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 the Spring, Summer 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
  • April 15, to enroll in the Summer semester
  • June 30, to enroll in the Fall semester

Application Requirements

To be considered for the program, applicants must:

  • Have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a recognized international university with a baccalaureate degree equivalent to a US bachelor's.
  • Submit a Graduate School application which requires:
    • Unofficial transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if you are accepted into the program.)
    • A current resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • A personal statement (include any relevant experience in Human Resources, HRD, and/or Organizational Development)
    • A response to 3 of the essay questions listed below
    • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for international students

Essay Questions

Responses for each short answer prompt should be double spaced, 1 to 2 pages, and between 500 and 700 words. Please select 3 of the 5 questions. Responses should be uploaded as 1 document on the next page of the application.

  1. If individuals, teams and organizations are to improve, they need to effectively develop the talents of their workforce. Describe a current issue individuals and organizations experience in the workplace and how the field of human resource development might be used to address the issue.
  2. Describe a situation when you were able to bring about positive change in others. What was the issue? What did you do? How did you know that you were a successful change agent?
  3. Describe a time when you had to improve the performance of an individual, team, or organization; include: a description of the organization, how you determined there was a problem, and your approach in identifying an appropriate intervention.
  4. Describe a time where you had to develop a learning intervention (instruction and training) to improve the skills, knowledge and attitudes of adults in the workplace. Describe your approach to planning, design and developing the learning intervention?
  5. Describe a situation when you led others, how you approach leading others, what you learned about your leadership skills and how did your leadership benefit others?

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 Stephanie Henry, Student Services Coordinator,

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The Clemson Masters in Human Resource Development online program is assessed as a Tier Three Online Graduate Program. Please check the Student Financial Services Page for the most accurate tuition rates.

Program Contacts

Dr. Cynthia Sims, MHRD Program Coordinator,

Stephanie Henry, Student Services Coordinator,