School of Education

About the Program


The Human Resource Development (HRD) field draws from systems design, psychology, education, sociology, organization development and management theory to improve human and organizational performance. The Master of Human Resource Development (MHRD) degree program at Clemson University prepares people to become strategic thinkers and problem solvers who can address a broad spectrum of performance issues within business, industry and the public sector. HRD specialists commonly help organizations and people to identify performance gaps and to deliver appropriate interventions that improve human performance in the workplace. Designed for in-career professionals, program participants come from many different fields and disciplines. Prior experience or course work in HRD is not required. However, work experience is highly preferred. The MHRD program is designed to meet the educational needs of practitioners, and for this reason, is taught by practitioner-scholars using the latest Internet technologies to create an interactive environment that meets the needs of busy professionals wanting to update their skills and abilities to improve human and organizational performance.

Meeting Current and Future Needs

21st century organizations are experiencing change as never witnessed before. The shift from a manufacturing-based economy to one that is based on the creation and application of knowledge has produced an unprecedented demand for employees who are critical thinkers and problem solvers. Today’s employees must develop and implement effective solutions as problems are encountered. For this reason, one of the major goals of this program is to provide a framework that includes creative and critical problem-solving skills, the appropriate use of emerging technologies, accompanied by an appreciation for diversity and ethics to develop highly valued and productive workplaces.

About the Program, Master of Human Resource Development

Facts About the HRD Profession

  • According to the American Society for Training and Development’s 2011 salary survey, the average HRD professional makes between $70,000 and $80,000 a year.
  • Based upon Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period 2008 to 2018, training and development specialists will be among the top 20 hottest career fields. Employment is projected to grow by 22 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • College graduates and those who have earned certification should have the best job opportunities.
  • Job specialties within the profession include:
    - Instructional Designer/Technologist
    - HRD/Training Specialist
    - Human Performance Improvement Consultant
    - E-Learning Specialist
    - HRD Generalist
    - Training Manager
    - Program Designer
    - Curriculum Designer/Developer
    - Training Facilitator
    - Program Evaluator
    - Organizational Development Consultant
    - Corporate Learning Specialist
    - Chief Learning Officer

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