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Human Resource Development - Masters Degree, UT Tyler

Human Resource Development MS Degree

Become a Skilled Change Agent in Today’s Dynamic Workplace

Admission Requirements

A master’s degree in human resource development from The University of Texas at Tyler allows you to study with the best HR scholars in the nation, including Dr. Jerry Gilley, professor and chair, who wrote the first-ever textbook on HRD principles.

  • Complete your master’s degree in human resource development through in-person and online evening classes and project-based independent study.
  • Work with faculty to design course projects that relate to your current job or allow you to explore other businesses and organizations.

Join other students who are working professionals looking to enhance their talents for career growth and advancement through the UT Tyler master’s degree in human resource development program. Our graduates are employed by such organizations at Brookshire’s, Trinity Valley Community College, Tyler Junior College and many others.

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Master’s in Human Resource Development: Blending Theory and Practice.

  • Build your analytical skills by completing projects that require research and data analysis in the workplace.
  • Understand how to connect the role and function of human resource development to an organization’s business strategy.
  • Earn your master’s in human resource development by completing coursework, research and projects: No thesis is required.
  • Network with other HRD professionals as a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, the largest HRD organization in the world.

Human Resource Development Faculty: World-Class HRD Educators.

  • Learn from professors who are respected leaders in HRD: Dr. Jerry Gilley, named outstanding HRD Scholar in 2008; Dr. Greg Wang, editor of The Journal of Chinese HR Management; and Dr. Andrea Ellinger, editor of HRD Quarterly.
  • Participate in small classes and benefit from one-on-one faculty mentoring and dynamic interaction with your classmates.
  • Study with faculty authors who have written on such topics as: Organizational Investments in Social Capital, Managerial Coaching and Service Employee Performance; The Status of Human Resource Development Academic Programs in the United States; and Clarifying the Boundaries of Human Resource Development.

  Learn about UT Tyler’s human resource development faculty

Human Resource Development Courses: Research-Based. Workplace-Focused.

Organization Development – Explore different perspectives on organization development at the individual, group and organizational levels of analysis. Theoretical models will be studied, along with practitioner examples of organization development interventions.

Performance Consulting – Study practice-oriented models, approaches and techniques of performance consulting in organizational settings. Students will learn critical skills in identifying gaps for performance improvement and proposing HRD interventions. General performance consulting process will be covered.

Advanced Seminar in Human Resource Development – Examine selected contemporary topics in human resource development, including such topics as: the power of politics and influence in organizations, interpersonal communications within organizations, conflict resolution and leadership.

More about UT Tyler’s human resource development program of study

Also see The University of Texas at Tyler online master’s and PhD degree programs in human resource development.

Career Outlook for HRD

An advanced degree such as a master’s in human resource development is important for those seeking many of today’s top HRD management positions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 22% rate of job growth for HRD professionals through 2018, which is well above the average growth expected for most careers. For more, go to

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