Human Resource Development (M.S.)


Indiana State University offers the online master's degree in human resource development to provide students with exceptional opportunities for careers in higher education, industry, government, and other agencies. Coursework is designed to enable students to complete their degrees while maintaining full-time employment or other responsibilities

  • The master of science is a 33- to 36-credit-hour program depending on whether HRD 600 must be taken.
  • The program includes a flexible core curriculum with a directed specialization option.
  • This program can be completed in 1½ years. Students also have the option of part-time study; however, students are required to complete the program within seven years.
  • This program can be completed on the Indiana State University campus or via online learning.
  • Completion of an integrative capstone is required.
  • All courses are offered on-line. On-campus visits are not required.
  • This online program is open to eligible students in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories). The program also is open to students in Canada (all provinces). The program is closed to students residing in countries other than the U.S. and Canada except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

Students may choose a specialization to reflect their current area of employment, work experience, or particular area of interest. Electives for specialization requirements can be fulfilled by a combination of coursework earned through online learning and the student's local college or university.

Graduates of this program are qualified to be specialists who will have the expertise to:

  • Analyze, design, and implement effective human resource development programs to increase functional capabilities in international and multicultural environments.
  • Provide leadership and guidance regarding the concepts and practices of human resource development and its effect on organizational leadership, culture, and growth in both the public and private sector.
  • Provide expertise in establishing the foundations for and the evaluation of the many facets of HRD training programs.

Required Courses


Human resource development specialists provide the training and education in technical, supervisory, motivational, diversification, and orientation areas that organizations need to be successful and productive enterprises. These professionals conduct, plan, and manage education, training, and other human resource development activities.

Jobs typically held by human resource development graduates include those with responsibilities for training and development, organization development, career development, performance management systems, union/labor relations, work-life initiatives, and other general human resources functions.

In addition, the Human Resource Development Program is an affiliate of SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management).

Financial Aid & Assistance

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

Further Information

For further information and assistance, contact:

Scott College of Business Graduate Office
Indiana State University


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Scott College of Business Graduate Office
Indiana State University