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Master of Arts in Human Resource Development

College of Education


Name: Dr. Suzanne G. Benson, Ph.D.
Phone: (773)442-5532
Link: Department Website


The HRD master's program prepares professionals who will be responsible for the training, education, development, and performance improvement of adults in businesses and organizations in all areas including: business, health care, human service, non-profit, and governmental agencies. The program has been developed especially for those wishing to move into HRD field as well as current practitioners desiring more formal training.

Is this for me?

This program provides graduates with the opportunity to work in various sectors educating adults in a variety of settings. With a graduate degree in HRD you can provide the organization your skills in: training, instructional design, evaluation, strategic planning, organization development, and facilitation. If you have great people skills and want to be a part of seeing that adult employees have the opportunity to learn new knowledge, skills and abilities, this may be the program you are looking for.


Would anyone argue that technology, health care, governmental regulations, and other industry standards are continuously changing. With each change comes the need to update, train, and retrain current employees; this is the role of HRD. As long as change exists there will be a need for the change agents: the HRD professionals.