Program Overview

Rochester Institute of Technology offers a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development is designed for those in management and human resources who are interested in how to maximize the potential of employees and leaders. The program focuses on designing programs to influence an organization’s human assets in order to manage morale, efficiency, and behaviors to meet the environment of the organization. The program aims to increase employee effectiveness by focusing on supervisory roles in understanding, communicating, and implementing organizational policies.

Students will take part in a curriculum which will expand their understanding of business operations and the roles taken by managers to control employee activity. The curriculum consists of 36 credit hours where students will study topics such as program evaluation and design, performance analysis and development, and breakthrough thinking, creativity, and innovation.  

Students who complete this degree will have the potential to exemplify knowledge and preparation to function as a manager and leader in human resources, the ability to apply the key concepts, theories, practices, laws and regulations in the fields of human resources management and development, and organizational behavior and change, and how to respect and constructively support others in a diverse operating workplace and to demonstrate knowledge of strategic management, principals of staffing, compensation, benefits, employee development, employee relations, and labor management.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    Students must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (or evidence of relevant professional performance).

    School Overview

    Founded in 1829, the private not-for-profit RIT initially served as a meeting hall for lectures and a library for the local community. Today, that community has expanded from a main campus in Rochester, NY to include two additional campuses, one in Eastern Europe and the other in Dubai.

    RIT offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates from the following colleges:

    • College of Applied Science and Technology
    • Saunders College of Business
    • B. THomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
    • Kate Gleason College of Engineering
    • College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
    • College of Liberal Arts
    • National Technical Institute for the Deaf
    • College of Science

    Realizing that education matters to many working professionals and adult students, RIT’s online program provides a wide array of choices ranging from master’s degrees to associate’s degrees and diploma programs.


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