Degree Descriptions

Graduate Degrees

The Human Resource Development program leads to two graduate degrees:

The program prepares scholar/practitioners to be educators, managers and consultants in academic, public and private settings. It focuses on human resource and workforce development theory and best practices. The core values are excellence, intellectual freedom, integrity, service, learning, diversity and stewardship. The M.H.R.D. program is a 30-hour non-thesis online program with a capstone project. The Ed.D. in HRD program is designed for students who seek leadership careers in education, business or industry settings. The doctoral program is a 54-hour online program beyond a conferred masters degree.

For more information about the master's or doctoral degree programs in Human Resource Development, please contact Graduate Program Coordinator Jim Maddox, Ph.D.,

Undergraduate Degree

The online Bachelor of Human Resource Development (online education details) is specifically designed for adults who want to complete a bachelor's degree that opens doors to opportunity and personal growth. The HRD curriculum prepares individuals to apply integrated training, organizational development, and career planning and counseling skills to the design, management and evaluation of programs to improve individual productivity, employability, job satisfaction and organizational effectiveness. Undergraduates also obtain a solid academic base from which to pursue a graduate degree. This major does not lead to traditional licensure for teachers in Arkansas. Each student starts the program as a pre-HRD major until all requirements for the degree-level major in the Undergraduate Catalog of Studies are met. Specific degree requirements are detailed in the Program Overview (PDF).

For more information about the B.H.R.D. degree, please contact the HRD undergraduate program advisor Denise Bignar, 479-575-4690 and

Also available is Undergraduate Program Coordinator Mandel Samuels, Ed.D., 104 Graduate Education Building, 479-575-7694 and