Human Resources3.0
    EHRD 606 Human and Organizational Performance3.0
    EHRD 607 Global Human Resource Development3.0
    EHRD 609 Training and Development3.0
    EDHE 660 Principles of Adult Education3.0
    EDUC 804 Program Evaluation in Organizations3.0
    Capstone Requirements 
    EHRD 715 Capstone Co-op with Portfolio I1.5
    EHRD 716 Capstone Co-op with Portfolio II4.5
    Concentration Options 
    Students must select one concentration and complete all 9.0 credits of the required courses.9.0
    Strategic Human Resources Concentration Courses:
    EHRD 605
    Organizational Learning & Strategy 
    EHRD 610
    Strategic Competencies for HRD Leaders 
    ORGB 631
    Leading Effective Organizations 
    Evaluation & Return on Investment (ROI) Concentration Courses:
    EDHE 682
    The Evaluation Process 
    EDHE 684
    Evaluation and Assessment in Practice 
    EHRD 608
    Evaluating the Value & Impact of Human Resource Development Interventions 
    Instructional Design & E-Learning Concentration Courses:
    EDLT 550
    Introduction to Instructional Design 
    ELL 501
    The Purpose and Business of E-Learning 
    ELL 502
    E-Learning Technologies 
    Project Management Concentration Courses:
    PROJ 501
    Introduction to Project Management 
    PROJ 502
    Project Planning & Scheduling 
    PROJ 603
    Project Leadership & Teamwork 
    Total Credits45.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)

    Required Documents

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation
    • Resume
    • Personal Essay
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    How to Submit Supporting Documents


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2014-2015 is $843 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1123 per credit)

    This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2014     

    September 22, 2014

    December 5, 2014

    December 8, 2014

    December 13, 2014

    Winter 2015 

    January 5, 2015

    March 16, 2015

    March 17, 2015

    March 21, 2015

    Spring 2015 

    March 30, 2015

    June 8, 2015

    June 9, 2015

    June 12, 2015

    Summer 2015 

    June 22, 2015

    August 29, 2015

    September 1, 2015

    September 5, 2015

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