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Human Resource Development Graduate Program (M.A.)

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Introduction 

The Masters Degree (MA) in Human Resource Development provides graduates in both private and public sectors with the skills necessary to:

  • communicate and interact effectively with groups and individuals.
  • assess the nature of performance problems within organizations and recommend solutions.
  • assess the relevant characteristics of adult learners.
  • apply task and content analysis techniques.
  • design and deliver training and performance support programs, including online.
  • assess the effectiveness of training programs.
  • manage human resource development projects and programs.
  • plan, develop and implement techniques for improving organizational performance. 

 

Admission to the Program 

Students must fulfill the following requirements for admission to the Graduate Program:

A demonstrated interest in the Human Resource Development field and/or prior employment in HRD, teaching or a related field.

A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or better*. Two letters of recommendation from professors, employers, or supervisors that provide evidence of the applicant's qualifications.

*In some circumstances individuals who fail to satisfy the undergraduate grade point requirement may be allowed to demonstrate their academic ability by completing undergraduate coursework in Human Resource Development prior to admission. The courses to be taken will be determined by the program adviser and will be based on a review of the individual's academic record and related work experience.

Degree Requirements 

Other Graduate Degree Requirements:

Grades

A GPA of at least 3.0. No more than 6 hours of "C" grades. No grade less than a "C" may be counted toward the degree.

Application for Graduation

An "Application for Graduation" can be obtained from the Graduate College. It should be filed prior to the semester in which the student plans to graduate. The dates that the form is available and when it should be complete are listed in the "Schedule of Classes" published each semester.

Pass a Written Comprehensive Examination

The written exam for the M.A. degree consists of two parts: a written take-home exam and an in-class section. The take-home exam consists of four scenarios. Students are responsible for answering the instructional design question and then selecting two other scenarios to respond to from the needs assessment, evaluation and consulting area. Responses should be complete and well thought out and reflect a student’s expertise in Human Resource Development.

Scheduling the exam.

Students are eligible to take the exam during their last semester after applying for graduation. The exam is offered once each semester, usually on a Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. In unusual circumstances, alternative arrangements may be made. Prior arrangements need to be made with one's adviser if the exam cannot be taken at the scheduled time. Grading the exam. Exam books are divided by question, rather than by student, and each question is graded by two faculty members. For example, all answers to question 1 will be graded by faculty members A and B, all answers to question 2 will be graded by faculty members C and D, etc. To pass the exam, students must receive a score of 70 percent on each of the two sections. Retaking the exam. Students who do not pass the exam may retake it during a subsequent semester.

Note: The exam should be taken during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Applications for the exam should be completed the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.

Courses 

ELAD-HRD-400: HRD and the Organization......................................3cr.
ELAD-HRD-401: The Adult Learner I.................................................3cr.
ELAD-HRD-403: Presentation and Facilitation Strategies for HRD...3 cr.
ELAD-HRD-405: Needs and Task Analysis in HRD...........................3 cr.
ELAD-HRD-406: Instructional Design in HRD (I)..............................3 cr.
ELAD-HRD-407: Measurement and Evaluation in HRD.....................3 cr.
ELAD-HRD-408: Instructional Design in HRD (II).............................3 cr.
ELAD-HRD-411: Consulting in HRD..................................................3 cr.
ELAD-HRD-415: Seminar in HRD......................................................3 cr.
ELAD-HRD-416: Practicum in HRD (I)..............................................3 cr.

Plus one of the following:
ELAD-HRD-462: Instructional Strategies in HRD...............................3 cr.
ELAD-HRD-490: Multimedia: Application and Design.......................3 cr.

Plus one of the following:
ELAD-HRD-417: Practicum in HRD (II)...............................................3 cr.
ELAD-HRD-418: Topical Seminar in HRD...........................................3 cr.
ELAD-HRD-419: Project in HRD..........................................................3 cr.
ELAD-HRD-420: Thesis in HRD...........................................................3 cr.
Total Credit Hours 36 cr.

Program Contact Information 

Dr. Sandra Williams
Graduate Advisor and Coordinator of the HRD Program
LWH 3017
773-442-5378

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