Graduate School - Organizational and Human Resource Development

Contact Information
Joe Cardot, Advisor
ACU Box 28156
Abilene, Texas 79699-8156
Sherrod Building – Don Morris Center
Room 218

Phone: 325-674-2136
Fax: 325-674-6966



Faculty from various departments who teach
in this program:
Steve Allison, Associate Professor of Psychology
Richard Beck, Associate Professor ofPsychology
Jonathan Camp, Assistant Professor of Communication
Joe Cardot, Professor of Communication
Malcolm Coco, Associate Professor of
Management Sciences
Joe L. Cope, Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution
Carley Dodd, Professor of Communication
Paul Lakey, Professor of Communication
Robert McKelvain, Professor of Psychology
Scott Perkins, Associate Professor ofPsychology
Brent Reeves, Associate Professor of

                          Management Sciences
Cynthia Roper, Associate Professor ofCommunication
Lynette Sharp Penya, Associate Professor of 

Phillip Vardiman, Assistant Professor of
                             Management Sciences



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.

Admission Requirements
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.



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:

          1. Communication (15 hours):
              COMS 545 Intercultural Communication 
              COMS 586 Human Resource Training and Development
              COMS 631 Leadership and Small Group Communication
              COMS 675 Seminar in Persuasion and Social Change
              COMS 699 Capstone, ePortfolio

          2. Management Sciences (6 hours):
              MGMT 532 Human Resource Management
              MGMT 636 Organizational Behavior

          3. Conflict Resolution (15 hours - Allows option to gain Certificate in Conflict Resolution)
              CONR 601 Conflict Theory and Communication
              CONR 605 Negotiation and Mediation
              CONR 610 Managing Conflict in the Workplace
              CONR 612 Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems Design 

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