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Human Resource Development



The Master of Human Resource Development degree is designed for in-career professionals working in business, industry, government and non-profit organizations. Taught by both practitioners and academicians, this unique program provides working professionals with an opportunity to earn an advanced degree from a highly respected institution that is at the forefront of the profession.

Human Resource Development specialists commonly help organizations and people to identify performance gaps and to deliver appropriate workplace learning and change interventions that improve individual and organizational performance.

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MHRD program applicants are able to start classes during either the Spring or Fall semesters. Admission is evaluated on a continual basis until the application dates have passed, and should be submitted by the following deadlines:

  • November 15, to enroll in the Spring semester; and
  • June 30, to enroll in the Fall semester.

In a change to our application process, the GRE is now optional. Applicants considered for full consideration into the MHRD program will:

  • Have submitted an application packet available from the Graduate School that includes:
    • the online application
    • official transcripts
    • a statement of purpose letter detailing your professional goals
    • a resume describing your education and work history
    • two letters of reference
    • a critical essay that answers a short prompt provided by the MHRD department
    • current GRE, Miller Analogy, or GMAT exam scores (optional)
  • Have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Have at least five years (preferred) of relevant, full-time work experience in Human Resources, HRD, and/or Organizational Development.

South Carolina is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Clemson University (CU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.


For more information about this online program, please visit the Master of Human Resource Development program webpage, or contact Dr. Cynthia Sims, MHRD Program Coordinator,, or Alison Search, Student Services Coordinator,

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*Price is approximate and may not be reflective of current cost. Please check the Student Financial Services Page for the most accurate tuition rates.

Program Contacts

Dr. Cynthia Sims, MHRD Program Coordinator,

Alison Search, Student Services Coordinator,