What will I learn?

By incorporating a global focus into the master's of human resources degree, RIT ensures that our graduates can maximize human potential, increase productivity, and retain great talent. You will be able to successfully plan and execute corporate strategy related to human capital, develop workplace talent, retain valuable employees, and much more. Whether you’re starting a career in human resources or enhancing your competencies in training, instructional design, performance management, and employee development, you’ll graduate as a strategic leader of the human potential in your organization.

Human development is at the heart of workplace development in any organization. The MS in human resource development provides the next level of learning in creating a strategy for human capital. The program teaches professionals to leverage specific essential competencies to create a flexible workforce that adapts to change and aligns with strategic organizational goals so that human resource professionals can grow talent and remain competitive in the 21st century.

Plan of study

The degree requires a minimum of 33 credit hours. Students are required to complete a comprehensive exam at the conclusion of their course work. Students who wish to complete a graduate project or thesis in place of the exam must have the approval of the faculty and department chair.


Electives are chosen by the student and are used to fulfill their career interests. Courses may be taken in other graduate-level programs, with permission. A limited number of credit hours (not counted toward another degree) may be considered for transfer credit from another college or university.

Which department am I in?

Saunders College of Business

Study options

Full Time (33 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$50,136.00 per year
USD $50,136 is for 12-18 Credit Hours; USD $37,602 for 9 Credit Hours
Start date

10 January 2022, 12 May 2022


Saunders College of Business

105 Lomb Memorial Drive,


New York,

14623, United States

Online/Distance (33 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$39,303.00 per year
USD $1,191 per credit hour
Start date

10 January 2022, 12 May 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible to apply for any RIT graduate program you must hold (or be in anticipation of) a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.

For international students

Applicants must

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) (or evidence of relevant professional performance).
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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