HRD Curriculum Resources*
There are at least 10 different master's degree programs for people interested in HRD. These are:
A few universities also offer nondegree certificate programs. These include:
The nondegree certificate programs range from 15 to 18 required credits, while the master's programs require between 30 and 54 credits. The MBA programs generally require the most credits.
Costs range widely depending on the university's location, private/public status, and faculty/program prestige. For comparison, universities in the Washington, D.C., area range in cost from $150 to $707 per credit hour, with most programs charging about $300 per credit hour.
Admission requirements are generally similar whether applying for a graduate certificate program or a master's degree. Many university programs consider the professional experience of their applicants. Some may offer to waive required courses that relate specifically to applicants' experience.
Most universities require a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Many also require that the applicant's average GPA for that undergraduate degree be above a set limit. With few exceptions, either GRE or GMAT scores are required for application to master's degree programs. Universities may also require one or more of the following: references, resumes, written personal statements of purpose, several years of progressively responsible work experience, and/or interviews.
Required course work varies between programs depending on the emphasis of particular programs and universities.
Some common courses for programs emphasizing HRD include:
Some more progressive courses in programs emphasizing HRD include:
Some common courses in programs emphasizing Organizational Development include:
Some more progressive courses in programs emphasizing Organizational Development include:
Some common courses in programs emphasizing Human Resource Management or Administration include:
Some more progressive courses in programs emphasizing Human Resource Management or Administration include:
Associations exist for just about every profession, and they are usually an excellent source for professional publications, learning materials, continuing education courses, and networking with others in that profession.
Some of the associations for individuals interested in Human Resources, Human Resource Development, Organizational Development, or related fields include (among others):
These programs vary widely from company to company and region to region. Many are national; some are only regional, statewide, or local. Some specialize in specific fields like change management, and some cover a gamut of subjects from basic math to professional development.
Formats vary from live seminars, to video- and audiocassette group or self- training, to computer-based training, to workbooks and self-assessments. Cost varies from around $5 for a workbook self-study course to thousands of dollars for week-long seminars in popular resort areas. Quality also varies broadly from company to company and region to region.
One of the greatest benefits of this kind of training/curriculum resource is convenience. The live seminars are generally taught by expert speakers who know the topic of the seminar from personal and professional experience, and teach the topic repeatedly on numerous dates in a particular area.
Most seminars are day- or week-long, causing less disruption of work and ensuring that only the most practical topics and/or skills are presented.
Self-study workbooks, videos, and audiocassettes can be used on your own time at your convenience, and can be reviewed for future reference. Video and computer-based learning provides a cost-effective way of training many people scattered across different geographical locations or who are unable to gather at one particular time.
One of the greatest disadvantages of this kind of training/curriculum resource is that topics are broad to cover common needs and don't always address a topic in a way specific to your needs. Customized training is usually only available to larger groups, and tends to be quite expensive.
Determining Your Best Option
In most career decisions, what you want to accomplish from the activity or experience is an important step toward determining what the decision should be. In considering various curriculum options the same is true.
Some possible questions to ask yourself when considering different options are:
|*This information on curriculum resources for HRD practitioners and managers was compiled by Amy Van Skiver, Department of Agriculture, during a developmental assignment for the Women's Executive Leadership Program. The data were collected and synthesized from leading universities around the country, professional associations in HRD and related fields, commercial training programs, and career development programs.|
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