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Human Resource Development

Purdue University in West Lafayette

The human resource development (HRD) major aligns with the academic standards of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Graduates are eligible for the SHRM Certified Professional exam without completing the required two years of human resources employment. The HRD major includes courses in compensation, inclusion and diversity, labor relations, global issues, employee retention and engagement, total rewards, information systems, analytics, risk management and strategic planning.

The Purdue Polytechnic Institute is one of 10 academic colleges at Purdue University. The Polytechnic specializes in team-based labs where you’ll test ideas, take things apart and put them back together — only better. You’ll learn side-by-side with professors who have worked in the industry and thrive on combining theory, imagination and real-world application. In this innovative environment, you'll learn by doing - gaining deep technical knowledge and applied skills in your chosen discipline coupled with problem-solving, critical-thinking, communication and leadership skills employers desire.

Plan of Study

Human Resource Development
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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

Cassie Pendleton
(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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