Online Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource and Workforce Development Education

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Tuition / credit hour $255.51
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Library $4.16
Network & Data Systems $11.10
Off-campus $30
Online Facilities $2

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2022 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

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Degree-Completion Program for Talent Developers

There is a growing demand for individuals who can develop talent and lead teams to help organizations meet their goals. This degree-completion program aligns workforce development with human resources – a natural, valuable pairing.

Apply to the University of Arkansas, a top public research institution, and earn a bachelor’s degree that opens doors to career opportunities and personal growth. Learn to apply integrated training, organizational development, and career planning and counseling skills to the design, management and evaluation of programs. Improve individual productivity, employability, job satisfaction and organizational effectiveness.

Undergraduates also obtain a solid academic base to pursue a graduate degree. This major does not lead to traditional licensure for teachers in Arkansas.

All HRWD core courses are offered online on a traditional 15-week fall and spring semester schedule. Summer classes are optional, offered in two five-week sessions. Students must successfully complete the HRWD 4333 capstone course during their last semester of course work to graduate.


Why study Workforce Development?

Human Resource Development, or HRD for short, empowers businesses to make investments in their employees that will later result in a stronger and more effective workforce. An education in Human Resource and Workforce Development, also known as HRWD,  qualifies you to help organizations make smart, effective investments in their employees.


  • Training and development
    • Skills and technical training
    • Help people improve their individual performance through learning
    • Help people qualify for a job, do a job, or advance
  • Organization development
    • Organizational change
    • Systematic development of expertise
    • Help improve organizational performance
  • Career development
    • Employee counseling
    • Career management
    • Performance coaching
  • Policy development with technical writing skills
  • Administrative functions through training employees in benefits and payroll techniques
  • Designing recruitment protocols
  • Training leaders and managers on how to conduct performance appraisals
  • Training leaders and managers on appropriate interview questions
  • Designing and administering new hire orientation programs
  • Participating in interviews
  • Training leaders and managers on the appropriate processes to complete a grievance
  • Assess training needs
  • Design, implement, and evaluate training and development programs
  • Coach employees to improve poor performance
  • Help employees manage their careers
  • Provide management and leadership training
  • Design interventions for organizational change
  • Align training and development with the strategy, goals, and vision of the organization
  • Instructional designer/technologist
  • HRD/training specialist
  • Human performance improvement consultant
  • E-learning specialist
  • HRD generalist
  • Training and development manager
  • Program designer
  • Curriculum designer/developer
  • Training facilitator
  • Program evaluator
  • Organizational development consultant
  • Corporate learning specialist
  • Chief learning officer


Online Workforce Development Degree Qualifications

All students are welcomed into the program as pre-HRWD majors. For promotion to the degree-eligible HRWD major, students must meet the following criteria before their senior year:

  1. Have three or more years of any type of full-time work experience or equivalent.
  2. Three to six hours of required Social Sciences must be ECON 2143 or ECON 2013 and ECON 2023.
    Three hours of HRWD math requirement chosen from: MATH 2183 or MATH 2053 or MATH 1313 or STAT 2303.
  3. Have a cumulative U of A GPA of 2.5 or higher.


Program Overview

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The catalog of studies has the details on course requirements.

Some prospective students can qualify for an application fee waiver.

To research how credits from most U.S. colleges/universities have transferred in the past, browse the university’s Transfer Equivalency page.

If you have HRWD questions not answered by the above sources, please contact the HRWD academic adviser at or 479-575-4690.


Why Study Human Resources Development Online?

The flexibility of online courses can help you overcome the challenges of earning a degree while working, taking care of family, and handling other responsibilities. Support services for online students will assist you on your path to graduation.

Success Stories

There's an ungodly amount of tools available. I used the UA Libraries every single day online. It opened all sorts of resources I could pull from and interesting topics I'd never had experience with. I could really dive into what was there."

It means the world to me to be part of that tradition. I’m so thankful the U of A had that (online) program. I started there, and I really wanted to finish there."

Having an online program is very helpful for people who have families and full-time jobs."

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