Master of Science in Human Resource Development

A Villanova Master’s HR Degree Is Within Reach – 100% Online!

Villanova University is revolutionizing HR education by bringing its acclaimed Master of Science in Human Resource Development (MS in HRD) online. Proven video-based learning technology eliminates the common barriers of time and location, enabling you to apply to the institution U.S. News & World Report has ranked as the #1 Regional University in the North for more than 20 years. You can earn the same degree as Villanova’s campus-based students* – and may qualify for financial aid once you’re formally accepted into the program.

Transform Your Career by Joining the Influential Community of HR Leaders

You’re in good company when you apply to Villanova University’s Master of Science in Human Resource Development program, which was established more than 25 years ago to meet the growing need for human resource expertise. Its outstanding reputation derives from its accomplished faculty, comprehensive curriculum and successful graduates, who are leading human resource initiatives at organizations across the country and around the globe. In addition to being published in the most respected national and international journals, Villanova faculty members embrace a hands-on instructional approach that leads to practical, everyday solutions.

As a student in Villanova’s HRD master’s degree program, you’ll gain a solid foundation in core human resource competencies, with a focus on developmental, strategic and global issues. Engaging online courses empower you with the latest tools, proven processes and best practices across a range of key topics, including organizational change, human resource planning, compensation, international human resources, organizational training and project management for HR professionals.

Best of all, you’ll earn your industry-recognized master’s degree in human resources from a  #1 ranked university at your pace, on your schedule, 100% online – and in less than two years! Contact a program representative (toll free) at 1-866-220-0017 to begin the application process.

Expand Your Skills and Enhance Your Expertise

In Villanova’s online HR master’s degree program, you’ll learn how to:

  • Implement strategic organizational change for increased quality, productivity and employee satisfaction
  • Construct an effective training program
  • Design a compensation system that motivates employees
  • Structure benefit packages and measure their success
  • Identify principles for developing, utilizing and conserving human resources
  • Use data and statistics to make informed business decisions
  • Leverage technology to enhance the contributions of the human resource function to an organization
  • Develop financial management and budgetary skills

Secure the Benefits You Deserve

With the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting overall HR employment to grow 22% by 2018**, there’s never been a better time to position yourself for professional success. Your master’s in human resources from Villanova University offers many benefits, including:

  • Increased earning potential
  • Enhanced career mobility
  • Greater job security
  • Personal and professional satisfaction

HR Certification Institute Approved Provider

Classes in the Villanova University HRD M.S. program are worth 45 hours, per class, of either Business Management and Strategy or International recertification credit toward your PHR, SPHR or GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). After you have successfully completed the courses, please contact Villanova's HRD program administrator to request Program ID numbers at for your recertification forms. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at  

Who Should Apply?

Villanova’s MS in Human Resource Development is designed for those who aspire to work or advance within a corporate human resource department or human resource consulting firm. It is ideal for professionals in a variety of roles, including:

  • HR Generalists
  • Staffing Specialists
  • Recruiters
  • Benefits Analysts
  • Corporate Trainers
  • Human Resources Managers
  • HR Healthcare Managers

In the Philadelphia Area?

Click here for more information on Villanova’s campus-based HR Master’s Degree program.

* Application process required.
** U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook