MS, Human Resources

Master of Science in Human Resources

The program provides human resources practitioners and leaders with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to maximize employee engagement and optimize organizational performance. The Master of Science in Human Resources focuses on theoretical and practical application while examining the HR professional as a change agent and strategic partner within an organization. Through an interdisciplinary course of study, students will learn principles of strategic management, staffing, training and development compensation, conflict and negotiation, employee benefits and legal issues. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking: Evaluate employment legislation and its impact on the employer and employees.
  • Diversity: Demonstrate how multiculturalism impacts organizational policy and society.
  • Theory: Design an integrated and systems oriented model of Human Resources, including workforce planning, staffing, training, compensation and benefits.
  • Application: Design and evaluate human resource strategies, policies and practices that will align with organizational strategy.
  • Methods: Interpret and utilize research, feedback instruments and other tools to enhance interventions.
  • Legal/Ethical: Integrate legal and ethical considerations into decision making. 

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 630 Conflict and Negotiation 3
HRCU 644 Recruitment and Selection 3
HRCU 645 Human Resources Systems 3
HRCU 646 Training and Development 3
HRCU 647 Compensation 3
HRCU 648 Legal Issues in Human Resources 3
HRCU 653 Benefits 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

*Students may enroll in HRCU 650 if they have satisfactorily completed HRCU 645 and 12 credits of additional core courses.

Total Credits 36
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