Graduate School - Organizational and Human Resource Development
The Department of Communication offers the Master of Science (MS) degree in organizational and human resource development (OHRD). The MS in OHRD is an online 36-hour degree program that is interdisciplinary and includes courses from communication, conflict resolution, 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.
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:
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 640 Capstone, ePortfolio
3. Conflict Resolution (15 hours - Allows option to gain Certificate in Conflict
CONR 601 Conflict Theory and Communication
CONR 605 Negotiation and Mediation
CONR 610 Managing Conflict in the Workplace
CONR 612 Conflict Management Systems Design
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