Program Overview

Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana offers a Master of Science in Human Resource Development. This program is offered completely online. The curriculum is 33-36 credit hours—the number of credits needed is dependent upon whether HRD605 must be taken or not. The courses are distributed as follows: three credit hours of research courses, 15 credit hours of major courses, and 15 credit hours of program options.

This degree is ideal for professionals who want to enhance their breadth in both their educational and professional goals in industry, higher education, social agencies, and government. The program focuses on planning, managing, organizing, evaluating education, training, and other human resource development activities.

There are two program options available: major project or thesis. Students who want to complete the major project must complete 12 credits of electives, which allow students to either enhance an area of concentration or add an additional element to their studies. Students who wish to complete the thesis option must complete a minimum of six credit hours of thesis work, and the remaining credit hours, must be completed with electives. The thesis option allows students to complete thorough, in-depth research. There is a total of 15 credit hours for the program options.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    The program is approved for statewide delivery over the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System


    Must hold a baccalaureate degree granted by a regionally accredited institution. Earned either a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 in all undergraduate coursework or a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all courses taken at the graduate level.


    Students must be residing in either the United States or Canada, with the exception of U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

    School Overview

    Located in Terre Haute, Indiana State University first opened as the Indiana State Normal School in 1865 and spent nearly one century educating youths to be teachers. Today, this public campus encapsulates 435 acres with more than eleven thousand enrolled students playing host to students worldwide.

    Indiana State Online offers undergraduate and graduate programs to those interested in continuing their education or advancing their careers. We offer more than 60 programs that can be completed entirely online or with minimal on-campus visits. We also offer a variety of online minors, doctoral and specialist programs, and certificates and licensures to those requiring additional education and training in their degree programs.


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