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Master of Science in Human Resource Development Curriculum


 

Students in Villanova University’s online HR master’s program must complete 12 required classes for a total of 36 credit hours. Those who enroll in consecutive terms can earn their degree in two years. Students may apply for a waiver for up to six credit hours if they have one or more years of HR experience or by including an academic writing sample with their application. At Villanova’s discretion, a maximum of six credit hours may be transferred from another accredited university.

All students in the program must also successfully complete a Capstone Experience in order to complete their degree requirements. Student may choose from one of the three options:

  1. Pass the SHRM Certification Exam (SHRM-CPTM/SHRM-SCPTM), SHRM Assurance of Learning Assessment, or the HRCI Certification Exam (PHR®/SPHR®/GPHR®).
  2. Pass the VU MSHRD departmental written comprehensive exam.
  3. Complete an experiential project, fulfilled in conjunction with an HR internship or a work project proposal.

The Master of Science in Human Resource Development (36 Credits):

Course Number Course Title Credits
HRD 8101 Introduction to HR in the Business World

Students may apply for a waiver of HRD 8101 Introduction to HR in the Business World course if they have one or more years of HR experience.

3
HRD 8102 Critical Evaluation and Research Writing

Students may apply for a waiver of HRD 8102 Critical Evaluation & Research Writing course by including an academic writing sample with their application.

3
HRD 8419 Foundations of Strategic Human Resources 3
PSY 8875 Organization Development 3
HRD 8006 HR Analytics 3
HRD 8213 Total Rewards: Benefits 3
PSY 8475 Training and Development 3
HRD 8212 Total Rewards: Compensation 3
HRD 8215 Employment Law 3
HRD 8214 HR Technology 3
HRD 8003 Financial and Human Capital 3
HRD 8210 Strategic Workforce Planning  3
Total: 36

Note: All courses are subject to change.

We encourage students to take one of the professional certification examinations because this credential is recognized by employers: the SHRM-CPTM/SHRM-SCPTM, administered by the Society for Human Resource Management (www.shrm.org) or PHR®/SPHR®/GPHR®, administered by Human Resources Certification Institute (www.hrci.org). Students should apply for the exam that matches their eligibility. Please visit this website to learn more about submitting exam results to the HRD program.

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.