Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development


The Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development at Villanova University is committed to our vision of developing global thought-leaders in HR who drive high performing, inclusive organizations and create meaningful work experiences.  It is our mission to develop HR leaders through evidence-based education and applied experiences in functional and strategic human resource management, within dynamic organizational environments.  We believe strongly that the people in every organization are the greatest asset of that business and to achieve success, the business must not only leverage but support, motivate, and develop those people.  We educate our students on the research that supports these beliefs and provide opportunities for experiences to explore the application of these beliefs and the foundations of strategic human resources in our classrooms.


HRD Students and Alumni

About Villanova HRD

Villanova University's affordable Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development (HRD) have provided professionals the expertise for dynamic careers.

Our program's balance of theory and practicum, along with faculty who are active in the industry, provides a focus on emerging trends in this dynamic field to prepare our students for success. HRD fosters development of knowledge and skills that can be applied to the rapidly changing field, from law and regulation to human behavior and business.

With over 2500 graduates in businesses ranging from healthcare to technology and finance, our students have enjoyed tremendous career success and are now leaders in the field who return to contribute knowledge, guidance and expertise to our students.


Why Villanova HRD?

  • Does our vision statement speak to you? We want to engage with people who believe in our mission of creating workplaces that reflect our vision!
  • Our 8-week class format allows students to focus deeply on each content area individually.
  • Learn from active practitioners who are working in the field.
  • Tailor your program to fit your career goals--earn a certificate independently or in conjunction with the Master's Degree.
  • All of our classes are HRCI & SHRM certified; earn recertification credits for your certificate with our classes.
hrci shrm preferred provider

Contact Information

Campus Programs
St. Mary's Hall, Suite 119

800 Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085
(p) 610-519-4582
(f) 610-519-5826

Online Program
M.S. in HRD
Call 1-866-220-0017 or visit