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Master of Science in Human Resource Development

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

Since its inception more than 35 years ago, Villanova’s Master of Science in Human Resource Development (MS in HRD) has gained an outstanding reputation from its accomplished facultycomprehensive curriculum and successful graduates who are leading human resource initiatives at organizations worldwide.

Innovative online learning technology enables you to earn the same highly respected master’s degree as campus-based students* on your schedule.

Contact an enrollment representative at 855-300-1473 to begin the application process.

Expand Your Knowledge and Enhance Your Expertise

 In this program you’ll learn how to:

  • Implement strategic change to increase quality, productivity and employee satisfaction
  • Construct an effective training program
  • Structure benefit packages and measure their success
  • Use data to make informed business decisions
  • Develop financial management and budgetary skills

Attain the Benefits You Deserve

A Villanova HR master’s degree can yield many benefits:

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

HR Certification Institute Approved Provider

Villanova’s MS in HRD courses are worth 30 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). Once you pass all program courses, contact Villanova's HRD program administrator at to request Program ID numbers for your recertification forms. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit  

SHRM Aligned

Villanova University is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPTM or SHRM-SCPTM. Villanova's courses have been approved for 30 PDCs for the SHRM-CPTM or SHRM-SCPTM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

Who Should Apply?

Villanova’s MS in HRD is ideal for professionals seeking a career in HR or working in a variety of HR 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 MS in HRD program.

* Application process required.

VA Benefit Eligibility: Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Web Enabled Approval Management System (WEAMS) to view which programs of study or courses are currently certified. Benefit certification depends upon your VA determined eligibility, enrollment status and certified program of study.