Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2018

Human Resource Management 

The ability to effectively manage human resources is critical to the success of any organization. HR professionals must possess the broad-based knowledge and specific competencies necessary to align human resource functions with organizational goals. Stony Brook University's Human Resource Management programs are designed to provide the academic preparation required for professionals to enter the field or advance their careers.

The curriculum integrates theory and practice within the dynamic context of human resource administration. Students may choose from a wide selection of courses — in subjects such as organizational development, benefits and compensation and employment law — in combination with foundational courses in business, HR management, and employee relations.

Flexible Scheduling
To accommodate the needs of working adults, SPD schedules courses online with some courses offered on-campus in the evenings. Both programs may be taken completely online, or students may combine online and on-campus courses. The Human Resource Management programs have been approved by the New York State Education Department for both in-person and online delivery. Find out more about online learning at the School of Professional Development.

Career Prospects
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for human resources personnel has not been dimmed by the shrinking economy. Jobs for human resource specialists are expected to grow 21 percent through 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. HR managers who possess certification and a master’s degree in human resource management should have the best prospects in the job market. (View the mandated  Gainful Employment Disclosure Information  for the Advanced Graduate Certificate program.)

Student Involvement
The  Society for Human Resource Management  (SHRM) is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. Stony Brook University's SHRM Student Chapter launched in 2012 with more than 20 student members representing SPD and the College of Business. Student members gain access to networking opportunities and myriad resources — including how-to guides, sample documents, news, research, conferences and free webcasts— that will assist them with their graduate work and serve them in their career. Find out more about the SHRM Student Chapter .

Academic Excellence
The HRM program fully aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management's educational standards, which are designed to advance the professional practice of human resource management.

Stony Brook University, a member of the Association of American Universities, has ranked in the top 100 public universities by U.S. News and World Report and the top 100 best values in public colleges by Kiplinger. The University is accredited through the Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the HRM degree and certificate programs are fully approved by the New York State Education Department for online delivery.