Master of Science in Human Resource Development

Master of Science: 45.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The MS in Human Resource Development program, with its strong emphasis on learning theory, is designed to prepare students with the competencies for success in promoting individual and organizational learning world wide. The online curriculum is both practice-oriented and research-based. Drexel’s program is unique in the inclusion of a substantial co-op/capstone experience.

Human resource development refers to the principles, methods, and techniques for assessing and responding to the learning and development needs of employees and their organizations. The Master of Science in Human Resource Development prepares students to have a positive direct and indirect influence on the future of human resource development in its many forms. The program is designed to prepare graduates for strategic roles in promoting employee and organizational learning in various national and multi-national organizations, as well as to promote the use and integration of technology to support organizational learning.

The MS degree in Human Resource Development incorporates an interdisciplinary curriculum. Students may choose an area of concentration in either strategic human resources, evaluation and return on investment, instructional systems design and e-learning, or project management. The program integrates leading learning strategies and instructional technologies into course delivery. Courses expose students to best practices, current research, software applications, and database management systems. Students demonstrate their knowledge and skill acquisition through individual and group projects.

For additional information, contact the School of Education or view the master's degrees online on the Drexel Online web site.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the program will follow the university standards for admission to graduate study. Prospective students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission (graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA). In addition, prospective students are required to submit the following:

  • Completed Application Form, including official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Resume
  • Application fee

The admissions committee will evaluate the applicant’s potential and commitment to succeed in graduate study in the online environment. The applicant’s potential to contribute to the overall quality of the program of study will also be considered.

Interviews, in person or by phone, will be conducted by the admissions committee with those applicants who meet Graduate Admission’s standard admissions criteria.

Decisions will be made using dates corresponding to the regular university schedule for rolling admissions in Graduate Admissions.

For additional information, contact the School of Education or view the master's degrees online on the Drexel Online web site.

Find additional details about how to apply on the Graduate Admissions at Drexel University website.

Degree Requirements

The program requires 45.0 credit hours, consisting of 30.0 hours of core coursework and a 6.0 credit capstone course that includes a co-op project and results in the submission of a professional portfolio. In addition, students complete one of the following 9.0 credit concentrations:

  • Strategic human resources
  • Evaluation and return on investment (ROI)
  • Instructional systems design (ISD) and e-learning
  • Project management
Core Requirements
EHRD 500Foundations of Human Resources Development3.0
EHRD 600Organizational Consulting3.0
EHRD 601Leading and Evaluating Change3.0
EHRD 602Coaching and Mentoring for Sustainable Learning3.0
EHRD 604Development of Human Resources3.0
EHRD 606Human and Organizational Performance3.0
EHRD 607Global Human Resource Development3.0
EHRD 609Training and Development3.0
EDHE 660Principles of Adult Education3.0
EDUC 804Program Evaluation in Organizations3.0
Capstone Requirements
EHRD 715Capstone Co-op with Portfolio I1.5
EHRD 716Capstone Co-op with Portfolio II4.5
Concentration Options
Students must select one concentration and complete all 9.0 credits of the required courses.9.0
Strategic Human Resources Concentration Courses:
Organizational Learning & Strategy
Strategic Competencies for HRD Leaders
Leading Effective Organizations
Evaluation & Return on Investment (ROI) Concentration Courses:
The Evaluation Process
Evaluation and Assessment in Practice
Evaluating the Value & Impact of Human Resource Development Interventions
Instructional Design & E-Learning Concentration Courses:
Introduction to Instructional Design
The Purpose and Business of E-Learning
E-Learning Technologies
Project Management Concentration Courses:
Introduction to Project Management
Project Planning & Scheduling
Project Leadership & Teamwork
Total Credits45.0

Education Faculty

Jennifer Adams, EdD. Associate Clinical Professor.
Kristen Betts, EdD. Clinical Professor. Higher education administration and governance; instructional design and technology; program assessment and evaluation.
W. Edward Bureau, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Program Director of the EdD, Sacramento. Associate Clinical Professor. Leadership, supervision, and capacity development.
Jamie Callahan, EdD (George Washington University). Clinical Professor. Sociological explorations of emotions occurring in organizational contexts; organizational development. Contextual issues confronting organizations, such as organizational learning, organizational culture, and communities of practice
Holly Carpenter, PhD (Arizona State University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Higher education policy development and implementation, community college/university articulation, and online education.
José Luis Chávez, EdD (University of Southern California). Clinical Professor. Higher education leadership and administration.
Ellen Clay, PhD (University of Louisiana, Lafayette). Assistant Clinical Professor. Professional development opportunities for teachers in the area of mathematics and mathematical thinking.
Rebecca Clothey, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Assistant Professor. Comparative and international education, education of ethnic and linguistic minorities, sociology of education.
Salvatore V. Falletta, EdD (North Carolina State University) Program Director, Human Resource Development. Associate Clinical Professor. Human Resource intelligence (i.e., HR research and analytics practices); HRD assessment, measurement, and evaluation models and taxonomies; organizational diagnostic models; web-based employee and organizational survey methods, and computational modeling.
Aroutis N. Foster, PhD (Michigan State University). Assistant Professor. Educational psychology and educational technology, especially the following: Motivation; Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK); Immersive Interactive Digital Environments (simulation, games, virtual realities.
Timothy Fukawa-Connelly, PhD (University of Maryland). Assistant Professor. Undergraduate mathematics education; Examples of mathematical concepts; Statistics education; Proof presentation.
Kathy D. Geller, PhD (Fielding Graduate University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Educational leadership and management; Transformational leadership; Adult learning; Career development; Organizational effectiveness; Change management.
Rajashi Ghosh, PhD (University of Louisville). Assistant Professor. Mentoring and leader development, workplace Incivility, workplace learning and development.
Rod P. Githens, PhD (University of Illinois). Associate Clinical Professor. Increasing access to self-sustaining careers through workforce development; Online education.
Roger Geertz Gonzalez, PhD (The Pennsylvania State University). Associate Clinical Professor. Higher education; Student affairs; College Student Civic Engagement; Latinos and Higher Education; Comparative/International Education.
John M. Gould, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) Online EdD Educational Leadership & Change Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Change leadership, curriculum re-design, the impact of technology on learning.
Allen C. Grant, PhD (Louisiana State University) Program Director, Educational Administration. Assistant Clinical Professor. K-3 virtual schooling; Virtual school leadership; Collaborative Technologies; 21st Century learning skills.
Mary Jo Grdina, PhD (Case Western Reserve University). Associate Clinical Professor. Undergraduate studies; Science education; Curriculum design; Preparation and development of science educators; Physics in Philadelphia.
Dominic F. Gullo, PhD (Indiana University) Associate Dean of Research. Professor. Studying the relative and long-range effects of early schooling experiences in prekindergarten and kindergarten on children's achievement and social adaptation to school routine.
Penny Hammrich, PhD (University of Minnesota). Professor. Urban education; gender equity; sports science; science literacy and education; conceptual change learning.
Paul Harrington, EdD (University of Massachusetts) Director, Center for Labor Markets & Policy. Professor. Health labor markets; Teen and young adult job access; Disability in the labor market; College labor market; Workforce development, planning, and evaluation.
Francis Harvey, EdD (Harvard University). Associate Professor. Enhanced learning, socio-cultural learning, distance education.
Elizabeth Haslam, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Program Director of Learning Technologies. Associate Clinical Professor. Educational field coordinator, instructional design, qualitative evaluation, writing across the curriculum.
Deanna Hill, JD, PhD (University of Iowa, University of Pittsburgh) Program Director, Higher Education. Assistant Clinical Professor. Educational law and politics; Access and equity; Critical race theory; Global and international education.
Jennifer Katz-Buonincontro, MFA, PhD (University of Oregon). Assistant Professor. Educational administration; Adult learning; Survey & instrument design; Role of emotion in cognitive (creative) abilities; Psychology of developing creative thinking & problem-solving abilities in leaders.
Kristy Kelly, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Program Director of Global and International Education. Assistant Clinical Professor. Politics of knowledge; Women and educational leadership; Transnational feminisms; Feminist pedagogies; Training and adult education.
Vera J. Lee, EdD (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Literacy teaching and learning K-12, information and digital literacies, preservice and inservice teaching development in diversity theme online courses, sociocultural issues related to teaching English Language Learners and engaging immigrant parents.
Bruce Levine, JD (New York University School of Law) Program Director of Educational Policy. Assistant Clinical Professor. Relationship between US private sector and not-for-profit funders with K-12 systems and higher education; Global/humane/moral/civics education; Holistic approach to urban education.
Kristine S. Lewis Grant, PhD (Temple University). Associate Clinical Professor. Experiences of students of African descent at predominantly white colleges and universities, college access and college student development, youth civic engagement in urban school reform, qualitative research and evaluation.
Constance Lyttle, PhD, JD (University of Pittsburgh, Duquense University). Associate Clinical Professor. Positive Communication and Collaboration among Educators, Service Providers and Families of Exceptional Children; Legal Rights of Exceptional Children; Alternative and Early Dispute Resolution in Special Education.
Kenneth J. Mawritz, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Assistant Clinical Professor.
Michel L. Miller O'Neal, PhD (University of Miami, Florida). Assistant Professor. Special education; Autism Spectrum Disorders; Program evaluation
Joyce Pittman, PhD (Iowa State University of Science and Technology) Program Director of the EdD, Harrisburg. Associate Clinical Professor. Educational and digital equity; Online learning pedagogy; Educational reform, policies and practices/teacher education.
Fredricka K. Reisman, PhD (Syracuse University) Director of Drexel/Torrance Center for Creativity and Innovation. Professor. Learning K-8 mathematics; Applying creativity and innovation to engineering education; Applying creativity and innovation to learning in educational and corporate settings.
Lori Severino, EdD (Neumann University) Program Director for Special Education. Assistant Clinical Professor. Reading Comprehension strategies; Brain research in reading; Secondary Reading Assessments.
Jason Silverman, PhD (Vanderbilt University) Director of the Program in Mathematics Learning and Teaching; PhD Director. Associate Professor. Teaching and learning of advanced mathematical ideas (algebra and calculus); improving teachers' ability to orchestrate and sustain inquiry-based and discussion-based instruction; technology in mathematics education.
Brian Smith, PhD (Northwestern University). Professor. Design of computer-based learning environments; Human-computer interaction; Design sciences.
Nancy Butler Songer, PhD (University of California, Berkley) Dean, School of Education. Distinguished Professor. STEM education, urban education, educational assistance
Mary Jean Tecce DeCarlo, EdD (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Early Literacy Development; Digital and Information Literacy; Learning differences; Urban education.
Sarah P. Ulrich, EdD (St. Joseph's University) Program Director, Teacher Education. Associate Clinical Professor. Emphasis in Cross Cultural, Language and Academic Development
Sheila Vaidya, PhD (Temple University) Associate Director of Research and Outreach Programs. Associate Professor. Educational psychology, school psychology, research design.
Charles A. Williams, PhD (Temple University) Psychology and Education Stoneleigh Foundation Fellow. Associate Teaching Professor. Prevention of school-aged violence; Bullying awareness, education and prevention; Outcomes for youth in placement; Social skills and learning in school–aged youth.
M. Hope Yursa Assistant Clinical Professor.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Jacqueline Genovesi, PhD (Drexel University) Director of Museum Education Certificate; Vice President, Education, the Academy of Natural Sciences. Assistant Clinical Professor. Museum education, interpretive strategies and museum leadership.
Barbara Jean Hoekje, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Director of English Language Center. Associate Professor. Sociolinguistic theory, discourse analysis, applied linguistics (language teaching, learning, and testing).
Patricia Henry Russell, MS (Drexel University). Teaching Professor. Probability and statistics.

Emeritus Faculty

Bernard Lentz, PhD (Yale University) Vice Provost for Institutional Research Emeritus. Professor. Institutional research in higher education; Educational and labor market impacts of work-integrated learning; Economics of higher education; Racial and gender equity among faculty in higher education and the learned professions.
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