Human Resource Development professionals are at the cutting edge in preparing their organizations to meet the competitive challenges of the global economy. A report identified five areas in which HR practitioners make their greatest contributions to an organization's competitiveness: change management, strategic human resource planning, executive development, organizational effectiveness, and culture management.* These practice areas are at the core of The George Washington University Human Resource Development Master's program. Our curriculum is designed to equip both managers and human resource professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to develop individuals, teams, and organizations. More important, our students enhance their ability to design and lead change efforts that truly support their organization's strategic direction.
A tradition of excellence...
Established by Dr. Leonard Nadler in 1965, GW's HRD Program is the oldest in the nation. Dr.Nadler was among the first to popularize the term "human resource development" in his many presentations and publications, and guided the program to a national and international reputation before his retirement in 1988. In more recent years, the HRD Program has changed its primary focus from training and development to preparing leaders who can help organizations continuously learn and improve.
...that continues today
As recently as 2003, GW's HRD program was honored as the Outstanding HRD Academic Program of the year by the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). A strong and diverse full-time HRD faculty-the largest of any program in the country-is active in advancing research and practice within the human resource development field. Students and faculty members alike benefit from being part of a dynamic learning community.
* Source: Human Resource Planning Society second annual State-of-the-Art Council Report, 1996