The Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM) degree program is designed to prepare human resource professionals, as well as those seeking to enter the human resource profession. Students will have the opportunity to effectively address the breadth of human resources needs of an organization: recruitment, selection, and development; compensation and benefits; employee relations; and the long-run strategic human resource needs of an organization. Particular attention is the ethical management of people in our diverse world.
Core Course Requirements (12 credit hours)
Students are required to take the following:
MS6010 Accounting Practices for Managers (3)
The course provides the basic framework of accounting practices from the perspective of non-accounting managers. The course provides students with fundamental financial and managerial accounting principles to allow them to link individual and unit operational goals to the financial requirements of the organization. Students will understand when and how to use various analytical approaches based on the kinds of decisions needed and the particular stakeholders to be addressed.
MS6012 Economic Practices for Managers (3)
This course addresses the fundamental economic principles of decision making including opportunity costs, factors of production, and competitive and comparative advantage. Risk and uncertainty are also analyzed. In addition, students address sustainable business principles in a rapidly changing economic and social environment. The course approaches all of these topics from the perspective of the practicing manager.
MS6014 Financial Practices for Managers (3)
The course builds on the principles of the MS6010 Accounting Practices for Managers course and the competencies established in the MS6012
Economic Practices for Managers course to provide the financial acumen necessary to make appropriate investment and spending decisions with
limited information*. Students also explore the financial tools organizations use to capture and evaluate complex costs associated with
business actions, such as environmental or social impacts that may be external to the firm.
MS6900 The Functional Contribution to Organizational Success (Capstone) (3)
MS6900 is an integrative project focused on adding value to the organization and integrating the material covered throughout the MS
programs a session-long project. Students demonstrate analytical capacity in determining a course of action that contributes to the
organization's financial and operational success while concurrently meeting the goals of the discipline and/or work unit in an ethical and
professional manner. Project management tools and processes are presented.
*The Capstone Course must be taken in the final session of the degree program.
Specialty Requirements (18 credit hours)
Students are required to take the following:
B6120 Communications Strategies for Managers (3)
This course focuses on the development of effective communication strategies and their applications in various organizational contexts and with different stakeholder groups. Topics covered include defining the organizational communications culture and styles, audience assessment, overcoming communications barriers, communications etiquette, and ethical dimensions of communications. Techniques covered include preparation of memos and business reports, business correspondence using email and hard copy formats, preparing and delivering oral reports, and facilitating discussions.
B6731 Understanding and Managing Human Differences (3)
This course offers insights and approaches for understanding cultural/social/gender differences, dealing with difficult people, and assessing conflict styles. Students identify, analyze, and plan for those elements within the cultural, economic, and political environments that require specialized understanding and strategy for successful management.
MS6018 Employment Law and Public Policy (3)
The course analyzes the primary legal structures from the federal level governing the employment relationship, and introduces students to state guidelines and interests. Topics include regulations of the employment environment and those covering discrimination in employment. Students explore, apply, and anticipate legal issues in the industries and regions relevant to their careers.
MS6510 Compensation, Motivation, and Rewards (3)
Students investigate and evaluate the available models of compensation and rewards from the perspective of the organization and the current/future employees. This course examines theories of motivation and techniques of performance appraisal in analyzing and improving employee job performance. The effectiveness of compensation and benefit strategies for different cultural and demographic employee groups are analyzed. Non-financial rewards and practices are also considered. Students build a model for a reward structure for an industry or organization of their choice.
MS6512 Applications in Training and Development (3)
This course introduces foundational training principles and adult learning theory to support a focus on the practice of training as an employee development tool. Students evaluate opportunities to improve organizational and individual performance through formal and informal training and measure the efficacy of training initiatives. Students will consider the root cause of performance issues and examine techniques that address the range of development needs (from basic skills development to problems solving capabilities to leadership competencies) for a particular organization.
MS6514 Talent Management (3)
Talent management and long term organizational development plans are evaluated in terms of human and financial resources. Students design a talent management plan for an organization or subset of an organization, justifying necessary investment and/or changes in recruiting, development, or compensation systems.
Satisfactory completion of all requirements in the program of study.
A minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) and a grade of "B-" or better in all course work.
Completion of these requirements within five years of matriculation into the program.
A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration.