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Master of Science in Human Resource Management

Degree Requirements

The degree program requirements outlined below were applicable for students who matriculated prior to Fall 2015. The program has been revised and the new requirements can be found at

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.


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; students who have already taken these courses may use them to fulfill degree 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

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.

Statement 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.

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