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Master of Science in Human Resource Management

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management program consists of 10 three-credit courses as outlined below. The curriculum has been updated and refined to align with standards established by the Society for Human Resource Management. This program was updated in Fall 2015; continuing students may choose to follow this new program or they may fulfill degree requirements by using a combination of courses from the new program and the legacy  HRM program .

Students are advised to print and keep one of the following advisement worksheets to plan their degree:

Degree Requirements 

Every course is required. All students must take HRM 532 in their first semester.

HRM 532: Foundations of Human Resources (formerly CES 515)

HRM 533: Employee Relations and Labor Management (formerly CES 516 Survey of Employee Relations)

HRM 537: Employee Learning and Professional/Career Development (formerly CEX 537 Employee Learning and Development)

HRM 538: Organizational Development and Change Management (formerly CEX 538 Organizational Change Management; prerequisite: HRM 532)

HRM 541: Human Relations and Workforce Planning (formerly CES 511 Human Relations in the Workplace)

HRM 545: Employment Law and Policy (formerly CES 525 Employment Law; prerequisite: HRM 533)

HRM 546: Job Evaluation, Compensation Systems, and Benefits (formerly CES 526 Job Evaluation and Compensation Systems; prerequisite: HRM 532)

HRM 547: Performance Management in Organizations (may substitute MBA 592 Organizational Behavior)

HRM 548: Diversity and Global Issues in the Workplace (prerequisite: HRM 532 or HRM 541)

HRM 595: Strategic Human Resources Master’s Project (formerly CED 595 Project Seminar; prerequisite: 24 credits of HRM courses)

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 ( HRM 585) 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 faculty 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. 

Contact the HRM program for approval and include a summary of the proposed internship including:

  • the relevant company/organization information
  • the name and contact information for the employee who will be supervising the internship
  • a description of the duties
  • the timeframe encompassing the 45 required hours
  • any other relevant information



This program admits students three times per year.


Statement of Student Responsibility

Students themselves are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and abiding by the University's regulations, procedures, requirements, and deadlines as described in the SPD Bulletin and all other official University publications and websites.