HRD students at work

Human Resource Development (HRD) is the integrated use of training, organizational development, and career development efforts to improve individual, group, and organizational effectiveness.

Xavier's executive human resource development program is designed to develop ethical, competent professional leaders who can perform effectively in critical HRD roles, such as administrator of HRD programs, training manager or director, instructor, facilitator, trainer, management development specialist, organization change agent, program designer, or individual career development advisor.

Designed with working adults in mind, this program can offer you the chance to:

  • Enhance your skills and knowledge as an HRD practitioner and obtain a graduate degree.
  • Begin a new career in training, organization or career development.
  • Work in business, industry, private, non-profit or public organizations as an internal or external HRD consultant.

Features of the Executive Human Resource Development Program

  • Work closely with a cohort group of students who are your colleagues in the field
  • Attend classes on campus once-a-month.  The program can be completed in 21 months. Classes are scheduled for Friday night (6:30-10 pm), Saturday (8:00 am-5:30 pm), and Sunday (8:00 am-Noon).
  • Learn in a collaborative, experientially based environment based on adult learning principles

The Xavier HRD program is offered in an executive format. You enter with a group of students (known as a cohort) with whom you remain throughout the program. You attend classes once-a-month (Friday night, all day Saturday, Sunday morning) over the course of 21 months. Applications are now being accepted for the class beginning in August 2017.

See the HRD curriculum page for a sample of the first year's weekend schedule.  The Fall 2017 schedule will be posted in November, 2016.

We are accepting new applications for Fall 2017 which begins in August 2017.


Requirements for the Master of Science in HRD

The degree requires 30 semester hours. The 21-month program begins in August of each year. The courses are sequential and held on the weekends. There is no final thesis or final comprehensive exam required, and there are no course prerequisites.

The following courses are required in the HRD program; see the Curriculum Page for more information:

  • HRDE 650  Intro to Adult & Organizational Learning & Behavior (4 credits)
  • HRDE 651 Organizational Effectiveness & Change (3 credits)
  • HRDE 652 Applied Adult & Organizational Learning & Behavior (2 credits)
  • HRDE 653 Career Development in HRD (2 credits)
  • HRDE 654 Needs Assessment & Evaluation in HRD (3 credits)
  • HRDE 660 Designing HRD Programs (3 credits
  • HRDE 670  Technology in HRD (2 credits)
  • HRDE 671 Applied HRD Research - Part 1 (1 credit)
  • HRDE 672 Facilitating Learning in HRD (3 credits)
  • HRDE 673 Applied HRD Research - Part 2 (2 credits)
  • HRDE 674 Trends & Issues in HRD (2 credits)
  • HRDE 675 Strategic Leadership & Ethics in HRD (3 credits)

updated 9/16/16