Master of Science in Human Resources

The Master of Science in Human Resources (MSHR) is designed to provide practitioners and leaders with the knowledge, skills and tools to maximize employee engagement and optimize organizational performance. It is a degree designed to promote the career development of human resources professionals.

Mission

The MSHR prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver innovative ideas and solutions to advance the practice of Human Resource Management in the 21st century.

Program Learning Outcomes  

  • Business Acumen: Apply an integrated and systems-oriented approach to Human Resources that aligns and supports business strategy.
  • Globalization and Diversity: Assess the impact of globalization, multiculturalism, and multi-generational workforces on organizational policy, practices and performance.
  • Workforce Planning: Design strategies to ensure workforce capabilities are aligned with organizational needs.  
  • Talent Management: Develop strategies to ensure workforce performance is continuously aligned with organizational needs.
  • Strategic Leadership: Build strategic partnerships that address complex business needs and meet corporate social responsibility, ethical objectives, and legal considerations.
  • Data-Driven Decision-Making: Evaluate business data to make effective strategic decisions that align with and support business goals.

Requirements for Admission

The prospective graduate student in the MSHR program must demonstrate his or her readiness to succeed in graduate-level academic coursework by satisfactorily fulfilling one of the following admission options. All graduate admissions options listed below require an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Option One

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

A GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 calculated over the most recent graded 30 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. A satisfactory score on an accepted graduate admissions exam is required.

  1. 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)
  2. Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.
  3. 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

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 for graduate study in the field of Human Resources.

Transfer of Coursework

A maximum of 9 semester credits may be accepted in transfer toward the Master of Science in Human Resources degree program. (See Academic Policies and Procedures section.)

In addition to university policies concerning transfer of coursework (see Academic Policies and Procedures section), the human resources program will accept transfer of military coursework which meet the following requirements:

  1. Course requested for transfer must include an official transcript or copy of ACE evaluation which verifies graduate-level work;
  2. Coursework must be letter graded or provide verification of completion at a grade of “B” or higher;
  3. Coursework must be comparable to program requirements (if marginal comparability, a written statement of rationale must be provided); and
  4. Military coursework will be accepted in transfer as fulfilling prerequisite and elective requirements only.

Course Substitutions

Certification Substituted Course Comments
PHR HRCU 600 Certification or recertification within 3 years
SPHR HRCU 600 Certification or recertification within 3 years
GPHR HRCU 603 Certification or recertification within 3 years
SHRM-SCP HRCU 600 Certification or recertification within 3 years. Students who received substitution credit, as an undergraduate, for HRCU 445 for the PHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM -SCP may only receive waiver credit for HRCU 600 as graduate students.

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; and the third segment is the capstone course, HRCU 650 Strategic Management of Human Resources, 3 credits.

Core Courses
OLCU 501Organizational Research3
HRCU 600Human Resource Foundations3
HRCU 602Strategic Business Concepts and Human Resources3
HRCU 603Globalization and Diversity3
HRCU 604Workforce Planning3
HRCU 605Talent Management3
HRCU 606Strategic and Legal Leadership3
OLCU 615Leading Organizational Change3
Core Courses Subtotal24
Elective Courses
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. 9
Elective Courses Subtotal9
Capstone Course
HRCU 650Strategic Management of Human Resources3
Capstone Course Subtotal3
Total Credits36