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Human resources master’s program curriculum

As a human resources professional, you’ll be expected to be well-versed in the laws surrounding compensation, hiring and training, workplace diversity, privacy, safety, and more. Our human resources master’s program curriculum is designed to blend hands-on activities and research projects to help you build a strong foundation of practical skills and specialized knowledge.

Semester 1

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

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

MB661 - Leadership and Motivation  

Develop your leadership potential. Discover the qualities, talents, and vision that leaders need to survive and grow in a changing world. You'll examine how today's theories of leadership and motivation have evolved, and how leadership concepts and motivational techniques are applied in a wide variety of business environments. Case studies reveal how executives and other decision makers lead, motivate and succeed.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

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

MR637 - Compensation Management  

This course involves the study of compensation theory, research, and practice. The initial topics focus on the roles of strategic alignment, internal consistency, and external competitiveness in a pay system. The course proceeds with an in-depth examination of how pay can be used to manage performance within an organization. Consideration will be given to how pay plans differ across special groups, unions, and international borders. Finally, issues related to legal compliance and compensation administration will be discussed.
Credit Hours: 3

MR638 - Employment Benefits  

This course is designed to provide an in-depth presentation of employee benefits. It includes discussions of both legally required and discretionary plans. In the chapters on legally required benefits, the course concentrates on Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and Workmen’s Compensation. The sections on discretionary benefits include material on medical, dental, life insurance, and disability plans, executive benefits and paid time-off plans. The administrative and legal implications of employee benefit programs are discussed.
Credit Hours: 3

MS645 - Workplace Security  

This course provides an overview of the workplace security function, combining both physical and information security in great detail. The corporate security manager’s role and responsibilities in maintaining a safe working environment are examined. Among the topics covered are: corporate threats and vulnerabilities, workplace violence, security strategies and functions, leadership, ethics, premises liability. A discussion of the technological trends in workplace security is included. A mythical corporation is used to clarify the application methods presented.
Credit Hours: 3

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Program description

The purpose of the MS in Human Resources Management program is to provide a learning experience that students can readily transfer into everyday practice in their human resources management careers. Performance competency (skill- and knowledge-developing projects) and affective development (value-challenging experiences) are emphasized. Projects focus on enhancing the following skills: Internet, primary, and secondary research; software (MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint, and Project Management); creative; decision making; project and people management; analytical; synthesis; integrative; conceptual; and communication. The program is designed to provide a high degree of specialization within the area of human resources management, with an in-depth understanding of advanced concepts, knowledge and skills.

Program objectives

Graduates of the MS in Human Resources Management program will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Examine the emerging challenges that are transforming the corporate landscape with respect to human resource management.
  2. Utilize an expanded vocabulary by exploring the functional and specialty areas of human resource management.
  3. Analyze the various functions of a human resources department, and examine the interaction between the human resource department and other departments to develop and implement corporate strategy.
  4. Analyze the major challenges of recruiting and staffing in today’s labor market to include internal and external recruitment, retention and legal compliance.
  5. Examine needs assessment, the development and evaluation of training, and the linking of training to workplace skills and productivity.
  6. Develop overall leadership and team building skills to become a more effective change agent and achieve desired business outcomes.
  7. Examine the legal dynamics employers encounter with respect to the various human resource management functions including issues surrounding workplace diversity, privacy, safety, and dispute resolution.
  8. Examine the components of pay models, their role in total compensation, internal pay structures and designs, and their relationship to job analysis.
  9. Analyze the variety of employment benefits, the legalities associated with each, and their impact on the employee recruiting, retention, and satisfaction.
  10. Perform a cost/benefit analysis to determine the appropriate levels of corporate security required and whether to implement needed security measures using in-house resources or to outsource.
  11. Examine the steps to collective bargaining (unionization), decertification, and grievance and arbitration processes.
  12. Evaluate the challenges of an international workforce to include expatriate employees, culture, training, and development.
  13. Identify ethical and legal issues relevant to the policies, practices, and management of human resources in a competitive environment.
  14. Research and analyze how the various human resource functions impact the strategic management process, and examine the role of the human resources department in determining and executing corporate strategy.

Boost your prospects in human resource management

When you earn an online master’s in human resources, you’ll graduate with in-demand skills in leadership and management that will make you stand out. Add specialized knowledge on the legal and ethical issues surrounding employee management and you’ll be a huge asset to any organization. To make sure you have what you need to succeed, our Career Tools are always here to provide job-search resources such as interview coaching and resume writing workshops.

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