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Human Resource Development Master of Science

Advancing human potential is at the center of the workforce development profession. The MS degree in Human Resource Development at Saunders College is an innovative program that prepares graduates to become dynamic leaders in human resources. As strategic workforce partners within their organizations, our graduates help organizations with their present and future workforce needs. This program incorporates a global human resource perspective as well and equips all graduates with critical competencies they need to maximize the human potential within their organizations.

Program Overview

This program provides practical experience in and best practice tools and techniques to:

  • Successfully plan and execute corporate strategy related to human capital
  • Manage and develop talent to realize a higher return on investment and retain valuable employees
  • Increase workforce productivity
  • Balance people and profits
  • Use employees to retain and Improve customer relationships
  • Form strategic alliances

Students include individuals interested in starting a career in the human resource field, as well as experienced HR practitioners eager to build new competencies in training, instructional design, performance management, and employee development. Graduates are Strategic leaders of the human potential within the organization.

Personalized Degree Program

Upon acceptance into the program, you are assigned an academic advisor. Together, you and the advisor develop a plan of study to best meet your needs and ambitions.

The Human Resource Development degree program has four core courses, one required course and 2 courses related to graduation options.  The degree requires completion of 33 semester credit hours to meet graduation requirements. ( A limited number of credit hours (not counted toward another degree) may be considered for transfer credit from another college or university.) The remaining courses for the degree are used as electives to allow you to personalize your degree program. Students select from a number of electives within the program which best meet your career ambitions.

Graduate Student Profile

Students entering our program represent all age groups with the majority young working professions of 23 -35 years of age. About 50% of our graduate students have work experience in their field of study. Often our students pursue an advanced degree after working for a period of time after receiving their Bachelor of Science degree.  At any one time there are approximately 25-30 students in each of our academic programs with a slightly higher percentage female versus male.

Global Diversity

International Diversity & Support Services
Approximately 60% of the student population in graduate studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology is from a country other than America.  This diversity enables all students to gain a global perspective of topics and studies within our programs.

As an international student RIT provides extensive resources to help you during your studies. Outside the classroom there are over 200 student clubs to choose from to meet a wide variety of interests. Support and guidance for those joining our academic programs comes from the International Student Services and English Language Center.

In addition we have international campuses in Dubai and Croatia within which we offer our academic programs. Students from our international campuses often chose to take a course in our programs at another international location. This provides opportunities for diverse engagement and learning.

Recognized among the nations very best business schools

Saunders College graduate programs are recognized by national and international rankings, including Eduniversal 2019 Best Masters Ranking recognized the MS in Human Resource Development program as #21 Best Masters in Human Resource Management.

  • 01/26/2021
    RIT has been recognized for offering some of the best online programs in the nation. The 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings, released today, featured RIT on its lists for business, computing, engineering, and undergraduate online education.
  • 01/22/2021
    Saunders College of Business ranked 58th in the list of business schools in the nation by Poets&Quants, a leading resource for coverage of business education. Saunders College was recognized for placing high in employment outcomes for graduates, fueled by a strong cooperative education program and employment rates.
  • 01/19/2021
    Beacon Education, the world’s largest provider of online graduate degrees to China, is excited to announce its newest partnership with RIT, beginning with Saunders College of Business and the online MS in business analytics program.
  • 01/15/2021
    A transformational gift from serial entrepreneur and philanthropist E. Philip Saunders will help fund a major renovation and expansion to Max Lowenthal Hall, home of RIT’s Saunders College of Business.
94% Outcome Rate
Saunders students have a 94% Outcome Rate 6-months after graduation

MS of Human Resource Development