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Human Resource Development (HRD), M.S.

Advance your skills in training and developing employees, improving workplace performance, facilitating organizational growth, and making strategic workforce decisions, with a Master of Science (MS) in Human Resource Development (HRD).

Program Availability

The Master of Science (MS) in Human Resource Development is a traditional, on-campus program offered on the Indiana State University campus in Terre Haute, Indiana. The program is open to U.S. and international applicants who satisfy admission requirements. The program is also offered online. Learn More

Why Earn an Online Master’s HRD at Indiana State?

Our HRD program will prepare you for exceptional career opportunities in higher education, industry, social agencies, and government. Coursework is designed to enable you to complete your degree while maintaining full-time employment or other responsibilities.

Customize the Program to Meet Your Career Goals

Indiana State’s HRD Program focuses on planning, managing, organizing, and evaluating training and HR development activities. Coursework is based in business, education, psychology, and related behavioral sciences.


The program offers two start times—Fall and Spring. You can complete the program in as few as 1.5 years of full-time study. You also have the option of part-time study. However, the program must be completed within 7 years. The average completion time is 24 months.

Learn from Our Excellent Faculty

Our faculty have extensive real-world industry experience and are committed to providing you with comprehensive coursework that reflects real-world industry situations and challenges. Advisors will assist you with your selection of courses prior to registration each semester.

What You’ll Learn in the HRD Program

  • 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.

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Career Possibilities for HRD Graduates

Human resource development specialists provide the training and education in technical, supervisory, motivational, diversification, and orientation areas, which organizations require to be successful and productive enterprises.


Indiana State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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

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Scott College of Business Graduate Office
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Phone: (812) 237-2002