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Graduate Program in Human Resources Develops Global Leaders, Professionals

Oct. 5, 2018

Students who pursue studies in the University of Houston Executive Human Resource Development (HRD) program are already professionals. They’re in the program to make themselves more competitive.

“I selected the HRD master’s because I wanted to strengthen my communications, leadership, content development, presentation and coaching skills,” said Ed Monsivais, a veteran liaison at a local community college.

The program is hosting an information session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, at UH Sugar Land, room 301A of Brazos Hall. Please RSVP to or 713-743-7928.

Group of students standing in front of a building entrance

Monsivais is part of the sixth cohort of students for the program, which is housed at UH Sugar Land. The students represent major industries, including health care, aerospace, manufacturing, energy, education, retail, public sector and religious organizations. The intensive year-long program includes a week-long residency in Prague, Czech Republic. Typically, students who pursue the program have been in the professional workforce from seven to 20 years. They are looking for a credential to move up in their career.

“Students embark on a problem-based, experiential journey where they examine the business context of their work, and use learning and change theories, tools and techniques to enhance their leadership, strategy and consulting skills,” said Consuelo Waight, professor and director of the program. “The faculty, who work as a team, coach students to transfer their knowledge and skills to their work and to evaluate the success of their applications.”

In addition to leadership and cross-cultural skills, the program focuses on mentoring and coaching.

“My professional success is largely due to having great mentors and coaches throughout my military career and with (my previous employer),” said Manuel Rodriguez, also a member of the HRD cohort. “In my current position with the Federal Aviation Administration, I am in a position where I serve as a mentor to mid-level managers. Learning new ways and concepts to be a better mentor will assist me greatly in providing better mentorship to my organization.”

Visit the program's website for more information, including sample courses and admissions guidelines.

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