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Human Resource Development M.Ed.

Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, 206 Burton Hall, 178 Pillsbury Dr. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-1006; fax: 612-624-3377)
Email: olpd@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 34
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Education
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The master of education (MEd)/professional studies program in human resource development (HRD) focuses on training of human resources and organizational change issues. This graduate-level, practitioner-based program can be tailored to meet the needs of individual students. The HRD program is offered by the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). Courses at the University of Minnesota campus are offered at a variety of times, including late afternoons and evenings. Students may also enroll in courses offered during the summer and at off-campus sites.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 2.80.
Special Application Requirements:
In addition to Statements #1 & 2, applicants must upload or submit a résumé and personal statement describing their career goals and rationale for interest in the M.Ed. program (limit two pages) along with the application. Two letters of recommendation must also be submitted. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with semester deadlines of March 1 (Summer), July 1 (Fall) and November 1 (Spring).
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 22 major credits and 12 credits outside the major. There is no final exam.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Core Course Requirements
Students not holding an undergraduate degree in HRD must complete at least 34 credits, including the following courses listed below. Note: For OLPD 5696 at least 4 credits are required and no more than 6 credits will count toward the program.
OLPD 5201 - Strategies for Teaching Adults (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5605 - Strategic Planning through Human Resources (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5607 - Organization Development (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5615 - Training and Development of Human Resources (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5696 - Internship: Human Resource Development (1.0-10.0 cr)
OLPD 5801 - Survey: Human Resource Development and Adult Education (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5819 - Evaluating and Using Research in Organizations and Education (3.0 cr)
Twelve (12) elective credits approved by a faculty adviser.
U of M HRD UG Degree Continuing Students
Students holding an undergraduate HRD degree from the University of Minnesota will not be required to retake courses completed during the undergraduate program. Students must still take a total of 34 credits of graduate coursework in the program. Of this, students must complete at least 16 credits in HRD-designated courses as described below. Note: For OLPD 5696 at least 4 credits are required and no more than 6 credits will count toward the program.
Required Courses (16 cr)
OLPD 5605 - Strategic Planning through Human Resources (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5696 - Internship: Human Resource Development (1.0-10.0 cr)
OLPD 5819 - Evaluating and Using Research in Organizations and Education (3.0 cr)
Option 1 (6 cr)
Organization Development Specialization
OLPD 5607 - Organization Development (3.0 cr)
OLPD 8602 - Advanced Organization Development (3.0 cr)
Option 2 (6 cr)
Training and Development Specialization
OLPD 5615 - Training and Development of Human Resources (3.0 cr)
OLPD 8601 - Advanced Training and Development of Human Resources (3.0 cr)
Additional HRD Courses (6 cr)
6 additional HRD credits approved by faculty adviser
Electives (12 cr)
12 elective credits approved by faculty adviser
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Rochester
Requirements for the Rochester sub-plan are the same as those listed in general description. Students may take courses on Twin Cities or Rochester campuses.
 
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OLPD 5201 - Strategies for Teaching Adults
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Psychological theories of adult learning; learning styles and personality types; teaching styles; group and team learning; moderating and study circles; teaching technologies and distance learning; gender, race, and cultural communication. Applications of strategies. prereq: Grad student only
OLPD 5605 - Strategic Planning through Human Resources
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Strategic nature of organizations. How HRD can align its goals with those of organization. Strategic planning, systems thinking. Ways HRD managers can become strategic players in organization. prereq: 5607 or 5615 or HRD 5201 or HRD 5301
OLPD 5607 - Organization Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to major concepts, skills, and techniques for organization development/change. prereq: Grad student only
OLPD 5615 - Training and Development of Human Resources
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
Training/development of human resources in organizations. Process phases of analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. prereq: Grad student only
OLPD 5696 - Internship: Human Resource Development
Credits: 1.0 -10.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Students apply/contract for human resource development positions. prereq: [[3901 or HRD 3601, [3696 or HRD 3196], [3620 or 3640 or HRD 3201 or HRD 3301], [3202 or ADED 3101], undergrad] or [[5607 or 5615 or HRD 5201 or HRD 5301], [5801 or WHRE 5001], grad student]], instr consent
OLPD 5801 - Survey: Human Resource Development and Adult Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Overview of fields of human resource development and adult education. Societal context, theories, processes, definitions, philosophies, goals, sponsoring agencies, professional roles, participants, and resources. Unique characteristics and ways fields overlap and enhance one another. prereq: Grad student only
OLPD 5819 - Evaluating and Using Research in Organizations and Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Role of educational research in professional practice. Problems of practice for research. Alternative modes of research. Synthesis/application of results of research. prereq: Grad student
OLPD 5605 - Strategic Planning through Human Resources
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Strategic nature of organizations. How HRD can align its goals with those of organization. Strategic planning, systems thinking. Ways HRD managers can become strategic players in organization. prereq: 5607 or 5615 or HRD 5201 or HRD 5301
OLPD 5696 - Internship: Human Resource Development
Credits: 1.0 -10.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Students apply/contract for human resource development positions. prereq: [[3901 or HRD 3601, [3696 or HRD 3196], [3620 or 3640 or HRD 3201 or HRD 3301], [3202 or ADED 3101], undergrad] or [[5607 or 5615 or HRD 5201 or HRD 5301], [5801 or WHRE 5001], grad student]], instr consent
OLPD 5819 - Evaluating and Using Research in Organizations and Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Role of educational research in professional practice. Problems of practice for research. Alternative modes of research. Synthesis/application of results of research. prereq: Grad student
OLPD 5607 - Organization Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to major concepts, skills, and techniques for organization development/change. prereq: Grad student only
OLPD 8602 - Advanced Organization Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Organization development research. Critical review of selected, innovative practices.
OLPD 5615 - Training and Development of Human Resources
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
Training/development of human resources in organizations. Process phases of analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. prereq: Grad student only
OLPD 8601 - Advanced Training and Development of Human Resources
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Personnel training/development research. Critical review of selected/innovative practices. prereq: 5615 or HRD 5201