Human Resource Development (HRD) is the bodies of knowledge and the applied processes used to improve workplace performance and individual learning in organizations with a systems focus. Human resource development is a central function in virtually any type of organizations, including for-profit and non-profit organizations, public and education institutions, among many situations both nationally and internationally.
Depending on the academic credential, HRD job roles include: trainers, program designers, evaluators, managers, consultants, leaders, researchers, and policy-makers.
The EdM degree program focuses on the preparation of individuals who seek to enter the HRD discipline as a practitioner or who seek to update their current levels of knowledge and skills. In general, these individuals possess the knowledge and skills to effectively design, deliver, implement, and evaluate a range of HRD programs. The degree program includes courses on understanding the foundations of the discipline, developing skills in advanced practices, and exploring topics of interest from elective courses. Graduates of the EdM degree program typically serve as program designers, evaluators, and managers of HRD programs across a wide range of organizational settings both nationally and internationally.
The EdD degree program focuses on the preparation of scholar-practitioners in the discipline of human resource development. In general, these individuals engage in the design, implementation, and evaluation of HRD programs, relying upon scholarly research and established best practices to inform their actions. The degree program includes courses on understanding the foundational and advanced theories and practices of the discipline and on conducting research in applied settings. Graduates of the EdD degree program typically serve as senior practitioners across many different organizational settings both nationally and internationally.
The PhD degree program focuses on the preparation of scholars and leaders in the discipline of human resource development. In general, these individuals possess knowledge of the research that supports the discipline, engage in research to advance the discipline, and disseminate that information to a wide range of audiences. The degree program includes coursework on the foundational and advanced theories and practices of the discipline and on the research process involving different perspectives and methods research methods to address questions of importance. Graduates of the PhD degree program typically serve as university faculty, senior staff members in research and development institutions, and managers of HRD functions in organizations, among other senior roles in both national and international settings.