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Program overview

Human development is at the heart of workplace development in any organization. The MS in human resource development provides the next level of learning in creating a strategy for human capital. The program teaches professionals to leverage specific essential competencies to create a flexible workforce that adapts to change and aligns with strategic organizational goals so that human resource professionals can grow talent and remain competitive in the 21st century.

Plan of study

The degree requires a minimum of 33 credit hours. Students are required to complete a comprehensive exam at the conclusion of their course work. Students who wish to complete a graduate project or thesis in place of the exam must have the approval of the faculty and department chair.


Electives are chosen by the student and are used to fulfill their career interests. Courses may be taken in other graduate-level programs, with permission. A limited number of credit hours (not counted toward another degree) may be considered for transfer credit from another college or university.


Course sequence can differ according to selected exam/project/thesis option, see website for further details of a particular option's modules and available electives:

Other admission requirements

-Submit two letters of reference.
-Submit a writing sample designated by the department.
-Participate in an interview with a faculty member (when required by department).
-Submit an official graduate application.
-International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (Internet-based) are required. Scores from the International English Language Testing Systems (ILETS) and Pearson Test of English (PTE) will be accepted in place of the TOFEL. The absolute minimum score for consideration for admission is 6.5 for the IELTS and 62 for the PTE. Upon arrival at RIT, international students may be asked to take an English language proficiency exam. Those who do not meet the minimum standard will be required to take additional English language courses.
-All required admission materials must be submitted and reviewed by faculty prior to the completion of 9 credit hours of graduate work in the program.

Additional information

Upon matriculation, each student is assigned an adviser who will work with the student to develop a plan of study.

Visit the Human Resource Development MS page on the Rochester Institute of Technology USA website for more details!




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