Human Resource Development (MS)


Human Resource Development (MS)

The Master of Science in Human Resource Development (MSHRD) program at Barry University focuses on individual, team, and organizational performance improvement. Human Resource Development is a dynamic field of practice grounded in theories from a variety of disciplines including adult learning, psychology, organizational behavior, and economics. Professionals in the field of HRD work on identifying workforce performance gaps in organizational settings and designing strategic learning-based solutions to enhance individual, team, and organizational effectiveness. The program's coursework integrates research with real-world experiences and has a strong skill-building focus. The program is designed to accommodate working adults and offers face-to-face, hybrid, and online delivery options.

Who is this program for?

MSHRD is for anybody who wants to be effective at leading people. It is for professionals aspiring to assume leadership positions in both public and private sectors, and for those who want to work in the areas of training and development, learning and performance, organization development, talent development, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and Human Resources.

  • The MSHRD program will provide you with the skill set necessary to develop people in the context of work and to effectively drive individual, team, and organizational performance improvement initiatives within both public and private sectors.
  • Our students acquire expertise in planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based learning and development and organization development solutions in a variety of organizational contexts.
  • The program will prepare you to assume leadership and expert roles in the areas of learning and development, talent development, organization development, and diversity and inclusion.

What is the difference between Human Resource Development (HRD) and Human Resource Management (HRM)?

While Human Resource Development is one of the central elements of HRM and our graduates can pursue careers in the general field of HR, MSHRD program centers around unique competencies that are not developed in traditional HRM programs, including:

  • creating and managing learning programs
  • training facilitation and delivery
  • instructional design
  • evaluating learning impact
  • talent development
  • change management
  • coaching
  • inclusion and diversity
  • performance management and improvement

These core competencies align with competency models put forth by leading professional organizations such as Association for Talent Development and Society for Human Resource Management. At the core of our curriculum is the focus on learning as the vehicle to strategic long-term individual and organizational performance improvement.

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MSHRD Online

We offer an online version of this program for students that prefer online learning or are not local.