Human Resource Development (Accelerated MS)

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Fast-track your education and career. Earn your bachelor’s plus your master’s degree with the Human Resource Development Accelerated Master’s (4 + 1) program at Indiana State University.

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Program Availability

The Human Resource Development (HRD) Accelerated Master’s is a traditional, on-campus program offered on the Indiana State University campus in Terre Haute, Indiana. The program is available to eligible U.S. and international undergraduate students majoring in Human Resource Development for Higher Education and Industry.

Why Choose the HRD Accelerated Master’s Program at Indiana State?

If your educational and career goals include earning a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Accelerated Master’s program is an ideal pathway, saving you time and money.

Go Further Faster

As a human resource development major at Indiana State University, you may be eligible to participate in the HRD Accelerated Master’s (4 + 1) program. This degree option enables you to combine undergraduate and graduate courses in human resource development and begin your master’s during your senior year of undergraduate study. This dual enrollment pathway enables you to complete your master’s degree one year after completing your bachelor’s.

It is important to contact an academic advisor early in your undergraduate studies to determine your eligibility and plan your accelerated program of study.

Flexible Options for Adult Learners

Many students who choose to pursue the Human Resource Development degree are already working in industry, education, or government—and decide to return to school for formal study. For the benefit of working students, flexibility is designed into this program’s delivery system and sequencing of courses.

Learn from Our Excellent Faculty

As a student in the HRD Accelerated Master’s program, you will benefit from faculty who are committed to providing you with comprehensive coursework that enables you to apply relevant classroom principles to real-world industry situations and challenges. Small class sizes will allow you to work one-on-one with your professors and collaborate with classmates on projects and interactive learning activities. Advisors will work with you on the selection of your courses prior to registration each semester.

You will have opportunities to participate in professional activities and student organizations such as the Wabash Valley Collegiate Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Activities include field trips to business and industry locations, attendance at professional meetings and seminars, mentoring, and guest speakers for student chapter meetings.

What You’ll Learn in the HRD Program

Our graduates are qualified to serve as specialists who have the expertise to:

  • Analyze, design, and implement effective human resource development programs to increase functional capabilities in international and multicultural environments.
  • Provide leadership and guidance regarding the concepts and practices of human resource development and its effect on organizational leadership, culture, and growth in both the public and private sectors.
  • Provide expertise in establishing the foundations for and the evaluation of the many facets of HRD training programs.

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Career Possibilities for HRD Graduates

Human resource specialists provide the training and education in technical, supervisory, motivational, diversification, and orientation areas that organizations need to be successful and productive enterprises. These professionals conduct, plan, and manage education, training, and other human resource development activities.

Jobs typically held by human resource development graduates include those with responsibilities for training and development, organization development, career development, performance management systems, union/labor relations, work-life initiatives, and other general human resource functions.

The job outlook is good for human resource specialists. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of human resource specialists to grow 8% from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations, with a median annual wage of $62,290 in May 2021.


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