Human Resource Development Masters Degree

Master of Science in Human Resource Development (HRD) Degree

UT Tyler Soules College of Business

Master of Science in HRD Degree Plan

About the M.S. in HRD Program

Total Semester Credit Hours = 36


Human Resource Development (HRD) is a process of developing human expertise through organization development and personnel training and development so that individual improvement enhances corporate performance. Careers in this field are available in business, nonprofit, educational and government, and the military settings.

The HRD program provides students the opportunity to combine study and related experiences to develop, apply, analyze, synthesize and evaluate knowledge of the purposes, practices, issues and problems of private for profit and public not-for-profit organizations. Students also have the opportunity to learn how to design, deliver and evaluate effective training programs. This program is delivered completely online.

General Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Apply Online.
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Submit official and unofficial transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • Admission to the degree program is determined primarily on the basis of predictors of success in graduate study:
    • a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution,
    • grade point average computed on the last 60 undergraduate hours and
    • satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). In rare instances the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be accepted in lieu of the GMAT.
  • Submit official and unofficial GMAT scores to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • There are additional requirements for students with international course work such as a detailed international
    transcript evaluation which determines an applicant's degree comparability to a US bachelor's degree (UT Tyler does NOT evaluate international transcripts).
  • Applicants with three or more years of extensive managerial work experience (earned in the U.S. or with a U.S. government entity) may request to have the GMAT requirement waived by the Program Advisor. This decision is made on a case-by-case basis; "extensive managerial experience" will typically mean a full-time supervisory or managerial position held for a significant period of time after completing the bachelor's degree as demonstrated with a resume.
  • See the Graduate School Calendar for deadlines

M.S. in HRD Additional Admission Requirements

Leveling Courses

There are no leveling courses for admission, and the program is flexible enough to accommodate applicants with a bachelor's degree in any discipline.

GMAT Scores

Successful applicants have a GMAT and GPA figured as follows:
Last 60 hr GPA x 200 + GMAT score = 1000 or greater.
If a student's last 60 hour GPA = 3.25 or higher, the GMAT can be waived.

Provisional Admission

Provisionally accepted students may enroll in one semester for a maximum of nine hours before being required to submit a GMAT score. After this semester is completed, a hold will be placed on a student's account until GMAT scores are submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Transfer Coursework

Subject to approval by the coordinator of graduate programs and the dean of the Soules College of Business, students may transfer up to nine hours of graduate credit earned at an approved university.

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