Human Resource Development (MS)

Take Your Talent, Leadership, And Organization Development Skills To The Next Level

Who is this program for?

The Master of Science in Human Resource Development (MSHRD) is for those who want to acquire expertise in developing and enhancing individual and organizational learning, talent, and leadership capabilities. Human Resource Development professionals are skilled at improving workplace performance through identifying performance gaps and designing strategic evidence-based solutions to improve individual, team, and organizational performance. You will be prepared to lead in the areas of learning and development, talent development, organization development, leadership development, inclusion and diversity, and HR.

MSHRD is based on competency models put forth by leading professional organizations such as the Association for Talent Development and the Society for Human Resource Management. You will be exposed to unique competencies that are not developed in traditional HRM programs, including:

  • creating, implementing, and managing learning programs
  • facilitating and delivering training
  • designing e-learning
  • formulating talent and career development strategies
  • managing organizational change
  • coaching
  • promoting workplace inclusion and diversity
  • managing workplace performance
  • leading teams

Master of Science in Human Resource Development Online

We offer an online version of the program for students who prefer online learning and/or are not local. All our online courses include live interactive sessions with the instructor and peers.

Flexible Program

  • Evening classes allow flexibility for students with full-time jobs.
  • You can start the program in the spring or fall semester.
  • The program is run in 8-week terms over three academic semesters.
  • You can complete the program in 15 months.
  • You can complete the program face to face or online.


Our curriculum allows you to apply learning immediately to impact your workplace. Learn with scholar-practitioner faculty through project-based learning. The program's coursework integrates research with real-world experiences and has a strong skill-building focus. At the core of our curriculum is the focus on learning as the vehicle to strategic long-term individual and organizational performance improvement.

HRD 644 HRD Theory and Practice

HRD 645 Communication in HRD

HRD 646 Change and Organization Development

HRD 647 Digital Design for E-Learning

HRD 648 Team Dynamics

HRD 652 Diversity in the Workplace

HRD 653 Career Development

HRD 659 Adult Learning and Motivation

HRD 667 Presentation Principles, Methods and Techniques

HRD 669 Foundations of Organizational Consulting

EDR 601 Methodology of Research

HRD 678 Practicum in HRD

HRD 679 HRD Internship waived for HRD professional

Start Your Coaching Career

Add Professional Coaching Certificate to your MSHRD degree.

SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Certification Seminars

We offer 9-week SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Certification programs that will prepare you for the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Certification Exams. Earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field—and a valuable asset to your organization. Along with your graduate degree in Human Resource Development, this professional distinction definitely sets you apart.

Scholarship Opportunities

Your academic achievements should be recognized. Don't miss out on a scholarship opportunity. There is a variety of scholarships offered through Barry University that can help you achieve your academic goals. There is a fast and easy way to apply for a Barry University scholarship. Explore your options here