Masters in Human Resources

Master of Science in Human Resources

This degree program provides the skills and tools needed to maximize employee engagement and address cultural, regulatory and behavioral issues in a diverse workforce. Students will learn strategic management, staffing, training and development, conflict and negotiation, employee benefits and legal issues.

Program Overview

The master’s in human resources prepares you to attract, retain and develop collaboration among an employee base. You will focus on theoretical and practical application while examining the HR professional as a strategic partner within an organization, with the ability to make sustainable change in support of organizational goals. 

As a student, you will:

  • Apply an integrated and systems-oriented approach to human resources that aligns and supports business strategy. 
  • Assess the impact of globalization, multiculturalism, and multi-generational workforces on organizational policy, practices and performance. 
  • Design strategies to ensure workforce capabilities are aligned with organizational needs. 
  • Develop strategies to ensure workforce performance is continuously aligned with organizational needs. 
  • Build strategic partnerships that address complex business needs and meet corporate social responsibility, ethical objectives, and legal considerations. 
  • Evaluate business data to make effective strategic decisions that align with support business goals. 

Admission Requirements

All graduate admissions options listed below require an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, qualifying score on GRE, MAT or GMAT

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate.

Specific Requirements for the Degree
The human resources program consists of three segments.

  • The first segment is the 24-credit core
  • The second segment is the 9 credit elective area
  • The third segment is the capstone course, HRCU 650, 3 credits

Core Courses (24 credits)

OLCU 501 Organizational Research 3
HRCU 600 Human Resource Foundations 3
HRCU 602 Strategic Business Concepts and Human Resources 3
HRCU 603 Globalization and Diversity 3
HRCU 604 Workforce Planning 3
HRCU 605 Talent Management  3
HRCU 606 Strategic and Legal Leadership 3
OLCU 615 Leading Organizational Change 3

Electives Courses (9 credits)

The student may choose among human resources graduate courses as well as graduate courses in Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Science, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Administration, Marketing, Organizational Leadership and/or Public Administration.

Capstone Course (3 credits)

*HRCU 650 Strategic Management of Human Resources 3


Total Credits 36
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