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Master of Science in Human Resource Development

In today's increasingly complex world, business and organizational leaders must be innovative, adaptive, and global in both thought and action. In the rich, interdisciplinary field of human resource development, the focus is on improving learning and performance at the individual, group, and organizational level through several domains of practice, including: US News & World Report Best Graduate Schools Education 2011

  • Human capital strategy
  • Training and development
  • Organization development
  • Performance improvement (HPT/HPI)
  • Talent management
  • Leadership and management development
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Assessment, measurement and evaluation

The M.S. in Human Resource Development is uniquely positioned at the intersection of business and education. Participants are immersed in Drexel's distinctive blend of theory, practice, and problem-based action learning. Students are exposed to the best of today's thought leadership and take away the tools and frameworks needed to drive learning, performance, and change in their own organizations.


Three concentrations are offered, guided by the increasing demand in these areas for strategic HRD leadership:

  • Strategic Human Resources
  • ISD & E-Learning
  • Project Management
  • Evaluation & ROI

The program is taught in an "executive" in-class/online format, with classroom sessions held one Friday (6pm-9pm)/Saturday (8am-4pm) three times per quarter. Students enroll in the MSHRD as a cohort at the Drexel University Sacramento, Philadelphia, or corporate locations, taking courses together (10 core and three concentration courses) allowing for interaction and networking among peers and local leaders.


Drexel University's Human Resource Development graduate programs are recognized as a member of The Academy of Human Resource Development: Program Excellence Network that includes 30 of the best HRD programs in the nation. Drexel University is ranked in the current U.S World News & Report's list of the nation's leading higher education institutions, and is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the country's most recognized accreditations in higher education.