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Human Resource Development

Human resource development is a unique field because every organization needs employees with experience in supporting and developing people, whether that is in an organizational development consultant role or leadership role.

Program Information

The Master of Science in Human Resource Development (HRD) program prepares students for leadership-oriented careers in a wide variety of industries including corporations, nonprofit groups, financial institutions, government, healthcare, K-16 education and beyond. You can graduate from our fully-online, 30-credit program at your own pace while gaining valuable expertise in developing, improving, and managing a professional workforce. Our dedicated faculty are here to support, inspire, and empower you throughout your education and beyond.

    • Anywhere and at Anytime -100% online, asynchronous (no set time) program that enrolls any student with a bachelor degree nationwide and is tailored to the working professional.

      • Students can be enrolled part-time or full-time and can start in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

      • All HRD students can learn more about qualifying for scholarships and in-state tuition.

      • No entry exams required along with no dissertation work. 

    • Real-World and Experiential -The program places a heavy focus on enhancing students’ people development skills including coaching, training and development, strategic planning, leadership abilities, and performance improvement that will equip them for careers in a wide variety of industries. 

      • The project-based coursework and research component address workplace problems with innovative, evidence-based HRD solutions.

      • The course is delivered "context free" meaning that students can bring any industry into the classes and apply the concept to their respective industry.

    • Skills Gained include:
      • Building Effective and Engaged Teams
      • Decision Making and Problem Solving
      • High Impact Leadership
      • Improving Individual and Group Performance
      • Strategic Planning 
      • Supervising and Managing People
      • Talent Development 

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Application, Funding, and Support


  • Meet the ISU Graduate School admissions requirements
  • Some programs require additional information (e.g., letters of recommendation); please contact the specific department and review individual departmental sections of this catalog for additional requirements

Additional Application Requirements to the M.S. HRD Program include:

  1. Students must submit an MS HRD Statement of Interest form
  2. Students must submit a current resume or vita with their application

Career Opportunities  

Graduates with a master’s degree in human resource development work in all career fields and could be qualified for the following types of positions:

  • Training and Development Director
  • Supervisor or Manager
  • Higher Education or K-12 Professional 
  • Organizational Leader or Executive
  • Trainer and Learning Specialist
  • Professional Consultant
  • Organizational Development Professional
  • Community Relations Coordinator or Manager
  • Organizational Effectiveness Professional
  • Retail Management
  • Career and Technical Education

Job Outlook

Because human resource development skills are highly desirable in today’s job market, the job outlook includes: 

  • Near 100% job placement rate
  • Average salary (according to the government’s Occupational Outlook Handbook) is $61,570 for a training and development specialist and $120,130 for a training and development manager. 
  • Alumni jobs include:
    • Idaho National Laboratory
    • Idaho Central Credit Union
    • State of Idaho
    • Boise State University
    • College of Western Idaho
    • Business Owner/Entrepreneur
    • Simplot
    • ITAFOS Inc.
    • Bayer
    • Minidoka Hospital
    • Burley Fire Department
    • US Air Force
    • St. Luke’s Hospital
    • Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training
    • and more!
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Tracy Gibson, EdD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: Garrison 614

(208) 282-5155