Graduate School - Organizational and Human Resource Development
Joe Cardot, Advisor
Abilene, Texas 79699-8156
Faculty from various departments who teach
The Department of Communication offers the Master of Science (MS) degree in organizational and human resource development (OHRD). The MS in OHRD is a 36-hour degree program that is interdisciplinary and includes courses from communication, psychology, and management sciences.
The central objective of the degree program is to provide an advanced degree that synthesizes knowledge from diverse fields into a focused, yet flexible plan of study that is useful to leaders in all forms of organizations. The program is committed to applying the study of individual, group and cultural issues to meet the special needs of military officers, administrators, managers, trainers, government leaders and others in the professional community. The program is offered at Dyess Air Force Base with courses available on the ACU campus as well.
Distinctive features of the program are breadth in understanding human behavior, development of leadership skills with multiple applications, adaptation of models to diverse organizational settings, and maximization of career mobility for holders of the degree.
For admission criteria, please refer to the Graduate School Admission Requirements section of this catalog. In addition to the general Graduate School requirements, applicants to the MS in organizational and human resource development must submit a two-page, typed purpose statement describing career goals, professional interests and reasons for wanting to enter the OHRD program.
ORGANIZATIONAL AND HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (MS)
Major Code: OHRD
The Master of Science degree in organizational and human resource development is a 36-hour program that requires at least half the total hours be taken at the 600 level. Students must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. The OHRD degree is not a business, communication, or psychology degree. Because the degree is interdisciplinary in nature, no specific undergraduate major is required.
Requirements for the OHRD are:
2. Business, 6 hours:
IS 524 Management Information Systems
MGMT 532 Human Resource Management
MGMT 636 Organizational Behavior
Note: No more than 9 hours in the degree plan may be taken from business courses.
3. Communication, 6 hours:
COMS 508 Corporate and Legal Communication
COMS 521 Leadership and Communication
COMS 536 Nonverbal Communication
COMS 543 Business and Professional Communication
COMS 545 Intercultural Communication
COMS 583 Communication in Multinational Organizations
COMS 586 Training and Development
COMS 641 Theories in Interpersonal Communication
COMS 642 Seminar in Communication
COMS 675 Seminar in Persuasion and Social Change
COMS 683 Cultural Case Studies
COMS 686 Communication Consulting and Assessment
CONR 601 Conflict Theory and Communication*
CONR 610 Conflict in the Workplace*
6. Comprehensive Exam.
*Conflict Resolution Courses – The 15-hour certificate in conflict resolution courses may be included in the OHRD degree plan. See theConflict Resolutionsection of this catalog for more information.
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