• This rigorous graduate program is designed for professionals by professionals.
  • Benefit from small classes and flexibility: Choose on campus, online, or hybrid (part online, part on campus) classes.
  • Learn and apply theories and best practices for effective training, leadership coaching, management development and other human resource development (HRD) strategies.


Evening classes


Traditional (on-campus), hybrid (half online), and online classes offered


Complete in as fast as 20 months


Capstone project: real-world experience

Program is Ideal for

  • Human resource professionals wishing to focus their careers on HRD or broaden their skill sets to include HRD
  • Career changers with a desire to enter the growing field of human resource development

Curriculum Examples

  • Adult and Organizational Learning
  • Career Planning and Development
  • HR Metrics and Analytics
  • Executive Lecture Series (elective)
  • Advanced Seminar in Human Resource Development: For this capstone course, integrate what you've learned in a project to enhance the performance of your employer or another organization of your choice.

Value of Your Degree

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in training and development to grow between 15% and 20% by 2022; qualified professionals are needed in this challenging and ever-evolving field.
  • This degree prepares you to thrive as an administrator of HRD programs, training program director, management development facilitator, organization development consultant, career development advisor, or leadership coach.

Making Grad School Affordable

Grants, scholarships, veterans benefits, loans, and undergraduate loan forgiveness are options for paying for this grad degree.


Student's Perspective

"The HRD program at Nazareth gave me the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals and further develop the critical thinking skills needed to navigate the ever-evolving role of an H.R. professional. Thanks to the program, I have made connections in the H.R. community that I will value my entire career and now feel greater confidence recommending solutions based on the foundation of organizational development intervention strategies."

Giulia Molisani '12U, '16G, Development and Executive Management at Iberdrola in Madrid, Spain

What to Expect

  • Learn from professors and peers, a diverse student population representing a range of organizations and sectors of the economy.
  • Apply concepts to practical applications that create value for you and your organization. Learn to use interventions, change initiatives, learning needs assessment, individualized training, career planning, leadership development, and problem-solving engagement.
  • Option to prepare for Professional in Human Resource Certification or Senior Professional in Human Resource Certification.
  • Relevant courses, mentoring, and internships, supported by faculty and Nazareth's Human Resources Advisory Council — an engaged group of senior H.R. executives who provide ongoing support, guidance, and opportunities for this degree program.
  • Annual professional development and networking event for H.R. professionals is held at Nazareth and open to students in this degree program.

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Program Director

Albert C. Cabral

Albert C. Cabral

Program Director for Business Organization & Management, Human Resource Development and Human Resource Management Programs & Associate Professor of Management
Smyth Hall 147G

Education: M.B.A., Syracuse University; M.S. in career & human resource development from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Published and presented at the local and national levels on experiential learning, service learning, internships, and career decision making. Instrumental in developing the Experiential Education Academy for the National Society for Experiential Education and remains on NSEE’s Board of Directors. In 2010, Cabral received the Outstanding Faculty Advisor award from the National Academic Advisement Association. Professional management and career development experience from past roles includes directing internships for the college, working as a career services advisor for Rochester Works!, and serving as director of human resources for a mid-sized retail company.

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Professional Development

Nazareth College is recognized by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) to offer professional development credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, visit www.shrmcertification.org.