MA in Human Resources Development

Empower a Diverse Workforce

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Webster University Online
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16-33 Months
Time to Completion
Cost Per Credit Hour
Credit Hours Required

Unlock workforce potential

Effectively develop individuals and groups to meet organizational goals. Tackle challenges in a dynamic work environment and establish plans that promote productivity and job satisfaction. Webster University’s Human Resources Development master’s degree teaches you to think critically about how your company can support a diverse workforce while boosting employee performance and engagement.

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Why a master’s in Human Resources Development from Webster?

Prepare to lead today’s workforce

Develop your skills to motivate a diverse employee population and become an in-demand leader. This program is ideal for:

Build your HR skill set

Through coursework on training and development, organizational behavior and career management, you can deepen your existing knowledge and skills to inspire and empower workers to be their best. Graduate with the skills to:

Classes focused on real-world HR challenges

You’ll complete 36 credit hours of core and elective classes for the Master of Arts in Human Resources Development. The core curriculum covers topics like assessment methods, training and development, career management and organizational change. Additionally, you’ll choose elective courses based on your professional interests and career aspirations.

Your course list

The 36 credit hours required for the MA in Human Resources Development include:

Core Courses
  • Career Management
  • Group Development and Change
  • Integrated Studies in Human Resources Development
  • Introduction to Human Resources Development
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Development and Change
  • Research and Assessment Methods in Human Resources Development
  • Training and Development

Elective Courses

Choose electives from the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology to customize your degree and make you more marketable.

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Designed for flexibility

Take classes through Webster University Online or in person at select campuses from Webster’s more than 30 locations, full-time or part-time—Webster’s MA in Human Resources Development is designed with you in mind. Work toward your professional goals while balancing your other obligations.

Become a leader in human resources

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of human resources professionals is projected to grow at least 7% from 2021 to 2031. Your MA in Human Resources Development prepares you for positions like:

Human Resources Manager


Average annual salary
(National, September 2022)

Training and Development Manager


Average annual salary
(National, September 2022)

Compensation and Benefits Manager


Average annual salary
(National, September 2022)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Achieve your personal and professional goals

We’re here to help

Webster is committed to your success. You'll never be alone as you pursue your Master of Arts in Human Resources Development.

Nationally recognized for quality

Earn your ACBSP-accredited Human Resources Development master’s from Webster, an independent, nonprofit university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Professors. Mentors. Career Connectors.

Whether you attend class on campus or online, you’ll receive personal mentorship from esteemed faculty members—many of whom are still employed in the HR field.

What sets Webster apart?

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