Human Resource Development for Higher Education and Industry (B.S.)


The online bachelor of science (B.S.) in human resource development for higher education and industry has been designed to meet the needs of a specialist working in the profession.

  • The online Human Resource Development for Higher Education and Industry Program combines a core curriculum with directed electives that can support the student's work background or allow the student to develop specialized areas of expertise. Content of the major is based on the disciplines of education, business, psychology, and related behavioral sciences. Required studies in the major are drawn from the competency studies from the Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly known as the American Society of Training and Development, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
  • The program is open to entering freshmen (with no previous college experience) as well as transfer students. Previously earned college credit can be applied toward completion of the program per these transfer guidelines.
  • The 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.

Minor Selection

While a minor is not required, students are encouraged to pursue this option to enhance employability. Students should work with their advisors to select a relevant minor.

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.

The Human Resource Development Program is an affiliate of SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management).

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

Further Information

For further information and assistance, contact:

Indiana State Online
(812) 237-2345


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.