The Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development

The Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development (EAHR) develops educational leaders and improves practice through teaching, research and service in the areas of public school administration, human resource development, higher education administration, adult education and student affairs administration. Statewide and nationally, EAHR graduates, faculty and staff play major roles in the education of children and adults.

As one of four departments in the School of Education and Human Development, EAHR is currently home to about 380 undergraduate students, 392 graduate students, 22 faculty and 22 staff.

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“What I enjoy most are the opportunities to work with such a diverse, intelligent, talented group of life-long learners,” said Druery. “People who are helpful, friendly and want to see you succeed encourage me on a daily basis.”

 – Donna Druery

Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development, Emphasis in:

Human Resource Development

Learn about our Human Resource Development Program

Attending any one of the informational webinars is strongly recommended to strengthen your application and materials to the Ph.D. program. During the webinar, you will have opportunities to interact with program faculty who will answer any questions you may have.

Webinar Series

  • March 18, 2024: 6:00-7:00 PM
  • April 22, 2024, 6:00-7:00 PM

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Program Overview

Human Resource Development (HRD) is the process of improving learning and performance in individual, group, and organizational contexts through domains of expertise such as lifelong learning, career development, training and development, and organizational development. Our students have opportunities for international travel, professional presentations and writing for publication.

The Ph.D. program requires:

  • A minimum of 72 credit hours with a master’s degree, or
  • 96 credit hours without a master’s degree.

This degree prepares individuals for professional work settings, as well as faculty positions in research universities. It also offers a variety of courses that allow students to emphasize in areas essential to a successful career in the field.


Admissions Deadline: December 1

To be admitted to a graduate program, you must apply to the EAHR department and Texas A&M University.

How to apply

Program Details

Degree: Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development
Emphasis: Human Resource Development
Degrees Offered: Doctor of Philosophy
Credit Hours: 72 credit hours with a master’s degree

Tuition calculator

For a better understanding of your total cost of attendance (COA), please visit our cost and tuition rates webpage ( This webpage will provide you with an opportunity to review estimated COA information for undergraduate, graduate and professional students, as well as other resources such as the tuition calculator and billing and fee explanations.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I strengthen my application?

All prospective Ph.D. students are highly encouraged to meet with a program faculty member prior to applying to the program, to ask questions and ensure that it will help meet your goals. These meetings can also serve as opportunities for prospective students to find out what type of candidates the program is looking for.

Prospective students are encouraged to apply early, especially if they are wanting to be considered for awards, such as fellowships and assistantships.

Are GRE scores required?


The GRE is not a requirement for the Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development (HRD) program.

How soon can I apply?

Applications for the Ph.D. program are accepted August 1-December 1, for the following Fall semester.

It is recommended that applicants submit all application materials in advance of the deadline to ensure a complete application when reviews begin.

How do I apply?

Completed Application

  • A completed Texas A&M University GraduateCAS application.
  • The name on your application must match your name as it appears in your passport.
  • Application fee: A non-refundable $89 application fee for domestic applicants and $114 application fee for international applicants. The application fee may be paid by check, money order or approved credit card. Applicants who wish to pay by credit card may do so as part of the online application. If you are unable to pay the fee online, you may call the Graduate Admissions Office at 979-845-1060.
  • Official transcripts and records: Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.

Note: You do not need to submit an official transcript from Texas A&M UniversityLearn more about submitting official transcripts.

How to Apply:

What types of funding are available to Ph.D. students?

Full-time PhD students are eligible to apply for Graduate Assistantships. These assistantships pay for nine hours of tuition, as well as a monthly stipend. These assistantships range from assisting with courses, teaching undergraduate courses, or assisting with research.

Full-time students are also eligible to be nominated by faculty for a fellowship. These fellowships are competitive, so prospective students are encouraged to have their admission applications submitted early. They are also encouraged to meet with faculty members in the program to discuss their interest in the program, as well as being considered for an award.

Students who are not full-time can contact the Student Financial Aid office for other funding opportunities available to graduate students.

What should I include in my Statement of Purpose?

Admissions committee members look mainly for fit between what the applicant wants from a graduate program, and what we offer.

In the personal statement, applicants are encouraged to clearly state and connect their background or current work, particularly their future career plans, to the degree they are seeking.

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Kerri Smith

Associate Director

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Rhonda Fowler

Clinical Associate Professor

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Michael Beyerlein


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Khalil Dirani

Interim Department Head and Professor

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Jia Wang


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Ji Hee Hwang

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Junghwan Kim

Associate Professor

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Seung Won Yoon

Associate Professor

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Mattyna Stephens

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Paula Yoder

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Jieun Yi

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Aynur Charkasova

Clinical Assistant Professor

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