Main Menu Summer 2013

On-Campus Master's Program


Program Description

The Master of Education (Ed.M.) degree with a concentration in Human Resource Development prepares individuals who seek to enter the human resource development profession or to advance their professional knowledge and skills in the field.  Graduates serve as corporate trainers, designers of on-the-job, classroom, and online training programs, organization development specialists, talent development coordinators, and HRD managers, among other professional roles.
 
The degree program emphasizes an understanding and application of the HRD process to design, implement, and evaluate HRD programs.  The program also emphasizes the ability to analyze workplace performance issues and to identify the most appropriate solutions to address the issues.
 
Through the degree program, students will acquire knowledge and skills related to the following foundational topics:
  • Training and Development
  • Workplace Learning
  • Organization Development
  • Career and Talent Development
  • Technology for Learning
  • Performance Improvement

Over the past twenty years, the Ed.M. degree in Human Resource Development has been one of the most successful graduate programs in HRD.  Today, students have the opportunity to take advantage of the program’s global network of alumni.


Priority Deadline: December 1

  • Students interested in on campus fellowship and scholarship opportunities must apply by this deadline*
  • Students interested in on campus graduate assistantship opportunities are strongly encouraged to apply by this deadline to maximize their chances of securing an appointment

o Final Deadline: April 1

  • All students interested in beginning study in the Fall term must apply no later than this deadline.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of this deadline, as admissions are competitive and space is limited.

* Please note that some fellowships and scholarships require that you apply for admission prior to the EPOL Department’s official deadline.

New University of Illinois Graduate Applicants: Complete the Graduate College Application http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply

Current and Former University of Illinois Graduate Students:If you have already been admitted to the Graduate College, please do not re-apply. Take the following steps:

  • Please review Instructions for Student Petition. Then fill out Graduate Student Petition (select "Change Curriculum" under REQUEST). There is a link to the Petition form in the instructions for the petition.
  • Submit all materials to EPOL, 351 Education Building, 1310 S. 6th St. MC-708, Champaign, IL 61820, by the admissions deadline. Materials may be dropped off in person or faxed to 217.244.5632

Domestic Applicants

  • Personal Statement (doc) - A statement in which you provide evidence of how your professional experiences and prior academic work have focused your thinking toward the planned program of study.
  • 3 Letters of Reference (pdf) - From persons who have direct knowledge of your academic and/or professional performance and potential for graduate study. If the recommenders complete this online, no additional copy is necessary.
  • Transcripts- At the time of application you are only required to upload unofficial copies of your transcripts into the application; you do not need to provide any official transcripts unless our department specifically requests them. Applicants must have earned at least a comparable bachelor's degree from an accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for last two years of undergraduate study is a minimum requirement for admission.
  • Current Professional Resume(Curriculum Vitae) - Please use the space provided by the only application to upload this document.
  • Scholarly Writing Sample(PhD applicants only) -Doctoral applicants are required to attach a scholarly writing sample, which can be a completed thesis or a research paper written in a graduate program.

International Applicants Only (in addition to the materials detailed above)

  • TOEFL Score- International applicants must submit an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score report for an exam taken within two years of term of requested admission. The score must come from the testing agency, self-reported scores are not acceptable. The institution code is 1836. For full status admission, the EPOL department requires a minimum TOEFL score of 610 on the paper version of test (pbt); minimum score of 253 on the computer version of test (cbt), minimum score of 103 on the Internet based test (ibt), and 7 or above for IELTS.
  • Declaration and Certification of Finances(pdf) - This version of the form may be completed online, except for signatures. It should be completed, printed, signatures gathered, and sent directly (either by mail or fax) to the EPOL department. You may wish to save a copy to your computer. The form is also in the application, but that version cannot be completed online.
  • International Student Verification Form (pdf)

Required from non-degree certificate applicants, prior to completion of the first course in your program.

  • Transcripts- At the time of application you are only required to upload unofficial copies of your transcripts into the application; you do not need to provide any official transcripts unless our department specifically requests them. Applicants must have earned at least a comparable bachelor's degree from an accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for last two years of undergraduate study is a minimum requirement for admission.

The Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership considers the following as criteria for admission to degree programs:

  • Quality of undergraduate work (a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work)
  • Quality of graduate work, if already undertaken
  • Quality of recommendations contained in three letters of reference
  • Quality of writing, as evidenced by the personal statement and any supplemental materials
  • Ability to contribute to the scholarly community of the program and department
  • Relevance of work experience and career goals
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL), for applicants from non-English speaking countries. See acceptable scoring above.

32 credit hours total required for EDM

Core Courses – 12 hours
HRD 400: Principles of HRE OR HRD 440: Work Analysis

HRD 411: Instructional Design OR HRD 472: Learning Technologies

HRD 530: Organization Development OR HRD 540: Learning on the Job

Foundation Courses- 8 Hours

Educational Psychology Foundations
EPSY 407: Adult Learning and Development (4 hours)
OR
EPSY 408: Learning and Human Development with Educational Technologies (4 hours)
OR
4 hours of EPSY 400, 401, 402, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408 430, 490

Social and Philosophical Foundations
EPS 415: Technology & Education Reform (4 hours)
OR
4 hours of EPS 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 410, 411, 412, 413, 415, 420, 421, 423, 424, or 426

Elective Courses– 12 hours (minimum of 8 hours at 500 level)

400 or 500 level courses required in consultation with your advisor.


Application Information

  1. Download Step-by-Step Application Instructions for On-campus Programs (PDF)