Completing a doctoral degree in Human Resource Development requires a time commitment beyond what you might imagine. HRD doctoral students usually have a background in all or a combination of the following fields of study: psychology; ‎organizational behavior; occupational counseling; ‎skill testing and evaluation; program design; consulting practice; organizational ‎development; and applications to issues such as training, management ‎development, customer service, and total quality management. The University of Arkansas has 7 years of successful execution of this online doctoral degree program, and it is competitive with any other online or on-campus HRD degree program in the country.


Rachel Jessen, a master's degree graduate, and Tori Whitley, a doctoral student from Jackson, Mississippi, describe their experiences in the human resource development program at the University of Arkansas.

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Helpful Information

  • You must take the GRE exam to be considered for admission.
  • You must successfully complete a candidacy exam and dissertation.
  • U of A allows 7 years from the time of admission into the doctoral program for a student to complete a doctoral degree.
  • The catalog of studies has the details on program and course requirements.


Admission Requirements

Admission to the doctoral program in Human Resource Development is a three-step process.

  1. Apply for admission to the University of Arkansas Graduate School.
  2. Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  3. Apply for admission to the program. The items listed below must be sent in one packet.

Email your application packet to: or, mail your application packet to:
CLRM Student Center
Graduate Education Building Room 116
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701


  Application Deadlines

Applications and all accompanying documents must be submitted by:

  • Fall - March 15
  • Spring - October 15



Tuition / credit hour $437.54
Fee / credit hour
Library $4.41
Network & Data Systems $12.10
Off-campus $30
Online Facilities $2

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2023 rates for students studying completely online. Students in online programs who take an on-campus course will pay on-campus fees, mandatory and college fees, for only the on-campus course.

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