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Human Capital Education and Development

Human Capital Education and Development

Human capital is about the knowledge, skills and abilities essential for high performance in work and career in our knowledge- and technology-based economy. The hybrid (online and in-person) program is open to first-year freshmen, major changers, Bridge students, and technical college and other transfer students. This degree program includes an online option, flexible pathways of entry and exit, is industry focused, and leads to high-demand jobs. Also see our degree page for Fast Facts, Career Opportunities, and Curriculum information.


  • Benefits

    Online Option and Flexible Pathways of Entry

    Flexible Online or In-Person Learning with Major Changer, Bridge, and Technical College Transfer Pathways


    You can transfer up to 60 credit hours of technical college credit, decreasing tuition expenses and student loans. The option to accelerate into the Masters of Human Resource Development program in the fourth year gives students up to a 12 credit hour head start on graduate studies – and provides greater opportunities with higher salaries.


    This one-of-a-kind program has been built in partnership with Clemson University’s largest employers, regional businesses of various sizes and engaged in sectors important to the economic development of our state, and an internationally recognized expert in Human Resource Development. Industry partners are engaged throughout the program to build student networks, provide exposure to employers, and ensure industry aligned and in-demand program content.

    Guidance/Student Support Services

    To best meet your needs, your Academic Advisor is housed on Clemson’s main campus. You will be able to meet with them virtually or face-to-face pending your location for general advising questions that you have or to plan your next semester’s courses.

  • Program Curriculum
    120 credit hours total
    • General Education
    • Support Area
    • Electives
    • Program Areas
      • Foundations in Human Capital Ed & Development
      • Leadership & Organizational Change
      • Digital Learning Ecosystems
      • Analytics, Evaluation, & Systems Improvement
    • Applied Learning (Capstone and Internship)
    • See the catalog for more details.
    Post-Graduation Pathways
    • Business and Industry Workforce
    • Workforce and Community Development Education
    • Professional Development and Career Enhancement
    • Master of Human Resource Development: accelerated pathway in senior year or or direct path after graduation.
  • Residency Requirements

    The purpose of residency is to elevate and enhance student learning experiences in the program. Residency components are designed to:

    • expose students to and leverage Clemson University facilities and resources to support learning outcomes,
    • deeply engage students in Clemson networks, and
    • facilitate experiential learning opportunities which integrate future employers and employment opportunities for Clemson graduates
  • Technical College Transfer Information

    Many technical college degree programs have been mapped to the Human Capital Education and Development degree program. Currently we have maps for programs at Tri-County Technical College, Greenville Technical College, Trident Technical College, and Aiken Technical College. We are always mapping new degrees!

    For degree maps, or requests for other technical colleges, please contact Stacy Dillard for more information.

  • Application Information

    Major Changers

    • Meet with the Academic Advisor – Set up appointment through CU Navigate
    • Minimum GPA 2.4
    • Minimum of 12 credit hours earned at Clemson
  • In the News & Research Section
  • Program Contacts

    Stacy Dillard, Academic Advisor

    Kris Frady, Ed.D., Assistant Professor and Founding Program Director

    Kelli Seawell, Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator

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