Human Resource Development | Online


Degrees Offered


The Human Resource Development (HRD) field draws from systems design, psychology, education, sociology, organization development and management theory to improve human and organizational performance. The Master of Human Resource Development (MHRD) degree program at Clemson University prepares people to become strategic thinkers and problem solvers who can address a broad spectrum of performance issues within business, industry and the public sector. HRD specialists commonly help organizations and people to identify performance gaps and to deliver appropriate interventions that improve human performance in the workplace. Designed for in-career professionals, program participants come from many different fields and disciplines. Prior experience or coursework in HRD is not required. However, work experience is highly preferred. The MHRD program is designed to meet the educational needs of practitioners, and for this reason, is taught by practitioner-scholars using the latest Internet technologies to create an interactive environment that meets the needs of busy professionals wanting to update their skills and abilities to improve human and organizational performance.


More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


Program of Study

The Master of Human Resource Development degree is designed for in-career professionals working in business, industry, government, and non-profit organizations. In addition there is an intercollegiate athletic leadership option for those who wish to advance their standing within the IAL profession. 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.

Clemson University students now have the opportunity to make a positive impact on students and youth at all levels of educational athletic programs. The University has approved the addition of a concentration in intercollegiate athletic leadership to the online MHRD degree program.

The MHRD program consists of 36 semester credit hours of course work.

  • Students are admitted in the fall semester and are expected to complete the program in two years.
  • All courses are delivered online.
  • Admitted students must register for two courses each semester

Students must have access to email, the Internet, and have the ability to read a CD-ROM or DVD. In addition, students should have current versions of their computer’s operating system, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. Being an online program, students will be required to send and receive large files of information. Therefore, students need an up-to-date computer, microphone and speakers or headset with mic, and a DSL or other high-speed Internet connection. To be successful, students need to allocate sufficient time to participate in online classes and discussion groups and to complete all assignments as described in the syllabus for each course. All testing is conducted online. Because this is a graduate level program in HRD, students must be prepared to allocate six to eight hours a week for each course taken in order to be successful.


Required Documents


The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.


Program Contact(s)

  • Alison Search
  • Office: University Center of Greenville
  • Phone: (864) 250-8880
  • Email:

Program Coordinator(s)