Ph.D. in Human Resource Development

The College of Business and Technology offers a unique doctorate that focuses on human resource development with a specialization in organizational development and change (ODC) in the context of business and industry that integrates a strategic management perspective. The program is offered in an on-campus format that is designed to prepare human resource development scholars that have a unique understanding of HRD within the context of business and management.

Doctoral Program Outcomes

The graduate of this program will be able to contribute to research and application in the areas of improving job performance, developing leadership talent within an organization, and facilitating a rapidly changing and culturally diverse workforce.

The doctoral program outcomes for candidates who successfully complete the program:

  1. Integrate knowledge from HRD and related disciplines to support the development of researchers and scholars for diverse settings
  2. Conduct research in HRD theory and practice
  3. Create, synthesize and disseminate knowledge about the discipline
  4. Provide HRD leaders in the workplace and in educational setting
  5. Collaborate with national and international leaders to promote the discipline

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to doctoral study at The University of Texas at Tyler, the following criteria must be met for entry into the program:

  1. Master's degree in HRD, business administration, management or related field from a college or university approved by a recognized national accrediting body.
  2. 3.0 GPA (on 4.0 scale) on all previous academic coursework.
  3. Submission of GRE scores (in some cases the GMAT may be accepted in lieu of the GRE) taken within 5 years at time of application to the program. Use Institutional Code 6850 to request the GRE score to be sent to UT Tyler.
  4. Submission of a career statement that articulates the purpose for pursing the Ph.D. in HRD and the connection of obtaining the degree with future career goals.
  5. Submission of a complete resume or curriculum vita.
  6. Submission of three original letters of recommendation that address the applicant's potential as a Ph.D. scholar in HRD.

Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. in HRD is a 60-hour program beyond the master's degree, culminating in a dissertation. For all University requirements for the Ph.D. degree, please refer to the Doctoral Policies section of the Graduate Policies and Programs chapter.

The following summarizes the requirements for the Ph.D. in HRD:

Required HRD Core Courses


Research Courses


ODC Specialization Courses






Special Degree Requirements: [For details on university doctoral requirements, see the general graduate section of this catalog and the UT Tyler Graduate Handbook]

  1. Continued registration is contingent upon a satisfactory annual review of the student's performance.
  2. The Preliminary Examination may be taken after the student has completed the majority of coursework. Students may not advance to candidacy or register for dissertation hours until all coursework is completed and all portions of the Preliminary Examination have been passed successfully.
  3. A dissertation of original research contributing to the body of knowledge in HRD will be required. Students must complete a minimum of 15 hours of dissertation credits.
  4. Students must meet all doctoral degree requirements of the University.
  5. Students have a maximum of 9 years to complete the doctoral program. Students will have 5 years to complete the program after entering candidacy. Students unable to complete the program within the designated time limits must file for an extension.

Transfer work: Students may transfer up to 12 hours of coursework with the approval of their advisor and the Director of the Doctoral Program. Students will be responsible for providing necessary documentation of course equivalency. Transferred hours may not be more than three years old at the time of admission and must be courses beyond the master's degree.

Required HRD Core (9hrs.)

HRD 6310: Advanced Theoretical Foundations of HRD

HRD 6312: Seminar in Contemporary Issues in the HRD Literature

HRD 6314: Application of Management and Technology in HRD

Research Courses (15hrs.)

HRD 6350: Disciplined Inquiry in Human Resource Development

HRD 6352: Advanced Quantitative Research in HRD

HRD 6353: Advanced Qualitative Research in HRD

HRD 6355: Advanced Statistics in HRD

HRD 6359: Research Seminar in HRD

ODC Specialization (21hrs.)

HRD 6311: Organizational & Individual Change

HRD 6330: Seminar in Organizational Performance and Behavior

HRD 5352: Organizational Development

MANA 5350: Strategic Human Resource Management

9 hours of HRD 6391: Organizational Consulting, Organization Theory, Organization Strategy

Dissertation (15hrs.)

HRD 6195-6995: Dissertation