The human resources department serves as the roots and anchor of successful businesses and organizations. As a human resource advocate of the people, you need the expertise to create a work environment in which people will be motivated to contribute to the organizations’ growth and success.

That’s why Webster University’s Master of Arts in Human Resources Development focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to work with people in various employment settings. Courses draw upon the social and behavioral sciences and management theory to help you understand the human relations issues confronting both individuals and organizations.

The program combines organizational development, training and development, management, and career management studies to investigate all aspects of human resources utilization and development. Coursework focuses on maximizing the importance of human intervention to change complex organizational systems.

In light of today's heightened need for advanced training and education, Webster University also offers the human resources development master's degree online, providing students with flexibility to meet their busy schedules. The master's program is available to graduate students in a traditional classroom environment at more than 40 U.S. locations in major cities and military bases, as an online program and as a hybrid degree program where students attend class online and in the classroom according to location preferences and schedule needs.

Human Resources Development Points of Distinction

  • Holistic degree taught so students can consistently develop new competencies in their human resources development model
  • Faculty who practice in the field, allowing you to take what you learn in class and apply it at work
  • Prepares students for doctorates in adult development, organizational development, and organizational behavior

Job Outlook

92% of Webster students who completed a degree in Human Resources Development in 2017 found full-time employment post graduation. The industry is also projected to grow 9% from 2016 to 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Human Resources Development Academic Programs

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