The Master of Arts in Human Resource Management explores advanced concepts in human resource management. Coursework reviews the laws, rules, regulations, and issues impacting the global workforce and human resource management. During the program, students will conduct research and develop strategies in areas such as employee motivation and retention, employment laws, and employee development. Students will also research best practices around compensation packages, benefits, and incentives. Research will support the importance of the human resource function to the strategic plan of the organization.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Differentiate individual and group behavior in organizations to increase awareness of the problems and opportunities in managing human resources.
  • Evaluate various laws, rules, regulations, and policies affecting human capital in today’s global workforce.
  • Design compensation packages and incentives used to recruit and retain employees in a diverse and inclusive organization.
  • Examine leading trends and issues in the field of Human Resource Management.
  • Recommend strategic initiatives involving the human resource department that align with the strategic direction of the organization.
  • Examine the effectiveness of internal and external recruitment efforts toward staffing and retention goals.

Degree at a Glance

Institutional Requirements3
Core Requirements12
General Concentration12
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements0-3
Total Semester Hours30

Degree Program Requirements

Institutional Requirements (3 semester hours)

BUSN604Fundamentals of Business Analysis3
Total Semester Hours3

Students are required to take BUSN604  as the first course. If you have a bachelor's degree in a business program that is accredited by ACBSP, AACSB, or IACBE, you are NOT required to take the course listed above, and instead may take one master’s-level elective course.

Core Requirements (12 semester hours)

HRMT600Human Resource Management3
HRMT601Compensation and Benefits3
HRMT602Employment Law and Labor Relations3
HRMT640Organizational Strategies for Diversity and Inclusion3
Total Semester Hours12

General Concentration (12 semester hours)

This concentration focuses on ethics, cross-cultural management, crisis management, and organizational management as it applies to the field of human resource management.


Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Assess various approaches used by Global Human Resource Managers and Organizations to staff, training, develop, motivate and lead employees in the workplace of the 21st century.
  • Develop an understanding of the steps and planning necessary to ensure leaders are trained in crisis management.
  • Explain how ethical frameworks shape business decisions.
  • Explain the role of human resource management in the development of a learning organization.

Concentration Requirements (12 semester hours)

HRMT603Human Resource Policy3
HRMT605Strategic Human Resource Management Practices3
HRMT610Workforce Planning3
HRMT641Critical Perspectives on Diversity Management3
Total Semester Hours12

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

MGMT696Capstone: Portfolio3
Total Semester Hours3

 Elective Requirements (0-3 semester hours)

Select any graduate courses not already taken to fulfill the requirements listed above.0-3
Total Semester Hours0-3