human capital development phd


Q: What is the cost of the program?

A: Visit for information. Please note: All Department of Human and Capital Development executive format courses include $110 per semester hour fee.

Q: Is the GRE or GMAT required?

A: Yes. All students must take the GRE or GMAT and have recent scores (less than 10 years old) sent to The University of Southern Mississippi. 

Q: How many credits are required to complete the degree program?

A: The successful completion of 54 semester hours beyond a Master’s degree is required. This consists of a General Core (12 semester hours), Research Core (27 semester hours), and Student Research Concentration (15 semester hours).

Q: Will I be able to handle the workload required while working full-time?

A: Many of our students enroll full time while working, but the program is a big commitment. The courses are more demanding than undergraduate-level courses.

Q: What degree will I earn from the program?

A: Upon completion of the program, you will earn a Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Capital Development degree.

Q: May I enroll even though my master’s degree is not related to human capital development?

A: Yes.

Q: May I start the program if I am not in a human capital development-related career?

A: Yes. Many of our students are not yet in the field, but are looking to gain knowledge and skills to become more marketable in a new career path.

Q: Is it possible to complete any courses without visiting The University of Southern Mississippi campus?

A: Yes. This program is in executive format, which means you can complete some of your degree requirements by participating in online courses. Other courses will be completed through a combination of online interaction with other students and the instructor, and weekend, in-person class meetings. However, it is not possible to complete the entire program without visiting the Southern Miss Gulf Coast campus.

Q: What is the HCD “executive format?”

A: Executive format is designed for professionals who want to be leaders in today's training and development world by training students in the use of the latest tools and methodologies. This format is structured to accommodate the lifestyle demands of a professional. The program includes the full course load of a traditional graduate degree program. However, some classes are scheduled in a flexible format of online delivery, while other classes combine online interaction with in-person, weekend meetings.

Q: Do you accept transfer credit?

A: Yes. We accept up to 6 semester hours of graduate credit from other accredited institutions. However, a total sum of no more than 9 semester hours of transfer work and non-degree work may be applied toward a degree.

Q: Do you give credit for life/work experience?

A: No.

Q: How quickly can I complete the degree program?

A: How quickly you complete the degree program depends on many factors. The shortest completion time possible for coursework is about 18 months.  The dissertation process takes, at minimum, one year. 

Q: Is financial aid available?

A: The Financial Aid Office determines individual eligibility. Contact Financial Aid for more information



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