Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Human Resource Development (M.S.) 

Application Deadlines

spring fall
Final Deadline: Nov. 1

Priority Deadline: April 1

Final Deadline: June 15

Admission Criteria 

  • No GRE scores are required. 
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. 
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a 4-point scale) is required for full admission to the program, and 2.80 is required for conditional admission. GPA calculations may be based upon the cumulative units or the last 60 units of the degree. See graduate admission policies for more information and exceptions.
  • While applicants are not required to have work experience in the HR field, we do give admission preference to individuals who do have such experience. See below. 

Application Requirements 

Submit an online application, application fee and official transcripts, along with:

  • Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your academic background, professional experience and/or personal qualities (Email addresses of recommenders must be entered on application.)
  • Resume: A copy of your most current resume. 
  • Personal Essay: A personal essay (approximately four pages, double-spaced) that includes your specific plans for the program, including information about:
    • your reason for pursuing the degree and desired emphasis of study
    • your past work and/or volunteer experiences
    • yourself as a learner, including what learning activities you undertake outside of or since your undergraduate study
    • your expectations for graduate study
    • your projected career goals

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

U.S. Immigration requires F1 and J1 students to be enrolled full-time with the majority of their classes taken in-person and on campus. For a list of TU programs that comply as well as information on required credential evaluations and English-language proficiency, please see admission requirements for international students.


For Applicants Without HR Experience

Applicants without HR work experience can strengthen their application for admission in any of the following ways. Be sure to describe these experiences in your personal essay.

Undergraduate or Graduate coursework 

Courses such as Industrial or Organizational Psychology, Human Resources Management, Employee Communications or Training, or other courses that address human resources and managing the employment relationship. 


Current undergraduates may be able to secure an internship for credit in an HR department or related functional area. 


Volunteer in an HR department of a nonprofit agency such as a religious institution, hospital, large club or interest group. Get involved in HR tasks with your current employer; offer to lead a training program or assist with new employee hiring. 

Informational interviews 

Informational interviews allow applicants to gather information about a potential job or career by talking with someone currently in the field. Lots of information exists online and sources can include the following: 

  • family, friends or social networks
  • current undergraduate faculty or alumni 
  • local chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management

Use the Informational Interview (PDF) form to record each interview and reference them in the personal essay. Attach a copy of each completed form to the online application.   

Please contact the program director for clarification on any of the above.