Villanova University Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development

Villanova HRD

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY has been a leader in graduate education in human resources for almost 40 years.  The Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development at Villanova University is committed to our vision of developing global thought-leaders in HR who drive high performing, inclusive organizations and create meaningful work experiences.  It is our mission to develop HR leaders through evidence-based education and applied experiences in functional and strategic human resource management, within dynamic organizational environments.  We believe strongly that the people in every organization are the greatest asset of that business and to achieve success, the business must not only leverage but support, motivate, and develop those people.  We educate our students on the research that supports these beliefs and provide opportunities for experiences to explore the application of these beliefs and the foundations of strategic human resources in our classrooms.

  • Does our vision speak to you?  We want to engage with people who believe in our mission of creating workplaces that reflect our vision!

  • Established in 1980, the Villanova HRD Program is one of the longest-running graduate human resource programs in the country.

  • Our flexible 8-week class format allows students to balance their academic, professional, and personal lives.

  • Earn the degree in two years or attend part-time and take up to four years for completion.  All programs are offered on campus or fully online.

  • Learn from active practitioners who are working in the field and research faculty conducting research used in organizations today.

  • Tailor your program  to fit your career goals - earn a certificate independently or in conjunction with the Master's Degree.

  • All of our courses are SHRM & HRCI certified classes; earn recertification credits by taking our classes.

  • Convenient and affordable, our program offers both on-campus and fully online options.

  • Join a global community of HR professionals with more than 2500 graduates in businesses ranging from healthcare to technology and finance, and more.

  • No GRE required. Easy online admission process. You can apply to begin when you are ready: Fall, Spring, or Summer.

Our Programs

We offer a variety of programs to fit individual student's educational needs. Here are our program offerings:

  • Master of Science in Human Resource Development 

  • Combined Bachelors/Masters program

  • Graduate Certificates:

    • Inclusion & Diversity Strategy

    • HR Business Partner​

    • HR Analytics & Research

    • Organization Development

    • HR Leadership

All of our programs are offered both on campus and online with the exception of the combined bachelors/masters program.  All of our courses are approved for recertification credits through HRCI and SHRM. Students looking for professional development opportunities can take courses for SHRM and HRCI recertification credit that can later be applied toward a degree.

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