Human Resources Design

At the forefront of Strategic Human Resources for the past 17 years…


The Master of Science in Human Resources Design (HRD) program is committed to educating individuals to become organizational strategic partners. Our strategic focus prepares graduates to fully participate in the strategic, business decision-making process concerning an organization’s most important assets.

About the Program

Increased global competition and rapid organizational changes are profoundly impacting the human resources profession. To be a valued strategic partner and an organizational leader, human resources professionals must possess up-to-date knowledge, crucial analytical skills and the ability to implement organizational development and design tools.

The primary purpose of the MSHRD program is to prepare its graduates to maximize the management and utilization of their organization's most important assets, its human resources. We prepare our graduates to take leadership roles in strategic decisions involving HR issues.

Program Goals

Our distinctive program is designed for individuals who believe in the business of people. Our goals are to increase the effectiveness of HR professionals in working with their organization's leaders, with an emphasis on organizational strategy and change. In the HRD program, students learn to:

  • Design and lead organizational change
  • Function as strategic business partners
  • Understand how business issues, social, regulatory, and technical changes affect HR requirements and costs
  • Apply strategic HR management practices to their organizations

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Our aim is to prepare a diverse group of HR leaders to meet the challenges of the emerging global economy.

Dr. Stewart I. Donaldson
Dean, School Social Science, Policy & Evaluation