Human Resource Development for Higher Education and Industry

Department of Human Resource Development & Performance Technologies (HRDPT)

The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in human resource development that prepares students to be human resource professionals in higher education, industry, business, government, and other agencies.

The Human Resource Development Program combines a core curriculum with directed electives that support the student's work background—or allow students to develop specialized areas of expertise. Content is based on the disciplines of education, business, psychology, and related behavioral sciences. Required studies in the major are drawn from the competency studies from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Course Catalog
Minor Course Catalog
Graduate (Master's) Catalog
Graduate (Master's) Curriculum Guide
Graduate Certificate Curriculum Guide
Graduate (both Master's & Certificate programs) Admission Requirements
MS Program Outcomes
Tentative Course Rollout

Coursework includes study in the following areas—plus an internship.

In addition, students complete the University's Foundational Studies Program, which provides the knowledge students need in critical thinking, leadership, and interpersonal and communication skills.

While a minor is not required for completion of this degree, students are encouraged to pursue this option to enhance employability. Students should work with their advisors to select a relevant minor. Some suggested areas include: business administration, communication, psychology, and safety.

An important feature of the program is the blending of theoretical and practical learning experiences in both classroom and real world environments. All students complete an internship that enables them to put their knowledge into practice while exploring the possibilities of full-time employment.

Student organizations such as the Wabash Valley Collegiate Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Females in Technology (FIT) are involved in a number of activities including field trips to business and industry locations, attendance at professional meetings and seminars, and mentoring. These groups sponsor guest speakers for student chapter meetings.


Human resource development specialists provide the training and education in technical, supervisory, motivational, diversification, and orientation areas that organizations need to be successful and productive enterprises. These professionals conduct, plan, and manage education, training, and other human resource development activities.

Jobs typically held by human resource development graduates include those with responsibilities for training and development, organization development, career development, performance management systems, union/labor relations, and human resource development activities.

Our graduates are hired for a variety of positions, including:

A few of the employers who hire our graduates: Alcoa, Arrowhead Builders, Cook Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, Delphi Delco Electronics Company, Eli Lilly and Company, Grote Industries, Indiana Department of Corrections, Interstate Brands Companies, Kimball International, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Marathon Ashland Petroleum, Rolls-Royce Corporation, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Toyota Motor Corporation, United Airlines, Total System Services Inc.


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students. In addition, the College of Technology offers a variety of scholarships and awards - and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) offers a number of competitive scholarships. For information about these awards, contact the College of Technology.

Wabash Valley Collegiate SHRM

New international agreement to boost human resource development program

New international agreement to boost human resource development program

HRD professor and students participate in Alternative Spring Break trip


Technology professors receive grant for diagnostic training program research