Indiana State Online

Human Resource Development M.S.


Indiana State University offers the master of science (M.S.) in human resource development to provide students with exceptional opportunities for careers in higher education, industry, government, and other agencies. Coursework is designed to enable students to complete their degrees while maintaining full-time employment or other responsibilities

  • The master of science is a 33- to 36-credit-hour program depending on whether Human Resource Development 605 must be taken.
  • The program includes a flexible core curriculum with a directed specialization option.
  • This program can be completed in 1½ years. Students also have the option of part-time study; however, students are required to complete the program within seven years.
  • This program can be completed on the Indiana State University campus or via online learning.
  • Completion of an occupational internship is required. Students can maintain current employment, but the internship requires affiliation with industry or an appropriate organization.

Students not only obtain practical and applied work experience by completing an occupational internship, but they may also choose a specialization to reflect their current area of employment, work experience, or particular area of interest. Electives for specialization requirements can be fulfilled by a combination of coursework earned through online learning and the student's local college or university.

Graduates of this program are qualified to be specialists who will have the expertise to:

  • Analyze, design, and implement effective human resource development programs to increase functional capabilities in international and multicultural environments.
  • Provide leadership and guidance regarding the concepts and practices of human resource development and its effect on organizational leadership, culture, and growth in both the public and private sector.
  • Provide expertise in establishing the foundations for and the evaluation of the many facets of HRD training programs.

Required Courses:

All courses are offered online. On-campus visits are not required. High-speed Internet access is required.

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Admission Requirements:

This program is open to in-state and many out-of-state students. This program is closed to all students residing abroad (including international students) except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree granted by a regionally accredited institution
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all undergraduate coursework; or have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all courses taken at the graduate level
  • The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

In addition, the Human Resource Development Program is an affiliate of SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management).

Application Instructions:

  1. Apply online.
  2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. To be official, transcripts must be sent directly from the college attended to: Graduate Admissions, Indiana State University, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809. E-transcripts should be sent to
  3. Submit a nonrefundable application fee of $45.00 (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) or $65.00 (international students) payable by Visa, MasterCard, or check or money order payable to Indiana State University. Submit payment to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809.
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation. Letters may originate either from academic or professional references. Letters should support the applicant's motivation and ability to perform academically at the graduate level. References may also comment on an applicant's academic preparation and career goals, and how graduate work in HRD fits with those goals. Submit letters as part of the online application process.
  5. Submit a one-page statement of intent, a written statement of the applicant's reasons for entering the HRD Program. Submit statement as part of the online application process.
  6. International applicants must submit official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or provide equivalent evidence of language proficiency. Submit scores to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809.

Once admitted, students receive notification from the University as well as their University ID number needed to activate their Sycamore login on the MyISU Portal. The Portal offers access to online registration, University records, and other important University services, including e-mail, and University announcements.

Note: Returning ISU students must apply for re-admission if they have not attended ISU for more than two calendar years.


Applications for admission are only accepted for the Fall (August) and Spring (January) semesters. We no longer accept applications for Summer term. Students are encouraged to apply early to ensure admission. Applications received after the following deadlines may be wait-listed pending an opening:

  • Fall semester: June 1
  • Spring semester: November 1

Fees & Expenses:

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Financial Aid & Assistance:

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

Further Information:

For further information and assistance, contact:

Indiana State Online
(812) 237-2345

Indiana State Online Students Residing Outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering online degrees. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU online programs may not be available in all states. Currently, online programs are not offered in the state of Massachusetts. To check the status of programs available in a particular state, visit program availability.

The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.