Master of Science in Human Resource Management
Course of Study
This degree program consists of 30 credits, distributed among the three areas
listed below. Unless otherwise noted, each course is three credits. There are no transfer credits or substitutions allowed
for Areas 1 and 3, or for the required courses listed under Area 2. All degree requirements must be completed within
five (5) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated
student. Students are advised to print and keep this advisement worksheet (PDF) for reference.
1. CORE Courses - 9 credits
Students should select three courses total from among those listed below:
CEI 505 Research Methods in the Social Sciences (offered online)
CEX 520 Ethics in Management (offered online) and either
CEI 596 Seminar in Leadership in Organizations (offered online) or
CER 506/MBA 506 Leadership, Team Effectiveness and Communications (offered on-campus) *
Note: Core Courses may NOT be used to satisfy the requirements of the Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) in Human Resource Management. For students who matriculated in the program prior to Fall 2014, CEX 515/MBA 515 Managing in a Global Economy and MBA 592 Organizational Behavior may be used as core courses. The courses can be used only as electives by those students who matriculated in Fall 2014 or later.
2. HRM & EMPLOYEE RELATIONS Courses - 18 credits
Required Courses (6 credits)
CES 515/MBA 532 Foundations of Human Resource Management
CES 516/MBA 533 Survey of Employee Relations
Students select four of the following courses (12 credits). Only one elective course may be used to satisfy this requirement. Online students please note that courses marked by "*" are only available on campus at this time. Courses marked by "†" are being discontinued from the program; currently matriculated students who have taken the courses may apply these courses to fulfill program requirements.
Human Resource Administration (Students must complete at least one course in HRA)
CES 510/MBA 510 Employee Benefits (prerequisite: CES 515)†
CES 511/MBA 513 Human Relations in the Workplace
CES 523/MBA 523 Human Resource Management Workshop†
CES 526/MBA 526 Job Evaluation and Compensation Systems (prerequisite: CES 515)
CEX 537/MBA 537 Employee Learning and Development
CEX 538/MBA 538 Organizational Change Management (prerequisite: CES 515)
Employee Relations (Students must complete at least one course in ER)
CES 514/MBA 514 Collective Bargaining in Public Sector (prerequisite: CES 515)*
CES 518/MBA 534 Contemporary Issues in Employee Relations
CES 519/MBA 519 Grievance Handling and Arbitration*
CES 524/MBA 524 Employee Negotiations Workshop*†
CES 525/MBA 525 Employment Law (prerequisite: CES 516)
CEX 547/MBA 530 Employee Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management*
CEI 585 Principles of Adult Learning†
CES 513/MBA 531 New Developments in HR Management (prerequisite CES 515)
CES 517/MBA 527 Women in the Workplace (formerly Women, Work and Dollars)
CES 521/MBA 520 History of Labor Relations*†
CEX 515/MBA 515 Managing in a Global Economy
MBA 592 Organizational Behavior
* Indicates a course that has not yet been developed for online delivery and is therefore only available on campus.
† Indicates a course that is no longer offered. Currently matriculated students who have received passing grades for these courses may use them to fulfill program requirements.
3. Master's Project Seminar (CED
595) - 3 credits
Although not required, students may choose to gain field experience by completing a one-credit internship practicum over and above the requirements for the Master of Science degree. The internship course (CES 599/MBA 599) requires a minimum of 45 hours of work in a setting that is outside of the student's current area of employment. Students must obtain approval from the program director to enroll in this S/U graded course. At the conclusion of the term, an Internship Project Requirement (Work Report) must be submitted to and approved by the faculty advisor who is mentoring and supervising the student's experience.
Advanced Graduate Certificate in HRM Option
Stony Brook University also offers an 18-credit Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) in Human Resource Management as a separate credential. Students in the MS program may apply six HRM & Employee Relations Concentration courses (18 credits) toward the AGC. Program requirements would be completed concurrently, but prospective students must apply to the AGC program separately from the MS in HRM before they have completed six credits of course work. Visit the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management for admissions and program requirements.
of Student Responsibility
Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. (SPD’s non-matriculating [non-degree] graduate students [GSP] are responsible for adhering to the guidelines related to non-matriculated status.) All SPD students are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and complying with University and SPD regulations, policies, and procedures, as described in all official publications, the University website, and the SPD website, including, but not limited to, SPD’s online references, the SPD Bulletin and SPD Academic Calendar.