Learn to guide employee professional development and enhance organizational culture.

Human Resource Development

A new major in Human Resource Development (HRD) offers you unparalleled resources, learning experiences and development opportunities.

When you graduate from this innovative program, you will be prepared to train and develop employees, improve employee engagement and performance, diagnose organizational needs, and assess system effectiveness. In essence, you will help organizations develop all job-related aspects for their employees.

Your personal and professional skill set will grow to include essential behavioral skills such as business acumen, communication, consultation, organization evaluation, ethical practice, global and cultural effectiveness, leadership and navigation, and employee management.

You will be able to recognize how employee behavior, knowledge, and skills enhance organizational effectiveness. When management identifies new opportunities, they will look to your expertise and guidance in developing organizational talent and addressing workplace challenges.

Why Purdue's Program?

  • Prepare for the Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam to become a recognized expert and leader in the Human Resources (HR) field. Purdue’s Human Resource Development program aligns with SHRM’s Guidelines for professional HR practice.
  • Gain expertise in big data by working with the state-of-the-art Analytics Lab.
  • Enhance your human resources-related knowledge via Virtual Lab.
  • Develop your management skills with an integrated minor in human resource management from Purdue’s Krannert School of Management.
  • Gain industry-based work experience through internships, capstone projects, global connections and student organizations in your major.

HRD Program at Purdue

What can I do?

Human Resources Manager
Chief Knowledge Officer
Staffing & Recruiting Specialist
Organizational Development Analyst

Where can I go?

Tech Companies
Manufacturing Companies
Healthcare Organizations
Retail and Services Industry

What to expect:

$56,834 average starting salary
90.9% placement after graduation

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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
Human Resource Development
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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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