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Human Resource Development PhD Degree

Be Ready for Leadership Roles in the HRD Field

Admission Requirements

The University of Texas at Tyler’s doctoral program in human resource development is designed to develop scholars who will advance the profession and serve as leaders in higher education, government and industry.

  • Build a strategic management perspective by completing the HR PhD with a specialization in organizational development and change (ODC).
  • Benefit from an executive program format: Meet for on-site classes just 5 times per semester on the UT Tyler campus.  Complete the balance of required hours online or in project-based formats.
  • Conduct research in HRD theory and practice.

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PhD in Human Resource Development: Training Tomorrow’s Leaders.

  • Complete coursework for the HRD PhD program in 2 ½ years.  A dissertation based on original research contributing to the body of HRD knowledge also is required.
  • Join thought leaders and experienced executives to explore the nuances of our rapidly changing and culturally diverse global workforce.
  • Study in small classes with faculty who are among the most renowned HR scholars in the country, including Dr. Jerry Gilley, professor and chair, who wrote the first-ever textbook on HRD principles.
  • Continue working while completing your PhD. Classes are often held on the weekends to accommodate executive schedules.

Human Resource Development Faculty: Research-Focused Thought Leaders.

  • Engage in research and discussion with professors who are frequent HRD conference speakers and presenters on such topics as: developing an internationally recognized certification exam for construction managers; the status of human resource development academic programs in the U.S.; and leadership management.
  • Undertake research projects with professors who lead academic research in HRD in such areas as:  development of an instrument to assess information activities; how comparative HRD theory can contribute to HRD theory development; and how managers can improve teamwork and collaboration.
  • Learn from educators with professional experience in HRD at General Electric, Pennsylvania Power and Light, Motorola and other leading employers.

Learn about UT Tyler’s human resource development faculty

Human Resource Development Courses: Blending Theory and Practice.

Advanced Theoretical Foundations of HRD – Complete a review and assessment of human resource development theories and the scholarly process that is required to develop sound theory in applied disciplines.

Advanced Quantitative Research in HRD – Explore advanced conception and design of quantitative studies with particular application to the content and context of human resource development. The course leads students through the quantitative research process from start to finish and covers key decisions researchers must make at each stage of the process.

Strategic Human Resources Management – Focus on the role of HR managers and practices in developing competitive advantages for their firm.  Studies consider the role of both specific HR practices and the overall HR architecture in enhancing firm performance.

More about UT Tyler’s HRD doctoral program of study 

Career Outlook for HRD

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates employment prospects will increase 13 percent through 2022, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. Opportunities for professionals within certain specialties are expected to be even greater. Position titles with highest growth rates include: employment, recruitment and placement specialists; compensation, benefits and job analysis specialists; and training and development specialists.  A doctoral degree is a definite asset for educators, authors and consultants. For more, visit Occupational Outlook Handbook - Human Resources Managers. 

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