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Sample Statement of Purpose for the PHD in Human Resource Education and Development

I hope to be selected to attend your especially distinguished PHD Program in Human Capital Development at the University of XXXX, so that I might receive the very finest education possible in the areas of Human Resource Education and Development. The most influential and in-depth aspect of my career, was serving as the Store Manager of a CVS Pharmacy in Detroit MI for a decade. A role model to the community in one of America’s most impoverished urban areas, I did what I could to make sure that people were able to get the medicine that they needrd. It was always a lot of work and I enjoyed it enormously. A zealous woman with a heavy dose of civic consciousness and pride, I seek to be of service in the administration of programs that support and uplift needy members of my community.

I ask for the profound privilege of attending your program primarily based on my extensive professional experience and I ask for special consideration given that my GPA is only 3.14 rather than the required 3.5. My excessive work schedule primarily affected my academic progress. My pursuit to build the careers of others and move up to the next level in my own career, obligated me to commit to long hours and a vast amount of time away from home. I was dedicated to both work and attaining my Master’s degree. I persevered and in time finished my degree, but not at the level of performance that I would have liked. My prior grades are in no way a reflection of the time and work I will dedicate to this program. I will take on this program full-time and only take on an assistantship if granted the opportunity to do so.  I also ask for a waiver of the GMAT/GRE on the basis of the fact that I already earned a Master’s Degree and my graduate program of study did not require testing, so I do not have scores to present.

I look forward, in particular, to studying under Drs. XXXX and XXXX. Both of these noteworthy women stand out as role models that I seek to emulate as a result of my studies in leadership in the HR and Development field in your program.

I seek an intensive and thoroughgoing immersion in Development Studies at the University of XXXX, with a central focus on creating change in organizations, ROI, and employee competency based models. I especially look forward to studying change in the workplace with in-depth examinations of the methods that have been most successful in bringing about progressive change not only within the organization in question but also the broader community. It would be a special honor to learn directly from Dr. XXXX since I very much respect and admire her as a member of the top five finalists for the U.S. Department of Labor's 2005 Recognition of Excellence Award.

Like Dr. Gaudet, I seek to excel in the future in the areas of leadership in private as well as public sector organizations. I look forward to a long professional lifetime giving my all to facilitate the most effective strategic approaches possible to human capital development. I look forward to learning new strategies that will help me to increasingly come to a better understanding of development as it relates to all aspects of an organization

Your PHD Program is my first choice because it fits so well with my central long-term goals and plans for my professional future. Your program is ideal for the fullest immersion into research, change in the workplace, and workforce development. My focus has long been on people, organizational behavior, training and development, and helping those that are in one way or another disadvantaged. The Detroit area communities in which I have worked have invariably been low-income with high unemployment rates. I tried to provide many community members with training and job opportunities that they would not otherwise have. I have always been active in the community as a volunteer, spending a lot of time in particular with a job training program operated by Goodwill Industries focused on urban, low-income communities.

As a result of earning my PHD in your distinguished executive program, I will be able to make my maximum contribution to human development in underserved communities, dedicating the balance of my professional life to fomenting, encouraging, and supporting the development of opportunities in education and career opportunities. I look forward to filling a leadership position as a consultant for firms and organizations, helping to lead their companies to success through effective management of their people. My dream is to travel the world and implement training programs that focus on building organizational growth by investing in the people who are on board and capable of achieving organizational goals for the future.

My goals included traveling as well as teaching. I would like to either be leading an organization in diversity issues and training in organizational leadership/HR or teaching in this area at the university or community college level. My dream is to teach others how to dream successfully, pragmatically, but in innovative and creative ways that are brave, effective, and contribute to progressive social and institutional change resulting in better life for at the community if not also a global level.

My ideal position would be to serve as a Chief Human Resources Officer or Professor in Human Resources or Organizational Behavior. I absolutely love to see people flourish in and outside of the workplace. I have dedicated my life to service, growth, and education, investing a decade in learning and managing for success, helping our employees to achieve personal as well as professional goals, many of whom at first thought these goals to be out of their reach.

I have also spent a lot of time volunteering to help contribute to the growth of our future leaders. I believe that I will help uncover strategic and innovative research that will help organizations focus on the people that will make them successful. I feel strongly that people should have the opportunity to love and grow as a result of what they do. Organizations need to be provide an environment that presents this open door of growth and opportunity to every employee.

I hope to do creative research in the future with respect to our search for solutions to lack of employee opportunity within organizations. I would like to create a program to assist leaders with employee engagement, helping to facilitate growth. My own Master’s Thesis dealt with Pharmacy Employee Engagement with the goal to uncover workplace morale and engagement in the workplace. My study found that most employees do not consider themselves engaged, and management generally places insufficient priority and resources in the areas of training and development.

One of my proudest achievements so far has been my work with CVS Caremark All Kids Can™, a program of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and supported by CVS Caremark, a five-year, $25 million commitment to making life easier for children with disabilities. Through this signature program, CVS Caremark and the Trust supports nonprofit organizations that provide innovative programs and services in local communities, focused on helping children with disabilities to learn, play and succeed in life.

The goals of All Kids Can are to raise awareness in schools and in local communities about the importance of inclusion; build barrier-free playgrounds so children of all abilities can play side-by-side; and provide medical rehabilitation and related services to children with disabilities.  I have taken full advantage of every opportunity to contribute to this program as a store manager for the past 10 years, responsible for onboarding, training, development of new and current talent. As a result of employee engagement results, sales, promotion rates, and overall performance, I was promoted to District Manager Emerging Leader. My work and commitment during my time in this program allowed me to manage across boundaries and build relationships with all levels of management. As a result of my efforts, I earned the Paragon award, the most prestigious award attainable in the organization. Thus, I am now experienced at the management of other salaried store managers, leading district meetings and providing feedback to help teams succeed.

I earned my Bachelors of Science in Public Administration in 2005 and my Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Administration in 2012, followed by my Master of Science in Administration (MSA) in Human Resources Administration in 2016.  Raising professional standards, innovation in the workplace, organizational behavior and its impact on engagement, work environments conducive to individual and organizational growth and development – I keenly look forward to it all.

As part of Career Day, I was a guest speaker for middle school students as part of the Dove Self-Esteem Project, founded in 2004, to help the next generation of women grow up feeling happy and confident about the way they look. The project delivers self-esteem education to young people (primarily girls) aged 8-17 years through lessons in schools, workshops for youth groups, and online resources for parents. This experience taught me early on the joys of public service and empowering others, in the workplace and beyond.

I’m excited and look forward to research opportunities as a doctoral student in your program. I am ready to take on this challenge and hope that I will have the opportunity to learn and grow from the faculty and my fellow students also pursuing their PHD. I look forward to producing work that will contribute to the advancement of research at the University of XXXX and the scholarly community.

I thank you for consideration of my application.

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A human resources degree could lead you down the path to a humanitarian career working for the UN, an NGO somewhere far away or working abroad could just be a nice detour while you decide what you’d like to specialize in later.

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Fancy a bit of excitement and good work abroad? INTERSOS is an independent nonprofit organization committed to assisting the victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts. At the time of writing, they are seeking a Head of Mission in Nigeria to coordinate operations and human resources in Nigeria.

You must have an advanced university degree, or a first level degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience like at least 5 years of professional work experience in a management/coordination position in a humanitarian or development context. The contract is for 1 year.

If Africa is your thing, there is also a vacancy for a Staff Welfare Officer in Nairobi, at UNHCR, which has operations in 126 countries and a large workforce. An advanced university degree in clinical psychology, psychotherapy, counselling or another mental health care profession is required for the job, plus 6 years or more of work experience that’s relevant to the job. Tasks include the provision of technical expertise related to the programs of psychological well-being of staff and their family members, provision of clinical work with colleagues and their family, providing expert advice and guidance to the operation representatives, etc.

UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East is currently seeking an individual for the Experts Roster – Human Resource Management with substantial experience in job classification and compensation, employment and contract law, recruitment, adult training and development, human resources planning, human resources policy development, etc. This mission is aimed at helping Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and the organization has more than 30,000 staff members.

Femmes Africa Solidarite is an international women’s organization with UN ECOSOS Consultative Status that works to empower African women to assume leadership roles in peace building and conflict resolution. Its Human Resource and Administration Officer job profile may give you a sense of the type of role someone like you could play in an organization like this one.

The key responsibilities involved include developing and maintaining functional and efficient human resources management and administration systems, processes and procedures; tracking staff movement and enhance record-keeping, internal controls, and compliance with legal, labor and immigration requirements; contribute to budget preparations and audit activities; manage performance, compensation and benefits.

The job requirements include a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management or Administration, a minimum of 3 years’ experience in human resources management and administration in an NGO or development agency, and to speak both French and English.


Let’s face it, without a master’s degree, it’s hard to get a good job and do what you really want to do effectively – help people, feel like you have the best skills you can develop for the good of the world.

When is comes to master’s degrees, you have a number of options.

The M.Sc. in Human Resource Administration Concentration program at Central Michigan University, USA, for example, is going to help you master everything human resources. It will help you keep your knowledge broad, so you can choose to work within a humanitarian organization, or stick with a regular for-profit company.

The Michigan University program costs USD 13,788 per year, and covers course topics like the foundations of research methods in administration, organizational dynamics and human behavior and strategic planning for the administrator.

Alternatively, you could go for something more nonprofit friendly. The Postgraduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at the American Public University, USA, is a 12-month, online program that will provide you with a solid foundation in leadership, finance, governmental relations, communications, marketing and fundraising. It costs USD 350 per module due to its distance learning nature, and could make the perfect flexible choice if you’re busy working and want to earn while you learn.

Perhaps you don’t want to veer too far off your HR course, and teaching ruffles your feathers. The M.Ed. in Adult Learning (Concentration in Human Resource Development) at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA is a 33-credit hour program that prepares you for a broad range of positions. There’s no reason why you couldn’t take your hard-earned knowledge to the developing world with the help of a humanitarian organization once you completed your studies.

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