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Human Resource Development (HRD), M.S.


Indiana State University has been recognized for offering one of the best online master's program in Human Resources in the country by Affordable Colleges Online. For more information please, Visit Online Human Resource Develpoment.

The Master of Science in Human Resource Development for Higher Education and Industry program has as its purpose the preparation of people to be effective professionals providing essential services in industry, higher education, social agencies,  and government. Competencies designed into the program focus on planning, managing, organizing, and evaluating education, training, and other human resource development activities.

Specialization in a technical area or a thesis are program options. If the specialization option is selected, 12 credits could be designed into the program which enhance a current area of concentration or add a new dimension. The thesis option provides the opportunity for in-depth research.

The program is approved for statewide delivery over the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System, and is also available through advanced communication technologies, i.e., the Internet.

The Human Resource Development Program combines a core curriculum with directed electives that support the student's work background—or allow students to develop specialized areas of expertise. Content 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 of Talent Development (ATD), formerly known as the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).


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, and human resource development activities.

Our graduates are hired for a variety of positions, including:

  • Adult education practitioner
  • Career counselor
  • Education administrator
  • Human resource generalist
  • Instructional designer
  • Organization development specialist

A few of the employers who hire our graduates: Alcoa, Arrowhead Builders, Cook Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, Delphi Delco Electronics Company, Eli Lilly and Company, Grote Industries, Indiana Department of Corrections, Interstate Brands Companies, Kimball International, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Marathon Ashland Petroleum, Rolls-Royce Corporation, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Toyota Motor Corporation, United Airlines, Total System Services Inc.


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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. In addition, the Bailey College of Engineering and Technology offers a variety of scholarships and awards - and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) offers a number of competitive scholarships. For information about these awards, contact the Bailey College of Engineering and Technology.