HPU | BA Human Resource Development

BA Human Resource Development

Human Resource Development (HRD) is the strategic and integrated use of training and development, organizational development, and other talent management activities to improve individual and organizational performance. The HRD program has been developed based on resources and guidelines from the Association for Talent Development, the Academy of Human Resource Development, and the Society for Human Resource Management. The program focuses on the development of student knowledge and capabilities in the following nine competency areas:


  1. Strategic Talent Management
  2. Instructional Design
  3. Training Delivery
  4. E-learning and Learning Technologies
  5. Measurement, Evaluation, & Analytics
  6. Organizational Development
  7. Organizational Leadership
  8. Organizational Staffing
  9. Project Management

Businesses big and small are no longer local. They are global and the workforce is increasingly diverse. Where better to obtain your degree than from one of the most diverse universities? Located in the center of the Pacific Rim, Honolulu is a cosmopolitan city with a busy, international community. This attracts a wide-range of learners and allows you to obtain your degree in a culturally diverse environment. In fact, HPU students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

HPU faculty are well-respected teachers and scholars in their respective fields. Because they come to HPU from all parts of the United States and the world, they also bring a wealth of varied experience into the classroom.

Finally, the HRD program features convenient online and hybrid course offerings in 8 week terms.

Upon completion of the program students who major in human resource development will be able to:

  1. Describe, design, recommend, and evaluate training and development activities.
  2. Describe, design, recommend, and evaluate organizational development activities.
  3. Describe, design, recommend, and evaluate talent management strategies or systems to attract, utilize, and retain people with the skills and aptitude required to meet organizational goals.
  4. Develop a holistic perspective of HRD activities by creating an HRD project aligned with the strategic business objectives of an organization.

  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • $45 Application Fee
  • SAT I or ACT Scores (freshman only)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Resume