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Human Resource Development

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 having to complete the prerequisite two-years of full-time HR employment. Earning the SHRM certification will make you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field. This professional distinction will set you apart from your colleagues.

Plan of Study

Human Resource Development Webpage

Transfer to Human Resource Development

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information

Jennifer White
(765) 494-0452

Purdue Polytechnic Institute

Careers in Human Resource Development

  •   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

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