Graduate Program (MS)

Human Resource Development

Human Resource Development (HRD) is the integrated use of training, organizational development, and career development efforts to improve individual, group, and organizational effectiveness. Attend classes for one weekend a month for 21 months to complete your Master of Science in HRD degree quickly and on schedule.


We invite applications from students with a bachelor's degree and a strong interest in the field of HRD. Applications for this program are accepted for the fall semester only. To apply for official acceptance as a degree-seeking student, submit the following application materials online to the Office of the Graduate Admission:

  • Completed application.
  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Official test scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). The MAT is offered here at Xavier; call (513) 745-3360, go to ,(or e-mail for information on how to register for the test. Note: The MAT can be waived if you already have a graduate degree.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, sent directly from the institution. Electronic transcripts are also accepted.*
  • A current résume documenting work experience. The résume is uploaded to the application system.
  • One page typewritten statement of your career goals and how the HRD program fits with your goals.
  • Two recent letters from professional and/or academic references who are able to assess your potential for success in this program. The letters should be directly related to your application for the HRD program.

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First Year

Term Credit Hours Courses
Fall 7 credits
  • Intro to Adult & Org'l Learning & Behavior (4 credits)
  • Org'l Effectiveness & Change (3 credits)
Spring 7 credits
  • Applied Adult & Org'l Learning & Behavior (2 credits)
  • Career Development in HRD (2 credits)
  • Needs Assessment & Evaluation in HRD (3 credits)
Summer 3 Credits
  •  Designing HRD Program Summer (3 credits) 

Second Year

Term Credit Hours Courses
Fall 6 Credits
  • Technology in HRD (2 credits)
  • Applied HRD Research, Part 1 (1 credit) 
  • Facilitating Learning in HRD (3 credits)
Spring 7 Credits
  • Applied HRD Research, Part 2 (2 credits) 
  • Trends and Issues in HRD (2 credits)
  • Strategic Leadership & Ethics in HRD (3 credits) 
  • Graduation!

Sample Courses

Organizational Effectiveness & Change (HRDE 651): - Presents theoretical and practical perspectives of organization development and consulting. Introduces ethical issues and basic processes of influencing and supporting organizational change initiatives.

Career Development in HRD (HRDE 653): - Analyzes and evaluates career management as a sub-system in organizations. Provides opportunity for individual career exploration and introduces key organizational career management processes.

Facilitating Learning in HRD (HRDE 672): - Develops skills in creating collaborative learning environments, presenting information, directing structured learning experiences, and managing group discussions and processes so that the intended purpose is achieved.

Strategic Leadership & Ethics in HRD (HRDE 675): - Examines the role of strategic and ethical leadership to promote human resource development in support of organizational goals. Explores HRD management processes and integration with other organizational systems.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition, per credit hour Cost
MS, Executive HRD Program $630
Student Fee, per semester
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking full-time $8
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking part-time $4

The amounts listed are for the 2018-19 school year, and include classes from Summer 2018 though Spring 2019. These amounts are updated to the most recent amounts available. For the full listing, please visit

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Work closely with the same, cohort group of students who are your colleagues in the field.

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Attend classes one weekend a month for 21 months. Classes are scheduled for: Friday night (6:30 -10:00 p.m.) Saturday (8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) Sunday (8:00 a.m. - Noon).

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Learn in a collaborative, experientially based environment based on adult learning principles from well-respected faculty.

HRD at Xavier

The Executive HRD Design

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.

The program is designed for the busy professional in mind. Classes are held in a convenient campus location with a peer group unmatched by other institutions. Meals and breaks during class times are provided to ensure optimal time considerations. Exceptional faculty lead the program for a high level of engagement.

Top 10 Typical HRD Practices

  • Executive and supervisory / management development
  • Professional skills training
  • Technical/Job instruction and coaching
  • Sales and marketing training
  • Customer service training
  • New employee orientation
  • Health and safety training
  • Organizational development consultation
  • Group facilitation
  • Classroom, e-learning, and blending learning

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