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Human Resource Development

Human Resource Development Degree

Employees are the greatest assets of organizations. Maximizing performance through human resources and technology is essential in today’s workplace and economy. Purdue’s Human Resource Development (HRD) major will prepare you to be a talent manager, change agent, employee champion, and strategic partner.

You will achieve this through courses and work-experiences related to talent acquisition, training, employee engagement and retention, learning and development, total rewards, organization development and change, compensation, employee and labor relations, information systems, analytics, global issues, diversity and inclusion, risk management, ethics, and strategic planning.

The Purdue HRD major is aligned with the Society of Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) academic standards. Upon meeting the program requirements, graduates are eligible to take the SHRM Certified Professional exam without completing the usual prerequisite two years of full-time HR employment. Earning the SHRM certification will make you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field. The HRD capstone course also prepares students for the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI)'s Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam. These professional distinctions will set you apart from your colleagues.

HRD Program at Purdue

Why Purdue's Program?

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What can I do?

HR Specialist
HR Business Partner
Training and Development Specialist
Talent Manager
Staffing & Recruiting Specialist
Compensation & Benefits Specialist
Organization Development Consultant
HR Analytics Specialist
Chief Learning Officer

Where can I go?

My background and knowledge from the Human Resource Development program has really made me stand out and I am excited to be a part of Human Resource Leadership Program at GE Healthcare. I contribute a lot of my success to the great HRD major that has given me the opportunity to explore different aspects of technology within the context of Human Resources.
Mary Hamilton
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About the school/department

The Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation tackles the global challenge of preparing leaders for the 21st century. With a focus on technology-driven careers, the degree programs allow students to lead the development of high-tech solutions. Research projects also focus on improving current processes and practices.

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