about the program

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.

The VUHRD program's balance of theory and practicum, along with faculty who are active in the industry, provides a focus on emerging trends in this dynamic field to prepare our students for success. VUHRD fosters development of knowledge and skills that can be applied to the rapidly changing field, from law and regulation to human behavior and business.  With over 2500 graduates in businesses ranging from healthcare to technology and finance, our students have enjoyed tremendous career success and are now leaders in the field who return to contribute knowledge, guidance and expertise to our students.

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:

    • HR Business Partner​

    • HR Analytics & Research

    • Organization Development

    • HR Leadership

Most 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 to qualify for recertification credits through HRCI and SHRM. Students looking for professional development opportunities can take courses for recertification credit that can later be applied toward a degree.

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