The Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management helps to practice HRM specialists or other organization staff members moving into HRM to advance their knowledge and skills in the field. The Human Resource Management graduate program focuses upon the practice of human resource management in business, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Courses offer both concept and skill components designed to help students base practice on solid theoretical grounding. Courses are led by faculty members who have earned advanced graduate degrees and/or possess significant experience in the fields of business, organization behavior, and human resources. Marygrove's Master of Arts in Human Resource Management aligns with the recommended requirements for HR degree programs as outlined by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
The Master of Arts degree consists of 12 (36 credit hours) courses. There are three required courses (9 credit hours): Business Ethics, Managerial Finance and the Seminar and Project (Capstone Course). The other nine courses (27 credit hours) are chosen from a variety of electives in Human Resource Management and Organizational Development classes. In order to graduate, students must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) or higher.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- Minimum 3.0-grade point average
- Completed application*
- Official Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed
- Career Plan/Writing Sample
- Current Resume
- Minimum of two recommendations: current employer and academic or work setting
- Interview with program chair
*Application fees may apply
Curriculum & Schedule
The Required core courses are offered annually, while electives are rotated every other year. The majority of classes are 7 weeks in length with 2-3 classes scheduled per semester. The curriculum consists of courses in HRM functions of recruiting, employment law/compliance, ethics, finance, HR information systems, communications, organizational behavior/change, diversity, and compensation. The capstone provides students with the unique opportunity to integrate their studies through a team-based Human Resource Simulation. The simulation requires the development of strategy, priority setting and operational decision making in a business setting.
Features of the Program
The Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management helps HRM specialists or other organizational professionals advance their knowledge and skills in the field. The program focuses on HRM practices in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Courses offer both concept and skill components designed to help students develop practices based on solid theoretical grounding.
Specific Program Information
The Master of Arts in Human Resource Management is designed as a fully online program to be completed in 6 semesters (2 calendar years), based on the completion of two courses per semester. However, the curriculum is flexible and allows students to complete the degree more rapidly or slowly. Students wishing to enroll in more than two courses per semester can do so with the permission of the program chair. However, the program must be completed within a period of six years from the time of initial enrollment. The programs are led by faculty with advanced graduate degrees and /or possess significant experience in the fields of business, organization behavior and human resources.
Students and alumni are engaged in a variety of organizational roles in business, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Many are engaged in human resource management as staff specialists such as Human Resource Generalists, Recruiting Specialists, Benefit Coordinators, Compliance Officers, Employee Development and Retention Officers, Corporate Talent Acquisition and Retention Managers, General Managers, Management/HR Consultants, Organizational Change Consultants and Managers, and Corporate Trainers.
In order to graduate, a student must have completed 36 hours (master's degree) of work in approved courses with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) or higher.
REQUIRED COURSES (9 Credits)
- Managerial Finance*
- Business Ethics*
- Capstone Seminar and Project*
ELECTIVES (27 Credits)
- Organization Theory and Change**
- Leadership and Decision Making***
- Communication for Managers***
- Human Resource Information System**
- Human Behavior in Organizations***
- Human Resource Management**
- Legal Practices in Employment***
- Employee Recruitment, Selection, and Evaluation***
- Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining***
- Employee Development**
- Compensation and Benefits**
*indicates courses offered every year **indicates courses offered only in odd-numbered years ***indicates courses offered in even-numbered years
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Last updated November 25, 2017