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Human resources graduate program curriculum

HR managers have to be well-versed in a diverse range of business concepts. That’s why our human resources graduate program curriculum covers every essential aspect of the discipline, from law to benefits. Explore a syllabus designed by HR experts and gain the real-world skills to stand out in a highly competitive field.

Required course

MR600 - MHR Orientation  

MR600 is designed to assist you, the new student, as you once again enter the academic world to earn your master's degree in Human Resource Management (HRM). Throughout this orientation, you will learn the concepts and requirements necessary for successful completion of the activities and projects required in the graduate credit courses.

This orientation introduces you to the ProQuest Library, providing guidance on how to conduct basic and advanced searches for various types of publications and resources. You will gain an understanding of the differences between scholarly journals and trade magazines. You will learn how to evaluate the information for authorship, bias, content, publisher, and referral to other sources, while addressing problems with and usefulness of the information. The elements of research will be presented and you will be exposed to the appropriate formats for reporting detailed information. These formats include an annotated bibliography, abstracts, executive summaries, literature review, APA formatting style, writing reports, and presentation scripts.

This orientation concludes with an overview of the field of human resources management by identifying and discussing important areas such as training, compensation, and legal and safety issues. Additionally, you will research career opportunities available to the human resource professional.
Credit Hours: non-credit

Course electives

MB650 - Legal Issues of Employment  

As an overview of the legal environment of the workplace, this course examines the federal and state laws that impact the personnel function and the practical application of these laws in the workplace setting. Among the topics addressed are equal employment and affirmative action, employee benefits, workplace privacy, compensation, safety, and unions. A study of diversity issues in the workplace, including the relationship between diversity and legal regulation, is included.
Credit Hours: 3

MI606 - International Human Resource Management  

This course will cover both the practical and theoretical aspects of international human resource management (IHRM). From a practical perspective, we will address the role that IHRM plays in assisting companies with the dilemmas of coordination and conflict in international firms, alliances, and acquisition integration. Theoretically, the course will emphasize the cultural context of managing the many contradictions and dualities confronting international firms.
Credit Hours: 3

MR601 - Survey of Human Resource Management  

Link human resource activities to business strategies. Examine specific management challenges faced by actual firms and the role of human resources. Learn about recruitment, employment planning and forecasting, testing, interviewing, training, organizing teams, appraising performance, compensation, financial incentives, benefits, labor relations, collective bargaining and more.
Credit Hours: 3

MR630 - Staffing and Recruiting  

In this course, the major challenges of recruiting and staffing in today’s labor market are discussed. The staffing function is presented to include modeling, strategies, job analysis, retention, and legal compliance. The major federal enactments that impact staffing decisions are explained. Both internal and external recruitment and selection are also reviewed, with key topics of measurement and decision making emphasized.
Credit Hours: 3

MR632 - Training and Development  

This course provides a comprehensive overview of training and development. Topics include: what training involves, the importance of training, the role training plays in attracting, motivating, promoting and retaining employees, how training helps a company gain a competitive advantage, the roles that the H.R. manager plays in training, training methods, needs assessment, instructional design, creating a training environment, how to evaluate a training program, the role that training plays in employee development, ethics and legal issues in training, diversity and cross-cultural training.
Credit Hours: 3

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Redefine your career

When you successfully complete a top human resources graduate program, you’ll have a great asset for your resume and, more importantly, the practical skills to back it up. As an Ashworth College student, you’ll also have access to our exclusive Career Tools. With personalized career guidance, resume writing sessions, and one-on-one interview training, you’ll have all the support you need to boost your HR career and reach your full potential. With The Ashworth EDGE, you’ll also have the opportunity to build your personal brand and enhance your job search using the latest digital platforms.

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Graduate Certificate programs provide specialized knowledge within a focused discipline at the graduate level. Start with an orientation followed by four elective courses for a customized program of study. Graduates may apply credit, equivalent to a semester, toward a corresponding Master’s Degree at Ashworth College.

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