Why ODU for Human Resource Training?

Businesses need highly-trained professionals to stay competitive. To train their employees, industry leaders need experts in instructional design, delivery, and assessment.

With ODU's online doctoral program, you can prepare for leadership in business, industry, and government training.

Association for Talent Development Standards and the International Society for Performance Improvement Standards are developed through this degree.

When you graduate, you will earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Education - Occupational and Technical Studies concentration, Human Resources - Training emphasis.

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Ranked #3

Best Online Doctorate in Human Resources, 2021
- BestValueSchools.org

Ranked #3

Best Online Human Resources Doctorate, 2022 - CollegeConsensus.com

Required Courses

  • 60 credit hours minimum

You will complete core courses in research and occupational and technical studies, electives, an emphasis in human resources training, and a dissertation.

Two 2-week Summer Institutes at main campus in Norfolk, VA, are required.

Online Learning Environment

Attend class online on a regular schedule and access course materials online from any location. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

This program requires students to attend two 2-week Summer Institutes at ODU's main campus in Norfolk, Virginia.

Careers in Occupational & Technical Studies

  • Higher Education Faculty
  • Instructional Designer
  • Human Resource Trainer
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Distance Education Specialist
  • Workforce Developer/Trainer
  • Administrator/Director

Note for students in Washington State from the Student Achievement Council:

"This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement."

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$571 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2022 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

To be considered for admission to this PhD in Education program, you will need to:

  • be admitted to ODU as a degree-seeking graduate student
  • have a master's degree in a field related to occupational and technical studies
  • provide GRE scores

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You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

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Meet Your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.