College of Liberal Arts

Human Resource Development (M.S.) - Professional


Towson University’s Master of Science in human resource development program fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Learn more here.

HRD courses worth 30 PHR recertification credits.


Program Mission

The mission of the Towson University HRD Professional Track Graduate Degree program is to equip students with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to assume and successfully perform professional, managerial and administrative positions in various domains of Human Resources practices through the use of well-organized and implemented classroom-based, hybrid and occasional online instructional events by a highly-qualified faculty for students and employers in the greater Baltimore regional area.

Why the Professional Track?

The Professional track focuses on the professional practice of human resource development, management, and organizational change and effectiveness. No prior experience in the field is required for admission, so the program is ideally suited for people looking to enter the human resources profession, for current practitioners seeking to expand their knowledge and expertise, as well as for mid-career professionals wanting to improve their practice and advancement opportunities. In addition:
  • The 36 credit hour curriculum makes it possible for most students working full time to complete the degree in two years with part time study.
  • Courses are offered fully on campus or partially on campus and partially online in a hybrid format. A few advanced electives are offered totally online. All courses are offered in the evenings.
  • Students select from a variety of courses that are most relevant and meaningful to them after completing a minimum of required, foundation courses. Students can specialize their education in general human resource management, industrial and organizational psychology, employee training and development, or leadership and organization development.
  • Faculty have extensive professional and senior level experience in a range of HR related positions.
  • Our student body is diverse, providing an enriched learning experience for all.
  • This is the lowest-cost program of its type in the area.

Specialize Your Studies in the HRD Degree Program

The Towson University HRD degree is designed to provide students a core education in the fundamentals of HR while still offering students the flexibility to select the courses that are most meaningful to their career plans and aspirations. By carefully selecting from the broad array of elective courses available and offered regularly, you can specialize your studies along a path that best meets your needs and interests. You are not required to declare a specialization. Rather, these specializations are a framework for planning your coursework as you might desire. Regardless, by completing the requirements of the degree, all students earn a Masters of Science degree in Human Resource Development from Towson University.

Thus, students may focus or specialize their studies in the HRD degree in one of four directions:


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Program Goals

By the completion of this degree, students should have the following capabilities and/or be able to exhibit the following competencies:
  • knowledge of and ability to apply the key concepts, theories, practices, laws and regulations in the fields of human resources management and development, and organizational behavior and change
  • diagnostic and analytic abilities to investigate and assess organizational and human resources issues in order to recommend appropriate solutions
  • creative problem-solving to create, apply and carry out effective interventions to improve both organizational and individual performance
  • presentation skills in order to communicate ideas and information effectively and clearly in a variety of written, public-speaking, and technology-mediated venues and formats
  • interaction skills in working effectively with others in such a way as to be influential in a leadership capacity, to work well with others in team formats, and to respect and constructively support others in a diverse operating workplace


Dr. Alan Clardy



As part of Towson University’s graduate degree program in Human Resource Development, you can now specialize in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.



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