Masters in Human Resource Management

Master of Science
Classroom, Online, Off-site
Hampton Roads, Orlando, Redstone/Huntsville, National Capital Region, Virtual Site, Northeast, Aberdeen
Major Code: 8350 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: graduate, Extended Studies
Delivery Mode/s: online, classroom, off-site Location/s: Aberdeen, Hampton Roads, National Capital Region, Northeast, Orlando, Redsone/Huntsville, Virtual Site
Admission Materials: GMAT, GRE recommended

The goal of the Master of Science in Human Resources Management is to prepare individuals for advanced leadership positions in the private, public and military sectors with specific skills and competencies in human resources management.

Admission Requirements

The applicant to the program must have a bachelor's degree; however, the degree need not be in business administration. Students who are graduates from other fields are encouraged to apply. Students with an undergraduate business degree or courses may be able to waive some or all of the program prerequisites based on an evaluation of their undergraduate academic transcripts. Prerequisite courses are required of a student whose undergraduate major is outside the business area or who has not previously completed the courses in these prerequisite areas. The exact number of needed prerequisite courses depends on courses completed during the student's undergraduate studies.

The GRE or the GMAT may be required for admission evaluation purposes. General admission requirements and the process for applying are discussed in the Academic Overview of this catalog. Individuals who do not meet the stated requirements for regular admission may petition to take graduate courses for credit as a continuing education applicant.

Degree Requirements

The degree of Master of Science in Human Resources Management is conferred upon students who have successfully completed 33 credit hours of graduate coursework plus other course requirements as listed on the student's approved graduate program plan. Students without adequate undergraduate background will be required to complete all or part of the program prerequisites. Students may choose elective courses from those listed below.

Students with undergraduate credits for courses that they believe are equivalent to the program prerequisites should consult with their advisor concerning waiver of those prerequisites.

In addition, computer literacy is required as a prerequisite. It can be demonstrated by the applicant's undergraduate coursework, passing a proficiency examination offered by the extended studies department or by completing a suitable computer course.

Required Courses
  • MGT 5000 Financial Accounting
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies accounting concepts, the accounting model, measurement processes, financial statements, financial analysis, the accounting cycle, monetary and fixed assets, inventory, current and long-term liabilities, and equity structures of partnerships, proprietorships and corporations.
  • MGT 5015 Organizational Planning and Development
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the concepts, theory, research and operational problems of modern organizations. Includes classical and modern organizational theory, emphasizing the latter. Covers recent research findings and the theory of human relations in industry. Involves students in case studies.
  • MGT 5016 Employee Relations
    Credit Hours: 3
    Analyzes, synthesizes and evaluates the major federal and state laws that impinge on the modern work environment. Draws on new insights in the human resources management discipline to abstract, summarize and evaluate the impact of legislation and laws regulating the employee/employer relationship.
  • MGT 5021 Business Law
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies how to understand, analyze and effectively deal with issues such as jurisprudence, contracts, property, agency, partnerships, corporations, sales, commercial paper and secured transactions. Also studies aspects of the Uniform Commercial Code.
  • MGT 5033 Human Resources Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores issues surrounding the employment of human resources in various organizational settings using lectures/guided discussions and case studies. May include recruitment/selection, job analyses/evaluation, equal employment opportunity, training/development, compensation/benefits, appraisal, labor relations, health and safety, and separation/retirement.
  • MGT 5101 Leadership Theory and Effective Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces and examines historical development of leadership theory and supporting research. Considers past and contemporary theory in self-analysis by students to define their own leadership styles.
  • MGT 5105 Interpersonal Relations and Conflict Resolution
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers interpersonal behavior in two-person relationships, emphasizing interpersonal communication and conflict resolution. Also covers group processes, development and how group norms and culture influence interpersonal relationships.
  • MGT 5106 Organizational Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes basic communication theory and the effects of communication on human behavior and organizational effectiveness. Provides a basic understanding of organizational communication theory. Uses case studies and experiential exercises to improve communications skills.
  • MGT 5902 Human Resources Management Capstone Project
    Credit Hours: 3
    Involves a team-based consulting activity for an outside client organization. Requires a project, written report and presentation assessed for synthesis of learned competencies in oral and written communication, critical thinking and human resources management.
    Acts as the capstone for the master's program in human resources management.
  • Electives Credit Hours: 6
Total Credits Required: 33

Note: Electives may be taken with approval of both the faculty advisor and program head from other graduate-level offerings in the extended studies department or the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts.